Fabulous Fiber

Whenever I’m at a loss of ideas on what to write about for a blog-post, I think about what I am teaching in class on the given week. (Side Note: I teach an introductory nutrition class at the local community college). This week we are learning about one of the three macro-nutrients: Carbohydrates! So naturally,…

Savvy Summer Salads

“June 21, the first day of Summer” is what my sister always responds when asked about her birthday (thanks, Ky for never letting me forget the first official day of summer… and HBD!).  To celebrate the start of a new season, I would like to share some easy summer recipes. Each of these includes our…

Aldi Obsession

Ginger & Pepper walk into an Aldi… the rest is history ❤ Both of us spices have a long-standing relationship (aka: LOVE) with this grocer.  Why is Aldi amazing? Let me tell you…  Efficient: Aldi stocks their supplies in their original boxes so there is no time lost moving product to the shelf. In addition,…

Nutrition Philosophy

  When people find out that I’m a dietitian, they always ask me what I eat, what I don’t eat, and what I recommend they should eat. YIKES! My head wants to burst when I hear these questions because they are not quick-answers, but more of an explanation of my nutrition philosophy.  If you’ve been…

Finding Balance This Holiday Season

As many SPICES have already noted, it’s important to find balance throughout the holiday season to truly cherish and enjoy it. As they quickly approach, here are a few tips, pointers, and suggestions to help you embrace the holidays this year. Activity This is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. Getting…

Carotenoid Challenge

Working in the field of nutrition research, you are likely to come across some unique ways to measure nutrient intake. A study that I am currently working on is evaluating consumption of fruits & vegetables using a skin scan. How is this possible?! Has your mother ever warned you about turning orange if you eat…

A day in the life of a RDN

Have you ever wondered… what dietitians do?!  Well, let me tell you, despite popular belief, dietitians do A LOT of different things… I consider my career in research a ‘non-traditional’ dietetics career. My days often include counseling research participants on how to gain weight (for the purpose of studying new fat cells), analyzing diet records,…

Stress Eating

I have yet to find a person who is not stressed in some area of their life. Stress is something that can prompt us to do great things, or send our lives into a downward spiral. The “good stress” is often referred to as eustress. This is a moderate level of stress that is seen…

SPICES & Herbs

I recently visited an herb garden that showcased a variety of herbs (plus some spices) and started wondering… do our readers know the difference?! I distinctively remember when I learned the difference – it was in an undergraduate dietetics course at Michigan State University (HNF 400 for all you Spartys). Our professor made sure we…

Red – White – Blue

Happy Independence Day! I always look forward to spending the 4th of July with my family on Lake Michigan, followed by a big grill out before the fireworks. Instead of giving out nutrition tips this holiday, I thought it would be fun to talk about the different vitamins & minerals found in patriotic-colored foods! Take…

The SPICE Nest

Every morning my coworkers joke about me bringing my “nest” to work. I often get questions like “What is that?” – or –  “Do you have a boiled egg in your oats?” The answer now is, this is my nest! And no, it’s not a boiled egg. During training for my first half marathon, I…

Pros of Protein

What is protein? How much do you need? Are there consequences of eating too much? These are a few common questions I hear as a registered dietitian. Protein is one of the three main nutrients (aka: macronutrients) that our bodies need to function properly. Proteins function as building blocks for tissues in the body, and…