Posts By: allisonjstowell

(Healthy) Vacation…All I Ever Wanted

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Allison Stowell

My family recently went on a 2,000 mile road trip. On paper, this eight state tour looked like a serious culinary challenge. After all, I’m naturally particular about fast food fare and convenience products, and two members of my family of four have celiac disease, which means that very little is “fast” and just about nothing is “convenient.” Unless, of course, you make it that way. Whether you are tackling a big road trip, spending too many hours at a hotel, or checking into a hotel for a week, you can eat well while you’re traveling and at your destination too.

(Healthy) Vacation…All I Ever Wanted

Smoothies and Gut Bacteria

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Allison Stowell

The beautifully blended combination of nutrients that come together to create your favorite smoothie may also be the perfect pre- and probiotic boost your body needs. Prebiotics, the non-digestible fibers that promote the growth of the beneficial bacteria found in our gut, team up with probiotics, or good bacteria, to positively impact our gut microbiota. A few questions commonly come up when the topic of smoothies and gut bacteria is considered.

Smoothies and Gut Bacteria

Garden to Plate: Inspiring Children to Eat Veggies

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Allison Stowell

April is Kids Garden Month, a month devoted to highlighting the many reasons why we should get kids into the garden and a time to remind us that there are many resources available to help us do just that. The big take away is that you don’t have to be a master gardener to develop a child with green thumb, you just need to get them into the garden and learn along with them.

Garden to Plate: Inspiring Children to Eat Veggies

The Best and Worst Choices for Sustainable Eating

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Allison Stowell

You use your reusable water bottle, recycle as much as you can, and compost. Your habits include turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth to reduce water use and unplugging all unused chargers to lower energy use. You are a clear champion for our environment and believe that small changes have a big impact. But if you aren’t also looking at your diet, you may be falling short of doing all that you can to reduce your carbon footprint.

The Best and Worst Choices for Sustainable Eating

Honoring Hunger

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Allison Stowell

Some people don’t give hunger much thought. For these individuals, it’s just a passing feeling that waxes and wanes throughout the day; a comfortable feeling that’s easy to manage. For others, it brings about feelings of uncertainty (“Should I be hungry?”) or guilt (“How can I be hungry? I just ate.”). This tangled space of questions is where I love to work, and an area I think many of us can relate to. I believe that this junction where the how and when to respond to hunger exists is where a lot of positive change can happen.

Honoring Hunger

Putting your Best Fork Forward for National Nutrition Month

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Allison Stowell

Every March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates the field of dietetics (and dietitians!) with National Nutrition Month (NMM). The annual NNM theme is designed to inspire healthful eating, not just in March, but all year long. This year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” fits this goal of encouraging a balanced diet…one forkful at a time.

Putting your Best Fork Forward for National Nutrition Month

The Science of Heart Health

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Allison Stowell

According the Cleveland Clinic, Americans don’t know their personal (and critical) numbers for reducing risk of cardiovascular disease. Yes, we know that we should reduce our risk, and as a dietitian, I am happy that many of you try to be “healthy,” but the problem is that what you don’t know is if those choices are having the right results.

The Science of Heart Health