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Stone Soup February 2013

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Guest bloggers from around the world share with Food & Nutrition Magazine.

The Sedentary Activity that Promotes Healthy Eating

I'm a notoriously bad sleeper. I go to bed too late, wake up throughout the night and always bank on catching extra zzz's on the weekend. Apparently I'm not alone.

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If You Don't Cook...Don't Like to Cook... or Don't Know How to Cook: This Is for You!

Being a dietitian, blogger and food lover, I often get asked these questions: Do you like to cook? Do you cook every day? Do you cook like this all the time?

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Dandelion Greens: The Weeds You Can Eat

While kale's reputation for health keeps growing, it’s time for the dandelion green to share the spotlight! This lesser-known leafy green packs a similar nutritional value.

Meatless Blue Ridge Nachos

You know the story: The work weeks are full of practices and homework, and the two short days of the weekend can fly by. When the weather suits it, my family's favorite weekend days are spent hiking on the challenging trails of our Blue Ridge Mountains and devouring laid-back meals with friends.

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Oscar Party Planning — Shrimp Boil of the Southern Wild

In the spirit of this Sunday's Academy Awards, I was inspired to create a dish highlighting the cuisine from the Oscar-nominated film, Beasts of the Southern Wild. If you haven't seen it, watch it as soon as you can. It was one of those movies I wanted to watch again as soon as I finished it!

So Simple Homemade Hummus

Calorie counts aside, the main reason I prefer to make my own hummus is the expense. Sure, a $3 tub here and there isn't breaking a lot of grocery bills, but it does add up—especially as often as I use it!

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When Your Client Wants a Quick Fix – 5 Tips for the Savvy RD

Like you, I often feel inundated with weight loss, nutrition and diet plans that are simply too good to be true. As dietitians, this may feel frustrating, since our area of expertise is assisting our clients in making lasting changes that promote long-term health and well-being.

4 Fun Ways to Treat Your Kids to Better Health

My healthy eating philosophy is as simple, but it works. Kids should enjoy good-for-you foods, and their parents should, too. And while making food tasty and kid-friendly is key, that doesn't mean the only option is to make a healthier version of burger and fries. That being said, a healthier burger and fries certainly can be part of a healthy eating plan.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Let's be honest, not a ton of people love munching on raw cauliflower. I know there are a few foodies and dietitians out there, reading this right now, ready to stand up and proclaim their devotion. But typically, when you mention cauliflower people turn up their noses. That's what's so great about cauliflower rice.

Toddler Eating and Snacks On-the-Go

It is so much fun raising a toddler! My daughter, C., is having conversations with me now, . looking She'll look down at a sweater I just put on her and saying somethings like, “Cute!” Her vocabulary increases each day and it’s our joy watching her grow. Even And making preparing her meals and snacks has made turned me become into quite the expert on feeding little ones. I’ve increased my stockpile of cookie cutters, food molds, and more, to keep C. interested in healthy, nutritious foods.

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Chocolate: A Tasty, Well-Traveled, Spiritual Food

What would chocolate be without Jews? In summer 2011, I attended a lecture on the history of chocolate. I learned that Jewish growers, manufacturers, traders and chefs have played an integral role in bringing this delicious treat to the world.

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All about Chocolate

Chocolate. Just the word conjures up the taste of rich hot cocoa and the snap of a pure chocolate bar. For some, it is tied to the memory of a favorite birthday cake or the fluttering nerves of a first Valentine's Day date. For others, it's an everyday treat to be slowly savored with a mug of tea.

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Tofu Stir-Fry Even a Carnivore Can Love

I have to admit: This is the first time I cooked tofu at home! Ooh, and it was delish! Even my meat-loving hubby enjoyed it. I read some articles, skimmed many recipes, and then decided to make my own.

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A Tale of Two Nut Butters

Here's a little dietitian confession I'm going to share with y'all. Sometimes, when I'm in a rush, and I don't have time for a proper meal, I dip down in to whatever jar of nut butter I have on hand—usually peanut or almond—swirl a scoop on my spoon, and slowly lick off the creamy, dreamy deliciousness that I know will keep me going until I can sit down to enjoy a proper meal.

Slurp Your Veggies with Roasted Cauliflower Soup

In my unending quest to get people to eat more veggies, I'm always trying to think of more ways to get those veggies to taste delicious. I have two favorite methods for making it easier to eat—and actually want to eat—more vegetables: 1) Making a soup full of vegetables; and 2) Roasting vegetables. But when you combine those two methods, you get a result that is nothing short of delectable!

Plant Protein Made Easy

I love hunting for a bargain. Outlet stores, by taking out the middleman or removing a step in the manufacturing process, bring down their costs and can pass the savings on to customers. But what if we could eliminate another food production middleman—in the way we get our daily intake of iron, calcium and protein? And what if this had other benefits: removing dietary cholesterol and adding cancer-fighting phytochemicals and fiber?

Nuts about Walnut Butter

Growing up, peanut butter was a staple in our household for quick PB&J sandwiches or ants-on-a-log snacks. Today, consumers have more nut butter choices as we've learn ed that not all fats are bad, and the unsaturated fats in nuts are actually healthy.

A Salty Snack that Won't Set You Back

Dietitians often focus on eating the rainbow of fruits and vegetables for good variety of nutrients—and this is a great way to have beautiful and nutritious meals. This may lead you to think that cauliflower—which is white and, therefore, not a rainbow food—doesn’t have much to offer in terms of nutrition. If that's your thinking, you’re mistaken!

The Art and Science of Packing a Lunchbox

Forget the commercial fantasy for a second—we all live in the real world where mornings are hectic, kids are choosy and lunch periods are short. This makes knowing how to pack a nutritious and attractive lunchbox—even on those less perfect days—an important part of a parent's box of tricks.
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