I think I have my first case of blog block. Shocking. I never stop talking or thinking…
My nutrition presentation at the technical college went BRILLIANTLY (said in a Jamie Oliver accent). The kids were really receptive and respectful. They also had some great questions! I was shocked how much they already know about nutrition, so I stepped up my game and added in a lot of fun science and health-related information versus the food and food chemistry approach that I took. Really fun opportunity!!
So without further ado, I’ll just answer the questions I received this week! Thanks for sending them in, everyone! 😀
Abri of Absolutely Ridiculous: I see all these recipes and want to make pretty much every single one of them. Right now husband and I are staying with my parents so we aren’t cooking at all… but I see all these ingredients that I don’t ever remember seeing at the store. Do you go to special organic places, or can most of these be found at normal grocery stores? I haven’t ever looked for them so it may be a dumb question… Thanks!!!
Prevention RD: I am married to the cheapest man alive, so I do most of my shopping at WalMart. I do shop at Whole Foods some, and that is typically for my meat and grains. Some things I’ve started using in recipes (farro, whole wheat pastry flour, medjool dates, etc.) are only found at Whole Foods, so I get what I must there. I also try and stick to organic meats, and that’s where I get those, as well. Well over 90% of my shopping is done at WalMart, though…and they typically have a great selection, especially in the ethnic foods sections! For the 2 of us, we typically spend $90-120 a week on groceries and eat out 1-2 times a week. Great question!
John of Challenges 2010: How much variety is required/suggested in a person’s diet? I’m thinking in regards to getting all the nutrients,minerals,vitamins,etc. Why do I ask? One of the keys to not only my weight loss but others is having the same thing for breakfast and/or lunch everyday. I found though for the past month or two I’ve been having basically the same thing for almost my meals…..3 out of my 4 meals each day at least. My meal of choice? Smoothies. They’re fast,easy and only require cleaning a glass and blender. My 2 main smoothie ingredient lists look like this: 1/2c yogurt, 1/3c oatmeal(uncooked), 1scoop Whey protein, 1c frozen strawberries, 2c broccoli or 1/2c yogurt, 1/3c oatmeal, 1sc Whey Protein, 1 banana, 1 tbsp natural Peanut Butter
Prevention RD: I don’t think this is a nutritional concern as much as a concern of your sanity and long-term success. I agree that making a smoothie is super easy, but it’s not feasible to drink 3 smoothies a day til forever in order to stay healthy (…or is it?). I think it’s really, really, really important to have fundamental cooking skills and to be able to utilize them on a regular basis. I say the same thing to someone losing weight eating only Smart Ones, Lean Cuisines, or Healthy Choice meals. *yawn* It’s important to be excited about what you’re eating! As for health, I do think it’s important to get in more variety, even though you’re getting balanced macronutrients in your smoothies. If the body knows what to expect, it will plateau much more easily than if you’re continuously changing up your intake and exercise routine. But hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And if you’re happy, that’s great! If things ever stall out on ya, I think you’ve got a good route to explore…your kitchen! 😉
Courtney of Knit, Run, Repeat: Ok so here’s a question….Protein Powder. What should one look for or avoid? Generally I use it in smoothies…I put a cup(ish) of frozen strawberries and a cup or two of Trop50 OJ in the blender…then 1 scoop of Jillian Michael’s protein powder. Hers is like 100cal and…20? g protein. Maybe 12. I don’t know…but I blend that and have it post-workout or for breakfast. So…pros/cons of protein powder? I don’t eat a lot of meat…so it’s an easy way for me to get protein in with my breakfast. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the powder and also what to look for in a powder! I’ve heard some are better than others but…I don’t know how to figure it out!
Prevention RD: I think your use of protein powder is alright. I typically discourage protein shakes as meal replacements simply because they are not as satisfying physically or psychologically for most people (depends on the person, however). But as a fueling snack, I’m all for it, especially if meat is not a huge component of your diet. To be honest, I’ve never checked out Jillian’s protein powder, but I’m going to *assume* it checks out. She’s about that last person who would want to be under fire for bad supplements! My only caution is that supplements are NOT FDA regulated. I recommend Abbott Nutrition’s EAS Whey protein to my patients, simply because it is 1) cheap, 2) produced by a medical supply and nutrition company, and 3) is third-party tested. I’m not huge on supplements, but this is the one I personally use and recommend. Always go with a whey over a soy source of protein when it comes to supplements. I hope this helps, great question!
Jodie of Jodie Pilates: What is the best “diet” for healthy shiney hair? Do you recommend any supplements, fish oil, etc?
Prevention RD: Because “shiny” is relative, this answer is based on what I know about food and what I’ve personally tried for shiny hair. Foods that are recognized as helpful for a shine include proteins (including eggs and high-fat meats such as bacon), as well as healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds, avocados, etc. Fish oil and omega 3’s from either food sources (i.e. salmon) or supplement (3,000 milligrams a day) are also correlated with a shiny mane. Fun question, hope this helps!
Molly of Oats, Coffee, Love: What is your favorite dessert? And, if you could be on a cooking show which Food Network Star would you be most like?
Prevention RD: The first one is easy. My favorite dessert is toffee…the really buttery kind with chocolate and crushed nuts on top. Drool. The second question is tougher, but I am a huge Melissa fan. I think she’s the cutest little thing, and very easy to relate to. I also think her “down home” recipes are very well-liked by families and cooks in the home.
Question: What’s in your typical smoothie? What protein powder, if any, do you use?
Happy Halfway to Friday!