“Are pretzels healthy?” One of my clients last week thought he was asking a simple question, but the answer varies case-by-case. Which, by the way, makes up a dietitian’s life, doesn’t it? We’re not a profession of yes’s and no’s. We love long, complicated answers with plenty of contingencies. ;) But seriously, when it comes […]
Over the past few years, I’ve seen foodie photography burst onto the scene, in food magazines, on Pinterest and blogs. But here’s what I’m hearing from clients: I don’t know how to cook rice. Cook chicken. Cook veggies. I don’t have the time to cook at home. People think cooking requires 1) tons of time, and 2) mad […]
How healthy are granola bars, anyways? The answer is…as is usually the case with nutrition…it depends. The healthiness of granola bars varies from uber-healthy to basically-a-candy-bar. But granola bars can be an excellent, convenient, easy snack, especially for busy folks. So how can you raise the bar on granola bars? #1: Read the food label. […]
“What do you do all day?” While I have no preconceptions that anyone really cares enough to read a whole blog post about it, I’ve been asked this question by four different people this week. At least if I blog about it, I can direct them to http://toreyjonesarmul.com/2014/aweekinmylife. That will make fun conversation. ;) In March, I left […]
Life is busy, and sometimes it’s simply a frozen pizza night. Plus, if chosen right, frozen pizza can be infinitely healthier than other restaurant and take-out pizzas – and cheaper, too. Check out my tips in this WebMD article How to Choose the Best Frozen Dinners for how to choose a healthier frozen pizza (bottom […]
Too hot for Asian. Tired of salads, sandwiches, Mexican and Italian. Still wanted something healthy. A quick Pinterest search later, and hubby and I were on a mission to go Greek! Our inspiration: We couldn’t decide between falafel (fried garbanzo beans/chickpeas) & chicken, so we made both. Besides being tons of fun, this recipe trio was […]
Nighttime Nutrition: Eating Habits to Sleep By Sleeplessness is a serious problem for some people. If you have trouble falling asleep or experience discomfort or acid reflux when lying down, could your diet be to blame? I was excited to contribute to a new Snore.net article – just published today – on eating habits that promote a […]
This week, I thought I’d play along with ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ (#wiaw), a popular post in the blogosphere. There’s also a #wiawRD edition, where dietitians weigh in. Curious whether dietitians only eat rabbit food? Well, obviously they don’t. I think that’s an outdated stigma, anyways. Check out the #wiawRD hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to see […]
Looking for a light and summery recipe? I recently made Eggplant Caprese Salad, and it couldn’t have been easier. Well, yes, without eggplant would’ve been easier. But then you’d miss all of the great nutrition in the eggplant! Click the link above for my YouTube video for this recipe. Bon appetit!
My mom sent me this quote above the scale at her doctor’s office. Love it. Numbers on a scale should never be part of your self-identity. If stepping on a scale opens your own personal Pandora’s box of embarrassment and self-loathing, ditch the scale! Track wellness and health changes through the thousands of other ways, like quality of […]
I had a client yesterday who had finally eliminated regular sodas from her diet [yes!], but had replaced it with sweet tea. Sweet tea may sound healthy, thanks to positive research on herbal and green teas, but let’s face it: sweet tea is just a sweeter-sounding version of soda. At 60-100+ calories per cup (nutrition content […]
Eggplant is easy to overlook. It may not have the caché of kale and collard greens (have you heard? “Collards are the new kale!”), but eggplants are mighty nutritious and SO easy to prepare. With just 35 calories per cup, eggplant is low-cal, low-fat and contains fiber and antioxidants to keep your system healthy. Research also […]
When you need something sweet, ya need something sweet! The hubby and I recently had a mega sweets craving, but our freezer was bare (well…you know, filled with frozen veggies and tilapia filets). Cue Egg-less Cookie Dough! We had mini chocolate chips and all of the usual baking fixins (flour, salt, brown sugar, butter, milk). […]
With the price of meat on the rise, follow these 5 tips for grocery shopping on a budget – as told to Fox32 news reporter Anita Padilla.
Hard-boiled eggs are a versatile and easy-to-make source of protein. Can you boil water? Then you can hard boil an egg. Easy is good.
You had me at ‘leafy greens.’ This infographic from One Medical Group came through my inbox, and I just had to share. It has some great info on why to eat, and how to cook & prepare, leafy greens like spinach, collards, kale and swiss chard. Enjoy! Health tips and medical advice from One Medical […]
Want to get into the Olympic spirit? Try out my Sochi-inspired circuit workout with speed skaters, snowboarders, Russian twists and more. If you’re not familiar with these moves, here are a few quick vids: Speed skaters Snowboarders (aka squat jumps. You can rotate 90- or 180-degrees) Russian twists with medicine ball Mountain climbers Superman lifts Ski […]
Ever wondered whether running in extremely hot or cold (like January in Chicago!) temperatures affects your calorie burn? Read on (blog post also found here). Running in extreme temperatures may increase calorie burn, according to the American Council on Exercise. In very hot weather, the body uses extra energy for perspiration to keep cool. In […]
If the word “fat” invokes visions of brownies, butter and loosening belt loops, you’re not alone. People often attribute the fat they eat in foods to body fat. In reality, not all fats are created equal, and some are essential for good health. Healthy fats are also helpful allies for people looking to lose weight. […]
Many Chicago apple orchards open their doors this week, a surefire sign of fall. Apple picking is always a fall favorite for me. It’s also a great excuse to make homemade apple pie! Here’s my recipe (tweaked over the years) for good, old-fashioned apple pie. There are so many ways to customize the recipe, too […]
With all the summer travel, I’ve had to get creative with my workouts. It’s too easy to use lack of gym equipment as an excuse! I prefer body-weight type exercises anyways (no real equipment), although I am obsessed with my 12 lb purple free weights. Here’s a circuit workout that I created in my Vegas hotel room. […]
Do you love heart health? You should! Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for women, and it kills five times as many women as breast cancer (source: CDC.gov). It’s a startling and sobering statistic. The good news? Heart Disease risk can be significantly reduced with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Check out the […]
Supercook.com gives you recipes based on the ingredients in your pantry. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to cook but can’t always get to the store for special ingredients. Simply start adding the ingredients that you have, and Supercook aggregates a list of your options from sites like Epicurious.com, MarthaStewart.com and AllRecipes.com. What about gluten-free? […]
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or is it in the eye of the tomato holder? Research finds that eating fruits and vegetables increases perceived health and attractiveness. Carotenoids are yellow and red pigments that give vibrant color to fruits and vegetables. As it turns out, they may also give desirable color to your […]