Trader Joe's Top Picks: Summer 2019

It’s back! The Real Good Nutrition Trader Joe’s Top Picks is back with some of my favorite things that kept me going all summer ‘19. Think more variety, new flavors, and as always, things to fuel your body to keep your energy levels up. Let’s shop!

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How to Farmers Market like A Pro.

Last Sunday marked the start of National Farmers Market Week, and good timing because there is SO much goodness at the market right now. Going to the Dane County Farmers Market here in Madison is one of my favorite things to do on summer Saturdays, so I wanted to share the reasons I love the market and some of my top tips on shopping it like a pro.

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Good Nutrition is Good Self-Care.

As we inch our way toward summer, I know schedules start to really fill up and it can be hard to make sure you’re still doing something for you amidst the chaos. This is especially true as plans for travel and get-togethers can truly throw off your nutrition game. That’s why I thought it would be a perfect time to share an article I wrote after the New Year for DirectHERy about why good nutrition is good self-care, and what “good nutrition” actually looks like. Enjoy!

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Trader Joe's Top Picks: Spring 2019

So many of you have been asking for it, so here it is! The first edition of the Real Good Nutrition Trader Joe’s Top Picks, where I brave the crowds, hunt the aisles, and scour the nutrition labels to find some of the best products to recommend to all of you. With the theme of “easier meal prep” in mind, I’m hitting you with 50 of my favorite picks from TJs this spring. Let’s shop!

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Recipe Round-Up: Nourishing Soups

If there is one redeeming quality of these freezing, snowy Midwestern days, I’d say that it’s an excuse to make a really warming batch of soup. And perfect timing, too, because January is National Soup Month. When I’m asked my recommendations for nutritious, easy-to-prep meals, I usually turn to soup. In this blog post, I’ll tell you why I love soup and show you some of my favorite nourishing soup recipes to try during your next meal prep (or if you’re snowed in this week).

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3 Easy GF Recipes To Try Next Weekend.

This morning, I talked about all things gluten-free on News 3 in Madison. I answered some common questions about what it means to be gluten-free, gave some of my top tips for a GF kitchen, and shared some simple but nourishing recipes. I’m all about making good nutrition easy, especially for those with dietary restrictions. Why? Because I have Celiac disease myself, so I know how hard it can be to totally eliminate something from your diet. And because restrictive diets are usually lacking in nutrition, making sure my patients and clients are adequately nourished is #1 on my agenda. Luckily these recipes are great for anyone, GF or not, so read on and give them a try next weekend.

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Gluten-Free in the Kitchen.

If you have to be gluten-free for any reason, then you know how tough it can be to feel confident in the kitchen. Maybe you’re not sure where to go for recipes, or what gluten-free products to stock your pantry with, or maybe you’re nervous about cross-contamination. Trust me, I hear you because I was there. There are so many great resources out there now for finding creativity in gluten-free cooking, so it’s easier to be gluten-free now and still enjoy cooking while making sure you’re getting adequate nutrition. Here are my top tips for for being gluten-free in the kitchen (and yes, it includes making dessert. Always).

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"Wait, What?": A Food Label Story

Picture this: You’re at the grocery store, you’re looking at three different boxes of pasta, and you’re stuck on which one to choose. What would tip you over the edge to buy one instead of the others? Specifically, think about what words you gravitate toward. But get this: Those words might not mean exactly what you think, and they might even change your entire perception of a certain product. In this post, I’m going to explain exactly what a few of the most popular claims mean and hopefully equip you with a little more information to make choosing between products (or at least understanding labels) easier. Don’t worry, my jaw dropped too with some of these facts. Read on…

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5 Ways to Stay "Holiday Balanced."

The holidays are prime time for all things indulgent, which usually leads into those all-or-nothing feelings that result in excessive restriction in January. Does this sound familiar? A reminder I've been sharing often is there is a way to indulge with intention so you feel great about your choices and how they make your body and mind feel while still enjoying those more special holiday treats. It’s really about finding a balance that stems from listening to your body to both indulge and practice mindfulness around food. This is what I call “Holiday Balanced.” In this post, I’m sharing five ways to find it and stay there.

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Food Sensitivity Tests: Worth the Hype?

Have you heard of food sensitivity tests? Although not necessarily a novel technology, food sensitivity tests have gained recent popularity as a method to help identify foods that someone may have a sensitivity toward in hopes of alleviating their digestive woes, migraines, fatigue, chronic pain, skin issues, and more. If you’ve undergone one, you’ll know that they often result in a long list of foods to eliminate. But is this warranted, and are the tests even scientifically valid? And what are the potential dangers involved with a heavily restricted diet? I’m often asked my perspective on these tests, so I’m sharing some of my thoughts and, as always, the current research.

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