Recent graduate of New York University's Journalism and Food Studies programs, my writing speciality is all things food and nutrition related. Before graduating I interned at ABC News, The Washington Post, and The New York Observer. I am the least pretentious foodie you will ever meet, an entertainment news junkie, a Virginia native, a New Yorker at heart, and a proud Joss Whedon fan.

7 Foods That Are Healthier Than You Thought

"Eggs are bad for your cholesterol right? No, no, they are a good source of protein. No, wait, the whites are a good source of protein. The yolks are bad. No, all eggs are bad." This is the kind of thinking that can derail us on a daily basis when…
By Jennifer Maas

7 Reasons You Can Stop Fearing Carbs

“Is butter a carb?” Regina George famously asked Cady Heron during her all-carb diet in Mean Girls . Cady had convinced Regina that certain Swedish “diet” bars would burn up all the carbs she ate, making Regina’s question and Cady’s deadpan, “Yes,”…
By Jennifer Maas

The 10 Healthiest Beverages (Other Than Water)

There are only so many times you can say, “Just water for me, thanks,” when the waiter takes your beverage order before you start to get bored. Water is a healthy and safe bet, sure. In fact, it can’t be beat. So what do you do when you want more…
By Jennifer Maas

7 Most Dangerous Dieting Mistakes

I hate the word “diet.” I really do. It makes my skin crawl, the way the word “moist” does other people's. This is because “diet” has two different definitions, and when people use it, they always seem to be referring to one definition and not the…
By Jennifer Maas

8 Foods That Will Help You Stay Hydrated

Water is everywhere, and somehow we forget to drink it. In the summer we are surrounded by pools, lakes, beaches, and water parks all blasting us with H2O. But you're not always thinking about how much water you are taking in while you are splashing…
By Jennifer Maas

8 Ways to Eat Healthy — or Healthier — at a Party

Baby back ribs at a barbecue. Pizza at a pool party. Pot roast at a potluck. Every gathering seems to come with a signature dish (or four). And in order to fully partake in the party, you sometimes feel the pressure to eat more than you normally…
By Jennifer Maas

7 Surprisingly Healthy Midnight Snacks

Does this scenario sound at all familiar? It’s 1:00 a.m., and you’re starving. You’re lying in bed trying to make a list of all the things you’ve eaten today, wondering if you could possibly justify eating anything else. Right about now you’re…
By Jennifer Maas

10 Foods for the Healthiest Breasts

Breast cancer. We may not even like to think about it, but it happens, and it is very real. Unfortunately, there's not a lot you can do to control whether or not you develop it, especially if you have a genetic predisposition to the disease, but…
By Jennifer Maas

5 Things You Never Knew About Fat

Fat is part of your body; it's just a fact. No matter how big or small you are, it's there, and there's not a lot you can do about it, nor should you. After all, fat itself isn't bad. It’s something your body desperately needs to complete its basic…
By Jennifer Maas

The 10 Best Non-Meat Sources of Protein

Proteins, to put it as my AP Biology teacher once said, "are the building blocks of life." Or, less simply, as the Harvard School of Public Health describes it: "Protein is found throughout the body—in muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every…
By Jennifer Maas

10 Foods to Eat When Your'e In Pain

You know when you get a really bad headache, but it's not bad enough to call it a migraine? Or a really bad backache that just won't quit, but it isn't chronic pain? You can try popping a couple of your go-to painkiller. But if in a few hours that…
By Jennifer Maas

7 Tricks to Help Make You Sleepy at Bedtime

Sometimes, try as you might, it is just impossible to go to sleep. When you think about all the things that can keep you up at night — from the stress of a project at work to a fight with your significant other to family obligations — it's no…
By Jennifer Maas

6 Superfoods for All Thirty Somethings

Maybe you just joined the 30-something club, or maybe you've been a card carrying member for several years now. Either way, if you are a woman who has entered into this eventful decade, chances are you have given some thought to the things that are…
By Jennifer Maas

10 Foods That Block Bloating

Bloating is one of the most physically uncomfortable things our bodies can put us through (that isn't actually health-threatening). You don't always know why it happens, and you don't really know how to stop it once it does. It's usually more of a…
By Jennifer Maas

9 Nutrition Tips to for a Healthier Vacation

You have your non-refundable resort reservations set. You purchased your airline tickets off Expedia three months ago. And you bought four swimsuits for the price of one when it was still snowing. But now that your vacation is actually upon you, you…
By Jennifer Maas

7 Foods That Can Make Your Allergies Much Worse

Seasonal allergies, the affliction that takes nearly 18 million American adults down with only tree, grass, or weed pollens in its arsenal, reared its ugly head back in March and hasn't let up since. And for those sufferers who aren't accustomed to…
By Jennifer Maas

How to Know When to Throw Out Your Food

In my experience, when it comes to food expiration dates, there are two schools of thought: the overly cautious and the overly lax. Some people can't stand the thought of you eating cottage cheese for lunch today whose "Sell By" date was yesterday.…
By Jennifer Maas

3 Ways Your Relationship Affects Your Eating

Of the all the cracks usually made at the expense of couples in long term relationships, the one I find most annoying is the statement, "They've really let themselves go." It doesn't upset me on a personal level, though I have been in my share of…
By Jennifer Maas

Um White Wine is Doing What to My Teeth?

We have all known since our very first trip to the dentist that candy and soft drinks and really almost all things sweet are bad for our teeth. Those of us who had cavities learned that lesson the hard way. And the those unfortunate enough to suffer…
By Jennifer Maas

Nutrition Mistakes All 20-Somethings Are Making

Your 20s are a time of self-discovery, freedom, and a period in which anything and everything seems possible. But they are also the decade in which you will make some your first life-changing decisions. Believe it or not, one of those big decisions…
By Jennifer Maas