Thoughts of a Dietitian

Be Adventurous… with your food!

Something I love doing is trying new fruits and veggies whenever I get the chance! It gives me a sense of accomplishment that it’s something else I can ‘cross of my list’ of things to try. Plus, all fruits and veggies contain an array of different nutrients. so whatever you choose to try next it’s guaranteed to be healthy!

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One of my most recent trips to the grocery store included a dragon fruit purchase. It was $5.99, so a bit pricey, but I really wanted to give it a try. The variety in my grocery store was a white flesh dragon fruit, but from what I understand they also have red flesh and yellow skin varieties. I had to google how to eat it, but much to my surprise it was very easy. Slice it in half, and peel back the thick skin as you only eat the juicy flesh.

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My google search also revealed to me that dragon fruit is high is lycopene, which is an antioxidant I was actually familiar with lycopene from a presentation I had to do in school. Lycopene is what gives watermelon and tomatoes their bright red hue. There is a lot of research connecting increased lycopene consumption to decreased incidence of prostate cancer. (Even if that isn’t of concern to you, lycopene is known to have many other health benefits in the body.) Another interesting fact I learned about this fruit is that is grows on a cactus.

Although I had much hope about this beautiful fruit, the taste was a little bland in my opinion. The texture was much like a kiwi, it was soft and juicy with tiny seeds dispersed throughout the flesh. The flavor was more in line with a honey dew melon, which has very little flavor in my opinion. If you are looking for a mild fruit, however, this may be one you want to try next!

Have you already tried dragon fruit? If so, what is your opinion and how do you like to eat it?

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Be a Fly on the Wall

Decision making is not one of my strongest abilities; I am the world’s biggest over-analyzer! As a recent college graduate,  this is becoming quite a downfall for myself as I have many big decisions to make in the coming months. After a good talk with my mom, and a shower to clear the mind, I decided to consult my good friend Google to see what she had to say about decision making.

To be more specific, I searched “how to be better at making decisions.” We live in a world where we have access to unlimited knowledge and I think many people, including myself, often forget that. One article that resonated with me was this one published in the Huffington Post on June 18, 2014.

One tip I really liked from the article was to pretend to be a fly on the wall. In other words, if you were looking at your situation as an outsider, what would this outsider think. I like this technique as a way to remove (some) emotion from the decision. I really do plan to use this technique as I let my life unfold this year. Do you think this tip would be useful for you? I’m not bad a making small day-to-day decisions, but when it comes to things that affect my life for years to come I really struggle.

Anyone else extremely indecisive? Read the article and let me know which tips resonate with you the most!

 

Recipes

Antioxidant galore!

In keeping with the theme of my last post, Are Superfoods Really That Super?, I pulled out a old, simple, recipe for a quick snack or healthy dessert that is packed with nutrition!

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Believe it or not, this recipe is only 2 ingredients! I used Whole Food’s Antioxidant Energy Trail Mix- but any trail mix will do. This one had walnuts, almonds, goji berries, pepitas and craisins. The other ingredient you’ll need is dark chocolate.

To make about 8 coins, simply melt 3 TBS dark chocolate in the microwave on 10 second intervals. Spoon melted dark chocolate into coin shapes onto waxed paper, and then sprinkle 1/4 cup of your trail mix over the coins (do this quickly before the chocolate hardens!)

Yes, this is definitely a sweet treat but it’s something you can at least feel good about putting into your body because it’s giving you a lot of healthy antioxidants. (Think, a cookie = pure sugar, whereas these dark chocolate coins = sugar + healthy antioxidants… it’s a give-and-take situation!) Give these a try and let me know what you think!

 

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Are Superfoods Really That Super?

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Have you ever came across a magazine article that claims to know the next superfood that’s full of promise? In general, superfoods tout various health benefits from lower cholesterol to improved memory to weight loss, and maybe even protect against cancer. So then the question is, are those things true?

Typical foods that might be called superfoods are fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and some other goodies like salmon, dark chocolate, and red wine! While these foods might not have any super powers, in general these are good things to fill your plate with! Of course, always remember that moderation is key (which is true with anything!) but these superfoods are healthy because they are full of so many different nutrients and antioxidants. It’s unlikely that eating one superfood is going to cure your ailment, but overtime eating more of these nutrient dense foods can lead to a heathier body. Looking for a few more specific superfoods to add to your diet? Try to include more of these things into your snacks and meals!

  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Honey
  • Cilantro
  • Cranberries
  • Grapefruit

Maybe I will try a SUPERFOOD RECIPE in my next post!

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First Post of 2017

We’re still in the first week of 2017 so I believe it’s still acceptable to say Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a very happy holiday season filled with lots of laughs and love. This year my parents, my brother, my boyfriend, and myself took a “Cruisemas” for the holidays. It was a ton of fun, the food was delicious, and the other thing I really liked about the cruise was not having my cellphone with me- which forced me to be more present. (Is that anyone’s resolution this year!?)

If that’s not included in your resolution this year, what is? I bet many people have included a physical activity or exercise component to their resolution. If so, something I did this morning was a  10 minute yoga video on YouTube! I’ve done this previously, but then I often forget about this option as time goes on! However you can literally find any sort of yoga or workout video on YouTube so if you haven’t already given it a try I encourage you to try it ASAP.

I don’t want to promote any YouTuber in specific, but the next time you don’t feel like going to the gym just open up your computer. I often search by the length of time I have to spend on my workout. You can search for videos that focus on just abs or just glute (aka butt) exercises, you can find total body workouts, and my personal fave you can find relaxing yoga videos. Not only is this option completely free, the best part is that if you aren’t into the video you selected and/or the instructor, you can easily search for a different one!

Whatever your resolution is or is not, let’s all work together to make 2017 the best yet! If you need help achieving your health or happiness related resolution let me know, and regardless of what your resolution is, make sure it’s a SMART one!