• 10 Healthy Snacks For Weight Loss and Wellness

    Contrary to popular belief, snacking is actually very beneficial. It helps to refuel your body, maintain blood sugar and energy levels and control your appetite.

    Healthy snacking will help your body get the nutrients it needs and help you avoid overeating at meal times.

    Indulge in these guilt-free snacks. Remember we encourage an anti-inflammatory, low-glycemic, paleo-style diet for weight loss and wellness. A body must get healthy before it can lose weight.

    1. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.Organic plain yogurt is best. Yogurts with added flavors are higher in sugar. Instead, flavor your yogurt with fruit. Blueberries are an excellent choice as they have a lower glycemic content that will help balance blood glucose and insulin levels.

    2. Romaine Lettuce Wrap With Organic Turkey and a Slice of Raw-Milk or Skim Mozzarella Cheese.

    Romaine lettuce contains the highest nutritional and fiber content of all lettuce. Turkey is 94% protein which helps you to lose weight by boosting your metabolism and decreasing hunger. Adding raw milk grass-fed cheese not only adds flavor but also adds calcium without any harmful hormones or preservatives. A great source for grass-fed wild meat, game and poultry is at U.S. Wellness Meats.

    3. Veggie Sticks With Cottage Cheese Dip. Non-starchy vegetables contain almost eight times the amount of fiber found in whole grains. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system. Fat-free organic cottage cheese makes an excellent low calorie snack.

    4. Shrimp Cocktail Shrimp is 90% protein. Try dipping it in some cocktail sauce for a low calorie, high protein snack.

    5. A Handful of Nuts. Walnuts are the best choice as they’re rich in protein and fiber but they also contain a high dose of omega 3 fatty acids (good fats) as compared to other nuts. Healthy fats help lower your risk of disease. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, meaning they help prevent inflammatory diseases such as stroke or heart disease. People who are overweight are actually suffering from an inflammatory condition.

    6. Celery Sticks and Almond Butter. This is a great combination of protein, monounsaturated fat and energy. Almond butter is a healthier alternative to peanut butter as it contains no added ingredients or preservatives and better fats. (peanuts are a legume not a nut)

    7. Deviled Eggs. Eggs are very high in protein which makes them a great snack. My Guacamole Deviled Eggs are a great high-protein healthy snack with good fats.

    8. Herring Wraps. Buy a few tinned containers in a few different flavored sauces such as tomato or tangy mustard, herring fillets are high in omega 3 fish oils. Don’t but if they are in soybean oil. Try wrapping them in a few leaves of romaine lettuce.

    9. Banana Nut Pop. Dip a banana in plain organic yogurt and roll in walnuts or coconut. Freeze. Yummy!

    Bananas are a great source of fiber and potassium. They do have a high sugar content so eat in moderation. Coconuts have anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and are one of the best sources in the world for MCFA (medium-chain triglyceride fatty acids)

    10. Lemon Tuna Avocado Snack. Halve an avocado and scoop out the flesh. Mix with lemon juice and tuna. Serve in the shells. Good protein, good fat.

    Avocado’s are high in monounsaturated fat and potassium. Tuna is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acid and is very nutrient-dense. Protein builds muscle which in turn burns more calories to help you lose weight.

    And here’s your BONUS snack idea….

    ***Smoked salmon.

    Don’t get salmon that’s been smothered in brown sugar. Salmon is one of the best sources of protein and healthy fats on earth. Always try to buy wild-caught and not farmed raised (fed grains).

  • Deadly car crash in Westfield

    The street was shut down Saturday night, but is now back open.

    Russellville and Cabot Rd.
    Russellville and Cabot Rd.


    WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is following a deadly car accident that occurred in Westfield last night. The accident happened late Saturday night on Russellville and Cabot Rd.

    When our 22News crews first arrived, the road was closed and taped off.

    Sgt Mike Kane told 22News It was a single vehicle crash that has left one person dead. Another person was taken to Baystate Medical Center, and their condition is not known at this time.

    The car was completely totaled after hitting a tree. Rusellville and Cabot roads are now back opened.

    The accident is currently under investigation with the Hampden County District attorney’s office.

    We will update you as information becomes available both on air and online.

  • Westfield Police identify woman found dead in Walmart parking lot

    “There was no suspicious cause, and this was not an opiate death.” -Capt Michael McCabe



    Barry Kriger
    By Barry Kriger
    Published: October 15, 2016, 12:21 am Updated: October 15, 2016, 7:35 am

    WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield Police Captain Michael McCabe re-confirmed Friday that there was no criminal investigation into Thursday’s discovery of a woman’s body in a car, in the Westfield Walmart parking lot.

    “There was no suspicious cause, and this was not an opiate death,” Capt. McCabe told 22News. He identified the deceased woman as 39-year-old Jill Wetherell of Agawam.

    Capt. McCabe said he was making Wetherell’s identity public, in part, because he had received a call from a worried relative from out of state.

    He said there was no investigation under way.