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Creative Plant-Based Solutions This National Nutrition Month

1.03.2018
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It’s March, which means it’s National Nutrition Month!  You likely don’t have that marked on your calendar, but as a dietitian/nutritionist, this is the month we dietitians live for!  This year’s theme is “Go Further With Food” and I’ve got three foods you may or may not be already familiar with that I absolutely LOVE!  

 Coconut Water

Coconut water is one of the best natural beverages you can drink.  It’s delicious and refreshing and rich in electrolytes, particularly potassium.  Over 50% of Americans aren’t getting […]

Say YES This New Year

18.01.2018
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The New Year often starts with all kinds of resolutions to say “no” to behaviors we don’t want to engage in. We say “no” to way too much when it comes to the New Year and try to cut everything out all at once. And the all-or-nothing philosophy doesn’t last very long for most people.

 

But what are you saying “Yes” to, especially when it comes to your diet? I know, this coming from a dietitian. Believe it or not, I don’t want you to suffer and cut out all fun in your life […]

New Nutrition Resource for People Living with Stomach Cancer

15.12.2017
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Cancer has hit me hard. I have personally not had cancer, but the disease took Stephen – my beloved husband and father of my boys – in October, 2012. Specifically stomach cancer.

I have decided to partner with Eli Lily and Company because I want to do anything I can do to help people fighting stomach cancer and those who are caregivers for them. I am a Registered Dietitian and even I was confused as to what Stephen could eat and what foods would be best for him as he went through his fight.

 

This holiday season as everyone enjoys special […]

Hard Workout? Nutrition Recovery Tips

Athletes come in all shapes, sizes, and skill levels. One thing that remains consistent with all athletes – whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior – recovery is extremely important. During exercise our muscles break down, and in order to recover efficiently proper nutrition (and the timing of it) is crucial.

An important nutrition component of building healthy, strong muscles is protein. Protein is the building block of all the cells in our bodies, especially our muscles. It is therefore essential we consume enough of it. You’ve heard that post-workout protein is important, but what about proper […]

Getting Fired Up for the Cold

As the winter drags on, it’s hard to stay motivated to exercise when your bed feels so warm and the minute your feet hit the floor it is cold. I did not always think mornings with temperatures in the low 50s were brutal. However, since transitioning from cheesehead (Wisconsin) to Floridian, you can find me starting these cooler runs in long sleeves, gloves, and something to keep the ears warm. Sure there is not snow shoveling here, but there have been times where temperatures have dropped low enough so that I felt like a human popsicle. I’m accustomed to the hot sunshine, after all, so I’ve had to learn how to adapt to the cooler weather to stay encouraged to run.

Sustained Energy Combo

11.12.2015
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I’m all about energy. As a sports dietitian, I teach people how to have the energy they need to get through practices and games. And then there’s us everyday folks who need energy just to get through our day!

I’m always looking for combos of food that give me instant energy, but I don’t want to spike and drop in energy. What goes up must come down. The key to preventing the “down” is to have combinations of food that give you some energy right away, and combine it with something that lasts.

Carbs, for all of the good and bad you hear about them are actually our body’s preferred source of energy. We need carbs! I prefer my grains to be as whole grain as possible to get all of the fiber and antioxidant benefits of those whole grains

Don’t Break the Bank – 6 Ways to Eat Clean on a Budget

6.08.2015
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What’s holding you back from eating clean? For many, the concept of buying fresh ingredients to cook healthy meals is associated with higher grocery bills. It seems that you would save time, and money, by swinging into a drive-thru for tonight’s dinner. While you might save time eating fast food, it’s possible to eat a clean diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables without breaking your bank account. Below are 6 tips to eat clean on a budget! – See more at: http://dietdiva.net/dont-break-the-bank-6-ways-to-eat-clean-on-a-budget/#sthash.PIavMgcM.dpuf

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

24.07.2015
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That’s right – chocolate at breakfast! These oats are made using cottage cheese and chia seeds to provide a boost of protein and fiber. A high-protein breakfast will keep you fill and fueled throughout the morning, preventing mid-day snacking or mindless eating. Protein has never tasted so sweet!

Blueberry Cheesecake Muffins with Oatmeal Streusel

16.07.2015
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Making good use of seasonal fruits and vegetables is the perfect way to keep your kitchen fresh year-round. The summer ushers in a season of sunshine and the freshest berries – including my favorite, blueberries! These Blueberry Cheesecake Muffins with Oatmeal Streusel are a healthy twist on a breakfast classic. They are packed with fresh blueberries and cottage cheese for a protein-filled breakfast option

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Tostadas

10.07.2015
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Barbecue season is in full swing! Look no further than these Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Tostadas to satisfy the entire crowd. High in protein, gluten-free, and lower in calories than many other traditional BBQ dishes – these tostadas are sure to be a big hit!

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