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Packable Snack List

I am on the Space Coast Dragon Boat Team.  When participating in a festival, it is an all day event and it is essential to pack lots of food to maintain my energy.  As the team nutritionist, many of my teammates have asked me for healthy packable snack ideas.   Hope you all find my list helpful to […]

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Top 3 Protein Bars

I wrote this article because everyone asks me if I can recommend a quality protein bar.   The answer is YES!  I have done thorough research by comparing all the popular brands as well as the bars you suggested.  With my strict standards of quality, I am excited that I have found 3 awesome protein bars! […]

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Lunch Box Ideas (Kids & Adults)

As working parents and having 3 kids in school, I usually have to pack 5 lunches a day.  I strive to have healthy options readily available.  This requires some menu planning, consistent food shopping and prep work but overall, it’s totally doable if you are organized.  Here are my staple lunch ideas for kids and adults.  […]

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Best Health Apps for iPhone

There are TONS of apps available for iPhones, ipads, and other devices but it is hard to find ones that truly assist you through your wellness journey.  Most diet related apps focus solely on calories which is not useful in my mind (see my Nutrition Philosophy to understand why). After lots of research, we have […]

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Healthy Options for Fast Food

I have many busy clients who travel a ton and are looking for some healthy options when on the road. They always ask me “What can I eat when I am traveling that is semi-healthy?”. After hearing this question over and over, I decided to do some investigation. I evaluated the nutrition facts and ingredient […]

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Nutritionist Approved Bars

As a Registered Dietitian, I usually recommend my clients eat real whole foods and small frequent meals throughout the day. Unfortunately this is not always possible. Most people resort to processed quick foods and tend to eat larger meals due to their busy schedules. Many clients ask me if bars are ok to use on […]

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Healthy Santa Barbara Restaurants and Markets

For such a small town, Santa Barbara sure has a lot to offer in the way of restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and other food outlets.  The tricky part is navigating your way through all of the enticing options to the ones that serve not only your belly but also your health. Before I introduce you […]

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Gluten Free Santa Barbara

I discovered that it is getting easier to find gluten free products in Santa Barbara.   Lazy Acres and Whole Foods carry a variety of items and now even Vons has some items like brown rice pasta, crackers, etc.  Betsy has even given Gluten Free Talks at Whole Foods. I found that Cantwell’s in Summerland has […]

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What is a Portion Size?

Learn How to Visualize Proper Portion Sizes On your way to work, you may stop by Starbucks for a Grande skim milk latte and a jumbo low-fat blueberry muffin. For lunch, you opt for the “healthier” option and get a five dollar foot-long Subway sandwich and a large diet soda. At the end of your […]

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Santa Barbara Restaurants

I still consider myself a newbie in this town, having lived in SB for less than a year after relocating from the East Coast.I’ve been slow to try many new places, because I prefer to make my own food, but when I do venture out, it’s usually because of someone’s recommendation.Finding ‘healthy’ fare in SB […]

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