Diet Diva Dishes

Spiced Mayan Chocolate Coated Walnuts

12.06.2015
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These Spiced Mayan Chocolate Coated Walnuts provide a punch of flavor! Add them to a salad or eat them as is! 

Walnuts contain healthy fats, specifically polyunsaturated fats. Of all the other nuts, walnuts contain the most amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is the plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown positive effects of walnuts in brain health, diabetes, heart health, and some cancers. Add walnuts to a salad, stir them into yogurt, or eat a handful plain. Try these flavorful Spiced Mayan Chocolate Coated Walnuts from California Walnuts!

Spiced Mayan […]

5 Tips to Keep You Running toward Weight Loss

10.06.2015
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5 Tips to Keep You Running toward Weight Loss

Are you a runner hoping to lose weight this summer? Check out these tips to get you started and keep you going! Running can be as relaxing or intense as you make it, depending on your exercise goals. Along with running, hydration is important especially in the summer months. Eating a balanced diet and timing meals and snacks with runs are vital for muscle recovery.

Below are 5 tips that have helped runners with weight loss

1. Keep a Food Journal or Logging in a Meal Tracker app

Runners […]

Banana Nut Oat Bars

5.06.2015
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Eating a snack during the day is important for keeping yourself satisfied and preventing excessive hunger. Snacks are also great for before or after a long run or intense workout. A nutritious snack provides carbohydrate, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Foods like granola bars or nut bars are great snacks you can pack with you for a long day and grab on-the-go.

Below is a recipe for banana nut oat bars, made with bananas and dates for natural sweetness; walnuts for omega-3 fats; oats for fiber, and these bars also have 4 grams of protein per serving […]

Benefits of Sugar for Performance

2.06.2015
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Disclosure: As part of my ongoing work with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, this post is sponsored.

Have you seen these hysterical “Sweat It to Get It” Gatorade videos with Peyton Manning and Cam Newton? Not only do they crack me up, I love the messages in this campaign… Gatorade Thirst Quencher is intended for athletes that sweat for at least an hour.

For the past 5 decades, Gatorade has made athletic performance a priority, formulating its products based on research conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) or supported by a body of published literature.

With all the […]

Eating at the Office: Recipes & Quick Tips

1.06.2015
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The refrigerator at your office is pretty predictable: soggy salads, sloppy peanut butter & jellies, and a few scattered cups of yogurt. There’s probably a box of donuts on the break-room counter, and a bowl of candy at a desk that you find yourself at all too often. But who said eating at the office had to be so boring, not to mention unhealthy? Despite early mornings and busy work days, it is still possible to eat nutritious and tasty meals while at work. These tips and recipes will make your lunch break more exciting than ever!

Race Report: Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend

21.05.2015
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Once again I was lucky enough to run another exciting runDisney race weekend!  As the official nutritionist for runDisney, it’s one of my perks.  I had to present at a global wellness summit in California earlier in the week, and my new husband John had business out there that week as well, so we decided to meet up after our business was done and head down to Anaheim together–without kids!  We’ve been married for 5 weeks and hadn’t taken a honeymoon, so we justified going to Disneyland without our kids as saying it was our honeymoon […]

What Staying Healthy Means to Me

19.05.2015
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Eating right and exercising regularly is hard.  Really hard.  Temptations to eat high fat, high sugar, high yum-factor food crosses my path several times a day.  When the alarm goes off way too early to be awake let alone exercising, I don’t always leap out of bed into my exercise gear.

So why do I do it?  Why do I say “no” to Ben and Jerry and “yes” to Tony Horton and Sean T?  One word:  Energy.  When I don’t exercise and eat too much junk, I feel bad.  I feel bad in every dimension.  I’m […]

Fueled by Plants

15.05.2015
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“Aren’t you tired all the time? Is that safe? How do you have enough energy to work out? So like, where do you get your protein?” If I had a nickel for every time somebody asked me the protein question…I could solve world hunger.

Being vegan, a lot of people openly express their concerns about whether I’m getting enough nutrients. Believe it or not, there is not one nutrient that comes from an animal that you can’t get from plants. They provide us with everything we need and more.

In terms of energy, I have tons […]

Avocados–The Fruit of Diversity

14.05.2015
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We can all tell from my post a couple weeks ago how much I love avocados, but I only vaguely mentioned the many ways to eat them. My uncharacteristic lack of description hasn’t been sitting well with me, so I decided to visit the magical site of Pinterest and do a little avocado searching to provide some specifics. I put together a list highlighting some awesome ways to use avocados that I have either tried before, or would love to try soon. Enjoy!
Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies 

Avocado Quesadilla 

Lemon Avocado Salad Dressing

Avocado Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter […]

Top 5 Nutrition Tips for Successful Weight Loss

12.05.2015
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Are you a fitness enthusiast looking to shed a few pounds and tone up for the summer? Or do you find yourself frustrated with all the food temptations that lurk around the office while you’re trying to lose weight? Wherever you are in your health journey, these nutrition tips are tried and true and sure to get you on the right track.

1. Keep Food Log. Knowing what and how much you put in your body is key to successful weight loss. This step is often needed to become mindful and understand your food choices. Whether you […]