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Raw Peach Tart

When I think of desserts during this time of year in the Nashville heat, my body craves something slightly sweet but also chilled. This Raw Peach Tart is perfect for the warmer months when you want a cool treat that's light and refreshing.


3 Facts Every Parent Should Know About Vegetables

Whatever the reason for kids' declining interest in vegetables, your most helpful strategy is to remain as neutral as possible and take the pressure off of mealtimes.

Vegetarianism: Health Trend or Eating Disorder Mask?

There's no disputing the benefits of plant-based eating. Yet, some clinicians have hypothesized that vegetarianism can sometimes serve as a vehicle for unhealthy food restrictions and socially acceptable eating disorders. I have certainly seen it in my own nutrition counseling practice.

"True Tomato" Sandwich

Tomatoes are a touchy subject with me. I refuse to buy them out-of-season, no matter how "faux good" they look. Honestly, what's the point? They taste and smell like bland, damp cardboard with a touch of floor grit. But with a summer tomato you really appreciate the elements that weren't there during the winter - it's sliced sunshine.

Eat Local While on Vacation

Traveling is my favorite pastime and as a registered dietitian who practices what she preaches, I am always on the quest to find equally tasty and healthy options while visiting new places. I have realized that my favorite food stops are often those frequented by locals, celebrating regional cuisine and produce, and sometimes located off the beaten path.

Fancy Chicken Roulade

I can remember when I had my first child, my daughter, Chelsea Rose. I thought three months "off from work" was going to be like a vacation. Ha ha! Right? Not so much. I barely got in a shower! But I always did find time to try new recipes and cook up a storm. And one of my first recipes was a chicken roll-up recipe.

Summer Heat Calls for Southwestern Stuffed Avocado

There’s no better time of the year to make the shift towards a more plant-based style of eating than during the summer months; farmers markets are in full swing, an array of delicious fruits and vegetables are at their nutritional peak, and plant-based dishes are easy to bring to a pool, picnic or party.

Black Bean Dip with Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is one of those things I used to steer clear of for a while because I was scared of it. Those orange-yellow flakes really freaked me out. Well, you shouldn't let it scare you. Nutritional yeast is one of my favorite additions to all food.


Why Yes, I Am Vegan

Even as more people opt to become vegan, questions abound. I've got a few friends who have been following a vegan lifestyle for a while now. For a quick lesson in the animal-free lifestyle, I decided to pick their brains about the common questions they get asked.

Why Do We Love Mushrooms So?

Growing up, I never liked mushrooms. (I know I'm not the only one, either.) I think I started liking mushrooms when I started traveling abroad, and I tasted them in lovely dishes with wine and cheese. Perhaps it was in Italy or France. After that, I started thinking I had been robbed — of flavor and taste, that is — growing up in Ohio in the 1960s.

Healthy Snacking for Vegans

Whether you have been a vegan for years or are just trying to follow a more plant-based regimen, there are plenty of delicious and healthy snack options for you!

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Framing the Message in the Obesity Fight

As obesity rates continue to rise, health experts wonder how to convey the seriousness of the crisis to the public. One typical solution, obesity-related media campaigns, can be perceived as motivating...but also as discouraging and even stigmatizing.

You Won't Believe These Non-dairy Milk Scones

I remember my first taste of almond milk. Clutching an enormous glass between unsteady fingers, I took a tentative sip of the pale liquid ... and loved it. Did I mention this event took place six months ago?

Get to Know Nutritional Yeast

If you've spent any time perusing the bulk bins at your local grocery store lately, you may have noticed a product called nutritional yeast. Although the name sounds somewhat unappealing — and the appearance is hardly any better — this product is a nutritional powerhouse. And it is something you definitely should know about.

Vegans' Passion

The following quotes — from celebrities and regular folks — highlight the passion of the decision to go vegan. It's no longer just the hemp hippies; there are also equally passionate vegans who watch football and drink beer, and those who are just as physically fit as any carnivore.

"Kids' Choice" is Not the Healthiest Choice

My children's summer camp boasts a program of swimming, field sports, trips to parks and museums, and – the best part for me – a varied and balanced lunch...provided by Whole Food, no less. I cannot say that a healthy lunch menu was the main reason we picked the camp, though I will admit that I was looking forward to a well deserved break from packing school lunches.

When There is No Plate, What Do We Balance?

During my dietetic internship I counseled patients about general healthy eating strategies. My favorite method was the “balanced plate” method. Teaching people to look at their plate like a pie chart was easy and comprehensive for many to understand. I was looking forward to continuing to educate people this way. Then I got my first job as a registered dietitian in Burkina Faso, West Africa — a place where people don’t eat off individual plates, much less know how to balance them.

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9 Tips for a Gluten-free Vegetarian

Is a meat-free diet off limits for people with celiac disease? With extra planning, a well-rounded and delicious gluten-free vegetarian diet is totally doable.

The Flavors of Summer

Summer is here and everyone is looking for lighter recipes as the heat and humidity rises. Last night was a beautiful summer evening and the perfect time to try my new Walnut and Flax Crusted Salmon recipe with Lime-Infused Millet.


Summertime Charred Corn Salsa

I always get so excited when summer rolls around. Each year I eagerly await all the produce goodies to be found: juicy peaches, beautiful berries, bright red tomatoes and — my all time favorite — sweet corn! The second I see bushels of corn I’m immediately transported into "summer barbecue mode."


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