What I Eat In a Day | Healthy Meals with a Dietitian

A look at what a dietitian eats in a day in the summer! Summer time brings with it some of my favorite healthy foods! July is when I really start to see all of the tomatoes, peppers, melons, and peaches at the farmers' market and it always makes me excited! Here's what I eat in a day as a dietitian when the best of summer's produce starts to come in.


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July Garden Tour! Explosive Growth!

It's officially summer and the garden has exploded with growth! It's amazing what a month can do! The garden has come a long way since my last update and it's really exciting. Lots of things are growing and it looks like I'm going to have my best harvests yet! 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 heirloom varieties, so there are a lot of tasty and interesting types that you might not have seen before!


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Tomato cage tutorial: https://youtu.be/67zaGO_k6q0

Paula Thomas Instagram: @gapey

What I Eat In A Day | Healthy Meal Ideas from a Dietitian

Here's what a real food dietitian eats in a day in late Spring. Eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated, so today I'm showing you what I ate on a day in late Spring. I hope that this will give you some ideas and inspiration for your own healthy meals. If you've ever wondered what a dietitian actually eats, this one is for you!

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6 Tips to Avoid Summer Party Weight Gain

With summer parties can come summer weight gain. Here are 6 tips to avoid it. The festivities that summer brings are great, but they tend to involve lots of food. So how can you enjoy the summer fun without gaining extra weight? These 6 tips will help you enjoy all of your summer parties and activities without adding extra pounds.

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Late Spring Garden Tour!

The garden is kicking off and I'm super excited about it! The garden is finally all set up and we have everything in the ground, except a couple squash plants! In this tour you'll get to see the overall garden layout, as well as what we're growing in each bed. And of course I found a few surprises along the way.

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May Favorites 2016 | Healthy Food, Massage Tool, Skin Care, and More!

May is almost over so that means it's time to talk favorites! May is almost over so that means it's time to talk favorites! This month I'm sharing a couple healthy meals, my new favorite at home massage tool, my renewed skin care routine, and more fun stuff!

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Garden Layout and What's Growing!

The garden layout is complete and I'm getting super excited for the growing season! The garden layout is complete and I'm getting super excited for the growing season! I'm really happy with how things turned out and I was able to get a lot of the materials for free! Here's a look at the new garden layout, as well a peek at what's growing outside and inside on the grow rack.

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My Garden Plan and Strategy!

Garden Plan and Strategy My garden plan is done and I'm super excited! This year I'm trying to find the right balance of familiar and new plants to keep me experimenting without getting overwhelmed. Here's some info about what I'm growing and my strategy for everything.

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What I'm Growing

Tomatoes (small)

  • Black cherry
  • Blondkopfchen
  • Green Grape
  • Mexicon Mediget
  • Tommy Toe
  • White Cherry

Tomatoes (large)

  • Aunt Ruby's German Green
  • German Pink
  • Gold Medal
  • Kellog's Breakfast
  • Nyagous
  • Paul Robeson


  • Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry
  • Green Husk
  • Purple

Peppers (sweet)

  • Bull Nose Bell
  • Chocolate Beauty
  • Jimmy Nardelo's

Peppers (hot)

  • Aji Crystal
  • Martin's Carrot
  • Mustard Habanero
  • Santa Fe Grande
  • Thai Hot


  • Mexican Sour Gherkin
  • Parade


  • Calypso
  • Provider
  • Purple Podded Pole
  • Rattlesnake Snap

Leafy Greens

  • Arugula
  • Bok Choy
  • Bronze Arrowhead
  • Green Oakleaf
  • Mizuna
  • Red Velvet
  • Tango


  • Summer Crookneck
  • Black Beauty Zucchini
  • Winter Luxury Pumpkin


  • Early Scarlet Globe
  • Cincinatti Market


  • Dragon
  • Paris Market
  • St. Valery


  • Amish snap


  • Boule d'Or
  • Petit Gris de Rennes


  • Italian Basil
  • Globe Basil
  • Thai Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Garlic Chives
  • Catnip
  • Mint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme


  • Blue Boy Bachelor's Buttons
  • Borage
  • Calendula Mix
  • Globe Amaranth
  • Black Velvet Nasturium
  • Empress of India Nasturtium
  • Tansy
  • Titan Sunflower
  • Sunflower Mix
  • Beary's Giant Zinnia

Garden Plan

Healthy Dinner Ideas for Late Summer | What I Ate #4

Summer Dinner Ideas School might be in session, but summer food is still here! We all need some healthy dinner inspiration, so I'm sharing a few of the meals that I've cooked up recently. Also, all of these meals have tomatoes in them. Just trying to upgrade my #TomatoQueen status. :D


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Local Corn All Year Long!

how to freeze corn Local corn on the cob is delicious, but it doesn't last forever. However, you can still enjoy it all year long if you freeze some for later. Here's how to freeze corn so you can have a little piece of summer even on winter's coldest days.


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Freezing Corn


Fresh corn on the cob

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Leaving husk on the corn, trim husk to remove any loose pieces and excess at the top of the ear.
  3. Place corn in oven directly on the rack and roast for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove corn from oven and set aside to cool.
  5. Once corn has cooled, remove husks and silks.
  6. To trim the corn from the cob, invert a small bowl inside a larger bowl. Place one end of an ear of corn on the bottom of the small bowl so you are holding the the ear vertically. Using a knife, cut the corn from the cob moving vertically from one end of the ear to the other. The corn kernels should fall into the larger bowl. Repeat with remaining ears of corn.
  7. Using a measuring cup, scoop the kernels into freezer safe bags. Label and seal the bags and place them in your freezer.

August Farmers Market Haul!

August Farmers Market Haul  

One of my favorite places is the farmers market, especially during the transition from one season to the next. There are so many delicious fruits and veggies to choose from! Here's everything I got on my most recent farmers market trip in late August.


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August Favorites 2015 | Garden Plants, Healthy App, and Natural Hair Products

August Favorites August is almost over and that means it's time to talk about my August favorites! This month I'm sharing a couple plants in my garden that are giving me some delicious food, a healthy living app, and natural shampoo and conditioner. 


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Corn on the Cob Without a Grill

Oven Roasted Corn  

Corn on the cob is a classic summer food, but what do you do if you don't have a grill? I myself was faced with this problem and I've found the perfect solution : roasting in the oven. By using this method, you can still have great tasting corn on the cob without a grill.


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Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob


Corn on the cob, husks and silk intact

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Trim excess husk and silk from top of corn cob with kitchen scissors. Remove any loose pieces of husk.
  3. Place corn in oven, directly on rack and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove corn from oven and allow to cool enough that you can remove the husks and silks.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Just Call Me the Tomato Queen!

Garden Harvest  

This is my biggest garden harvest yet! I've got lots of tomatoes ripening now on the 30 plants I grew this year. Tomatoes are my favorite so I grew a lot of different heirloom varieties to try.


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Tomato varieties shown in this video:

Aunt Ruby's German Green Paul Robeson Blondkopfchen Mexico Midget Green Grape Black Cherry Jaune Flamme

Melon variety shown:

Petit Gris de Rennes

July Favorites 2015 | Healthy Food, Exercise Clothes, Movies, and More!

July Favorites  

It's hard to believe that July is over, but here we are! That means it's time to share my favorite things from the past month. :) One of my favorite foods is FINALLY in season, I bought some awesome new workout tops, saw some great movies, and more!

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What I Ate #3 | Healthy Dinner Ideas

Healthy Dinner Ideas  

It can be hard to come up with healthy dinner ideas, so I'm sharing a few of my recent dinners from the past month! I hope that seeing what I'm eating gives you some ideas for what to make at your house. These dinners were DELICIOUS! ; )

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June Favorites 2015 | Healthy Food, Natural Beauty, Apps, and More!

June Favorites The month of June has come to an end and that means it's time to talk June Favorites! This month I have a couple healthy food favorites, plus a new fav mason jar shape, natural perfume, fun apps, a podcast, and a movie!


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The Easy Way to Cut a Pineapple

How to Cut Pineapple Cutting up a whole pineapple can be intimidating, but once you know how to do it, it's really easy! You don't even need any special pineapple corer or spiral cutter, just a knife and a cutting board. Fresh pineapple is the perfect addition to any summer party or get together. Learn how to cut one up yourself!


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Healthy Grocery Haul!

Healthy Grocery Haul Today I thought it would be fun to show you everything I got at the grocery store! While I love getting food from my garden and local farmers, I still go to the grocery store to fill in the gaps. Unfortunately, bananas, pineapples, and avocados don't grow in Virginia.


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Making the Best Tomato Cages

Making Tomato Cages Store bought tomato cages really aren't that great and can get expensive as you replace them over the years. That's why I'm showing you how to make your own tomato cages from concrete wire or steel wire remesh. These tomato cages are stable, durable, inexpensive, and the perfect size and shape for tomatoes.


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Use extra concrete wire to make this trellis from One Yard Revolution.