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Neily’s Rockin’ Health Trail Mix – You’ll love it!

It’s time to update a post from a few years ago about my homemade trail mix. I’ve been making this for years and if you’re a client (or friend or family member) or if you have attended a talk I’ve given, you likely received a bag (or three) of Neily’s Rockin’ Health Trail Mix. I came up with the idea at the request of a client looking for a healthier afternoon snack, something other than plain nuts. Continue reading

Two simple ways to deseed a pomegranate (aka the jewel of autumn)

Fall is such a great time to get the wonderful pomegranate fruit. They’re actually called the jewels of autumn. Tucked inside the big red spheres are little red seeds called arils. Sweet with a bit of tartness.

They are however a mess to prepare, if you don’t know the right techniques! In these two videos I demonstrate how to deseed without staining your clothes a lovely bright red. Continue reading

Dinner without reservations: Average entrees are 1,128 calories—what to do?

Today’s blog was inspired and co-authored with my Bowling Green State University dietetic intern Denise Woods. It was a great collaboration!

Eating out shouldn’t be filled with guilt and regrets. It should be a pleasant experience. When choosing a restaurant, what do you look for—ambiance, convenience, price, taste of food, healthier options? Continue reading

Confessions of a blueberry addict and where I bought 34 pints for $40

Heaven for me would be living on a blueberry farm. My love of blueberries started when I was a kid living in the Midwest. I remember my mom would take me and one or both of my brothers to a blueberry farm where we picked the luscious blue gems till we could pick no more. We only had to pay for what we brought back from the fields not for what ended up in our bellies. One summer goodness knows how many blueberries I ate in one day. Yet we still brought home a stash of 45 pounds. Continue reading

Enjoy this healthier lower cal trail mix loaded with fiber and protein!

Nuts are an excellent snack. But at 200 calories per ¼ cup they can be a challenge to portion control and therefore easy to overindulge. Many a new client has told me they eat them knowing they’re healthy yet they still seek my nutrition coaching services because of weight challenges. Weight management can be difficult even with making healthy choices. Continue reading

Just because it’s organic or gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy

Alex Twiss and Neily

 

I love educating people and increasing nutrition awareness with label reading, ingredient lists, etc. The main theme of my message at a Southwest Airlines health fair was—just because it’s organic or gluten-free or comes from a health food store does not guarantee healthfulness.

Here are a few examples focusing on organic and gluten-free.

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Why I don’t drink almond milk

In response to a question someone posed about my recent blog regarding high protein breakfasts I write this post. What the heck, let me give a shout out to that someone—Phil Higginbotham! Phil’s an old high school classmate with whom I lost touch but like many others reconnected through Facebook. Gotta love Facebook.

Phil wanted to know what the big push was with almond milk. I actually had a few sentences in the first draft of my high protein breakfast post, but took it out because the post was getting too long. None of my breakfast suggestions by the way contained almond milk. Now I can devote a whole blog as to why. Continue reading

It’s Meatless Monday! An interview w/ The Plant-Powered Dietitian™

A fun way to start eating less meat and adding more plant-based foods to your diet is through incorporating “Meatless Monday” to your week. In this blog transcript of our third video The Plant-Powered Dietitian™ Sharon Palmer author of The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today and I talk about this fun approach to start eating more plant-based foods to incorporate them in our diet. Eating less meat not only helps improve health but helps decrease our individual food carbon footprint. Continue reading

Can’t wait for the Super Bowl commercials!

Can’t wait for Sunday! Big t.v. day as I settle in with friends to watch the Super Bowl 2014 commercials. One in particular is expected to air by General Mills, the maker of beloved Cheerios. Well, not my beloved—I really don’t care for them quite honestly. Sorry GM. Last I remember eating them was as a teenager and even then it was with about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Continue reading

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