Posts By: allisonjstowell

Nutrition Education

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

With the start of a new academic year, our kids are once again spending over thirty hours per week at school. While today’s education challenges are great and the typical school curriculum tightly packed, there are still opportunities for schools to reinforce positive nutrition habits with students, and many big and small ways for educators to improve the culture in their school around food.

Nutrition Education

Deconstructed Meals: A Back-to-School Time Saver

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

A busy evening that requires an easy dinner or a lunch when the usual sandwich won’t do. These are the times for what my family refers to as “deconstructed meals.” These lunches and dinners may not present like traditional “meals,” but for particular kids and demanding days they satisfy (and for this dietitian mom, they get the job done without slacking on nutrition). With a blueprint for bringing together a deconstructed meal, and the right tools, you can assemble a combination of foods (and nutrients) that get the job done too.

Deconstructed Meals: A Back-to-School Time Saver

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