which oats are healthy?

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Virtual Grocery Store Tour9 Comments

which oats are the healthiest? #healthyeating #oatmeal #oats #vegan #steelcutoats #overnightoats

Which oats are healthy? The answer is, almost all of them. But you’re probably wondering which oats are healthiest. The short answer is that the least processed oats are the most healthy. But when I did the calculations for exactly how much difference the processing makes, I admit that I was surprised by the results! Oats are a whole grain that are mostly eaten by horses, at least in their unprocessed state. They get processed for us picky humans. Some oats are more processed than others, which results in the different types! The processing continuum that will help us see … Read More

changing how you shop can make your fruit last for weeks

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Virtual Grocery Store Tour7 Comments

We go through a LOT of fruit in our house! I don’t want to be running to the grocery store every couple of days just to keep up with our fruit habit! So I started to strategically buy a variety of fruit that I could space out over a couple of weeks. That way we could enjoy fresh fruit for a couple of weeks without anything going bad on us! This works well for the North American way of grocery shopping. Unless you live in a very urban area, your closest grocery store is probably not within walking distance… or … Read More

dietitian grocery tips: buying fruit in season

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Virtual Grocery Store Tour2 Comments

how to buy fruit in season

When you buy fruit in season, you’ll get the top most quality, best price, and the fun of anticipating different fruit throughout the year! I did an informal Instagram poll, and got a strong message in return: people are interested in hearing what I buy in the grocery store. I thought I’d start by highlighting one of the key strategies I use to keep my grocery shopping, healthy, tasty and affordable: buying fruit in season. There are many advantages to buying your fruit seasonally! Quality: Just pure taste. There’s nothing like the taste of fresh fruit picked at peak ripeness! … Read More

Are Snapea Crisps Healthy?

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Virtual Grocery Store Tour3 Comments

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

Jessica Penner, RDInspiration, NutritionLeave a Comment

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

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Nutrition10 Comments

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

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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