Diet Diva Dishes

Nutella Crepes with Fresh Berries


Everyone needs a treat once in a while. The key word here is treat. A dessert portion should be small or “treat” size, it should not be the size of a meal. Fruit is a nutritious way to satisfy your sweet tooth and with this recipe you are getting a perfect portion and dose of sweetness from the fruit. Did you read Monday’s post from this week? Check it out! Dessert Anyone? Satisfy your Sweet Tooth.

Nutella Crepes with Fresh Berries

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 5 Minutes

Servings: 1


1 pre-made […]

Antioxidants for the Athlete


Antioxidants for the Athlete

How are antioxidants linked to performance? Physical activity brings on oxidative stress and tissue damage. Too much of this can have a negative impact on performance. Antioxidants can be helpful in reducing tissue damage and aid in post-workout recovery. A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory food is recommended for all athletes, but don’t go overboard. Moderation is key! The form in which you take antioxidants also makes a difference.

It is best to get antioxidants in the form of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and […]

Dessert Anyone? Satisfy your Sweet Tooth


My favorite meal of the day: dessert. As soon as nighttime rolls around, I want to curl up on the sofa with a bowl of ice cream and settle in to watch my favorite TV show. My idea of a fun Sunday afternoon is whipping up a new brownie recipe or grabbing Italian ice with my friends. While it’s important to limit my refined sugar intake, there’s no way I’ll be able to completely cut out dessert. Luckily, I’ve discovered ways to satisfy my sweet tooth without all the guilt. Check out the swaps you can […]

Spiced Mayan Chocolate Coated Walnuts


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]