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Lara Felton
Bay Area, California
Registered Dietitian at ShopWell
Interests: Running, hiking, exploring new recipes in my kitchen, trying new cuisines.
Recent Activity
Today the Senate Agriculture Committee announced that it was putting forth the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (aka SAFE Act). This bill would block states from individually tackling the issue of requiring food products to be labeled for GMO-containing ingredients (like Vermont plans to do this summer). So, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
This recipe comes to you from the fabulous dietitians over on the NourishRDs blog. It's the perfect chili to make for #NationalChiliDay. With winter in full swing, something about spending the night in and watching a good movie with a big, warm bowl of soup or chili sounds just so…nourishing.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
February is a big month. Not only do we have the Super Bowl, and Valentine’s Day, but also Mardi Gras, and the start of Lent. It’s a month full of sweets and calorie-heavy events (good thing it’s a short month!). February is also dedicated to spotlighting heart health. It’s a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
Let’s be honest, the Super Bowl is mostly about commercials, friends, and good food, right? There are definitely some hardcore football fans who want to watch the game but most people are interested in everything else. By some estimates the average person eats almost 2400 calories over the course of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
Going to the grocery store for milk can be an overwhelming experience nowadays. We are bombarded with different types of milk, percentages, and brands. How can we be sure of what we are getting? Is it pasteurized? Is it organic? Are there additives? What type of milk is best for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
Out of all the macronutrients, fats are the most nutrient dense so it is natural to think that we should cut them down as much as possible if trying to lose weight, right? If we go back almost 50 years, the U.S. government first told us to eat little fat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
Gyms are uncomfortably packed, there are conversations about healthy eating and weight loss goals, and new blazing fast weight loss miracle’s that time of the year again! Know anyone that went on a calorie restricting diet, lost a good amount of weight, only to put it back on again?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
I am sure by now you must have heard what happened to sugar. Last week the federal government released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). This document, published every 5 years, helps inform and shape the fed’s ideas on topics of interest in diet, nutrition, and health. The new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
Just in time for many of us who are setting weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise goals, the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have just been released by the the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)! Overall, the guidelines focus less on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
On the Twelfth day of ShopWell we’ve made sharing with your friends even easier. Discovering an awesome product in your local store, that’s just right for your health goals is our goal at ShopWell. Even better – we’ve made it easy to share your discovery with your friends. Every product... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
On the eleventh day of ShopWell we let you bring along some favorites. This word sounds familiar right? We all know what a favorite is, it’s that thing that we love and save and go back to time after time. Well, we decided that ShopWell needed a Favorites feature too.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
On the tenth day of ShopWell we’re giving you a bunch of awesome new content! ShopWell is more than just a food scanner that gives scores to food products. It’s also an app for discovery and learning. ShopWell’s new app design features a Newsfeed as your Home page. Here you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
On the ninth day of ShopWell we’re all about prevention! Roughly 68 million Americans have prediabetes … that’s roughly 1 in 3 adults. And many people are undiagnosed. Prediabetes means you have the change to make lifestyle changes that will improve your health and prevent you from developing a chronic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
On the eighth day of ShopWell we’re making one tough diet just a bit easier for you. The low FODMAP diet (aka Fructo-, Oligo-, Di-, and Monosaccharides and Polyols) originated from the Monash University in Australia where researchers discovered a way of eating that may be beneficial to those suffering... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
On the seventh day of ShopWell we get personal. Food is a personal thing. Diets are a personal thing. Everybody’s body responds differently to calories and nutrients so there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet. ShopWell gets it. In the ShopWell app a user can select their personal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at ShopWell Blog
On the sixth day of ShopWell we’re taking the effort out of discovering great new snack and meal ideas. Looking for something new to try at the grocery store? Check out one of ShopWell’s newest features: Smart Lists! Based on your health goals we suggest some new products for you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at ShopWell Blog
On the fifth day of ShopWell we are giving your shopping cart its own health check up (the check up is painless, we promise!). Ever wondered how healthy your shopping basket is? Want some suggestions for healthier alternatives but don’t know where to find them? ShopWell can help! Check out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at ShopWell Blog
On the fourth day of ShopWell we’re giving you the magic of a trade up. Have you ever stood in front of a row of shelves at the grocery store utterly confused? You’re trying to find something healthy to eat but are not quite sure what labels to look for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at ShopWell Blog
On the third day of ShopWell we’ve got your family’s back at the grocery store. We get it. Grocery shopping is not most people’s idea of a fun activity and rarely is it a stress-free experience. Shopping for a family with different health goals or food allergies makes it that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at ShopWell Blog
On the second day of ShopWell there’s something brand new and super cool to discover! Check out ShopWell 5.0! ShopWell has a new look and feel but the same great features you know and love. Based on our users’ feedback we made the registration process even easier. We also made... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at ShopWell Blog
Welcome to the 12 Days of ShopWell! Every day, for the next 12 days, we have some awesome new things to tell you about ShopWell. Starting it off, we’ve partnered with our friends at to bring you a holiday gift that didn’t quite fit in the stocking: Discover junk-free,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at ShopWell Blog
As dietitians we're suppose to have all the answers to any food-related questions and be the perfect eaters all the time. We probably never overindulge on ice cream and stick to proper portions at every meal, right?! Um, not really ... We try to eat healthy the same as everyone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at ShopWell Blog
To help reduce stress from Thanksgiving through the New Year, look for foods like these in your refrigerator, on the buffet table and at your favorite restaurants. Q: What Foods Can Help Reduce Stress During the Holidays? A: There is no doubt that during the holiday season, things are crazy,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at ShopWell Blog
Thanksgiving is a fun day filled with food, friends, and family plus a lot of time and sweat spent in the kitchen. Usually all this good food results in plenty of leftovers both for guests to take home and you to get crafty using in the kitchen. Since I sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at ShopWell Blog