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Melinda Boyd, MPH, MHR, RD

Melinda Boyd, MPH, MHR, RD, is a registered dietitian and military spouse living in Japan. She is co-author of Train Your Brain to Get Thin, and blogs at NutrFoodTrvl.blogspot.com. Follow her on Twitter.

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Be Good to Your Heart on National Pistachio Day!

Be Good to Your Heart on National Pistachio Day!

Science shows that pistachios boast a healthy serving of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and they also contain phytochemicals that serve as antioxidants and lutein to further protect your heart.
Help End Food Insecurity Among Our Veterans and Military Families

Help End Food Insecurity Among Our Veterans and Military Families

This Veterans Day, as we pause to honor the sacrifice of our active duty military, veterans, and their families, it is also important to recognize the struggles that come with the uncertainty of military life.
3 Veggie-Boosting Tips for "Meat at Every Meal" Men

3 Veggie-Boosting Tips for "Meat at Every Meal" Men

While it's true not every man feels the need to consume meat with every meal, in my own practice I find a lot of women who report having a hard time making a switch to a more plant-based diet due to resistance from their husbands.
What the U.S. Could Learn from England's Vegetarian Food Labels

What the U.S. Could Learn from England's Vegetarian Food Labels

We're all familiar with U.S. food labels, and they've come a long way in how they inform consumers. But, as a vegetarian and registered dietitian now living in England, I've seen how much more labels can do to educate consumers.
Grown-up Root Vegetable Latkes

Grown-up Root Vegetable Latkes

I also decided to take a break from my boxed latke tradition and give a new "grown-up" latkes a try, made with a variety of root vegetables and lightly fried to remind me of my own roots.
4 Tips for Healthier Choices When You're Moving

4 Tips for Healthier Choices When You're Moving

Moving isn't easy. Sticking to a healthy, well-balanced diet while moving is even harder. Trust me! As a registered dietitian and veteran of several international moves, I know what I'm talking about.
How Do You Celebrate Passover in Japan?

How Do You Celebrate Passover in Japan?

Jewish holidays can be tricky overseas, especially when you don't live near a Jewish community. And since I live in rural northern Japan, my options are limited.
Get Ready for National Kiwifruit Day

Get Ready for National Kiwifruit Day

I know many people think of kiwis as a summertime or tropical fruit. The good news is that they can be enjoyed year-round.
Japanese Apple Curry

Japanese Apple Curry

This dish is very hearty and satisfying, which is perfect days when the temperatures are getting lower.
Eggs for Lunch, Japanese-style

Eggs for Lunch, Japanese-style

These are super fun for kids, but can be easily enjoyed by adults, too.
Tamagoyaki: the Japanese Omelet

Tamagoyaki: the Japanese Omelet

Thin layer by thin layer, this rolls up to create a delicate, lightly sweet and wonderfully delicious egg dish.
Seaweed: A Common Japanese Ingredient

Seaweed: A Common Japanese Ingredient

Before moving to Japan my thoughts on eating seaweed were “gross,” “yuck” and “why.”
Traditional Japanese Ramen

Traditional Japanese Ramen

The best Japanese ramen shops have only a few tables, typically no English menu, and a line out the door ...
Japanese Inspired “Hummus”

Japanese Inspired “Hummus”

Just because Japan doesn’t offer up a lot of dipping opportunities beyond your standard sushi in the soy sauce doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a dip packed with Japanese flavors.
Japan: A Mushroom Lover’s Heaven

Japan: A Mushroom Lover’s Heaven

Knowing Japan has tons of mushrooms, I still never expected to see that all grocery stores had such a large section of mushrooms to choose from. I mean entire refrigerated cases.
 How to Be Polite When Eating at a Japanese Restaurant

How to Be Polite When Eating at a Japanese Restaurant

You may not know a lot about Japanese dining etiquette. Most Japanese probably don't know everything about dining American-style, either. But there are a few things you should know before the next time you visit your favorite Japanese restaurant.
Meet the Daikon

Meet the Daikon

The first time I went to a market in Japan, the many unusual sights amazed me. Although I had been to Asian markets in the U.S. before, and even spent three weeks in China learning about food and nutrition, many things in Japan still left me in awe. Thankfully we had a tour guide who was happy to explain some of the stranger items. This was my first encounter with a sea pineapple (which not a fruit at all), crabs with legs as long as my arms, peaches the size of my head, lots of sea veggies and more kinds of mushrooms than I would ever know what to do with. But, if I had to pick any one thing from Japan that has amazed and captivated me most, it would be the daikon.
Don't Let Dietary Restrictions Stop You from Seeing the World

Don't Let Dietary Restrictions Stop You from Seeing the World

After visiting more than 10 non-English speaking countries, I have picked up a few tricks and tips for getting what I want — and, more importantly, avoiding what I don't want — when travelling with dietary restrictions.
Happy "Shogatsu" for Japanese New Year

Happy "Shogatsu" for Japanese New Year

In Japan, New Year's—shogatsu—is one of the most important holidays of the year. Just like all major holidays for the different cultures and religions out there, Japan has a special food for this holiday. Maybe you have heard of it? Mochi. Yes, I said mochi. Let me guess, you have heard of this!
Rediscovering Fall with Japanese Sweet Potato Soup

Rediscovering Fall with Japanese Sweet Potato Soup

When I first moved to Japan in the summer of 2011, I was amazed by all of the different produce around me. I took some time to acquaint myself with the new foods and took cooking classes to learn how to prepare them. Months passed and suddenly I realized that it wasn't summer in Japan anymore; it was fall. Watching the leaves change color sent a rush of fall memories flooding back. You see, I had lived in Las Vegas for 5 years, and then the Azores for a couple of years before Japan. While in these different climates, the essence of fall had escaped me. Now, in Japan, I remembered that, despite the chill in the air, fall was a beautiful season and I really do enjoy it.