It was a nice surprise when I walked into my local produce market in the last week of January. My expectations were low as this is not really the growing season of the year. As I looked at my choices, instead of feeling frustrated and limited, I easily found fresh ingredients that work in my winter, comfort food kitchen. My lesson was this: Embrace each season of the year and buy mostly what's in-season. Left to right in my picture, I bought these vegetables: Parsnips Purple cabbage Golden Beets Red Beets Purple top Turnips Acorn Squash (not in the picture) Granny Smith … [Read more...] about Winter Vegetables Brighten Up Meals
One of the most common questions my clients ask me is how to get more variety in their meals. It's so easy to slip into a rut and then cook and eat the same things over and over again - right? For better nutrition, I always nudge clients, and myself, to plan a wide variety of foods into their weekly plan and here's how: How to Plan Meals with Variety and Flavor - List Making Phase With 7 days in one week, there's a neat level of variety that's not too hard to achieve. Try these tips to get your list together: Make a Weekly Favorites List which includes 3 dinner favorites. These can … [Read more...] about How to Plan Meals with Variety and Flavor
Everyone knows to wash their hands and cover a cough - right? But, did you know that eating well and staying well-hydrated are just as important to avoiding the flu virus? Try these good nutrition strategies to feel better this winter. How to Eat Well When you choose foods with nutrients that boost your body’s immune system, like vitamins A, C, and folic acid, good things happen in your body to avoid the flu. By simply eating more fruits and vegetables - fresh, canned, frozen - you will benefit. Here are some delicious options: Fresh oranges, … [Read more...] about Eat Well and Stay Well Hydrated to Avoid the Flu this Winter
As the year ends, there are many people I want to thank for trusting me as a registered dietitian and nutrition business owner. In no particular order, I'm eternally grateful to my private counseling clients, my group client leaders, my consulting project managers, my professional colleagues, and my 'tribe' who follow all the good nutrition tips, tricks, and solutions I put out there day-by-day. Thank you all! Thank you for Trusting Me Always with your best interest as my goal, I make an ongoing effort to customize your individual care and your group wellness presentation. I try my best … [Read more...] about Thank You for Trusting a Registered Dietitian!
I grew up eating a lot of baked potatoes. It was one of my mother's go-to dinner starches that was easy to make for our family of 5. Nothing fancy, just a little butter and once-in-a-while, a bit of sour cream. Then, about 10 years ago, baked potatoes and baked potato skins rocketed themselves onto every restaurant menu. The big difference is that modern baked potatoes and skins are all about the decadent toppings, right? There's butter, sour cream, and lots of melted cheese. And, don't forget the bacon. A Modern, Loaded & Nutritious Baked Potato Yes, it's easy to put together a … [Read more...] about A Loaded Baked Potato & Other Nutritious Substitutions
Are you ever surprised at your grocery tab at checkout? I've been surprised many times at how high my tab is because, well, good food is not cheap. But, this time, I was surprised that I got in-and-out of the store for less than $20! You can see my entire cart in the picture and I'll admit it wasn't a full week's worth of food. Still, I was feeling super proud of my smart shopping skills and staying on-budget as I headed home from this mid-week grocery run. If you're interested in some insights on a nutritious grocery cart fill-up, then take a look at my earlier blog here. On-Budget Smart … [Read more...] about A Grocery Cart of On-Budget, Smart Nutrition