Food and Nutrition Blog

Check out the following food and nutrition blog posts for health and wellness information and tasty recipes! Nothing is more powerful than good nutrition. Not only can optimal nutrition help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, good food can also give you energy and make you feel great! The world of nutrition is constantly changing as experts conduct innovative studies and publish breakthrough research. We are bombarded with new and trendy nutrition information every day via the internet, TV, fad diet books, magazines and more. So what does good nutrition mean to me? Follow my food and nutrition blog to stay up-to-date with important nutrition topics and discover delicious healthy recipes!

Healthy Football Party Snacks

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Snacks | 0 comments

Healthy Football Party Snacks

Football season is finally here! There’s something about the crisp fall weather and friends coming together to cheer on their favorite team that’s simply magical. And then there’s the food. Oh man, the food. Football parties are notorious for unhealthy food – you’ve got your fried chicken wings, loaded baked potatoes and pigs wrapped in blankets. Wash it all down with a few beers and you’re bound to have a rough morning the next day. Meat-based front runners generally steal the thunder of the football party spread while healthy...

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Oh She Glows Every Day Cookbook Review

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016 in Snacks | 0 comments

Oh She Glows Every Day Cookbook Review

Back in 2014, I did a brief personal review of the original Oh She Glows Cookbook. This year I am excited and honored to provide yet another review for Angela’s brand new cookbook, Oh She Glows Every Day, which was released earlier this month! The vegan recipes in the original OSG cookbook were so phenomenal, creative and nutrient-packed that many of them have become go-to staples in my dietitian kitchen. So, as you might imagine, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Angela’s next cookbook! When the book finally arrived in the mail, the...

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Cherry Lime Chia Fresca

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Juicing, Recipes | 0 comments

Cherry Lime Chia Fresca

Can you believe it’s already August? I can’t. I refuse to acknowledge that summer is coming to an end…mostly because the weather in Chicago continues to be hot with a capital H with no signs of cooling down anytime soon. In effort to stay cool, we’re guzzling down anything chilled over ice these days, including this Cherry Lime Chia Fresca!   Yup. This summer beverage is a thing of beauty and packed with all of the right nutrients. Fibrous chia seeds are soaked in antioxidant-rich...

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Summer Workout Songs

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Fitness | 0 comments

Summer Workout Songs

With the warm and sunny Chicago summer upon us, opportunities for outside exercise are endless. Whether you choose to go for a casual stroll through the city, bike up Lake Shore Drive or run one of the many 5K races around the Chicago area, you will need some jams to keep you moving! Below are a few of my favorites summer workout songs this year.   July/August 2016 Workout Playlist Budapest – George Ezra They – Jem Riptide – Vance Joy Middle (feat. Bipolar Sunshine) – DJ Snake Roses (feat....

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What’s In Season – Summer Produce Recipes

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Healthy Living | 0 comments

What’s In Season – Summer Produce Recipes

The warm and humid months of June, July and August are the perfect time to embrace sweet and juicy summer tomatoes and berries! Our summer produce chart and healthy colorful summer recipes will keep you inspired while you enjoy the sunny outdoors by the grill or at the pool. Learn more about the importance of seasonal produce here. We also have a spring produce guide and winter produce guide. Here are some of our favorite summer fruits and vegetables and a few healthy summer recipes to keep you cooking this...

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Country Fried Steak Fingers with Cashew Cream Gravy

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Dinner, Gluten-Free | 0 comments

Country Fried Steak Fingers with Cashew Cream Gravy

Memorial Day weekend is for grilling. These country fried steak fingers and gravy are for all of the other summer nights. This is where diner chicken fried steak meets poolside finger food. Prepare to be addicted…and embarrassingly eating the gravy dipping sauce with a spoon. Guilty. Spoiler alert – chicken fried steak isn’t actually chicken. It’s beef. Cube steak to be exact. Cube steak is usually top round steak that has been tenderized fiercely with a meat tenderizer. Thankfully you can rely on...

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What’s In Season – Spring Produce Recipes

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in Healthy Living | 1 comment

What’s In Season – Spring Produce Recipes

The cool sunny (sometimes rainy – or even snowy here in Chicago…) months of March, April and May are the perfect time to embrace delicate spring greens and refreshing fruits! Our spring produce chart and healthy colorful spring recipes will keep you inspired while you wait for those April showers to bring May flowers. Learn more about the importance of seasonal produce here. Here are some of our favorite spring fruits and vegetables and a few healthy spring recipes to keep you cooking this...

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Refreshing Basil Matcha Smoothie

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian & Vegan | 0 comments

Refreshing Basil Matcha Smoothie

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Here in Chicago, spring is in the air. There was everything from warm spring weather and the Macy’s Spring Flower Show to cold snowy weather and the Shamrock Shuffle to kick off the Chicago running season. Keeping with the spring green theme, today I am sharing one of my new favorite superfood concoctions, this refreshing basil matcha smoothie! This smoothie has it all, seriously. Healthy fats (hello avocado and hemp seeds), fibrous greens (thank you cucumber and kale), whole food...

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6 Things You Need to Start a Nutrition Private Practice

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in How To Guides | 3 comments

6 Things You Need to Start a Nutrition Private Practice

The number one question I get from peers in my inbox is “I love what you do and I think I want to start a private practice, where do I start?” Seeming so simple at first glance, this question is deceptively loaded. The question assumes that there is a “starting point”. Anyone who is either in private practice or does private contract work knows that this area of work looks less like a straight line and more like a tangled web of opportunities. But don’t let this lack of linearity hold you back. There are a few key things you...

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Sprouted Maca Buckwheat Crispies

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian & Vegan | 2 comments

Sprouted Maca Buckwheat Crispies

I can’t get enough of these sprouted buckwheat crispies lately! Their perfectly crunchy texture and hint of sweetness have me sprinkling them on everything from smoothies and yogurt to oatmeal and fruit salad. Buckwheat is a pyramid shaped gluten-free grain. Well, actually it’s not technically a grain, it’s the fruit seed of a plant and it has an incredible nutrient profile worth talking about. This tiny superfood is high in protein (1 cup = 23g protein) and has a complete amino acid profile. Buckwheat...

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