This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, a week in which NAMI seeks to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental illnesses. As dietitians, we frequently speak about food and nutrition as it relates to one’s physical health. But, my experience working at a mental healthcare treatment center has taught me quite a bit about how food affects mental health. So, in honor of World Mental Health Day, I thought I’d share a bit of the lessons I’ve learned about food and mental health.
It’s September, which means we are in full swing “back-to-school” mode! Summer vacations are a thing of the past, the kids are back in school, extracurriculars have commenced for the season and the resource of time is running low. Our team of Roots Reboot Dietitians are sharing 6 healthy, quick, and easy recipes!
I partnered with my friends at Hellmann’s® to help you get geared up for BACK to school...AKA back to a structured busy routine, planning ahead and staring blankly into your refrigerator wondering… what do I pack for lunch!? Whether you’re in a lunch idea rut or just looking for easy and delicious options, don’t worry -- I gotchu covered!
Reap all the benefits of herbs and natural spices with delicious and health-promoting teas and better yet, creative tea infused recipes like - TAZO®’s turmeric bliss coconut nice - cream, chai overnight oats, matcha chia pudding, and lemon tea poppyseed pancakes! We’re spilling the tea on all the ways you can easily sneak extra nutrition into your drinks and dishes!
Do you feel like you don’t even know what nutrition advice to believe anymore? Have you ever felt overwhelmed on a daily basis when trying to decide what to eat? If so, you are not alone! Dietitian Emily Welin, our Pre-Diabetes/ Diabetes Specialist, is debunking the top 5 diabetes misconceptions, with evidence based information, that she gets from her clients!
Feb-YOU-ary is the month of love, hearts, and ENDLESS amounts of chocolate (amen). While typically you show love to others on valentines day, we tend to forget about ourselves. Let’s be honest, the term “self-love” has been overpopulating our instagram feeds, but what does self love really mean to you? As Registered Dietitians, we advocate for not only nutrition, but for investing in our overall health and wellness. Here are some tips we believe will benefit your overall mind, body, and soul! And no, we’re not just talking about a night in with a facemask and a glass of wine (however, don’t mind if i do!)
In the spirit of Super Bowl Sunday, a healthy (vegan) nacho cheese dip + towering nacho platter of healthy, but delicious, goodness is definitely in order! Get my vegan nacho cheese dip recipe, my quick picked onion recipe, and this towering vegan nacho platter recipe, perfect for game day! PLUS learn all about one of my favorite nutrient dense ingredients - nutritional yeast!
From fad diets, superfoods, supplements, to new technology and research, every year there’s always something new and innovative out there to help make our lives easier and our health optimized! The question is, are they worth of all this hype or just is it just another marketing scam? Do we invest or say “Thank you, NEXT”??
When you want to be healthy, don’t think that means eating a salad at every meal, feeling deprived, and simply not enjoying life! Wether its your favorite comfort foods or holiday dishes, eating with friends and family should be fun and enjoyable and I'm here to show you that you don’t have to miss out on eating the foods that you LOVE… because there are so many simple ingredient swaps to make comfort food dishes still taste delicious but healthy too!
You’ve already heard and seen all of the health and nutrition buzz around smoothies. However, some of the "all natural" and “healthy” smoothies you may be making at home or buying at cafes could be an easy way to overeat some foods when blended into a liquid shake - making these “healthy” smoothies sometimes 900 calories, 25gm fat, 35gm protein, and 40gm sugar and you unknowingly could be sabotaging your health and weight goals! That’s why we teach the Reboot 5 so you can make sure you have a healthy balance of all 5 key smoothie components and can trust it will be a delicious shake will be health promoting!
May jam lineup is here to help your Recharge + Reboot this month! Check out my new May playlist! Inspiring you to #RebootAndTurnip at the gym, work, or in the kitchen! I've compiled all of my current favorite BEETS (pun intended) that gets me UP and MOVIN'! Hope you enjoy and #RebootAndTurnip the way you eat + move + live with me with month!
How do you stay healthy while eating out and traveling?? - One of our most common asked questions being Dietitians… and, while being both avid travelers and proud nutrition nerds, we understand the struggles for trying to stay healthy all while enjoying the journey and fully experiencing a new city or culture. So after our trip to Tampa, FL together, we wanted to give you all our go-to recommendations and tips that will help you do just that!
HUNGRY for new Spring music that will motivate?! Check out my April playlist! Inspiring you to #RebootAndTurnip at the gym, work, or in the kitchen! I've compiled all of my current favorite BEETS (pun intended) that gets me UP and MOVIN'! Hope you enjoy and #RebootAndTurnip the way you eat + move + live with me!
Our modern day society feeds instant gratification, fast-paced mindlessness, and constant distractions, which lead to an addictive, unsatisfied, anxious, stressed, binge eating, obese and depressed culture – whew! But let’s not harp on the negative, because meditation can provide the answer! Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools to a health and wellness journey beyond food – a journey of compassion, acceptance, resilience, happiness and joy. Read my personal story and journey to meditation and learn how you can get started with my 5 simple tips!
Skeptical about soy!? Lets clear the confusion so you can feel good about this amazing, superfood that not only has anti-cancer benefits but, helps to reduce your risk for diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease! Plus get 4 incredible tofu recipes that will inspire you and your family to eat more meat-free meals!
Plant-based, vegan, date-sweetened, 7-ingredients, no bake, and absolutely delicious! There are endless flavor combinations with this recipe, so get creative! It makes the perfect gilt-free treat to spoil your honey with on valentines day or just treat yo'self (can I get an amen from all my fellow single ladies?), because lets be honest even if you aren't vegan, dairy free, or gluten free, these are irresistible!
Ah, the holidays! When tackling the endless supply of stuffing, turkey, and mashed potatoes it can be hard to navigate which dishes are good for you, even as a dietitian! Don't get overwhelmed! Take the focus off food and enjoy this special time with family and If you're interested in losing or maintaining your weight, the best thing you can do is have a strategy and plan!
Anyone else a stickler for reducing food waste!? Americans waste an unfathomable amount of food. In fact, roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away—some 60 million tons (or $160 billion) worth of produce annually! Giving my 6 creative tips on how you can help to squash food waste! Also, get this delicious (no food waste) acorn squash bowl recipe!
But first... superfood latte! Learn the benefits of matcha and three superfood lattes you don't want to miss this Fall!