Fall Nutrition Hacks for Pumpkin Pie

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. That means it’s time for some of my favorite fall foods including pumpkin pie! Not only is it a delicious treat, it packs a powerful nutritional punch of Vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene, providing 311% of the Daily Value per ½…

Spotlight On: Amanda Clark

PROLOGUE: Although Amanda is from Australia, I recently had the pleasure of meeting her in person at the FNCE meeting in Nashville. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her and learning all about her career path and the creation of her product Portion Perfection. I hope you’ll enjoy our conversation….

“Working Out” the Science on Energy Drinks

I have to admit, I’m not someone who regularly reaches for caffeine in the morning to get me going – but I certainly do use some to boost my training for endurance runs and triathlons. It definitely helps me focus better, swim/bike/run faster, and feel better during and after my workout. And I’m not alone.…

Healthful Eating for Kids Doesn’t Have To Be a Rollercoaster Ride

My family recently spent the day at an amusement park. When my son asked for a snack, we found a restaurant that offered a variety of choices and stood in line. The woman in front of us had a son about the same age as mine and struck up a conversation with me. When she…

Health is Wealth – Make it a Family Affair

I can’t think of any better goal than a healthy family. But making that goal a priority means more than just putting it at the top of your list – it means taking action. Literally!

Claim the Spotlight! Dietitians on YouTube & Podcasts!

Were you at FNCE in Nashville? If so, you may have attended my session: Claim the Spotlight! Beyond Traditional Media: Videos, Podcasts & Self-Publishing. I presented with Julie Beyer and we had so much fun inspiring our audience to get their voices out there! You may have heard about the “Queen Karaoke” we did at…

Distilling Science into Soundbites: When Headlines Create Confusion

I have a love/hate relationship with headlines about food. I understand the challenges and limitations of distilling the science into soundbites, but it bothers me how often those short snippets get it wrong.

Get the Lowdown on Back-to-School Nutrition

It’s back to school time, and as a dietitian and a mom of a second grader and a sophomore in high school, I’ve had my fair share of questions about our school district’s nutrition programs. After all, one of the most important things we can do for our children is raise them to be healthy…

Does Your Favorite Fall Beverage Really Need a Makeover??

Can we please talk about the elephant in the room? Or rather the elephant in the coffee cup? The recent media buzz about some stores adding real pumpkin to their coffee drinks, and/or removing caramel coloring has instantly reminded me why I became a dietitian over 20 years ago. I cannot stand it when fear,…

The Most Important Meal of the Day? It May Not Be Breakfast After All…

I would never downplay the importance of breakfast. It’s brain food that both kids and adults need to perform their best every day. However, I would argue that dinner is more important, and here’s why: It’s about more than just nutrition.

Spotlight On: Jessica Fishman Levinson

PROLOGUE: Although Jessica and I have yet to meet in person (we have plans to do so at FNCE in Nashville this year), I feel like I already know her and like her. As a nutrition communications consultant with a focus on culinary nutrition and the founder of Nutritioulicious, Jessica has a phenomenal brand and…

Was It Something She Ate? Food and Hyperactivity

Picture this: You and your family are attending a celebration such as a child’s birthday party, a graduation or a holiday event. Someone leans over to you and says, “Look at these kids just bouncing off the walls! They are on a sugar high!” This is one of the most common misperceptions I hear about…

The Umami Factor: 4 Surprising Facts about MSG

I was having lunch with a friend last week and she told me she was avoiding MSG.  When I asked her why, she mentioned that she had read about it on the Internet. That was a big red flag. Obviously, not all information on the web is accurate or science-based.  I’m always trying to stay…

Enjoy Your Scoop With a Sprinkle of Science

July may be “National Ice Cream Month,” but in my house, every month is Ice Cream Month! It is my family’s all-time favorite treat. I think it must be genetic. It is our “go-to” dessert every chance we get. Concerns about adding extra sugar and fat to the diet keep some people from enjoying their…

My Secret (and Safe!) Ingredient for Better Running

When I was 43 years old, I started running as a midlife “experiment.” I ran seven 5K races that summer. That led to a few 10Ks and a 15K over the next couple of years. Finally, I completed a sprint triathlon right before my 46th birthday.

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