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!

Healthy Eating vs Dieting | Dietitian Q&A

We know that diets don't work and that they can cause a lot of problems for us, but what's the difference between a diet and healthy eating? And can what some people describe as healthy eating actually be just another diet? In this live stream, I give my thoughts on this topic and discuss it with the live viewers. We talk about things like the sneaky diets that pretend to be something different, intuitive eating, and getting back in touch with your body's own signals. I also answer viewer questions.

What I Eat in a Day | Healthy Meal Ideas from a Dietitian

It's time for another What I Eat in a Day video! I know sometimes you need some healthy meal ideas and inspiration to get you out of a healthy eating food rut. You also might be curious to see what a dietitian eats in a day. In this video, I'm showing you a full day of eating for me in August while on vacation at the beach. I like making these videos when I'm away from home, because I think it's fun to show you what my meals look like when I'm outside of my normal routine. This What I Eat in a Day video includes some of my favorite beach meals and foods. As a reminder, this video is not here to tell you what to eat or how much to eat. It's just an example of one day of eating for one person (me). Every person and every day is different! I hope you enjoy seeing what I eat in a day at the beach!

A DIETITIAN'S Thoughts on What The Health Vegan Documentary

What The Health is a vegan documentary on Netflix that has gotten a lot of attention here lately. The documentary promotes a vegan diet as the singular solution to our health problems, including diseases like diabetes and cancer. What The Health also compares the consumption of meat, and processed meats in particular, to cigarette smoking in terms of effect on health. So what do I think as a dietitian about What The Health? Well, there aren't too many good things I can say about it and I have a lot of criticisms.

Eating for Healing After Injury or Surgery!

Healing after an injury or surgery is quite the process, and what you eat plays an important role. Nutrition matters when it comes to healing and there are certain nutrients that are important in the healing process. In this video, I'm sharing the important of food in healing, including the nutrients that help with healing.

 

Nutrients Mentioned

Protein - found in meat, eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils

Vitamin C - found in citrus, strawberries, peppers, peaches, tomatoes, kiwi, pineapple

Vitamin A - found in eggs, liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, winter squash, leafy greens

Zinc - found in oysters, beef, other meats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, and lentils

Are You Making Healthy Eating Too Complicated?

Eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated, but, sometimes, we make it that way. Recently, I was working at a health fair and had an interesting conversation with one of the people there. The woman approached my table and started talking to me about her food and nutrition struggles. As the conversation went on, I saw in her experience what I see happening to so many other people: confusion about nutrition and the negative impact of food rules. Food rules are everywhere and the black and white thinking that comes with them can actually be bad for our nutrition and well being. The good thing is, it doesn't have to be this way.

Make Dinner with Me! Rice Bowls + Dietitian Q&A!

Come make dinner with me! In this live stream, I'm chatting with you and answering your questions while I make rice bowls! This is one of my favorite go-to summer meals, especially on nights when I want something easy or if I have veggies in the fridge that need to get used up. Watch me go through the process of making this healthy meal from start to finish and get some ideas for your own dinners! My husband, Jasen, also makes an appearance in this one. :)

Coming Up with Healthy Meal Ideas | Meal Planning Tips!

One thing about eating healthy and meal planning that can be a challenge for people is coming up with healthy meal ideas. I think this is something that most people come across at one time or another. If you're new to cooking, you might not know where to start. If you're more experienced in the kitchen, you can still find yourself in a food rut and lacking new meal ideas and inspiration. In this video, I'm sharing my top tips for coming up with healthy meal ideas. These are all things that I find really helpful when it comes to meal planning and figuring out what meals I want to make that week.

 

Resources mentioned

Less Sleep Linked to Weight Gain?

Sleep is important for overall health, but how does sleep affect our weight and health markers like cholesterol and blood sugar? That's the subject of a new study out of the UK. In this study, researches used data from 1,615 participants that was collected as part of the UK's National Diet and Nutrition Survey. They analyzed this data to look for relationships between sleep duration and BMI, waist circumference, diet, blood lipids, blood sugar, hemoglobin A1C, thyroid hormones, and C-reactive protein. So what did these researchers find and how does it fit in with previous research about sleep and weight? More importantly, what does this research mean for us?

 

July GARDEN Update! So Many VEGGIES!

It's time for my July garden update! I'm super excited to give you a garden tour and show you how everything is growing! Things are really starting to get into gear and we're beginning to get some nice harvests. This is just that start and it looks like we have some giant harvests in our future!

I'm especially excited to show you how the Black Beauty tomatoes are doing. This is my first year growing this black tomato variety and we've already harvested a few fruits! In this video, I talk a little bit about how you know when Black Beauty tomatoes are ripe and when to pick them.

 

Varieties Featured

  • Yellow Crookneck squash
  • Mexico Midget tomato
  • Purple Bumble Bee tomato
  • Black Beauty tomato
  • Black cherry tomato
  • Blondkopfchen tomato
  • Jaune Flamme tomato
  • Paul Robeson tomato
  • Petit Gris de Rennes melon
  • Purple Podded Pole beans
  • Rattlesnake Snap beans
  • Thai basil
  • Italian basil
  • Purple basil
  • Buena Mulata pepper
  • Chinese Five Color pepper
  • Craig's Grande Jalapeno pepper
  • Traveler's Strain Jalapeno pepper
  • Double Yield Cucumber

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!

My #1 Tip to Make Grocery Shopping EASIER!

If you want to eat healthier then you're going to have to get those healthier foods in your house and that involved grocery shopping. I know grocery shopping isn't at the top of many people's list of fun things to do, but it is necessary. With that in mind, today I'm sharing my #1 tip to make grocery shopping easier! And guess what? It involves making a grocery list! Now this might seem like basic advice that you've heard before, but, in this video, I'm telling you exactly how I make my grocery list and giving tips that make the whole process a lot easier. I'm also sharing my favorite grocery list making app. This tool is key to making grocery shopping easier and I love it, so I'm excited to tell you about it!

What I Eat in a Day | Healthy Meal Ideas from a Dietitian

It's time for another What I Eat in a Day video! I know sometimes you need some healthy meal ideas and inspiration to get you out of a healthy eating food rut. You also might be curious to see what a dietitian eats in a day. In this video, I'm showing you a full day of eating for me in July. It's packed yummy summer produce and includes some of my favorite healthy summer meals. Plus, all of the meals in this What I Eat in a day video are quick and simple, so they're perfect if you don't have a lot of time or don't want to mess with complicated recipes.

A Dietitian's Thoughts on To The Bone

To The Bone is a new movie available on Netflix that deals with the topic of eating disorders. It follows the fictional story of a girl named Ellen who struggles with anorexia and take the view through a portion of her journey to eating disorder recovery. The movie has caused a lot of controversy, especially since the trailer came out, with many people concerned that the movie may glamorized eating disorders and be triggering for those who are vulnerable to eating disorder imagery and talk. Well, the movie is finally here and I've watched it, so I'm sharing my thoughts on the To The Bone movie as a dietitian. I'm going over things I liked about the movie, things I disliked about the movie and I discuss the issue of triggering material and how  we discuss topics like eating disorders while considering those who are vulnerable. To The Bone tells one story, so it can't encapsulate every individual's experience and it isn't perfect, but I do think it is a step in the right direction.

The Food Lesson in Game of Thrones that Everyone's Missing

Game of Thrones, the book and the HBO show, is known for it's amazing food. From giant feasts to every day meals, the food descriptions are mouth watering, but there is a hidden food lesson in Game of Thrones that most people miss. The truth is, all of that delicious food in Game of Thrones that people are drooling over is just basic whole foods. Things like vegetables, fruits, grains, meats, poultry, fish, herbs, and spices. It isn't anything fancy or out of reach, just good food prepared in a tasty way (and described really well). It's healthy, nutritious food and you can make Game of Thrones food at home any day of the week. I don't think most people think of it this way though and that's the lesson Game of Thrones can teach us: healthy food and tasty food can be the same thing! Healthy food doesn't have to be bland and boring. If you drool over the food in Game of Thrones, you like healthy food.

Must-Have Kitchen Tools for Healthy Eating!

There are a lot of different kitchen tools out there, but there are a few that are essential. I definitely have a handful of tools that I use to do the majority of my cooking, so I'm sharing them with you! These are the kitchen tools that I turn to again and again for making healthy meals. I use these tools for ingredient prep and for the actual cookie process. I hope this helps you, whether you're getting started with cooking, need to upgrade some of your tools, or are getting set up in a new place!

 

PRODUCTS MENTIONED (contains affiliate links)

Global chef's knife
Global paring knife
Metal spatula (not the one I have that broke)
Wooden spoon
Hand grater
Box grater
Masher
Large cutting board
Raw meat cutting board
Small cutting board
Mixing bowls
Large stainless steel skillet
Large cast iron skillet
Small stainless steel skillet
Medium cast iron skillet
Baking sheets
Soup pot
Medium (2 quart) pot

 

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Healthy Snack Ideas and Tips + Dietitian Q&A!

Making healthy snacks can be tricky, especially since we often thing of snacks foods as the highly processed stuff we find at the grocery store. That's why I'm giving you some tips for building a healthy snack that is also satisfying and sharing some healthy snack ideas. I'm also showing you a bunch of different example foods that can be great for snack time! This is how I think about my snacks as a dietitian and nutritionist and I think it will help you too! There's also a Dietitian Q&A I did with the people who were watching this live, so you'll get to hear their questions and my answers.