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Kari Hartel R.D., L.D.

Kari Hartel is a registered, licensed dietitian.

Articles by Kari Hartel R.D., L.D.

10 Tips for Keeping Your Diet on Track at Someone Else's Dinner Party

If you have a dinner party at a friend, coworker, or family member’s house coming up, you may find yourself stressing about how you ... Read More »

Don't Sleep on Leeks — 6 Easy Ways to Use This Veggies in Your Cooking

If you have not yet cooked with leeks, prepare to add this versatile veggie to your must-have list of ingredients each week. Some Leek Basics ... Read More »

How to Avoid the Temptation to Slack Off on Being Healthy While on Vacation

Do you have a vacation coming up and are worried about staying on track with your wellness goals? Read More »

How to Make High-Intensity Exercise More Approachable

Do you want to try high-intensity interval training but are intimidated? Read More »

10 Dressing Recipes That'll Have You Actively Looking Forward to Your Salad

Let’s be honest — salads can taste pretty bland if you don’t jazz them up with an incredibly flavorful dressing. But don’t settle ... Read More »

What is Carbohydrate Backloading?

Carbohydrates are a hot topic these days, especially because of the recent hype surrounding the keto diet, the previously popular low-carbohydrate diets such as the ... Read More »

Everything You Need to Know About Being a Flexitarian

The moniker “flexitarian” is a combination of the words “flexible” and “vegetarian.” A flexitarian is a person whose diet is usually meatless but occasionally includes ... Read More »

Can Chewing Gum While Walking Help You Lose Weight?

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if losing weight were as easy as taking a magic pill? Of course, a fictional, magic pill to effortlessly drop ... Read More »

10 Ingenious Tips for Better Portion Control

If you're trying to lose weight or have already achieved your goal weight but need to maintain that healthy weight, you know that portion control ... Read More »

Everything You Need to Know about the Nordic Diet

You have probably heard the various well-established health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet, but what you may not be privy to are the advantages ... Read More »

10 Creative New Ways to Use Hummus

Hummus, the classic dip made from pureed chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and tahini (sesame seed paste), is not only delicious, it is also ... Read More »

People That Eat Nuts Have a Lower Risk of Heart Disease Than Meat Eaters

Results of a new study of Americans and Canadians found that those who consumed most of their protein from nuts and seeds had a lower ... Read More »

Pasta Doesn't Cause Weight Gain — It May Even Result in a Lower BMI

If you love pasta but are worried that it will make you gain weight, I have great news for you: new research shows that eating ... Read More »

11 Exercises For Sculpting Your Arms

Summer is quickly approaching and with it comes skin-baring tank tops and swimsuits. Worried about how your arms will look in summer’s more revealing ... Read More »

10 Delicious Ways to Use Mushrooms in Place of Meat

An entire cup of raw chopped mushrooms provides a mere 15 calories and no fat, wow! That is considerably fewer calories and much less fat than ... Read More »

10 Healthy Avocado Recipes You're Gonna Love

Have you heard that avocado is nutritious but you are just not sure what to make of it? When basic guacamole and avocado toast gets ... Read More »

Top 10 Benefits of Calisthenics

If you want to build a beautiful body without spending a dime or even leaving your house, you should try calisthenics. The origin of the ... Read More »

11 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Beans

Beans are such a nutrient-powerhouse that health experts recommend that you eat at least three cups of legumes (beans, lentils, peas) a week. The incredibly ... Read More »

8 of the Best Ways to Workout When You're Traveling

Everybody travels, whether it be for work, pleasure, vacation, or planned events like weddings or family gatherings. If you travel frequently or have a trip ... Read More »

10 Healthy (and Delicious) One Pot Recipes

One of the most common barriers to eating healthy is time. If you are like most people, you want healthy, affordable, delicious meals that don't ... Read More »

10 Things You Didn't Know About Chocolate

Chocolate. Has a more beloved, delectable, swoon-worthy food ever existed? I think not. It is consistently ranked as the number one food that women crave (... Read More »

Everything You Need to Know about Hydroponics

You may have heard of hydroponics, especially given that it is one of the most rapidly growing types of agriculture. People have actually been growing ... Read More »

You Need to Try This Gluten-Free Whole Grain You Probably Haven't Heard Of

Perhaps you have not yet encountered sorghum — unless you're from the American South — but it should definitely be on your radar. In the South, sorghum ... Read More »

Here's Everything You Need to Know about the Volumetrics Diet

Have you heard of the Volumetrics diet? It’s not a hard-and-fast “diet” that restricts entire food groups, requires you to fast, or do any ... Read More »

The Top 10 Health Benefits of Spicy Foods

Spicy foods have become increasingly more popular over the years. In fact, more than 62 percent of people say they enjoy spicy food. But sizzling hot ... Read More »

10 Foods You Should Buy in Bulk

Buying certain ingredients in bulk will save you loads of money while also ensuring you have a pantry, fridge, and freezer stocked full of healthy ... Read More »

10 Tips for Following Through on Your New Year's Resolution

Many of us do it this time of year: make New Year’s Resolutions. That part is easy. The hard part? Actually sticking to your ... Read More »

Everything You Need to Know About the Low-FODMAP Diet

Digestive issues are much more common that you might think, and many of the digestive problems people face on a daily basis are related to ... Read More »

10 Foods That Are Worth Spending More On

If you're trying to save money these days, and who isn't, you may realize that food is a big part of your monthly expenses. You ... Read More »