Friday Favorites: Freezer Staples

Happy Friday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Whew, I don’t know about you, but boy am I glad we finally made it to Friday. Between recovering from DST on Sunday and the snow on Tuesday, I’ve felt exhausted all week. I have a few plans on the agenda for the weekend, but I am definitely looking forward to spending some quality time with the boyfriend relaxing on the couch.

For this week’s edition of Friday favorites, I am sharing a few of my favorite healthy freezer staples. Consider grabbing a few of these at the grocery store this weekend to help build a well stocked freezer.

Vegetables

If you open my freezer at any given time, you’ll find several bags of frozen vegetables. They are typically picked and frozen at the peak of the season, retaining maximum flavor and nutrient content. Broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and carrots are among my favorites to keep on hand because they tend to retain the most crunch when reheated. I’m a big fan of the steam-in-a-bag options because they can go from freezer to plate in less than five minutes. Be sure to choose plain vegetables with no added sauces or breading for the best nutritional value. Frozen vegetables make a great addition to whole wheat pasta dishes or soups. Continue reading “Friday Favorites: Freezer Staples”

Highlights From A Low Key Weekend

I’ve been an avid blog reader for a long time before finally starting this blog. My favorite blogs have always been the personal blogs, as I tend to feel the most connection with those bloggers. In order to truly be “The Devoted Dietitian” I want to show you a little more about myself, so in addition to sharing nutrition tips, recipes, etc.,  I’ll occasionally post about my day to day life happenings. I want to show you that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be exhausting, and in fact, can be enjoyable! If nothing else, hopefully my family and friends that are reading will find this a good way to stay in the loop. So if you’re still reading, let’s kick things off with some highlights from this past weekend.

FRIDAY

Friday night we had a low key night in, which was just what I needed after a long and busy week.

We made Iowa Girl Eats Make-Ahead Breakfast Bowls for dinner and both the boyfriend and I practically licked our bowls clean. This meal provides a mix of protein, non-starchy vegetable, carbohydrate, and healthy fats, making it a great option to enjoy for any meal of the day. Potatoes often get a bad rap, but potatoes (with skin on) are high in potassium and fiber, as well as vitamin C and vitamin B6. We definitely plan on making these bowls again. Next time I’ll probably throw in another bell pepper or add chopped tomatoes to boost the non-starchy veggie content.

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Tuesday Tips: Bring Your Lunch to Work

Over the last 4.5 years, I have established a routine that has enabled me to bring my lunch to work about 99% of the time. At least once a week, one of my coworkers stops by my office at lunch time to inquire about the delicious aromas drifting from my office in to the hallway. Usually it’s someone who has just come back from buying lunch who is either disappointed by the lack of healthy choices or frustrated by how much money they spent.

Do you find yourself identifying with my disappointed coworkers? Are you looking to save a little money on your weekly food budget or follow a healthy eating plan? Do you typically buy your lunch at work some or most days of the week? Continue reading “Tuesday Tips: Bring Your Lunch to Work”

Celebrating American Heart Month

Everyone knows we celebrate Valentine’s Day in February, but did you know that it is also American Heart Month? This makes February a great month to start showing love for your heart. For years, heart disease has been the leading cause of death among both men and women in America. Annually, about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S., accounting for about 1 in 4 deaths. The good news is that making lifestyle changes and seeking proper medical care can reduce heart disease risk. Continue reading “Celebrating American Heart Month”

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

In March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month. I’ve been talking about launching a blog for almost a year, so this month seems like a fitting time to get the ball rolling. This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” which emphasizes the concept that you should think about how, when, why, and where you eat, not just what you eat. These are all important aspects of mindful eating, which encourages you to use your senses to help you choose foods that are both satisfying and nutritious. You should take the time to taste and enjoy what you are eating to develop a positive relationship with food. I believe this is a great message and work hard to practice mindful eating and encourage others to do so as well.

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