What The Foodie Dietitian Ate Wednesday


New series on the blog this week! I’m sure you’ve seen What I Ate Wednesday #WIAW or What I Ate Wednesday – RD Edition #WIAWRD trending lately but we’re starting a new hashtag up on TFD this week – #WTFDAW.

Why, you ask?

As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), one of the most common questions I get asked is, “what do you eat for [insert meal here]“?

The second most common question I get asked is, “you’re a dietitian, shouldn’t you not be eating that?” (as I’m about to eat a cookie or slice of pizza…you get my drift).

I think it’s important that:

1. People realize that RDNs are human too! Because we’re human, we like to indulge once in a while and we make poor decisions here and there when we’re in a pinch too. And that’s okay. We get back on track and always strive for balance…

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Thai Sauce

Crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in an authentic Thai chili fish sauce for a side dish you won’t forget! 

Have you ever had a meal out at a restaurant that was so delicious you just had to recreate at home? 

Last month, I went to the Cape for vacay not to find the best chowdah or lobstah, but the best Brussels sprouts. That’s right. Brussels are the new seafood, apparently.

They were perfectly crispy and tossed in a delicious, authentic Thai fish sauce. My family and I devoured these babies – they were that good! When I was talking to Steve about them a couple weeks later, trying to justify my obsession with them, he admitted he never tried them. Shocked, I demanded “what do you mean you didn’t try them? why didn’t you try them?!?!” He responded, “because your family ate them all before I had a chance to.” Oh. My bad.

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Mindful Monday: How to stop comparing yourself to others

Ever wonder how to stop comparing yourself to others? Then this Mindful Monday post is for you.

“The flower in the field is not comparing itself to the flower next to it. It’s just blooming.”

Are you blooming or are you too busy comparing yourself to others that you’re stifling your own growth and potential?

Over the weekend, I attended the inspiring Blog Brûlée conference in Vermont (attendance was partially funded by sponsors) and I look forward to sharing with you later this week what I learned! During one of our group discussions over the weekend, Gretchen Brown of Kumquat shared the above quote on comparisons with us, and well it got me to thinking.

Full disclosure: I totally struggle with comparisons. It’s hard not to compare in my field – a field of mostly women who are super hard-working, and love to share their successes on list servs, social media, and the…

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Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites – 9.12.14

New series up on the blog today! Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites will capture all of my favorites from the week – whether it be recipes, cool peeps to follow, mindful musings, travel, or awesome life updates. Or, most likely, all of the above.

So, happy Friday ya’ll! Check out some of my favs this week:

On the FTD this week

California Almond Tour

Chia Pudding with Maple-Roasted Figs & Toasted Walnuts

Mindful Monday: Cape Cod Vacay Recap & Why The Hundred Foot Journey is a Must-See


Salted Pumpkin Creme Brûlée via 30 Seconds with A&J 

Olive Oil, Sea Salt & Cocoa Bread via Imma Eat That

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes via Love & Zest

Frozen Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Bites via The Lean Green Bean

Fig Newton Smoothie via Healthfully Ever After on 1000 Thread Blogs 


Detoxing the Mind via Healthy Helper

Skinny Dip Society Video via Katie Den Ouden

How to Make Your Life More…

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California Almond Orchard Tour

Side note: I just placed my blog on Bloglovin. So if that’s how you stay up-to-date on your fav blogs, Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to ship off to Lodi, CA to join fellow bloggers, media RDs, and fitness influencers for an almond orchard tour with The Almond Board of California.

I even got to teach a sunrise yoga class to the attendees (many of whom are RD friendlies of mine).

Truth be told it was my first official yoga class post-graduation a couple weeks prior!

It went really well though and I loved every moment of it. It truly was an awesome feeling leading the class in a yoga flow.

An even better feeling was folks approaching me after class telling me how much better they felt afterwards. Some were taking yoga for the very first time and shared they had a very positive first…

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Chia Pudding with Maple Roasted Figs & Toasted Walnuts

Disclaimer: I apologize in advance for my incessant fig puns. They’re just too figgin’ easy.

Sometimes, you just gotta get figgy wit it. Nah nah nah nah nah….nah nah nah nah nah nah.

Seriously, I love figs this time of year (hence my grilled cheese with dandelion greens + fig). I mean what’s NOT to love: their sweet taste, their soft, chewy texture, or the very subtle crunch from their tiny edible seeds? And then there’s the nutritional value: packed with fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants, to name a few. Can ya fig it? Get it? Dig it. Fig instead of dig.  Yeahhhh….

I discovered this summer that roasting my favorite fruits actually elevates my love for said fruits even higher. So, obviously I decided to throw a fig roast.

I also wanted to start experimenting a little more with chia puddings for breakfast/dessert/etc. I made a chocolate peanut butter banana…

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Mindful Monday: Cape Cod Vacay Recap & Why The Hundred Foot Journey is a Must-See

Last month, Steve and I joined my fam on the Cape for a week-long vacay.

For the record, I’m a firm believer in this statement:

Why? Because the beach screams nothing but rest and relaxation to me. And with how busy most of us are in our day-to-day lives, we can all benefit from a little R&R from time to time.

It helped that I had the perfect deck at our rental house in Harwich to practice yoga in the morning on. Tree pose in front of that tree was pretty outstanding.

And it’s always nice to watch sunsets with this guy.

I also discovered that my favorite time on the beach is 9am. When no one is on the beach yet. Because you get views like this. I mean, come on! Pinch me. Nothing but beach, people. This was one of the most beautiful strolls down the beach I’ve ever had.


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