How I Taught Myself to Cook and You Can Too!

If you're new to cooking, getting started in the kitchen can feel intimidating. I know because I was there myself once too. The good news is, I taught myself how to cook and you can too! In this video, I'm sharing my story of how I taught myself to cook and sharing some tips so that you can do the same. Learning how to cook doesn't have to be scary and, with all of the resources we have at our fingertips, you can definitely do it!
 

Make Dinner with Me! Bok Choy and Sausage Skillet + Dietitian Q&A!

Come cook with me! In this live stream, I'm making dinner and answering viewer questions. Watch while I make a healthy dinner and see how I put a meal together. You'll also get to learn some knife skills and cooking tips. I'm making a bok choy and sausage skillet with roasted potatoes and taking you through the whole processes from start to finish. You'll learn how to roast potatoes, how to chop and clean bok choy, and a lot more! 

Current Favorites! | Healthy Food, Fenty Beauty, Lifestyle, and More!

Today I'm sharing my current favorites with you! These are some of the things that I'm loving right now and I'm excited to tell you about them! I have a couple food things, plus some beauty and lifestyle products. I know I enjoy seeing which products are working well for other people, so I hope you'll like seeing what some of my favorite things are right now.

 

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QUICK + EASY Dinner Ideas + Dietitian Q&A

Sometimes you need a quick and easy dinner. Maybe you have a busy evening or maybe your regular dinner plans fell through, but no matter what the reason we all find ourselves in this situation from time to time. In this video, I'm sharing some of my favorite quick and easy dinner ideas so you can still have a healthy dinner even if you're a little pressed for time. This was recorded live, so there's also some dietitian Q&A at the end. I answer some questions about making quick meals and then dive into other topics.

The Problem with "Diet" Avocados

A company in Spain, Isla Bonita, is launching what is being called a low fat or diet avocado. The avocado, marketed as Avocado Light, with have 30% less fat than other avocados. The reduced-fat avocados will only be available in Spain, but we do have something similar in the United States: Florida avocados. Florida avocados are bigger than Hass or California avocados, have bright green skin, and are lower in fat. Florida avocados are sometimes marketed as Slimcados. The whole Slimcado thing has irritated me for a while now and with the news of this Avocado Light coming to Spain I thought it was time for us to talk about it. I have a big problem with the way these avocados are marketed.

Cow's Milk vs Plant Milks: Which Should You Choose?

There are so many options at the grocery store when it comes to milk. In addition to cow's milk, there are lots of plant milks to choose from. So how do cow's milk and these milk alternatives compare and which milk should you choose? In this video, I'm breaking down the nutritional differences between cow's milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and rice milk helping you figure out which milk is right for you.

It's Time to Do Something for YOURSELF!

It can be easy to get so wrapped up in work, school, and taking care of others that you forget to take care of yourself. You might deny yourself thinks that you enjoy or that make you happy as a form of self punishment. We have to make sure that we are replenishing ourselves and doing things that bring us joy if we want to be able to do all of the other things we want to do. With that in mind, I want to challenge you to pause and think of some things that you enjoy doing that you aren't doing right now. How can you carve out some time or prioritize something to help you take better care of yourself. I've been working on this a bit myself lately and I'm encouraging you to do the same.

Make Dinner with Me! Beef + Veggie Skillet + Dietitian Q&A!

Come cook with me! In this live stream, I'm making dinner and answering viewer questions. Watch while I make a healthy dinner and see how I put a meal together. You'll also get to learn some knife skills and cooking tips. I call this meal a ground beef skillet. It's a go-to for me in the warmer months as an easy dinner that also helps me use up whatever vegetables I have on hand. See how this meal comes together while I answer questions about emotional eating, sugar, glycemic index, and more!

PROBLEM with What I Eat in a Day Videos

What I Eat in a Day videos are quite popular. I even make them myself, but there is a big problem with a lot of What I Eat in a Day videos: they promote dieting and unhealthy ideas about food and eating. Now, this obviously isn't the case with all What I Eat in a Day videos, but it's something that I see a lot. There are a lot of different ways that these videos do this, from the thumbnails, to the food, to the messages about how to decide what to eat. This is something that I've been thinking about for a while and I've mentioned briefly in other videos, but I think it's time for us to have a dedicated conversation about this topic. What I Eat in a Day videos can be a lot of fun! They can give us ideas and inspiration for meals to make in our own kitchens and it's interesting to see how other people live, but we also need to recognize some of the unhelpful and even harmful messages that some What I Eat in a Day videos contain. If we want to break down the diet culture and diet mentality, we have to recognize it. 

September GARDEN Update! It's a JUNGLE Out Here!

It's hard for me to believe, but September is almost over and that means it's time for another garden update! This is going to be the last garden update of the year, so we're talking about how the garden is doing overall, plus some of the plants that grew really well this year and some plants that didn't. At this point in the growing season, my garden is looking pretty wild. The plants are full grown and I've been neglecting the garden a bit. There are things growing over into the paths and it's so bad in some areas that I can't even walk through them anymore. Let's just say the garden has become a bit of a maze when it's time to harvest things. I hope you enjoy this peak at my garden and have liked seeing my garden grow over the course of this gardening season!

 

For a point of reference, I'm in Virginia in Zone 7. All of the plants in the garden we either seeded directly or started from seed inside. I like to grow a lot heirloom varieties, which means lots of interesting shapes and colors!

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY | Healthy, Intuitive, Balanced

It's time for another What I Eat in a Day video! In this one, I'm giving you a look at what I ate on a day in September. This day includes some of my favorite, go-to healthy meals for this time of year and some meals that are a little out of the ordinary for me. All of these meals were super tasty and I enjoyed them a lot! Sometimes it can be hard to come up with healthy meal ideas and it's also fun to see what kinds of meals other people eat. So, whether you need healthy meal inspiration or are just curious to see what a dietitian eats in a day, I hope you find this peek into my meals interesting!

Dietitian vs Nutritionist: What's the Difference?

If you aren't sure about the difference between a dietitian and nutritionist, you aren't alone. As a dietitian, It's one of my most asked questions online and in real life. A lot of people don't even realize that there is a difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist! I'm explaining the difference for you today in this video. It's really important to know the difference between dietitians and nutritionists, especially if you're looking for nutrition information or a nutrition professional to work with. If you've ever wondered "what is a dietitian" or "what is a nutritionist," you're in the right place.

5 Favorite Healthy Dinners Right Now!

Coming up with healthy dinner ideas isn't always easy, so today I'm sharing 5 of my favorite healthy dinners right now! These easy meals have been in heavy rotation at my house here lately, and you might like them too! All of these dinners use the yummy veggies I'm getting out of my garden and from the farmer's market this time of year. That means lots of summer goodies, including tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, peppers, and tomatillos. I hope you find these meal ideas helpful in your meal planning. They're some of my favorites! 

Taco Night! Make Dinner with Me + Dietitian Q&A

It's taco night! Come hang out and make dinner with me. :) In this live stream, I'm chatting with you and answering your questions while I make tacos for dinner. See how I make homemade corn tortillas using a tortilla press, how I make my guacamole, and all of the toppings I put on my tacos. I also answer lots of your questions, including ones about weight loss, dieting, healthy lifestyle.

Are You ACCIDENTALLY Dieting?

I talk a lot about diets and the problems with dieting, but those discussions are usually focused on conscious dieting: when someone is making a conscious choice to restrict the amount, types, and/or timing of the food they eat. There's another type of dieting out there though, and that's accidental dieting. Accidental dieting happens when we aren't trying to diet, but we end up doing it anyways. Accidental dieting can happen because of dieting behaviors that have stuck around from previous diets or they can work their way in with all of the dieting messages we're surrounded with. So are you accidentally dieting? Let's talk about it!

New Study: Fat is Good and Carbs Are Bad?!

A new study out of Canada has gotten some attention. Actually, it's a few studies using the same set of data. Researchers used data from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study to look at the relationship between fat and carbohydrate intake and cardiovascular disease and mortality. They also looked at the association between fruit, vegetable, and legume intake and cardiovascular disease and mortality. At the end, the researchers found that higher fat diets were associated with a lower risk of death and weren't associated with cardiovascular disease and that higher saturated fat intake was associated with a lower risk of stroke. They also found that higher carbohydrates diets were associated with higher mortality, but weren't associated with cardiovascular disease. When looking at fruits, vegetables, and legumes, they found that 3-4 servings of these foods per day was associated with lower mortality. These results have some people saying that this means fat is good and carbs are bad and that we need to eat more fat and reduce our intake of carbohydrates. But is this really true? And what else should we keep in mind when looking at the results of these studies?

 

August Garden Update! AWESOME Production!

August is coming to an end, so that means it's time for another garden update! I've been getting some awesome harvests out of the garden this month and, overall, I'm really happy with how things are growing. With that said, a few plants have struggled and died, so I'll be showing you those too.

One thing I'm really happy with is how well the peppers have been growing! I have several new pepper varieties in the garden this year and they're all doing great!

 

For a point of reference, I'm in Virginia in Zone 7. All of the plants in the garden we either seeded directly or started from seed inside. I like to grow a lot heirloom varieties, which means lots of interesting shapes and colors!