Dark Chocolate Matcha Hemp Protein Bars and GIVEAWAY!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods. Thanks for supporting brands that align with my values and help make TFD possible. I was compensated for my time but as always, all opinions are my own!

The perfect homemade protein bar for on-the-go! A nutrition-packed snack, dark chocolate matcha hemp protein bars are made with real ingredients and loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and protein.

Bars are a hot topic right now with some recent press questioning what constitutes a “healthy” bar. I’ll be addressing this in my monthly newsletter next week so be sure to subscribe if you don’t already (scroll all the way down to the footer).

Bottom line, a bar is healthy if it includes whole foods and words you can pronounce (like the bar I created for you today)! But be careful of relying on bars all the time. With the supplement-heavy world we live in with shakes,…

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Asparagus Pea and Feta Salad with Lemon Balm Vinegar

A light, refreshing salad for springtime – asparagus pea and feta salad with lemon balm vinegar and fresh mint. 

This month’s recipe redux theme is spring cleaning – going through your cabinets and kitchen to find those treasures that have been hanging out for a while and give them some attention. Sometimes I sit on these themes for a while and ponder about what I’ll make and other times I know immediately what I want to do. This was one of those themes where I knew exactly what I wanted to use.

Remember those DIY holiday vinegars I made last year? Well, it’s unfortunate that I made them when I did because I barely eat any salad during the winter months. So the vinegars sat in my fridge patiently waiting snow storm after snow storm for warmer temps and fresh spring vegetables.

Well, the time is finally here. The ice has all melted and…

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Mindful Monday: How To Normalize Your Meditation Practice

Hey ya’ll. Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

The last few weeks on Mindful Monday we’ve been talking about meditation. We talked about meditation for beginners (samatha meditation) and meditation for loving kindness (metta meditation). And as you begin to meditate regularly, you might get a case of what I like to call the meditation crazies. When you question everything that you experience in your practice – “am I doing this right?” “Is that supposed to happen?” And then how do you deal with the crazies and not get discouraged and give up?

In the video below, I address 3 simple ways to normalize your practice

Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites 4.17.15

Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites – my faves for the week – recipes, mindfulness, and inspiration.

On TFD This Week

Mindful Monday: Loving Kindness Metta Meditation 

Asparagus and Brie Grilled Cheese with Arugula Pesto

Sweet & Salty Pistachio Snack with Blue Cheese and Apricots 

Fave Recipes

Everyday Lentil Salad via Food, Pleasure and Health (looks so delicious and healthy that I could eat it..well..everyday)

Spring Vegetable Flatbread Pizza via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook (all the spring veggies on one pizza)

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam via The Pretty Bee (love using chia as a natural thickener for jams – must try!) Spicy Cauliflower Frittata via The Muffin Myth (eggs. veggies. and spicy goodness? sold)

Strawberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa via The Foodie Physician (really need to try breakfast quinoa as alternative to oatmeal – think I’ll start with this recipe!)

Fave Mindfulness Inspiration

Why We Need Breaks: What I Learned in 100 Days Away From My Business via Huffington Post (a nice…

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Sweet & Salty Pistachio Snack with Blue Cheese and Apricots

Thank you to The Pistachio Health Institute for sponsoring this post today! And thank YOU for supporting organizations that align with my values and help make TFD possible!

Eat mindfully with in-shell pistachios and this perfect sweet & salty snack pairing with pistachios, blue cheese and apricots.

It may be past April Fool’s Day, but The Pistachio Health Institute is playing pranks all year round. Pranks on your appetite that is! “The pistachio principle” is a mindful eating concept that helps you “fool yourself full” without feeling deprived. This was based on some pretty neat research that a RD colleague who I recently had the pleasure getting to know better, Dr. James Painter, conducted on pistachios and mindful eating. Here are some interesting findings from his studies:

  • Participants who consumed in-shell pistachios ate 41 percent fewer calories compared to those who consumed shelled pistachios. Those who chose shelled pistachios consumed an…

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Asparagus and Brie Grilled Cheese with Arugula Pesto

A grown-up grilled cheese for spring! Asparagus and Brie Grilled Cheese is finished off with an arugula pesto to seal the deal. 

Guys. It’s here!

SPRING!

You don’t understand how this makes me feel right now. Or, if you’re a fellow East Coaster who barely survived the long record-breaking winter, maybe you do understand how this makes me feel.

I tried to spend as much time outside this weekend as humanly possible. I ran not once, but twice outside and laid in a field of grass for approximately an hour, shifting from staring off into the blue, cloudless sky to doing some casual yoga stretches. And Steve and I had our first meal drinks al fresco! It’s crazy how a little sunshine goes a LONG way. I mean it was as if the entire city had been hibernating all winter and came outside at the same time – oh, wait – they did….

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