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The New Year’s tradition of black-eyed peas — Bring on the luck and prosperity!

I moved down to Texas quite a number of years ago and when I had my first New Year’s was served black-eyed peas. It turns out it’s a Southern tradition—supposedly black-eyed peas bring luck and prosperity.

Apparently, the tradition started with the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. But if you are in the South on New Year’s Day or even New Year’s Eve after the strike of midnight you might be served black-eyed peas. Continue reading

Five Ingredients for Healthy Living with Chere Bork

Chere Bork is a registered dietitian nutritionist, Wellcoach® and Certified Law of Attraction Facilitator and 2014-15 Chair of Nutrition Entrepreneurs—a Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Chere helps make positive energy easy and has been a wonderful influence in both my life and business. We had the opportunity to sit and chat about her cookbook “Five Ingredients for Healthy Living.” 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

Gluten-free: The real reason it might help. PLUS! a gluten-free comparison

It’s amazing how many people are experts in nutrition. I was at a seminar last Saturday—totally unrelated to nutrition. (WordPress if you must know—I guess I’m a nerd at heart. Yep, spent a beautiful day geeking out indoors.)

Since I like to be a walking billboard wearing my Neily on Nutrition t-shirt I struck up a conversation with a woman visiting from California. As many people are prone to do, she shared a story of a friend.

The stories usually always start a certain way. I love them. Her friend read a book. Ah yes. And now they’re an authority on the diet du jour. Continue reading

7 High Protein Breakfasts to Curb Hunger

(Please note that I have no affiliation with any products mentioned in this post. I write about what I like and use.)

Have you ever eaten a plain bagel (with nothing on it) and been hungry an hour afterward? Yes? It’s the equivalent of 4-5 pieces of bread (sad, but true) and primarily carbohydrates quickly burned for fuel. But eat half the bagel with a nice slather of peanut butter and it sticks with you longer. Why? It’s a much better combination of nutrients—carbs, protein, and fat.

In my last post I wrote about quick tips for managing weight. One of those was to have protein with each meal—low fat dairy (milk, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, cheese), egg, chicken, fish, lean red meat, edamame, and soy milk.

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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

Why I don’t like steel cut oats

Neily’s Easy Steel Cut Oats (recipe below)

Okay that title is a bit harsh and perhaps misleading. Let me explain.

A number of years ago a client told me she didn’t eat oatmeal because of not having time to make steel cut oats. She had heard—by an ill-informed friend—that if she couldn’t eat steel cut oats not to bother. Reason number one I ‘don’t like’ steel cut oats—someone not eating a nutrient-rich food like oatmeal because she was told if she couldn’t eat steel cut not to bother. Continue reading

Nuts about Nuts – Guest Blog

One of the benefits of being a registered dietitian nutritionist is the opportunity to be a mentor preceptor for aspiring RDNs. This week I had the pleasure of having Texas Woman’s University intern Monica Parodi working with me. One of her projects was to guest blog on Neily on Nutrition. She loves nuts and chose to write about them. Thanks Monica!

Nuts about Nuts

Nuts are definitely one of my favorite go-to snacks. They are not only tasty and crunchy but also a nutrient powerhouse. In adequate amounts, nuts can help tie you over to your next meal. Many people shy away from them because of their high fat and calorie content per serving. However, they are packed with fiber, protein and healthy fat! Continue reading

Mediterranean Diet – simple dinner ideas w/ Wendy Jo Peterson (part 2)

Mediterranean dietsuper simple dinner ideas with Wendy Jo Peterson.

I had the privilege of talking about the Mediterranean diet with chef and registered dietitian nutritionist Wendy Jo Peterson—owner of Fuelin’ Roadie and Edible Nutrition—at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Food and Nutrition Conference last fall.

This is part 2 of our discussion. Wendy Jo is author of Mediterranean Diet Cookbook For Dummies (You can see the video here and part one of our two-part conversation here.)   Continue reading

What to eat for breakfast – interview with the Nutrition Babes*

Interview with the Nutrition Babes*—What to eat for breakfast

  

The Nutrition Babes* (nutritionbabes.com) and I had the opportunity to meet in Philadelphia at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual conference in October, 2012. Kathy Siegel, RDN, CDN and Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN are registered dietitian nutritionists passionate about better health through balanced nutrition, exercise, and cleaner living.

My clients are often challenged with breakfast ideas so I wanted to talk to them about that. Watch video or read transcript. Continue reading

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