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My plate, your plate, whose plate?

I’ve been trying to prioritize what to teach my followers lately. THINK big issues, I’ve been telling myself. What do you hear often?? What is everyone asking you??

A question that comes up almost daily with my patients, family, co-workers, friends, new acquaintances, Instagram followers, basically EVERYONE… is: How can I eat healthier? While it appears like the answer to this question should be easy, surprise! It is actually pretty complicated.

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Home Cooking

One of my goals for the month of March (National Nutrition Month) is to help you practice cooking at home 3-4 days per week. And if you are someone who eats their meals mostly out, trust me, I know this can be daunting for you. Yes, grabbing a salad or burger from a restaurant is easier. I’m not here to argue that with you. Often, we don’t eat right not because we don’t know what to eat, but because we are tired, hungry and the fridge is empty. Okay, yes some days your Sweetgreen salad is healthier than what you would prepare at home. But most days, especially when dinner is a bag of pita chips, pizza, take-out or cereal, lack of home cooking can do more damage than good. In a study by Arpita Tiwari, Anju Aggarwal, Wesley Tang and Adam Drewnowski, researchers found that cooking at home was associated with overall higher diet quality. (See here) Frequent eating out lead to higher expenditures ($$$!) and lower dietary quality within a random stratified sample of 473 adults.

So, how do we help you cook more? I’m going to give you three different ideas to try.

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We run the world.

I wasn’t surprised when I woke up yesterday to see that, not only was it International Women’s Day, but also National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. A day to celebrate all women, but especially the women who are committed to providing sound evidence-based nutrition education to people daily? Oh heck yes. March is also National Nutrition Month, a specific month of the year that we as RD’s dedicate towards helping spread nutrition and health knowledge. So, I personally can’t think of a better time to talk to you about putting your best fork forward, and how to interpret the large amount of nutrition-related media we as a generation see daily.

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Golden Milk

Turmeric is a spice I’ve recently starting incorporating into my regimen mostly because the boyf recommended it a few months ago.. and because of the nutrition punch it provides. It is not only known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, it is packed with antioxidants, cancer-fighting phytonutrients, manganese, iron, potassium and more.

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Overnight Oats

Hello my loves! I am currently sitting at my desk, in blizzard conditions, with no patients on my schedule…. so, why not share my favorite oat recipe for you guys to enjoy in your pjs while I’m frozen at work? (Not jealous at all, don’t worry, I still love you).

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Sweet Tart Granola

For a few years now I’ve been making homemade granola, mostly because 99% of store-bought granola has additional, preservative based ingredients, too much sugar, etc. AND its expensive! Making granola on your own, especially when all of your ingredients can be purchased in bulk bins (thank you whole foods!) — saves so much money!!

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