Fran Benedict

Health and Nutrition Counselor

Fran Benedict is a certified health and nutrition counselor and the founder of SimplyMindful.com. She has been on a path of health promotion and behavior for more than 15 years and loves discovering new ways to bring attention and intention into everyday life. She believes in the extraordinary power of the mind to create a quality of life every person deserves, with an emphasis on the relation to oneself as the foundation for everything else.

A member of American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Fran enjoys supporting a range of health-promotion initiatives from multi-week wellness programs in the corporate setting, to nutritional educational programs for non-profit organizations, to the collaboration and execution of global initiatives that promote mindfulness in the technology age.

Fran loves friends, family, nature, organic gardening, cooking, running, yoga, meditation, swimming, camping, exploring, photography, dancing, and not taking herself too seriously. 

Articles by Fran Benedict

Keeping up with a modern, fast-paced lifestyle can leave little time for tuning into your needs. Learn how to better meet them by practicing mindfulness while you eat.Read More
In a highly connected, chaotic world, cooking can be a wonderful tool to become grounded and centered—something that seems more important than ever. Learn how to be fully present in the kitchen and reap the benefits.Read More
Stress can take quite a toll on your mind and body. Learn how to fight against oxidative stress through proper nutrition.Read More
With so many options for seafood, it’s hard to know how to enjoy it in ways that benefit your health and the environment. Follow these tips when shopping for fish and you’ll be well on your way.Read More
Humans are contributing to global warming through the emission of 15 million tons of carbon dioxide each day. Want to reduce your carbon footprint in every way possible? Here are five ways you can reduce emissions in the garden.Read More
If you're looking for a fresh way to bring flavor to your summer dishes, check out these three pesto recipes. They're not only delicious—they're also healthy for you.Read More
Edible seeds are filled with micronutrients, essential fatty acids, protein, and fiber. Try adding one of these three seeds to your next meal for an extra nutritional boost.Read More
Cherries and berries not only taste delicious—they have strong anti-inflammatory properties, too. Here's why you should incorporate more of them into your diet—and a delicious cherry”“berry smoothie recipe to get you started.Read More
Maintaining a balanced pH may have a greater impact on your health than you realize—from reducing inflammation to enhancing immune function. Follow these tips to help alkalize your body and you may reap the benefits.Read More
Food is not the only factor to consider when you prepare a healthy meal—your cookware can affect your health, too. Cast iron pots and pans offer inexpensive, healthy alternatives to your standard non-stick cookware. Explore the following benefits of cooking with cast iron.Read More
Ever feel guilty about eating too many desserts during the holidays? The good news is that sweets aren't always bad for you in moderation. These three recipes not only taste delicious; they are also full of ingredients with great nutritional benefits that will leave you feeling satisfied.Read More
‘Tis the season for America's favorite winter squash. From lattes to soups, pumpkin is popping up on menus everywhere. Bring it back to your kitchen and whip up your own pumpkin delights with these four recipes.Read More
It's estimated that 48.1 million Americans live in food-insecure households. With a handful of simple, yet innovative, actions you can help reduce this number.Read More
It's not unusual for adults and kids to eat several pounds of sugar on Halloween. Scary! If this has been your October 31 ritual in the past, these unique treat ideas will help you create healthier traditions.Read More
As the leaves fall and temperatures drop, many people become challenged to maintain a healthy diet. Use these tips and recipes to stay balanced and nourished.Read More
The noodle is far too versatile to be left to one variety. How do you choose the healthiest and tastiest variations? Try these four ultra-healthy options—sweet potato, soba, zucchini, and spaghetti squash noodles—that put a new spin on what it means to love noodles.Read More
Every time you reach for the salt, a favorite go-to meal topper, you pass over an array of other tantalizing flavors. Swap in these herbs for healthier, less sodium-filled meals.Read More