Around The Web

Some of my recent favorites from the internets…

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“Natural” is a bullshit way to describe food.  This article manages to cover almost every nutrition trend that makes me see red

And Real Mom Nutrition explains why eating “clean” is a privilege

Some baking how to’s from Serious Eats:

And one from Delicious knowledge: cooking with tofu

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Ahahahahahaah!

ducks aren't paleo

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Personal space invaders

personal space invaders

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I’m not a centipede

give me a hand

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This is my life

just a second

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Anything amazing you want to share in the comments?

Around The Web

I’ve had some really yummy eats this week that I am excited to blog, but first I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been loving on other people’s web sites…

food for thought

I’m sure you’ve all heard the buzz about Science Babe’s epic takedown of the Food Babe by now.  {article linked here}  In short, Food Babe has absolutely no medical, nutritional, or scientific background, and she, like the big names in anti-vaccination, preys on America’s recent history of sub-par STEM education and misuses the term “toxin” so egregiously it may actually be the newest, deadliest sin.  Zen & Spice did a great job of unpacking the Science Babe’s arguments from an RD’s perspective.  {article linked here}

Love & Zest talked about the value of foods beyond their nutrients.  Moderation is important because a brownie may not be “good for you,” but it can certainly be good for your soul.  {article linked here}

Green Mountain wrote their version of the “Five Foods You Should Never Eat” article.  I really hate the original articles – unnecessary dietary restrictions are unsustainable and unenjoyable and the titles are blatant clickbait – so it was nice to read June’s funny but reasonable spoof.  {article linked here}

Debbie Dietitian Dishes did another one of her great nutrient examinations, this time a look at carbohydrates – what they are, what they do, and what you need.  {article linked here}

food and nutrition funnies

Very few things are better than cupcakes, but these guys qualify –

better than cupcakes

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So true, even I fall victim to this occasionally –

trying to be healthy

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And Poorly Drawn Lines has been killing it lately.

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humanely raised demons

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Have you been keeping up with the most recent Food Babe drama?  If this was your first time hearing of the Food Babe, when you went to check out her website did you feel like your head might actually explode with rage?

Weekly Wrap-Up? Yes Please!

happenings

As promised, here is a picture of my gaudy new cell phone –

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I’m liking it more now that I’ve gotten used to the new system.

This week I gave an hour-long nutrition presentation at a women’s shelter near the hospital.  We talked primarily about added sugars, reading nutrition labels, and the plate method.

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I opened with an activity where we compared the sugar content of different beverages.

I started reading Amy Poehler’s memoir, Yes Please.  I am halfway through and completely smitten.

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It is just as hilarious and inspiring as you’d expect it to be.  And her relationship with Seth Meyers – he guest writes a chapter – makes me love both of them more if that’s even possible.

breakfast

Coffee and a chocolate coconut water.

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Latte and an Opal apple.

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Stumptown cold-brew box with turkey jerky and dates.

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Coffee (duh!) and yummy hot chocolate with marshmallows that the hospital administration had for employee appreciation day.

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They also had a bunch of cookies out, but it was 9 o’clock in the morning and one of the midwives brought in bagels for the clinic so I went with one of those instead.

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I definitely made the right choice, my pumpernickel bagel was splendidly chewy.  Also – I poured my marshmallow cocoa into my coffee after it had cooled down and it was ridiculous.

lunch

From home – yogurt bowl.

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Blueberries, Heritage Flakes, and a Dannon butterscotch Greek yogurt.

From the cafeteria – a turkey sandwich and baked fries.

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My sandwich had turkey, provolone, mayo, mustard, lettuce and red peppers and my fries had a side of blue cheese.

From home – another yogurt bowl.

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An Opal apple and plain Fage with amazing 18 Rabbits Caramel Apple Granola.

From the cafeteria – a giant chicken quesadilla.

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With cheese, chopped bell peppers, and sour cream and guacamole on the side.  I planned on only eating half because it was quite big, but it was so good I ended up demolishing the whole thing.

Dinner leftovers (see the scrambled egg night) on top of spinach with ranch, chopped carrot, and cucumber from the cafeteria.

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The salad bar packed lunch mash-up was perfect, I’ll have to remember to repeat it the next time I’m getting tired of my yogurt bowls.

snack

Adorable gummies from last weekend.

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Baby carrots and dip.

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I made an oatmeal chocolate chip mug cookie.  It was quite enjoyable but basically raw so not a recipe for sharing.

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Jarlsberg mini cheese.

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Chocolate milk.

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Coffee with almond milk.

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Sundaes that Adam and I made with this dream team:

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Girl & The Fig’s salted fig caramel is perfect.

dinner

Bibimbap bowls.  I couldn’t get a great picture, but these were sooo good.  Runny egg yolk goes wonderfully with spice.

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Jasmine rice with rice vinegar // baked tofu cubes // broccoli and baby kale sautéed with canola oil, a bit of sugar, and tons of Sriracha // chopped sesame seaweed // and a sunny side up egg.

We used the leftovers the next day for another Asian-ish dinner.

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Leftover rice and veggies stir-fried with sautéed onion, eggs, fish sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.

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Plus “beef and broccoli” aka chicken with broccoli and cauliflower.

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I way overcooked the chicken and this was not very good.

I guess the next day was pretty similar as well.  I sautéed chopped seitan, corn, and spinach in evoo and Sriracha and then scrambled in eggs and part-skim mozzarella.

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It tasted so much better than it looked.

Chipotle in front of the tv on Friday.  We were supposed to go into Brooklyn but it was terrifically cold outside and changing into pajamas just sounded too good.

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Chicken rice bowl with sautéed veggies, three types of salsa, cheese, sour cream, and lettuce.  Plus chips.  There’s a giant diet coke just to the right of that photo

Have you read any actor memoirs that you loved?  I was a HUGE fan of Mindy Kaling’s too and I’m excited for Tina Fey’s next.

What I’m Loving Around The Web

A mash-up of my lists of blog posts/jokes that I think are great and my rambling posts about things that are rocking my world.  In list format, unorganized, and in no particular order, 10 things from the recent internets that give me good feels…

{1} Farrah of Fairyburger, a third year medical student, wrote a guest post on Hypertension Prevention.  {via Zen & Spice}

{2} I don’t know if this is true, but I hope with all of my heart that it is.  {source}

lunar pun

{3} Raise Healthy Eaters lists Five Popular Pieces of Nutrition Advice That Fall Short.  She updates these old-standbys to help them more realistically apply to your life.

{4}  Everyone knows that the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird is maybe coming out this summer, right??  This book was actually written first, and I really hope that Lee actually consents to its release because TKM is one of my all-time favorite books and I so want to be excited.  Buzzfeed published a round-up of some important TKM quotes.

to kill a mockingbird

{5} I cannot think of a better way to describe my life in twenty words; this is me –  {source}

i hate myself a little bit less than i hate everyone else

{6} This is also me – {source}

the only honest excuse

{7} Meals for Miles explains why Dietitians hate Diets That Are “Free” of Something.  Instead she recommends foods to add to your diet.

{8} On a related note, A House in the Hills posted a tongue-in-check Definitive Guide to Healthy Eating.  I love the way she showcases all of the conflicting, confusing, “healthy eating” advice.

{9} This is so true!  Mine’s a tie between the stegosaurs and the pterodactyl, fyi.  {source}

growing up sucks

{10} Buzzfeed posted Neil Degrasse Tyson giving an epic explanation of the meaning of life.

Around The Web

FYI – No wrap-up post this week.  I checked my camera last night and found a total of four (out of focus) photos; whoops.  Instead, here are some of my favorites from sites that were putting out actual content…

{for learning}

1) A post from Real Mom Nutrition on how people who don’t strictly calorie count can still use the nutrition information on restaurant menus.

2) Another one from Sally, on why she doesn’t like using the word “never” to describe foods.  I am in 100% agreement with every word of this.  And it’s funny!

3) Science-Based Medicine explains why “detoxes” are bullshit.  <– I highly recommend this site

4) 4 myths about gluten-free from RDelicious Kitchen via Fannetastic Food.

5) Grapefruit and Granola looks back at her first year as a Registered Dietitian.

{for laughing}

csi my house

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50 shade of unrealistic

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adopt a sense of humor

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fruit bat's fruit bat

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what is like

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That last one is definitely me with television!  And music, books, foods, and pretty much everything else.

Festival Of Links

to make you think

  1. Nutrition Unplugged looks at the positive sides of the Paleo Diet.  Spoiler – she’s still not a huge fan, but I think this post is very fair.
  2. Love and Zest talks a bit about protein.
  3. Oh My Veggies debunks some common myths about sugar.  I hear #2 and 3 all the time at work and it drives me crazy.
  4. Slate published a really great autobiographical piece on “Why Poor People Stay Poor.”

to make you giggle

Ahahahahaha!  source

oh the snowmanity

This is barely even hyperbolic.  source

life

I also really don’t like when my feet aren’t under the covers.  source

the bed is safe

This slays me…  source

he could not

Happy Hannukah to all of my readers who celebrate!

Lunch And Learn; Weekend Wrap-Up

I spent Friday and Saturday in New Jersey at a pediatric nutrition conference getting my learn on.  A girlfriend, a co-worker, and I all went together and we had a very nice time.  It stinks to lose a Saturday to “school,” but the lectures did include pediatric nutrition support, oncology, failure to thrive, and GI disorders; all big interests of mine.  The conference ran for 8 hours each day but since it was only an hour or so away from the city I did get to have some fun with the husband in the evenings too.

Here are five favorites from the weekend…

{1} Saturday’s breakfast.

Getting to Jersey for the conference meant waking up by 5:30 both Friday and Saturday.  On a typical workday, I should be up by 6:50; 50% of the time I set my alarm for 5:20, and 100% of the time I wake up after 7:10, so I was understandably a bit worried about the early wake-ups.  I was excited about the conference so I managed, but Saturday was easier because Adam drove us in and I was looking forward to time in the car with him.

We stopped at Dunkin Donuts for the new cookie lattes – Snickerdoodle and Sugar Cookie – which were only okay,

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and at La Bagel Delight for an everything bagel with jalopeño cheddar cream cheese.

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That was great, obviously.

{2} Conference eats.

I didn’t do the best job of packing breakfast/lunch the first day and was not very happy throughout the afternoon.  On Saturday, the three of us used the break to drive to Chipotle for a real lunch.

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My friend and I split a rice bowl, which is always good.

And, as we were driving home I spotted a Sonic!!

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Strawberry diet cokes are flipping amazing.  My friend thought I was crazy for freaking out when we saw the sign, but once she tasted it she got it.

{3} Dinner in Koreatown.

Friday night, I met Adam in Penn Station (we took the train that day) and we walked over to Koreatown for dinner.  There is a food court there that we had been dying to try.

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We shared a steamed red bean bun.

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Then got big bowls of bibimpap for dinner.

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Mine, with tofu and tons of kimchi, was delicious.

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We tried a canned coffee for dessert.

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And stopped at Tous le Jours for mochi to share as well.

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The chocolate was good but the maple was better.  Soooo chewy.

{4} Sushi in Park Slope.

Saturday we ended up at Yamato, a favorite spot of Adam’s from when we lived in Brooklyn.

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Salad with ginger dressing to start.

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Veggie roll combo.

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The cucumber avocado roll was the best, but I smothered everything in wasabi.

Plus we stopped and got hot chocolate for dessert.

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That’s a homemade marshmallow!

{5} A package from Dannon Creamery.

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Dannon’s newest line, Dannon Creamery sent me a super cool box of samples.

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These desserts were sent to me free of charge to review.  I received no further compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.

DC makes cheesecakes made with Greek yogurt plus three flavors of pudding, all averaging about 200 calories per serving/cup.  I had tried the strawberry cheesecake on my own in the past and didn’t like it, but I was pleasantly surprised by the two other flavors I’ve tried so far.

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Lemon cheesecake was opened pretty much the minute I got the package.

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Nothing artificial about the topping and the mouthfeel of the cheesecake was great; I’m a fan!

I also quite enjoyed the dark chocolate pudding (with a leftover chocolate chip cookie).

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I’m looking forward to the other flavors.