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Celebrate Têt with a Classic Vietnamese Dessert

February 8 marks the Lunar New Year. In the Vietnamese community, that means it's Têt, "the first morning of the first day." From spending time with family and friends to wishing for a lucky year to follow, Têt is a time filled with food. The Vietnamese dessert Che Dau Trang is always present at Têt celebrations.

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Lower-Sodium Miso Soup

Seaweed is rich in vitamins and minerals, but is not used often in American cuisine. If you'd like to incorporate this healthy ingredient into your diet, try my recipe for miso soup.

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7 Foods (Other than Dried Beans and Beef Stew) You Can Cook in Your Slow Cooker

While slow cookers are usually saved for casseroles, stews and chowders, they can be used for so much more. Try these seven new foods you can make in your slow cooker.

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Taste Paradise with Hawaiian Ahi Poke Bowl

Ready for a taste of the Pacific? Hawaiian cuisine is projected to be one of 2016's biggest food trends. Lucky me, I was able to research the trend first-hand recently when I visited Hawaii for a family wedding. This recipe for Ahi Poke Bowl was my favorite thing I ate!

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Go Nuts! But Consider Portion Size, Too

Once the subject of fighting about fat, nuts have emerged as a healthy option for snacking. But I still make an effort to emphasize that nuts should be a replacement food, not just added to a diet.

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Escape Winter by Planning Your Summer Garden

You might think the first harbinger of spring is daffodils and crocuses pushing through the soil, but for gardeners like me, it's the day that seed catalogs start arriving in the mail.

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What Should I Do if My Child Won't Eat Meat?

It’s quite common for toddlers, up to preschool age children to experience a phase in which they turn their heads in disgust at the sight of meat. However, if the desire to abstain from animal protein comes from an older child, it might become a choice that sticks. Here is what a parent of a vegetarian need to know.

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One Simple Trick for Easier Butternut Squash Soup

How many recipes have you read that include the seemingly simple ingredient: 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed? It sounds so easy ... but it never is. If you are as clumsy with butternut squash as I am, this recipe is for you.

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Dietary Guidelines-friendly, Reduced-sugar Hot Cocoa Soufflé

My original recipe for Hot Cocoa Soufflé called for a whopping 13 tablespoons of added sugar! My goal was to cut it to 4 tablespoons — or 12 teaspoons — of added sugar, divided among 6 serving sizes.

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The Easiest Way Ever to Experience Trendy Shishito Peppers

Though more sweet than spicy, shishito peppers are hot! These small, thin ancient Japanese native peppers are currently trendy in the culinary world. Roasted Shishitos are my go-to appetizer when entertaining because they are crazy easy to prepare and make a great finger food. But please, a warning: You will become addicted to this recipe!

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Lead the Way to the Future of Dietetics

My generation of RDNs has been issued a challenge: guide the future of our profession by taking on roles as preceptors and mentors. If you've answered the call, do more than teach your mentee what you know and really prepare them for a future as a dietitian.

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Why Liver Earns the Nickname "Nature's Multivitamin"

It may not sound appealing to everyone, but liver is simply amazing! It is a storage house of nutrition and is extremely rich in B vitamins, biotin, choline, vitamin A, iron, copper, selenium and zinc.

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Why You Should Think of Popcorn as a Healthy Food

You may think of popcorn as little more than a tasty and inexpensive snack, but it actually offers some impressive health benefits. It's a low-calorie and low-sodium (if prepared healthfully) plant-based food that counts as a whole grain.

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Should You Choose Omega-3 Supplements to Lower Your Cholesterol?

Although food sources are the preferred way to meet nutrient requirements, omega-3s, which your body cannot produce on its own, are also available in supplement form.

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Rutabaga Fries Will Leave You Rooting for this Veggie

Often mistaken for turnips, rutabagas are a low-calorie vegetable, high in vitamin C, and provide fiber and potassium. Try this recipe for Oven-Roasted Rutabaga Fries!

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Creamy Roasted Pepper Soup Gets a Light, Vegan Upgrade

Creamy soups and bisques are so luscious, but typically are packed with so much butter and cream. Who wants soup with 400-plus calories per serving of a starter? Instead, try this creamy vegan alternative.

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Zucchini Pad Thai That's Ready in Minutes

This Thai-inspired recipe took me less than 5 minutes to prepare, and one serving provides more than 70 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day, along with fiber and other important vitamins and minerals.

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What Your Gut and Microbiome Need from You

If you're thinking of improving your eating habits for the New Year, you're halfway there but you're forgetting a crucial part: your gut. All of the bacteria in your microbiome do everything from aiding in digestion and producing enzymes that break down food to regulating metabolism, fighting pathogens and boosting immunity.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself to Make Your New Year's Resolution Stick

We're a couple of weeks into 2016 — are you still keeping your New Year's resolution? As a nutritionist and coach, I’ve seen such a range of experiences in my clients and here are a few things I’d encourage you to consider to keep going with your pledge to exercise, eat right, drink more water or bring those reusable bags to the grocery store.

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Kitchen Hack: Tastier Tomatoes

In general, for food safety and preservation measures, foods should be stored at a cool temperature. But where should tomatoes be stored - in the refrigerator or on the counter top?

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4 Ways to Transform Yourself into a Great Mentor

The dietetics profession is built on mentorship — preceptors give their time and expertise to guide students and interns in learning. What does it take to be a successful mentor? Try these four tips.

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How to Build Your Own Instagram-Worthy Smoothie Bowl

Ah, the elusive smoothie bowl. How we adore thee from afar as we scroll through someone else's feed. But guess what? Smoothie bowls don't have to be a figment of your social media dreams. They're actually quite simple.

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Simple and Spicy Chickpea Soup

This soup is incredibly simple to make and, when paired with a green salad, it's a perfect lunch or light dinner. If you prefer a spicier kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper!

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Grilled Fennel, Olives and Edamame with Chipotle Pepper Vinaigrette

I love fennel. Its licorice-like aroma and beautiful yellowish-green insides make it the perfect accompaniment to roasted veggies and bean and rice dishes.

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Does Health Information Overload Sabotage Real Health?

Nutrition counselors know how frustrating it can be to give advice without the desired outcome. We've seen our share of repeat customers and "dropouts." What's behind these results?

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If You've Replaced Olive Oil with Coconut Oil, You Must Read This

It's been touted by some as the next superfood, but is coconut all it's cracked up to be? Learn more about the relationship between saturated fats, MCTs and LCTs and health.

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Say Goodbye to 2015 — But Not to Local Produce

If your farmers market is still going, it's probably down to the hardiest cold weather crops — root vegetables, some greens, potatoes, cabbage and winter squash. But what to do with that winter squash? Try this recipe for Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls!

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The Truth about Eggs

For years, people have limited their egg intake thinking it was the major cause of high cholesterol levels and increased risk of heart disease. Here's the truth: Eggs are nutritional powerhouses.

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Healthy Snack and Meal Tips for Quitting Smoking

While fewer people smoke these days, tobacco is still the most preventable cause of death in our society. If you're thinking of quitting in 2016, here are some tips to help you quit without gaining excess weight.

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5 Foods to Eat in 2016

"What should I eat to be healthy, lose weight and reach my goals?" Well, you won't find exotic fruits that claim to have magical powers on my list, but it will highlight foods that you may have been avoiding, intentionally or not.

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