Posts By: allisonjstowell

Fat or Fiction: The Latest Science on Fat

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

When we enter the supermarket, we are at the crossroads of our beliefs about nutrition and the food industry trends that are clear in package call-outs and the products themselves. As we seek the foods we mean to purchase for our family, we may also recall recent headlines, a magazine article or the advice of a t.v. personality. As conflicting messages bombard us, we may wonder if we are making the right choices at the market. After all, if coconut oil appears to be just as popular as olive or vegetable oil, should we be buying it?

Fat or Fiction: The Latest Science on Fat

Pre-Pregnancy Nutrition

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

It’s well known that there are specific nutrition guidelines for pregnant women and even unique needs for new, breastfeeding mothers. But what about before a woman is pregnant? It may be less widely known, but there are specific dietary choices mom-to-be can make and nutrition guidelines that can be followed to prepare for pregnancy.  

Pre-Pregnancy Nutrition

Easy, Affordable School Lunches

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

There are three pieces to the “school lunch puzzle” that make it challenging for childcare providers. The first is the “what,” while the second is the “how” and the last is the task of keeping it affordable. In the midst of a busy week that tugs on our time and resources, how do we fit these puzzle pieces into a perfect picture five lunches that work for both your student and you? We start with a plan (and the right tools).

Easy, Affordable School Lunches

Nutritious Camping Foods

by in Nutrition Science

Allison Stowell

Let’s face it. Camping and “healthy meal” aren’t usually paired together. Generally, campground cuisine is about what “works” rather than nutrition. After all, how can you prepare healthy foods without a fridge, a microwave, and the other conveniences of your home kitchen?

Nutritious Camping Foods

Visit Your Farmer’s Market to #BuyLocal

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Today’s supermarket produce section is an example of how connected our world is. Where we once had to wait for our local growing season, we now have access to a variety of produce all year as we import fruits and vegetables from all over the world. The result is that we don’t have to wait for June to enjoy strawberries or September for apples (if you live in the northeast, for example). Naturally, I’m all for a colorful diet all year, but have you ever stopped to think about what it means that we have access to just about every fruit and vegetable twelve months a year?

Visit Your Farmer’s Market to #BuyLocal

Update: Fish and the Guidelines for Pregnant Women

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

The type of fat found in seafood, omega-3 and DHA specifically, makes it essential for both mom and baby. Research shows that the benefits for women during pregnancy include increasing the likelihood for full-term pregnancy, as well as improved size of the newborn. Research also suggests that appropriate intake of seafood and DHA reduce the potential for post-partum depression. For baby, DHA is believed to offer extensive neurological benefits, including development of baby’s eyes and brain. It’s even possible that there is an increased potential for maintaining an ideal body weight in childhood.

Update: Fish and the Guidelines for Pregnant Women

Grilling Fish for Father’s Day

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

The seafood counter can be intimidating. Most people scan the case, looking over different filets and shellfish, wondering how they taste, how fresh they are, and of course, the best way to prepare them. Ironically, most seafood is very easy to prepare, especially on the grill. Last year I wrote about all of the reasons why you should grill some fish this Father’s Day. This year I want to help you select the right fish at the seafood counter.

Grilling Fish for Father’s Day