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Super Barbecue Swaps

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

A summer barbecue is the best way to spend a long afternoon, with kids and adults alike enjoying lawn games and savoring the outdoors. Of course, along with the playing may be an extended afternoon of eating too, and sometimes not the best choices. I’ve narrowed it down to the top five nutrition “traps” that may be present at your next grill fest and some great swaps for getting around them.

Super Barbecue Swaps

“Brunchless” Mother’s Day

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Brunch is truly my favorite meal–especially when it’s paired with a relaxing day and the “nowhere I need to be” feeling. That said, I also like variety and honoring every Mother’s day the same way year after year doesn’t exactly scream “creativity.” This year, surprise your mom with a day of honoring that passes on brunch, but still delights.

“Brunchless” Mother’s Day

Small Changes, Big Impact

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Families can do a lot within their homes to protect our environment. Luckily, we have Earth Day to remind us to do just that. Even luckier, there are many ideas and resources available to get families started.

Small Changes, Big Impact

Gardening with Kids

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

If you garden or maintain your backyard in any way, you know it can be exhausting and leave you uniquely sore as you ponder the resilience of weeds and why you must replace your mulch each year. Of course, it is also rewarding to enjoy the results of your efforts all summer long. The ultimate in “no pain, no gain.”

Gardening with Kids

Go Nuts!

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

March is National Peanut Month! Lovers of the good ol’ PB&J will delight in highlighting the power of this little legume. With so many different peanut butters on the shelves, how do you know which is the best for you? Is it okay that there is so much fat in peanut butter? And, of course, there are those who are allergic or sensitive to peanuts, what is their best option for a convenient spread?

Go Nuts!

Sustainability Lets Us Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

This year’s National Nutrition Month theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, reminds us that eating well is about way more than, well, simply eating well. It is about turning healthful meals into an experience, and about the many steps that lead to a balanced, healthful plate to create that experience. It is a journey that begins long before food makes it to our markets and eventually our plate.

Sustainability Lets Us Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

Are you ready to stick to your exercise routine?

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

It’s that point in the winter when your New Year’s resolution to exercise is being tested. At this point, the gym is either feeling like a natural fit for you or you’re still feeling like a tourist, ready at any moment to return to the land of the sedentary. I’ve written before about the stage of change theory and how it applies to following a healthful diet. It may not surprise you that it plays a significant role in helping you stick to a gym routine too. Since you already have the membership, you assumed you were ready…but were you?

Are you ready to stick to your exercise routine?