Broccoli Rabe & White Bean Pasta

Broccoli Rabe is a vegetable I remember my dad always eating when growing up, but for some reason, I never wanted to try it. It was just something that dad ate. Clearly I regret that now as it’s one of my favorite vegetables, with the perfect nuttiness and slight touch of bitterness. It’s amazing on pizza or in a pasta dish where there’s a bit of acid to cut that bitter flavor for those who would rather a mild green. So, naturally, I created a delicious pasta recipe of my own! This broccoli rabe pasta is filled with satisfying flavors, rich in nourishing carbohydrates, plant based protein and many essential nutrients to keep you energized for your busy life.

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Macronutrients – What are they, really?

While I love cooking, baking, and all things food, there’s a lot of science available on what foods and nutrients are best to fuel our fitness. So, I’m excited to finally be getting more of that info out there on my You Tube channel and this blog. Before I go into depth on some of the trendy topics out there in the fitness and nutrition space, I thought starting with the most basic info on macronutrients (often referred to as “macros”) would serve everyone best. This should lay a solid foundation for some videos and post coming this fall and winter, while helping you better understand the “why” behind some of the ingredients and recommendations with my recipes.

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Macro-what?

There are three macronutrients – carbohydrate, fat and protein – and ALL are necessary to fuel your active body, even on rest days (or rest weeks). Cutting out any of these nutrients can lead to detrimental effects on the body, mind, and performance. They are the only nutrients that provide us with energy – otherwise known as calories – and as their name suggests, we need a lot of them!

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Prebiotics and Probiotics for Fitness and Health

When most people hear the term “gut health” they don’t typically associate it with fitness or energy, and rather assume it’s only about digestion. So here I’m covering the basics of how our gut plays a role in nearly all bodily functions, plus how to support it with prebiotics and probiotics!


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Hydrating Foods for Fitness

Since it’s the hottest month of the year, my next Fit Kitchen video is all about fluids and hydrating foods! {miss summer snacking?} Staying hydrated is crucial for your health. In the summer heat (hey, August!) it’s easy to lose excess fluid. Water is extremely important for many functions such as digestion, protecting tissues, spinal cord and joints, regulating body temperature, ensuring mental productivity and enabling maximum physical performance. Without enough water all of these functions can become compromised. Not consuming enough water can lead to cramping, headaches, fatigue, heat exhaustion, strokes, organ failure, and more

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On-the-Go Summer Snacking

As Kelly Jones Nutrition continues to grow, the opportunities to educate you in creative ways grow too! I’ve always loved video education and am excited to finally announce my new You Tube channel, Kelly’s Fit Kitchen.

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Agua Fresca Sports Drinks

Agua frescas are typically light, non-alcoholic drinks made from blending fruit with some sugar and water. While they seem refreshing and delicious in the summer in the heat or after a long run, they could use the addition of one nutrient to adequately rehydrate you during and after a workout.

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Intuitive Movement: Finding Joy in Exercise and Relaxation

You hear me discuss intuitive eating, especially as it relates to sport, and if you follow me on Instagram, you now this is brought up on a regular basis. One of the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating (IE), is “Exercise – Feel the Difference.” What’s meant by this, in short, is to exercise for energy and wellness rather than for calorie burn and weight loss. By moving your body for those reasons, you’ll feel the difference in your motivation to move and you’re stress levels and overall health may improve, too. In this post, I’ll discuss more of my relationship with exercise, with tips along the way to find more joyful movement. 

 

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Snickerdoodle Protein Bars

It’s no secret that I’m a foods-first dietitian. Mostly because I believe nature intended for foods to provide us with all of the nutrients we need, but also because there could be safety risks associated with supplement intake, if they are purchased through an unknown distributer or manufacturer. In today’s post I’ll be delving into why supplements may be needed sometimes, and how to know when you can trust what’s on the shelf. Plus, after giving you plenty of pre-workout energy bar and bite recipes, I’m finally sharing an easy homemade post-workout protein bar!

Vegan homemade protein bars

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Vegan Potato Taco Bake

While my meal prep game hasn’t been quite as strong since having Cooper, potatoes are still prepped nearly every week in the Jones household, even if it just means baking several pounds in a baking dish while we roast some veggies in the oven. Later in the week we may pair them with eggs at breakfast or give them a second quick roast in a pan for some crispiness to pair with a protein and vegetable at dinner. This mighty starch is not only tasty at all of these meals, but does an excellent job nourishing us and supporting our active lifestyles!

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NOW Get Fit Immersion Recap & Giveaway


Disclosure: This post is a recap of a sponsored trip to the Now Foods facility. As always, I only align myself with companies and products that are in line with my values and all opinions are my own.

Knowing baby would be really young this May, I had planned ahead that he and Tim would travel with me to two of my favorite conferences: SCAN Symposium and Today’s Dietitian. However, when Cooper decided to arrive late, I made the decision to skip SCAN (for the first time in 5 years) in Keystone, CO since he’d only be 7 weeks at the time. I also made the last minute decision to skip Today’s Dietitian Symposium in Austin {hard call, love that city} because my new gig with the Phillies organization plus some family stuff this month had me ov-er-whelmed.

With clear FOMO watching these symposiums and seeing my RD friends attend them on social media, it’s easy to feel a bit out of the loop and alone, even though I’m home with my awesome baby. Well, the opportunity to travel for just about 36 hours outside of Chicago was the perfect treat to get my fix of learning and networking, while not feeling too bad about leaving the little guy behind. Leaving Cooperman, buddy-boy, angel baby Jones was NOT easy. As I left him with my mom and dad to head to the airport I was a crying mess, but once I got to the NOW Immersion, I remembered how much I love my job in the wellness industry and my passion for optimally fueling and supporting other’s bodies and minds was reinvigorated. Lucky for you, you get to enjoy a piece of my trip too, as I’m giving away all of the same products I received from NOW {see below to enter}.

Giveaway!

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