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!

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!

NEDA Reflection

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I know I didn’t exactly time this post right with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week being last week and all, but I still wanted to take a moment and talk about everything that it stands for because I think it’s incredibly important.

Eating disorder awareness is something that I’ve found tends to blend into the background when it comes to most of nutrition. Granted, registered dietitians are not the sole healthcare point of contact when it comes to eating disorder recovery, but I still feel like we should be just as integral in promoting its awareness.

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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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Fall Favorites

So I’ve seen this done so many times on YouTube and I thought why can’t I show some of my favorite foods, workouts, and lifestyle bits a little love this season? After all, fall is my favorite!

On a side note, my dietetic internship application has officially been handed in and is now in the hands of the internship director and the nutrition faculty at my school. Eek! Keep your fingers crossed for me – I should find out in November whether or not I’ve made it into the program. If I do, my internship will be secured and I won’t actually have to worry about going through DICAS (um, score?). Couldn’t ask for a better deal.

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Sugar is a Sneaky Son of a B*@&$

And it’s the largest contributor to the obesity epidemic.

Hello everybody! I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with the last days of summer. I can’t believe we’re already in back-to-school mode, and that fall is quickly approaching. Not that I mind too much – fall is my favorite season after all. I can’t wait to begin sharing fall-themed things with you!

In the meantime, I thought it was important to shed some light on a topic that has been getting a lot of press in general. And to be honest, I’m glad this topic’s getting as much press as it is because it’s something that many weren’t paying attention to before.

Added sugar. Yes, today we’re talking about added sugar specifically, ie: the stuff that food manufacturers add to their products. Natural sugars are something very different. They occur naturally in foods and are not added for flavor or to give body to soft drinks. Fruit is a great example. Fructose, or fruit sugar, is found naturally in an apple or a peach, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid fruit because it contains fructose.

Today’s discussion is mostly going to be focused on added sugars and how food manufacturers sneak them into processed foods. It’s important for you to be able to recognize these added sugars so you can avoid them. As it stands, I would back the theory that added sugar is this country’s leading cause of obesity, and as a result it is something you should strive to avoid.

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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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