2017 Food & Nutrition Trends

Quick update from overseas!


I can’t wait to share all of my wonderful food and fitness experiences here in Italy. For now, here’s a taste of yoga and fitness from Florence and my segment on NBC Philadelphia that aired this past Sunday. It covers 2017 nutrition, food and diet trends.  Continue reading

Pulses: Protein and Prebiotic Powerhouses

Disclosure: I receive products from Enlightened Foods as well as samples and discounts for my clients. As always, I only work with products that align with my philosophies.

You must have heard by now that 2016 is “The International Year of Pulses”, right? No? What do you mean? Are dietitians the only neRDs that hear these things? Following a plant-based diet, I have been eating pulses pretty much everyday for years.

Now, you’re probably wondering what pulses are. Chances are many of you are already eating them regularly and, if you’re not it may be because you’ve heard they’ll make you gassy or you never ate them growing up.

Continue reading

Turkey Trot Trade Up

I’ve done my fair share of turkey trots and was even planning on one this year in Jacksonville, FL. However, after an epic asthma attack a mile into the Rothman 8k in Philly last weekend, I decided to forgo the race and get a good couples circuit in with Tim instead.

I’ve had asthma as long as I can remember and while it is often exercise induced, it’s always worst late November – early December. Using weights for a moderate to high intensity circuit puts slightly less pressure on my cardio-respiratory system while still torching calories and boosting strength. Plus, some of these turkey trots somehow don’t even donate proceeds to a charity so put that money directly towards a charity that means something to you (I’ll be sharing all of my favorites for Giving Tuesday).

Many other people don’t enjoy running or due to injury cannot run and feel there are no other options without their local gym when traveling for the holidays. Some, my clients included, feel bad taking time to exercise when staying with loved ones who aren’t as active. No matter the reason, I have some suggestions for keeping activity up no matter who you’re spending the holiday with. For those that who need to keep it up and use exercise for stress and anxiety-management like me, or who are working towards health goals, I have a circuit you can do anywhere with some basic equipment!

Group ACTIVities

Continue reading

Peanut Pumpkin Seed Butter

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Peanut butter is one of those foods that is so easy to add to everything to balance out meals and snacks and luckily provides a lot of nutrition too. Peanuts are a good source of Vitamin E, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that many Americans do not get enough of. They’re also rich in magnesium, healthy unsaturated fats, and provide plant-based protein. There’s a nice article from the National Peanut Board on peanuts as fuel for athletes, and 16 fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter, too!

We recently ran out of peanut butter. Three years ago this never would have happened considering I was the only one in the house who ate it and I was very aware of how much was left at all times. Continue reading

Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn Review 

It’s World Smile Day! In honor of that, and Wanderlust 108 coming to the city of Philadelphia, I wanted to share my 108 Brooklyn experiences and hope I can inspire you to smile a little bit more 🙂
If you live in a city with a Wanderlust 108, you have no excuse not to go! While I recommend paying for the event which allows you to do the run, extra yoga sessions, and gives you other perks, ANYONE can come to yoga, meditation and the festival for free!  Continue reading

Meal Prep for the Busy Athlete

I have shared several meal prep posts in the past but, with a new school year underway, many college athletes are looking for inspiration! I know you are probably thinking “don’t college athletes just get free training tables after all of their workouts?”. It doesn’t work like that if you aren’t competing for a fully funded athletic department, for example, in the SEC. If you are living an athlete-life like I did in college, you may be living off campus in your own apartment your junior and senior year, having the occasional on-campus meals with your younger team-mates extra meal plan swipes. For much of the rest, other than travel and competition days, you’re likely on your own!

img_6772 Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin season is here, whether you like it or not!!! I am in the bunch of people who usually like to hold off until its really fall at the end of September buuuut people ask for pumpkin so my blog must deliver. I got to recipe testing and quickly came up with these bites and, I am shocked to say that I am now ready for fall food. I am not giving up my fresh zucchini and garden tomatoes yet but, it’s time to mix up the meals with some fall squash and touches of pumpkin spice. Continue reading

Low Carb or Adequate Carbs? A Dietitian’s Experiences and Insights

In recent months, I have realized despite my social media posts and how I educate in seminars and nutrition classes, some of my friends, family, and co-workers still assume dietitians “don’t eat carbs” and have diets labeled “low-carb”, or “gluten-free”. First, if I were to put a label on my diet, it would be “plant-based”. Do you know where carbohydrates come from? Plants (and the lactose in dairy). Your veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, and whole grains are all primarily carbs. My diet, therefore, has a lot of carbs, especially since grains paired with legumes are often my protein source in a meal.

Now let’s talk about what you think of when you hear “carbs”. You’re thinking bread, pasta, pizza, right? Well, I eat those things too. When you hear “gluten” you probably think of bread and pasta or the perception that a gluten-free version of them is healthier. Continue reading

Healthy Chickpea Flour Banana Muffins

I am a huge huge fan of chickpea flour but used to limit my use of the ingredient to thickening soups and making pizza crust or flatbread. I saw Ambitious Kitchen’s banana bread recipe and was inspired. After several tests on my own, I landed on this muffin recipe!

chickpea flour banana muffins

Continue reading

30 Minute Travel Exercise Circuit

Being away from home and a normal routine shouldn’t mean your activity level suffers. This is especially the case if you’re traveling for leisure rather than work. For me, exercise is about a healthy mind, not just a healthy body. It balances my mood, keeps any anxiety down, and while traveling gives me peace in maintaining some type of routine. While I am on vacation right now, I wanted to share a circuit you can do while traveling for business (or other reasons) too, with hotel equipment.  Continue reading