Wrap sandwich on a plate with blueberries

August 15, 2018
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What I Eat in a Day: July 2018

You’ve seen them. The posts on Instagram where someone shares a collage pic of all the food they ate in one day. It’s intriguing, kind of like peeking in on someone else’s daily habits, observing something we don’t typically see unless we actually sit down and share a meal with them. (Or every meal with them.) It’s not new, of course. I was first introduced to the idea of a daily food photo log by another dietitian, Kath Eats Real Food, who’s been documenting her food in blog form since 2007. Continue Reading →

Metal lunchbox filled with berries and tomatoes

August 1, 2018
by Kristine
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8 Bento Lunches for Summer

Lunch packing in the summer is easy. Certainly if you have kids, I’m hoping you have a few months off from this daily task. But for the rest of us, taking a lunch to work happens year round. And summertime offers a bounty of veggies and fruits to fill up those cute little compartments in my bento boxes. Continue Reading →

About to bite a waffle filled with tofu, cheese and spinach

July 18, 2018
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Portland: Smaaken Waffle Sandwiches

I did not know that maple butter and cheddar cheese would taste good together, but the folks at Smaaken Waffle Sandwiches in Portland, Oregon sure did. Their creative menu brings together all kinds of unexpected ingredients, and cozies them up inside a folded over Dutch-style waffle with great success. On a recent trip to the City of Roses I ate my way through many plant-based lunches and dinners, but this was my most memorable breakfast.

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9 pieces of bread with different spreads

June 27, 2018
by Kristine
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The Best Spreads for Your Bread

Which is better, butter or margarine? I’m sorry to say the answer is neither. They’re both terrible for different reasons. Without getting too deep into the weeds on the nutritional “why,” it’s because depending on the brand and the particular ingredients they both contain unhealthy fats like saturated and trans. And they’re high in calories…about 100 calories per tablespoon. You may feel like butter is more “natural” or that margarine has the benefit of being plant-based, but we shouldn’t be striving to get more of either in our diet. Whichever one you choose, try to minimize your intake of it; less is better. That’s the bad news in this blog post.┬áThe good news is there are all kinds of other options for spreading opportunities. Let’s talk about some of my favorites including liquid fats, slightly better tub spreads, nut butters, seed butters, fruit-based spreads, and bean spreads. Continue Reading →

Plastic container filled with fruit, cookies and nuts

June 13, 2018
by Kristine
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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 →