About Erika Gruszewski

Erika Gruszewski

Erika Gruszewski

Erika is a Syracuse native who lives in Rochester with her husband and daughter. She is a health research analyst with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Posts by Erika Gruszewski

11 Inspiring Stories about Women’s Health

For many bloggers at AHealthierUpstate.org, it’s been an honor to have chronicled the lives of so many women who’ve overcome critical diseases or worked hard to help others be healthy. In honor of National Women’s Health Week (May 13-19, 2018), we rounded up some of these inspirational stories – from articles about women who battled…Read More »

What’s the difference between “organic” and “natural”?

If you’re confused about the difference between organic and natural, you’re not alone. While they might sound like the same thing, one describes a strictly regulated product, while the other is largely a marketing term. Don’t be fooled. What is “Organic”? Organic food is regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which sets…Read More »

5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

It started with a slight pain in my heel about a week before my wedding. My heel hurt when I walked barefoot around my apartment, or when I’d slide my foot in or out of my shoes. I figured it would go away on its own. I waited. The pain didn’t go away. It got…Read More »


5 New Ways to Enjoy Chocolate This Valentine’s Day

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like socks and shoes or peanut butter and jelly. Wooing your sweetheart with a chocolatey treat is part of what we love about this holiday. But eating chocolate may also help our health, too. Health benefits of chocolate Chocolate comes from the cocoa bean, which has lots of flavonoid…Read More »

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 »

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 »