2017 Food Trends: Mid-Year Review

Weโ€™re almost half way through the year, and while there are plenty of products you hear me mention in posts and foods I recommend on a regular basis, what happened to the 2017 food trends I discussed in January on NBC? Did the predictions hold true? Are there other trends on the horizon for late spring and early summer?

January Predictions and Updates

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Summer Party Special: Dietitian Recipe Roundup

Yes, I know it’s not summer yet, but with exactly four Monday’s until Memorial Day {the realย start of summer} and the heat really arriving this past weekend (it hit 80 on NFL draft day and was 90 when I was in Arlington Saturday!) everyone is ready to grill. I’ve had several clients asking for tips to healthfully enjoy their time outside socializing with a grilled meal and I figured all of my readers could benefit, too.

20+ recipes

Most people recognize grilling can be a very healthful way to prepare a meal, but it’s often the appetizers, drinks and toppings that mindlessly pile up making us feel a little heavy and uncomfortable later. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good summer drink and I typically don’t skip the bun on my {bean} burger, but part of enjoying food is respecting how much our body needs and how the food makes us feel later.

With that in mind, I’ve collected a great roundup of recipes and tips from fellow dietitians so that your summer grilling and frequent outdoor socializing can work with your body’s nutrient needs as well as your health and fitness goals! Continue reading

Fit Fuel: Intuitive Eating for Fitness

Do you ever skip breakfast or a snack before you exercise whether due to time, nervousness, or in an effort to lose weight?

Ever finish a tough workout or race, not felt hungry, and then eaten everything later that day or the next?

I used to experience the above, too, as a college swimmer. After my division I career ended and I wasn’t active 20 hours per week, I really convinced myself that I didn’t need to fuel much once I started to train for half marathons, too. And boy was that first one brutal. I remember crossing the finish line on a hot June day of the Fairfield Half and my friend’s mom and my own mom talking about how awful I looked. I don’t think I realized the level of dehydration I experienced until I ran a half marathon and completed triathlons properly fueled. It wasn’t due to lack of fluid intake though. It was due to lack of carb and electrolyte intake. I never made that mistake again (and know exactly what fuel is right for me to be smiling at the end of a tough race). Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day! ๐ŸŒ

I don’t discuss it enough here on Eat Real Live Well, but supporting our environment is an extremely important part of my everyday life. I truly believe that we make hundreds of decisions each week that influence the future of global health. Minimizing food waste is a recurring decision! 20 pounds of food per person per month are wasted in the US, so not only are we wasting our money, but also filling landfills with nutritious food. The Recipe Redux was on my wavelength this Earth Day, so after you see my recipe below, hit the link to see how the rest of this healthy blogger network suggests we reduce food waste!


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Overnight Oats 4 Ways

Spring is the perfect time to finally try overnight oats! If you’re anything like me, you need your oats nice and warm in the winter and thinking of pulling cold oatmeal out of the fridge to start your day is cringe-worthy. This time of year though, it’s great to save time and have this meal on the go.

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Top 10 things to Eat, See and Do in Venice!

Out of our whole trip to Italy, even in the winter, Tim’s favorite city was Venice. He says it just barely edged out Florence (my personal favorite), but future vacation homes may have been brought up by him in conversation. In this post I am going into all the details of our 2.5 days in this beautiful and unique city. While some on my list of 10 are an absolute must on anyone’s list, others are experiences we enjoyed. I also have some places to see that we missed out on… but that just means we have to go back again! Continue reading

Easy Pantry Dinner: Italian Broccoli, Barley and Beans

When I first saw the theme for this month’s Recipe Redux challenge, I was pretty excited. I love educating my clients and audiences on how make a quick “emergency” meal with pantry and freezer staples. The theme is

“Spring Clean Your Kitchen”

Use at least 3 ingredients that are actually in your refrigerator or pantry right now. Try not to go to the store to buy anything new…”


The way this challenge panned out for me couldn’t have been any more perfect. I completely forgot about it and I am typing this up a half hour after coming up with my idea, cooking it, loving it, and packing it for Tim for lunch tomorrow! Continue reading