Posts By: allisonjstowell

Icy Summer Treats

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Frozen treats are hard to resist in summer. Whether we are talking about a trip to your local coffee shop for a frozen beverage (which, by the way, is often way more decadent than you realize) or an evening walk to the ice cream shop, it seems like just about every point in the day calls for an icy treat. Of course, the same way I suggest freezing those holiday cookies once the calendar reads January 2nd, I don’t recommend a daily decadent treat even when the temps are into the 90s. That said, there are many less decadent (and just as refreshing) icy options that will satisfy your desire for something special.

Icy Summer Treats

Stress-Free Picnics

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

It’s the perfect picture of summer…a picnic to accompany an outdoor concert or trip to a local vineyard or orchard. A chance to leave your kitchen and dining room to embrace a warm summer day. If this picture sounds like just that: a picture (one you only see in magazines), maybe you need a few strategies for pulling together a picnic with ease. Start with these five steps.

Stress-Free Picnics

Fishing for Nutrition

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

A child and an adult bonding by the water as they gently cast their fishing lines: this picturesque image is a perfect summer scene and the kind of moment a child looks forward to and reflects upon with delight. These opportunities can be more than just an afternoon adventure–they can teach our kids about our ecosystem, nutrition and possibly even outdoor cooking.

Fishing for Nutrition

Go Fish for Father’s Day

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Burgers, steak…yeah, these are the usual when it comes to Father’s Day. But they don’t have to be. I’m sure that dad would enjoy a fabulous fish dish if it’s made just the right way, and you will savor the idea that you put together a “manly menu” of great-for-him nutrients.

Go Fish for Father’s Day

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