Although N currently has no trouble eating his veggies, I know the day will probably come that he’s not quite so willing. On top of that, I’m always looking for way to offer him healthy snacks that are quick and easy. This recipe meets both of those requirements, packed full of two different veggies, only natural sugars, and, as if that wasn’t magic enough for a muffin, they’re naturally grain-free!
As promised, here’s my first of hopefully regular posts that will give you a peek into my life – nutrition, exercise, etc. If there’s something specific you’d like to hear about, please let me know and I’ll do my best to incorporate it! So we’re clear, I started this post on Monday and, well, am now just finishing it, so…it’s more of a mix-match of my week, rather than “one” day in particular. But, it’s a fair representation of most of my days!
There have been a lot of recent articles about the "dangers" of cow's milk. I plan to write an in-depth review of those claims and the "truth" behind them, but that is beyond the scope of today's post. I'll just say that cow's milk, in it's most common, present day form, i.e. homogenized, ultra-pasteurized, from grain-fed, stressed, over-medicated cows, is not very healthy or at all necessary in our diets. Dairy, in general, is not necessary to your diet, as their are numerous other ways to get the necessary calcium and vitamin D so often derived from dairy products. With all this in mind, I decided that while we buy a very nice, organic, grass-fed, non-homogenized, full-fat milk, there's no need for my son to drink a ton of it every day.
I apologize for the sporadic postings these days. There’s just been a LOT going on! I’m working hard on getting my private practice established, which is exhausting, exhilarating, exciting, overwhelming…so many things. I’m trying to finish up my perinatal fitness certification to add that to my repertoire. I’ve got my crazy toddler! Still trying to turn the new house into our “home”. Working out regularly. And…prepping a nursery, fighting exhaustion and nausea, and generally working hard growing our baby girl! Yep, that’s right. We’re expecting baby #2 in early September!!! Very excited, but so much to do and think about. The transition from one baby to two…gah, can barely even think about it! Some days, I feel like it’s going to all be ok, and other days, I feel like I’m barely sane as it is now…
Have you gone gluten-free yet? That’s what everyone seems to be asking these days. Many people, however, don’t even know what gluten is; they just heard on Dr. Oz or some other nonsense media blast that gluten was “bad” and should be avoided. My favorite is how advertising and marketing companies have picked up the trend and will now add a “gluten-free” label to all sorts of products that NEVER HAD gluten! For example, tomato sauce, or salsa…spoiler alert: fruits and veggies don’t contain gluten; never have. But, the marketing gurus know what a big catch-phrase that is these days and are milking it for all it’s worth (speaking of milk, also naturally gluten-free). So, what is this dreaded gluten and should you be avoiding it?
I often get questions from clients and friends about fruit and it’s sugar content. One of the first things we often think of when we’re trying to improve our nutrition is how to cut out sugar. Sugar, so delicious, but so bad for you. Linked to increased risk of obesity, cancer, and numerous other disorders, it seems like we should just stay as far away from sugar as we can, right? And fruit, well it’s really sweet and has a lot of sugar. So we should totally not eat fruit, right? Well, not quite.
Why a bunny is responsible for delivering a basket full of eggs, I’ll never know. I do know, however, that the store shelves are overflowing with pastel-clad packages of candy that has been transformed into cute spring animals like bunnies, chicks, and little eggs to “honor” the Easter holiday. While these Easter renditions of candy favorites may seem cute and innocent, they’ll do your waistline, health goals, and nutrition absolutely no favors. So, how do you resist the lure of a perfect peanut butter cup in egg form? Or those chick marshmallows covered in neon sugar that only make their appearance once an entire year?
It has always been my goal, as a nutritionist, to provide the nutrition education people so desperately want and need at an affordable price. While my one-on-one sessions are already priced as reasonably as I possibly can, I know that sometimes, even $20 seems like a whole lot. With the hope of reaching more desiring individuals and still providing excellent nutrition education and support, I'm adding a new service - Webinars! This is still a work in progress, as I determine what topics will be of the most interest and use to clients and put together the necessary education and materials for the webinar. But, I've already had a successful webinar on the first topic - Starting Solids! And am well on my way to finishing my next webinar - Fertility and Nutrition.
For so many, the return of March and McDonald’s much-loved Shamrock Shake to “honor” the month, is a highly anticipated moment each year. Deliciously minty, wonderfully creamy, and a shade of green that could make Mother Nature jealous, this once a year treat tends to be a must-have for many around the country. Like most “special” menu items, this one packs a major non-nutritional punch. The smallest size, which, let’s be honest, is probably the lowest seller, comes in at over 500 calories, 73g of pure sugar, no fiber, and no iron. Oh, and a healthy helping of food dye, as well. On the highest end, the large contains over 800 calories and 115 g of sugar! That lovely shamrock shake syrup? High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Sugar, Preservatives, and Yellow and Blue Dye – and that’s just the syrup! Don’t get me started on the whipped cream, ice cream, or maraschino cherry!
Most people know that sugar isn’t very good for them, but do you know just how bad it really is? In America, an average of 16% of daily calories come from added sugar. For women, this equates to 230+ calories, and for men, 335+ calories. To put things in perspective, that means by merely cutting out added sugars, you could lose a ½ pound or more per week, even if you changed NOTHING else. At that rate, you’d be loosing nearly 26 lbs in a year just be removing added sugars!