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Dietitian Spotlight Series: Zarana Parekh, New Private Practice Dietitian

Meet this week’s Dietitian Spotlight focus: Zarana Parekh, RDN, CSP, LD. She was born and raised in India and after spending 7 years as a practicing dietitian, she followed the love of her life to the US. She moved to Dallas and studied Clinical Nutrition at the UT Southwestern Medical Center and got her RDN…   Read More»


The Rise and Shine Smoothie

You just know you’re going to have a good day when you start it off with a delicious drink like this: The recipe is simple and quick, perfect for the mornings when you’re barely awake. The Rise and Shine Smoothie Serves 2 1 banana 1 orange, peeled, quartered and seeded 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon…   Read More»


Fresh Texas Salsa with Green Hatch Chiles

Have you ever heard of green hatch chiles? I hadn’t until I moved to Texas, where HEB Central Market has a Hatch Chile Festival every year celebrating the little spicy green peppers grown only in Hatch, New Mexico. Since they’re not in season now, I found a canned version at Trader Joe’s but you can…   Read More»


Dietitian Spotlight Series: Brianna Peterson, Wellness Coordinator

This week the spotlight is on Brianna Peterson, a Dallas dietitian with a really cool job! Like many of you that have contacted me with questions about how to break into the field of nutrition, being a dietitian wasn’t even on her radar when she was getting her first degree. She later found her passion…   Read More»


How to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays

The holidays– a time for celebrations! Unfortunately, it’s also a time when we’re more likely to gain weight. Food is often a very important part of celebrations and traditions, and rightfully so. ¬†Colder weather discourages outdoor workouts (not to mention making you want to lay on the couch with a blanket after work instead of…   Read More»


Cranberry Maple Breakfast Bars (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Made without refined sugar, these Cranberry Maple Breakfast Bars are full of fiber and natural protein to get you through your busy morning. Did you know that most syrups like Aunt Jemima’s and Log Cabin have no actual maple syrup in them at all? They are actually made from sweetened corn syrup and artificial colors…   Read More»


Dietitian Spotlight Series: Tony Paradis, Entrepreneur and Personal Trainer

Tony Paradis was one of the first dietitians I met in Dallas at a Nutrition Entrepreneurs mini-meeting about a year ago. It was so refreshing (and inspiring) to meet a young RD who had already started a business and was paving his own way in the nutrition and fitness world, which gave me hope for…   Read More»


Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Curry

I’m pretty sure I just made my first Thai curry! I love all types of curries but for some reason have always been too intimidated to make them in my own kitchen. This recipe really wasn’t hard at all, it just required some new-to-me ingredients, like curry paste and coconut milk. Best of all, you…   Read More»


Balsamic Black-Eyed Power Bowl

This week I cooked with quite a few ingredients that I had never worked with before, one of them being black-eyed peas. Black-eyed peas, also known as cowpeas, are popular in the southern states and are often paired with collard or mustard greens. They are part of the legume family and provide a good source…   Read More»


Fall Festivities: Dallas Arboretum

Hi everyone, Happy Friday! It’s starting to get pretty chilly here in Dallas but I hear some of my friends up north have already seen SNOW. Whoa weather, winter is still at least a month down the road… A few weeks ago I did something I’ve been wanting to do since I moved here about…   Read More»


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