Healthy Snacks

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips for Busy Sports Moms

   “AIM TO MAINTAIN”     The holidays can be a challenging time when you are striving to eat healthily and watch your weight. No one enjoys waking up on January 2 sporting an extra 5-8 pounds. Although the holidays may not be the ideal time to attempt to lose a significant amount of weight, it is possible to HOLD IT FOR THE HOLIDAYS (maintain your weight) and get ready to JUMPSTART into a HEALTHY JANUARY!   3 Bite Rule: Let’s be honest, swearing off desserts and treats is not a realistic approach to a Happy Holiday. The first couple of bites of a treat always tastes the best so try to push the dessert plate away after the first 3 bites.   Become a FOOD SNOB: Don’t waste calories on foods you can have any time. Save your splurges for special foods that only come around once or twice…

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14 Food Preparation Tips to Save Your Sanity at Dinnertime

  For many Sports Moms, the most stressful time of the day is DINNERTIME! You know the drill, walking through the door to a cold, dark house (thank you, Time Change) and everyone is starving and wants dinner – NOW.   Having no idea of what’s even in the fridge can escalate our stress to an even higher level. Rewind for a minute. Imagine, walking through the door to the wonderful smell of dinner cooking in the crock pot. Yes, it still may be cold and dark and everyone may still be hungry, but DINNER is READY!   A couple of hours of food preparation on the weekend can be a game changer in helping resolve the What’s for Dinner Stressor!   FOOD PREPARATION TIPS:   Steam or bake chicken breasts and store in an airtight container. This can be added to salads, used in casseroles, sandwiches, and burritos.  …

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What is Your Student-Athlete Eating?

SPORTS NUTRITION FOR THE STUDENT ATHLETE: “OWN IT”   Student athletes are one of my favorite groups to work with.  I love being able to help them realize that  properly fueling their bodies can have a huge impact on how they feel both on and off the field.  I love to show them that it is possible to achieve their goals utilizing  RWF (Real Whole Food) as opposed to relying on chemically laden food-like supplements.  I love to see the “light bulb” go off when they realize that fueling their body is one of the few things that they have control over in this whole competitive “Sports Thing.”  Last but not least, I LOVE when they call or e-mail me to keep me posted on all their achievements.   Yup – I LOVE working with kids!   As sports parents we are all too aware of how difficult it can sometimes…

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How Does This Registered Dietitian Feed Her Active Family?

As mom of four active boys, our weekends are full of activities. This past weekend it was baseball and lacrosse.  A crazy schedule, but I would not change it for a million dollars! And as sports moms (and a registered dietitian) the question I get asked A LOT is how I feed my family of four active boys (and a super busy husband).  I think people assume that since I am a Dietitian I must have perfectly balanced meals on the table every single night.  NOPE.  But with that being said, I have always had a pretty consistent approach to feeding the boys.   My Approach to Family Nutrition   After about the age of 4, I stopped being a short order cook (75% of the time).  Although I understand that kid’s, just like adults, have specific food preferences, I refuse to cook 4 different meals.  If there was a…

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