Build a Healthy Lifestyle one Ingredient at a Time: Snacks

As a Registered Dietitian I am often asked what foods I always have in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer and why.  In this blog series we will dive into my kitchen and discuss all of the essentials, the nutritional value of each item and ideas for how to incorporate them into your lifestyle.

A well stocked pantry is an essential ingredient in the foundation of a healthy lifestyle so let’s take peek at what’s in my snack corner right now.

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Build a Healthy Lifestyle One Ingredient at a Time: Freezer Essentials

As a Registered Dietitian I am often asked what foods I always have in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer and why.  In this blog series we will dive into my kitchen and discuss all of the essentials, the nutritional value of each item and ideas for how to incorporate them into your lifestyle.

A well stocked freezer is an essential ingredient in the foundation of a healthy lifestyle so let’s take peek at what’s in my freezer right now.

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The best non-dairy milks of all time

When I was a child I was a picky eater who often got ‘sick’ after eating. At first, my mom thought it was a phase (toddler years) but as I got older my eating patterns and symptoms didn’t improve so she scheduled a doctors appointment.

The nurse recommended removing all dairy foods – milk, cheese and yogurt. My mom followed the recommendations and started giving me Soymilk. According to my mom “That was it! I was a ‘healthy’ kid.”

So, I have been drinking non-dairy milks for most of my life and well… I’ve learned a lot along the way. Some non-dairy milks are not fortified with essential nutrients (like calcium and vitamin B12) and others have a ton of added sugar. To top it all off, the emulsifiers in some are not stable above a certain temperature so the solids separate out when heated (no hot cocoa…insert pouty face).

So, if you are sensitive to dairy, are vegan or just want to try something new: here are (in my opinion) the best non-dairy milks around.

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Build a Healthy Lifestyle One Ingredient at a Time: Breakfast Essentials

As a Registered Dietitian I am often asked what foods I always have in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer and why.  In this blog series we will dive into my kitchen and discuss all of the essentials, the nutritional value of each item and ideas for how to incorporate them into your lifestyle.

A well stocked pantry is an essential ingredient in the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Let’s start with a couple of my ‘good morning’ pantry essentials. 

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Build a Healthy Plate this Summer

For those grilling this summer, a juicy steak with a side of potatoes might sound like the perfect meal but before taking a bite, you might want to look at the numbers.

One-half pound of New York Strip steak garnished with roasted potatoes and a pat of butter contains one day’s worth of protein (50 grams) and 60 percent of the daily value for saturated fat (12 grams).

Make healthy choices and enjoy the foods you love by following these simple tips to build a healthy plate this summer:

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Getting Enough Magnesium to Support Digestive Health, Sleep and More

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in our body, is the building block of DNA, and plays a vital role in cellular metabolism and detoxification. 

According to NHANES data more than one-half of the US population (ages ≥4 years) has intakes below the EAR* for magnesium. If you are feeling fatigued, weak, have muscle cramps, or joint pain you might not be getting enough magnesium to function optimally.

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Healthier Pre-game Choices for your Next Party

Classics like cheesy appetizers, burgers, hot dogs, pretzels and beer may get you in the game-day mood but they can really pack in the calories and sodium.

One soft pretzel with butter has almost 500 calories. To put that in perspective, the average woman would need to cycle for 81 minutes at 10 mph to burn off those calories!

There are, however, healthier pre-game choices. Keep reading to learn about delicious tailgating party foods that also get a registered dietitian’s stamp of approval.

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Tips for Finding the Healthiest Fair Foods

There is simply nothing quite as mouthwatering as traditional fair food. Hot dogs, ice cream and fried dough tempt fairgoers at every corner. Name a food to deep-fat-fry, and you will probably find it a fair (even cheesecake!). Fortunately, fairs offer so much more than fried food and you can sample the finest fair foods without sabotaging your lifestyle goals. Here are a few tips.

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