Mediterranean Diet: 12 Easy Ways to Start Today!

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The Mediterrean Diet: 12 easy ways to get started today

The Mediterranean Diet is one of the healthiest in the world. Here are 12 easy ways you can get started on adopting the Mediterranean Diet today! Working as a Dietitian, it’s no surprise that people often ask me about the healthiest way to eat. In the science of nutrition, there are very rarely any black and white answers. It surprises some, disappoints others, and yet delights others when they hear my answer: “The absolute BEST diet is one that you enjoy, one that meets your nutritional needs,  and one that you can envision yourself eating the rest of your life.” … Read More

When Can Babies Start Eating Meat?

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Baby Health, Nutrition5 Comments

When can babies start eating meat?

Forget everything you know about feeding your baby! Ok, maybe not everything, but you need to know about this major shift in the approach to baby nutrition.  Up until recently, it was advised to start your baby with infant cereal, followed by fruits and vegetables, then meats.  Now, according to experts, meat, along with other high iron foods is the priority food for babies.  It’s been bumped to the front of the line, and red meats are preferred! So when you start to introduce solids foods between 4-6 months, meat can be one of your baby’s first foods! Seriously? Red Meat for … Read More

MealEnders review – do they work?

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MealEnders Review - do they work?

Will popping a MealEnder make all your willpower dreams come true? Get a MealEnders review direct from a Dietitian. Years ago I heard about this candy-like treat that was supposed to help you avoid dessert. I wasn’t sure what to think of this concept at first, but I’ve now actually used them in my practice as a dietitian. So it’s high time I do a MealEnders review. It’s a bit more complex than you might think. In 2015 I got an email from a MealEnders representative offering to send me some samples and discuss the benefits of the product. She … Read More

Let your kids eat their Halloween candy!

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Nutrition, Picky Eaters4 Comments

How to let your kids eat ALL the Halloween candy they want (and not feel like a failure of a parent for doing so!) #halloween #halloweencandy #parentingwin #feedingkids #healthykids #halloweentreats

How to let your kid eat all the Halloween candy they want and not feel like a failure of a parent In my top 7 tips for celebrating Halloween without any guilt, I encouraged you to let your kids eat as MUCH candy as they want on Halloween. Just on that one day, mind you, but yes… all of the candy they want. Maybe you think I’m off my rocker with that one! “If I do that, my kid will eat until he’s sick” “Or, I tried that once and my kid DID eat until he vomited!” A tummy ache is … Read More

How’s Your Relationship with Food?

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How's your relationship with food?

How’s your relationship with food? You probably have enough relationships to worry about. Your boss, your kids, your parents, your partner… these things are complicated. The last thing you need is to worry about another complex relationship. Well, as a Dietitian, I have to tell you: your relationship with food is crucial! A quality relationship with food will increase your life span, increase your quality of life, improve your overall health, and most importantly, improve your enjoyment of food. We spend a lot of time with food. Isn’t that proof enough that the relationship deserves some attention? So, do you … Read More

6 Reasons You Feel Hungry Even Though You Just Ate!

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6 reasons you feel hungry even though you just ate

Have you ever eaten a meal and then felt hungry again just an hour later? If so, what was your reaction? You may have felt confused, upset, frustrated, or simply annoyed that you felt the need to eat again! If you’re trying to lose weight, or following a specific meal plan, you’re probably tempted to ignore that hunger. You might even feel betrayed by your body that it’s not satisfied with the food you just recently fed it. But there are a number of legitimate reasons why you might be hungry, even though you just ate! They’re all physiologically NORMAL … Read More

Is Halo Top a Healthy Switch From Real Ice Cream?

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Smarten Up, Virtual Grocery Store Tour2 Comments

Halo Top Healthy

I haven’t been too impressed with “frozen desserts” in the past. I’m looking at you Breyers blue box! They’re mainly just super-sweet and icky. They don’t have that creamy, rich, melt-in-your-mouth enjoyment that ice cream does. So I didn’t have high expectations when I heard about Halo Top. It’s advertised as a low-calorie, healthy alternative to ice cream, and I just didn’t think it could possibly compare to ice cream. As a Dietitian I’m all for making healthier choices in the foods that form the core of my diet. The foods I eat the most NEED to be healthy! But … Read More