About Cynthia Sass MPH, MA. RD, CSSD

Cynthia Sass is a registered dietitian nutritionist with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health, a personal trainer certification, and formal training in culinary arts, mindfulness meditation, and integrative medicine. Board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics, Sass has consulted for four professional sports teams, and privately counsels clients in NYC, LA, and long-distance. She is also a frequent national TV guest, as well as a columnist, blogger, speaker, and three-time New York Times best-selling author. Her newest book is Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Real Food, Real Fast.

Celebrate Pear Love During American Heart Month

With an occasion like Valentine’s Day, there’s no better month to celebrate the heart than February. Embracing heart-healthy habits this Valentine’s season can translate to a lifetime of improved wellness, and one is as simple as eating more of a delicious food you enjoy – pears! According to the American Heart Association, many factors contribute to heart disease, including your diet, activity level, age, and genetics. However, eating more produce may help fend off a heart attack or stroke. Pears in particular are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of immune-supporting Vitamin C – both key nutrients linked to heart health. With 6 grams, one medium pear provides nearly a quarter of the daily recommended fiber intake. Including more pears in your diet – especially Green Anjou, Red Anjou, Bartlett and Bosc pears, which have all been Continue reading

Staying Fit and Healthy Through the Holidays

Too many indulgences and fewer workouts can wreak havoc with your energy level and your waistline this time of year. However, there are simple ways to create balance that don’t require sacrificing your favorite goodies, or even stepping into a gym. Check out my realistic three-step strategy for staying fit through the holidays. Step One: Whip up some healthy holiday dishes Go ahead and enjoy your very favorite holiday foods prepared traditionally. But commit to lightening up others. For example, replace one pie with baked pears, or a mock pear cobbler. Simply sauté chopped ripe pears over low heat in a little water seasoned with a bit of fresh squeeze lemon juice and fresh grated ginger. Top with a healthy “crumble” made from mixing rolled oats and ground cinnamon into almond butter. Or instead of creamed spinach, serve a fresh Continue reading