We have had an exceptionally hot summer so far in Minnesota. While a dietitian can’t predict the weather, July and August are usually our hottest months. If just the thought of turning on your stove when it’s 90 degrees out makes you break into a sweat, here are some ideas for easy, nutritious summer meals.
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Healthy, fulfilling snacks can be hard to come by sometimes. Whether you’re out and about running errands or at home enjoying your day, nuts can be a great addition to your diet, and many of them are excellent sources of nutrition.
Do you often find yourself turning to pre-packaged meals when you’re hungry? Whether it’s canned, frozen, or made by a grocery store, convenience meals can be a lifesaver. They’re convenient and taste good, but they can also be loaded with calories, fat, and sodium. Here are some ways to try and make these meals a little more nutritious.
Our health and wellness is tied to so much more than good nutrition. Physical activity is just as important, and keeping active can be harder when we age. The current recommendation is to get 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week, regardless of our age.
Are you familiar with Vitamin D? As a Minnesotan, it helps for this essential vitamin to be on our radars! That’s because Vitamin D can be produced in our bodies if we get enough exposure to sunlight - and during long Minnesota winters, we don’t get enough of it from the sun alone.
It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to think about gifting! Kitchen gadgets can make great gifts. Whether they’re for a Christmas stocking, Hanukkah gift, or just a new treat for yourself, here are some ideas for handy tools under $20.
This is my first nutrition article for SAPAS, so to introduce myself, I have been a Registered Dietitian for 17 years. My professional path has included work in clinical nutrition, community food programs, health coaching, and 10 years as a stay-at-home parent (I am the mother to three girls). I became a dietitian because I enjoy learning about food and how it impacts our health, and supporting others in their journey toward a healthy lifestyle. I am pleased to have this opportunity to share news and information related to nutrition with all of you.
February is Heart Health month. This week my 6-year-old daughter created a pinecone birdseed feeder using seeds and peanut butter and hung it outside to feed the birds during the winter. This got me thinking about seeds and how these tiny, unassuming, plant parts can have a big impact on our heart health. Many seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a polyunsaturated fat, that has proven benefits to cardiovascular health.
We associate March in MN with many things: increasing daylight hours, the start of Spring, historically large snowfalls, and St. Patrick’s Day parades. March is also National Nutrition Month®. This year’s theme is Celebrate a World of Flavors.
This week my 10-year-old daughter and I made a new recipe together for our family dinner. The recipe involved making hard-boiled eggs and this was the first time my daughter had the experience of making eggs this way (she has been making scrambled eggs and fried eggs on her own for breakfast for many years).