are snapea crisps healthy?

snapea crisps

Are Snapea Crisps healthy? They’re made from green veggies, so it’s easy to think they’re a healthier snack option than, say… potato chips. But potatoes are veggies too. Some products are specifically made to appear healthier than they are. Snapea Crisps appear to be actual peas that have just been crisped. They’re called Snapea Crisps after all, and they’re shaped like peas, so when you look at them, you’re supposed to think they’re just crispy snap peas. But from what I can tell, that’s not how they’re actually made. From the ingredients and the physical makeup of the snacks themselves, … Read More

delicious salad ideas that will have you eating healthier

We all want to eat healthier… we all want to eat more veggies… but most of us fail miserably. I believe the problem is that most people just don’t have enough good salad ideas! As a Registered Dietitian I want to give you the tools and ideas you need to bridge the gap between “I WANT TO DO IT” and “I’M DOING IT!” It’s not enough to just want to eat more salads… you have to actually do it! So here are some practical salad ideas that will actually get you eating more veggie salads! salad idea #1: DIY salad dressing … Read More

milk for babies: a dietitian’s guide to safely introducing baby to milk

does my baby need milk?

I get a lot of questions about milk for babies… like when should I be introducing baby to milk, or how much milk should they drink? Your baby definitely needs milk, but the type of milk is key, depending on the baby’s age. Babies’ stomachs are small, and they grow fast. Everything that enters their mouths needs to contribute to their growth. The reason milk for babies is so important is because it provides these nutritional benefits to help them grow: fat and calories minerals vitamins some protein babies only need one milk at a time If you’re providing breast milk … Read More

filling food – 9 foods to keep your hunger away

filling food 9 foods to keep your hunger away

The reason a lot of people struggle when trying to lose weight is because they choose low calorie foods instead of reaching for a more filling food.  Do I have your attention? Did you think low calorie foods are the secret to losing weight?! Yeah, well the problem with a lot of low calorie foods is that they don’t keep you feeling full for long. If you’re hungry within an hour of eating, it’s going to be hard to concentrate on anything other than food until your next meal. And if you haven’t planned a healthy snack in between meals, … Read More

milk alternatives: a dietitian’s definitive guide

Milk alternatives -how to pick the right one for you and your family's needs

Dairy milk and vegan (plant-based) milk alternatives are not created equal! Learn how to choose the best milk beverage for you and your family’s UNIQUE nutritional needs.   Not too long ago you only had two choices when it came to buying milk: dairy or soy. Now there’s a whole aisle dedicated to all the plant-based milk alternatives! You could probably use a little help choosing your milk alternative, or figuring out if you should just stick with milk! Table of contents: Description of milks and alternatives Dairy varieties Kefir Goat Soy Nut Coconut Hemp Rice Oat Pea Nutrition comparison … Read More

the whole 30 – a Dietitian’s review

whole 30 review dietitian

I get asked about the Whole 30 diet on a regular basis. I guess it’s pretty popular? About time I let you know what this dietitian thinks! what is the whole 30? Founders Melissa and Dallas Hartwig have put together a strict elimination diet that you’re supposed to follow for 30 days. And when I say strict, I mean strict. They even go so far as to say “Don’t even consider the possibility of a “slip.” If you accidentally eat something on the “avoid” list, you’re required to restart back at day one. Ouch. The aim of the diet is to “put … Read More

my breastfeeding story

a breastfeeding story

Hi. I’m Jessica. I’m the founder of Smart Nutrition. I’m a Registered Dietitian, and a mom who exclusively breastfed her baby.  I haven’t shared my breastfeeding story with very many people. I haven’t shared my story because I know how this works. I didn’t want other moms to feel bad about their story. Some stories are wrought with grief, anguish, despair, and frustration. Breastfeeding can have major challenges, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out the way a mom would like it to. And that’s okay. It’s okay to mourn not having the experience you were hoping for. If this is … Read More