Posts By: allisonjstowell

Holiday Eggspectations

by in Healthy Holidays, Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

With the unveiling of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines earlier this year, came new recommendations designed to encourage better food choices and eating patterns to improve health. For those of us who work closely with the Guiding Stars algorithm, the guidance related to dietary cholesterol was of particular interest… and frankly kind of exciting. In case you missed it, the new dietary guidelines don’t offer a specific guideline on cholesterol, but rather recommend that we seek to limit our intake of it and focus on a healthful, balanced diet. At Guiding Stars, we knew all along that there was nutritional benefit to some foods that contain cholesterol like eggs and shrimp, and having the Dietary Guidelines back us up meant we could incorporate these foods into our rating and therefore our recommendations, recipes and suggested foods. What better time to do this than during the holiday season? Cheers!

Holiday Eggspectations

A Road Map to Feeding a Crowd

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving or inviting a crowd for another celebratory meal, you know that the menu guides the planning. How will you manage cooking times, oven space, make all your fam favorites (including those that haven’t been updated for generations) and satisfy all tastes? With all of the preparing (and dare I say at times…stressing?) it’s natural to compensate by over doing it. Not this year. Use this holiday meal GPS and you will get where you want to go with less stress and more time for the joy of the season.

A Road Map to Feeding a Crowd

Mindful Treats

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

For kids, Halloween is the unofficial start of the holiday season. Parties and the treats that go right along with them shift from being something kids might be offered at a birthday party or other event to having them in their possession after trick or treating. While we struggle to manage the sack of candy we also face the flood of parties that accompany the rest of the festive season.

Mindful Treats

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics 2016 Conference & Expo

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Every October, several thousand dietitians descend on a U.S. city for our yearly Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting. The Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (as it’s called) is an opportunity for dietitians like me to connect with colleagues, as well as engage in meaningful learning and discussion about the latest topics in nutrition. The “expo” part of FNCE enables us to see what’s new in the food and nutrition industry, and to see what will soon be hitting supermarket shelves. I was on the lookout for the trends and topics that will be the cornerstone of our upcoming webinar: 2017 On the Shelves: Food Trends Lookout (Wednesday, December 14th at 12pm EST). Consider this your sneak peek!

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics 2016 Conference & Expo

National Noodle Day

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Carbs: we love them…a lot. And then we shun them. On behalf of the noodle, let’s use National Noodle Day as a time to pause our low carb diets and embrace noodles, once and for all. Carbs deserve to be on the “in” list and noodles are part of that for sure. So grab your fork and dig in, but do so the right way so that you have your noodle and eat it too.

National Noodle Day

5 Ways to Help Kids Manage “Treat Time”

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

So how do we help kids manage moments like these and not overdo it? While I am always the first to provide timely tips to help kids learn the skills they need to conquer any tough food moment, I’m also quick to be perfectly practical about the fact that when its “party time” school kids are not focusing on anything but their party and the holiday connected to it. At times like this, our kids need us to buffer their experience like bumpers on a bowling alley, gently keeping them on course.

5 Ways to Help Kids Manage “Treat Time”

Family Meal Time: You’ve got This

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Every month has a theme or message it honors. September is National Family Meals Month, well suited to a month that is characterized by “regrouping” that family’s experience as they gear up for another school year and the many factors associated with it that make quality meal time challenging.

Family Meal Time: You’ve got This