National Nutrition Month!

March is a time dietitians and fellow rd2be’s hold dear – it’s National Nutrition Month! That’s right, nutrition gets a whole month dedicated to it (although if you aren’t hooked up with the field at all you probably wouldn’t know that, I know I didn’t until last year). Every year the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND) puts out a theme for the month and this year it’s “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right“.

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Looking forward to spring!

Hello everybody! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Yesterday was the first day of spring – can you believe it?! The sun’s out for longer at night, the temperature is creeping back up, and we get to look forward to growing season!

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Truth be told, spring has never been a particular favorite of mine. It starts out muddy and cold, and before long its pouring, and then we get a few short weeks of temperate weather before delving right into summer. But, with spring comes the new growing season as we eagerly anticipate the farmer’s markets and fresh produce at the grocery store.

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Today I thought I’d put a little list together for those who are looking to shop seasonally because produce (1) tastes better, (2) is much cheaper, (3) and can be purchased locally. If you’re keen on finding some spring produce when you go grocery shopping, keep your eyes out for this produce.

  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Honeydew
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Peas (snow peas too)
  • Pineapple
  • Rhubarb
  • Radishes
  • Spinach

This is just a small list, and be aware that not every area has the same availability. But be sure to try and incorporate some of these items in your meals this season for a fun and fresh taste after the hearty flavors of winter!

Enjoy the season!

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No-Bake Energy Bites

So this is a bit of a big step. I don’t think I’ve ever posted a recipe on forksandnature before *shock horror*. But this one is so easy, so quick, and it can easily fit into a day of meal prep and the best part? You get to have a quick snack that’s portable, easy to munch on pre-workout, post-workout, for breakfast, whenever, and it’s tasty too.

No-Bake Energy Bites! You’ve probably seen variations on the recipe floating around the Internet. They’re a big hit among everyone, and it wasn’t until this semester that I began to see why. This recipe can easily be customized to suit your preferences. And you can vary it week by week depending on what you’re feeling. Just make sure you have enough of the wet ingredients to balance the dry so you can easily form the balls.

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This is one particular recipe I’ve found that works quite well, but feel free to play with it as you like!

  • 1 C dry oats (you can use whatever kind you have on hand)
  • 1/2 C peanut butter (creamy works best)
  • 1/3 C honey (the darker the honey it is, the more subtle the sweet flavor is FYI)
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips (using mini-chocolate chips is a lot of fun in this recipe)
  • 1/2 C pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. (optional)
  • 1 T chia seeds (I use a mixture of chia and flax seeds)

Dump everything a bowl and give it a good mix. Let it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes (a lot of the time I let it chill for awhile since I forget about it haha). After it’s chilled, roll the mixture into whatever-size balls you’d like and then store in the fridge!

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And that’s it. Talk about so easy anybody could make ’em.

What are your favorite no-bake energy bite variations?

Have a great week!

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You Can Still Get Your Five-a-Day in this Winter

Hello all! So, we are definitely into the thick of winter. Living in Upstate NY, I can definitely attest to brutal winters – and it’s definitely a season I’m not a fan of. For all you winter fans out there, you enjoy the season that seems to last forever. I’ll stick with loving fall 😛

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Back to School Lunches (When You’re Cramped on Time)

It’s that time of year again: the schoolbooks, the paper and pens, and those packed lunches for your days!

Hello everybody! Wow, September has rolled around and we’re all quickly settling back into the school year (or maybe not so quickly :P). At the very least we’re entering my favorite time of year – fall! So in lieu of us heading back to the daily grind, especially to school, I thought I’d share some portable, easy lunches to have on hand.

Blog2Not all of us have the ability to take a thirty minute lunch break and enjoy an expertly crafted lunch with proper silverware. For some, like myself, you could very well have back-to-back classes during lunch and might only have a ten minute break before you rush off to another commitment. So, you think you only have two options:

  1. Skip lunch and go hungry (boo, nobody likes that!)
  2. Grab the easiest convenient snack which is not so health-friendly

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