I know, it’s just a bad habit that most people have. They assume that just because I am a dietitian, I wear a badge and write tickets for every poor food choice they make. Well, first let me say, that would be very cool, and I may need to invest in said badge and tickets….maybe that’s the secret to get people to change their ways. But I digress, as you will find that I do sometimes. I want you to know that even though I may glance at your plate or tray, it does not always mean that I am criticizing you! I do this only out of habit, and it’s a hard habit to break. But here’s the good news. By having this characteristic trait (sounds cooler than “habit”), I am the first to congratulate you on the amazing variety of vegetables you tossed on your salad or that swell-looking wrap you made of black beans and quinoa! Who doesn’t like to have their healthy habits noticed and pray tell, who doesn’t like a pat on the back for a job well done? While I am not the police, if I do see something horrific on your tray, let’s say 12 donuts, I may have to say something. Not because I am disappointed in you or that I want to mock your choices, but because I care…it’s my job…it’s my life…and now that I am a mom, it’s worse. So here’s the deal, dietitians are NOT the food police. They are people that genuinely care about your health and how you feel. Our goal is to teach you how to make good, yummy, healthy choices and keep encouraging you to do so. Next time you see your dietitian, give him or her a hug, because they care! And watch out, because I might start wearing that badge!
It’s easy to buy granola, but why on earth would you when the label lists over 20 ingredients, half of which you can’t pronounce? No thank you. Sure, some of those 5-syllable words are harmless, but it just doesn’t taste the same as homemade granola. I mean, what’s better, ripping open a box and pulling apart a plastic bag or opening your grandmother’s old mason jar, with the scent of cinnamon tickling your nose, and scooping out your own version? Or how about the satisfaction of having coworkers gawk in amazement after watching you pour your homemade wonder into your yogurt at lunch! You will be the talk of the lunch table for sure…in a good way! Have I convinced you yet? The cool thing is that granola is super easy, fast and customizable! Woo hoo! So, here’s a base recipe, but add things and change it up how you like. Experiment and report back!Print
A simple granola recipe that you can make your own!
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts, pistachios, etc), roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, etc)
- 2 tablespoons mixed seeds (chia, sunflower, pepitas, etc)
- Preheat oven to 300’F.
- Combine the oats, nuts, butter, honey, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and mix mix well.
- Spread the oat mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake about 25-30 minutes or until golden, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and stir in dried fruit and seeds. Cool completely before storing.
- Calories: 4281
- Sugar: 93
- Sodium: 644
- Fat: 169
- Saturated Fat: 47
- Unsaturated Fat: 108
- Trans Fat: 2
- Carbohydrates: 595
- Protein: 135
- Cholesterol: 122
Greetings and welcome! Do I know you? Well, I hope to! I am assuming you landed here after a random Google search accidentally dropped you here or maybe you were wondering why someone would put RDN after their name in their website address. It doesn’t much matter to me how you got here, it’s about getting you to stay and come back.
As you have probably noticed, this site is a bit under-construction. Please excuse my mess. I hope to bring much more pizazz and beauty to it in the upcoming months. Please bear with me.
Ok, so now to the real point here…why you should follow my blog. I don’t know about you, but I like things laid out for me. Paragraphs are nice when reading a novel, but not when you’re trying to get your point across. So, here you go, the reasons you should follow my blog, in no certain order:
1) Because you will learn stuff. Cool stuff. Not just why you need to eat more carrots or bok choy, but culinary stuff, too like recipes and cooking tips.
2) Because you are excited about nutrition and so am I! But really, who’s not?
3) Because you share a passion for cooking, eating and living a healthy life and you know I’ve got tips on that!
4) Because it’s your lunch break and you’ve already run out of things to research on the internet.
5) Because you know I will hook you up with really cool articles, recipes and other solid info from trusted professionals.
I think 5 points is enough for now. I certainly don’t want to overwhelm my new friend!
Check back often and see the progress that’s about to unfold before your eyes!
Welcome and it’s great to have you here!
It’s not really my birthday exactly, but more like my website’s birthday! It’s been a long-time coming, but the birth of my website is here! I hope to fill this site with not only info about me and what the heck it is I really do, but with practical and useful tips and info that you can use. So, light a candle and wish my little website a “Happy Birthday!”