Plastic container filled with fruit, cookies and nuts

June 13, 2018
by Kristine

Healthy Portable Snacks

I get a snack craving several times a day. If I’ve planned ahead and brought some food with me, I end up making a wise choice. If I don’t plan ahead, I’m left to scrounge the available nearby options, and I often end up making a convenient, less-than-ideal choice. Most of my snack needs arise during my workday. As I’ve noted before, I feel strongly about making sure food I bring to work is healthy for my own benefit but also if there’s a chance my coworkers are going to eat it along with me. This could be at our weekly afternoon card game, at a staff meeting, or just standing around the copy room waiting for our copies to print…and grazing. Continue Reading →

Starbucks cup with purple contents

May 23, 2018
by Kristine

6 Drinks This Dietitian Orders at Starbucks

I pick on Starbucks sometimes when I’m teaching my Nutrition 101 course. It’s easy to poke fun at their 430+ calorie muffins and scones. (That’s a reasonable amount of calories for breakfast…until you add a drink.) I use their Frappuccinos as an example of the shocking amount of “invisible” sugar in our beverages. (The Grande White Chocolate Creme flavor has 11 teaspoons added sugar, not to mention 400 calories.) We see the single teaspoon of sugar we add to our coffee or the drizzle of honey we stir into our tea, but it’s easy to forget about the rest of it when it’s added in by food manufacturers, restaurants, and coffee shops before we actually start sipping. And more sugar = more calories.  Continue Reading →

Bottle of green juice on a wooden table in front of a brick wall

April 25, 2018
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Vancouver BC: Melu Juice and Health Bar

Want to improve your odds of success for eating well? Find a place that serves only healthy food and you can’t go wrong. Take your pick of menu items. Anything your heart desires is fair game, and actually good for you. No guilt, no gluttony, no regret. Just one more meal on the books where you put the right stuff in your cake hole. I’ve got to tell you, it feels good. This was the case for me on a recent trip to Vancouver BC at a darling little spot called Melu Juice and Health Bar.

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Bottles of kombucha

April 11, 2018
by Kristine

My Take on the 2018 Healthful Eating Trends Report from Allrecipes

A long time ago, back when I was regularly attending blogging conferences like IFBC as a newbie blogger I must have gotten myself on a mailing list. Or maybe it was when I visited Allrecipes headquarters in Seattle for a local bloggers event. I don’t have an accurate recollection. But whatever I signed up for, I like the result: about once or twice a year a trend report shows up in my inbox with lots of data about eating habits in the U.S., particularly for those folks that use the immensely popular site Allrecipes. Continue Reading →