About Erika Gruszewski

Erika Gruszewski

Erika Gruszewski

Erika is a Syracuse native and a Rochester local. She loves craft breweries, wooded parks and soft shirts. When she is not working as a health research analyst with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Erika enjoys spending time with family across the thruway.

Posts by Erika Gruszewski

Gluten-Free… Is it Really Healthier?

Gluten gets a bad rap these days. But is it deserved? What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein that is naturally found in wheat, rye, barley and similar grains. The protein gives the grain its shape, strength, and texture. It’s typically found in products like bread, cereal, and pasta. Gluten can be a problem for…Read More »

Yogurt… Is it Really Healthy?

Back in college, I didn’t have a lot of healthy habits. But I thought I was doing one thing right. Every day, I ate some yogurt. I’d fill my fridge with yogurt flavors like “red velvet cake,” “key lime pie” and “black forest cake.” I never questioned why my healthy snack was named after a dessert. But,…Read More »

Build Your Own Trail Mix

Trail mix is my go-to afternoon snack. It’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet that keeps me going from lunch until dinner. Trail mix is also easy to pack and stores well. The next time you’re in the mood for trail mix, head to the bulk section of the grocery store and build your…Read More »

Five Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes for Fall

(Just about) everybody loves fall. But do you ever get tired of the leaves, the brisk morning air or the pumpkin everything? NEITHER DO I! I don’t just love pumpkin because of the weather. It’s also delicious and really good for you. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, which help promote the health…Read More »

Pumpkin Parfait

Pumpkin Granola Bars

If you’ve never made homemade granola bars, this recipe for pumpkin granola bars is a great place to start. In no time, you have a delicious breakfast or snack that is perfect for eating on-the-go. Print Recipe Pumpkin Granola Bars Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 35 minutes Servings bars Ingredients 3 1/4 cups quick…Read More »

Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

There’s so much to love about this pumpkin protein smoothie recipe. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s delicious. It’s fall-themed. But maybe best of all, it’s customizable. Try it with your favorite milk, or try almond butter instead of peanut butter. Want an extra creamy smoothie? Add some avocado! You can’t go wrong with this recipe.…Read More »

Warm Autumn Oatmeal

When the weather starts to cool down, I love having a breakfast that is warm, comforting, and filling. This recipe for warm autumn oatmeal hits all those marks. The first time I made this recipe, I loved it so much that I ate it every day for about a year (cold weather or not!). It’s…Read More »

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

Confession: I’ve never been a big pancake fan. But then, I made this pumpkin pancake recipe. These pancakes are so fluffy and full of the comforting flavors we love in the fall. I’ve officially become a pancake lover (as long as it is these pancakes). Print Recipe Pumpkin Pancakes Prep Time 20 minutes Servings pancakes…Read More »

Is Diet Soda Healthier than Regular Soda?

I’ve been there. Worried about too many calories or too much sugar, I ordered a diet soda, feeling a little bit better about my healthier choice. I’ve heard that regularly drinking soda (or “pop” as I’ve learned it’s called in Western NY) has health risks like increasing the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease,…Read More »