It's here. It's the most wonderful time of year! I love to see the holiday cheer everywhere I go. If you're looking for store-bought ideas, I have a list of RD-approved kitchen tools that you can order with a simple click. And if you have a few minutes to spend in the kitchen, I have ideas that you can whip up and wrap up in a jiffy. Now, grab a mug of cider and let me help you with the last of your 2018 holiday tasks so you can be prepared for a healthy and nutritious 2019!
I'll be the first to admit that I love the sweet treats of winter, from peppermint mochas to gingerbread cookies to a good 'ol glass of eggnog. But of course, there's festive food and drink everywhere this time of year, so I can't endlessly indulge. I decide when it's worth it to have the real thing and when I take healthier shortcuts. As my holiday gift to you, I'm taking you to dessert school. You're about to learn what other dietitians and I designate as "worth it" in the dessert department.
The power of positivity is real. That's pretty much how the phrase, "fake it till you make it" came into being. Treating yourself well, believing in yourself, and respecting your journey are all great ways to foster the confidence to live a life you love! If you can take the time and energy to do that, chances are healthy eating habits are not far behind. I travel the globe, attend Pilates classes, and create my own work schedule to stay true to myself. AND I eat healthy meals and snacks.
Going somewhere fun this summer? Choosing the healthier route doesn't have to be boring or difficult, and it could help you avoid tummy troubles! Eating out is one of my favorite things to do when I visit a new destination. But I also like to hit the local grocery store for healthy eats and pack my own nutritious snacks to fill in the gaps. This way I'm never too hungry for the next adventure. Want to know the best ways to fuel your body on the go?
Where and how you live can have a big impact on your health. So is it time to give your home a wellness makeover? Everything from chemicals to added sugars could make it harder to lose weight. But cutting back on the white stuff doesn't mean you have to give up sweets altogether. Many of my favorite desserts are sweetened only with natural fruits like bananas and blueberries! Want to hear more ways to create a healthy-living sanctuary?
I always seem to have at least a few brown bananas on my countertop. Are you with me? There's no need to let them go to waste. The fruit is packed with fiber and naturally sweet flavors that are delicious for breakfast or dessert. Don't forget to add edible flowers (one of 2018's hottest food trends) for the ultimate springtime treat! Looking for more healthy-cooking inspiration?
Think filling up on only green juice is the best way to lose weight? I come across awful diet tips like this all the time. Luckily, you don't need to give up pizza (or dessert!) to reach your wellness goals. Want to know which health recommendations are actually worth following?
Love homemade blueberry ice cream? This vegan wild blueberry nice cream combines lemon, banana, and blueberry to create the tastiest berry ice cream you've ever had. Want a blueberry ice cream topping? Don't forget those beautiful dried edible flowers as a topping for this ice cream made with bananas!
Have a food myth or two you'd like to see gone? Let's get to it! Here's a hint: You can eat eggs and burgers. Believe that dessert can't be healthy or that you can't get significant protein from non-meat dishes? As a dietitian, I love busting common nutrition myths like these ones. The good news? You don't need to suffer through a juice cleanse (or eliminate eggs or chocolate!) to feel your best. Ready for the whole truth?