What’s in My Pantry? Video!

Hi friends! Hope all you East coast Americans survived the blizzard with enough beans and rice to keep you going. Check out what’s in our pantry in the video below, and look forward to weekly videos this year from me. Put in the comments things you’d like me to video about — I love me some new ideas! Happy nonperishable fooding!

Zucchini Overpopulation Solution Project

Is your garden giving you more zucchini (zucchinis?) than you can handle? Take this hummus out for a spin! The tahini gives it a whopping punch of a bunch of different nutrients. Filmed by my 9 year-old daughter, a movie-maker in the making.

Zucchini Hummus
Makes about 2 cups

2 medium zucchini, diced
¼ cup lemon juice
⅓ cup tahini
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 tsp ground cumin
Salt & Pepper to taste

In a blender or food processor, puree all ingredients until creamy. Perfect for a sandwich spread, dip for veggies or crackers, or for just eating with spork on a rainy Tuesday. Reduce the fat content by 5 grams per serving by eliminating the olive oil.

Nutrition info for 1/4 of recipe: 193 calories, 17 g fat, 9 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 4 g protein, 30% daily vitamin A, 10% daily vitamin C, 20% daily copper, 26% daily manganese, 12% daily iron, 12% daily magnesium

Breakfast Fast Food – 3 Ideas. Video!

Too busy in the morning to make breakfast? Try my 3 favorite simple concoctions to keep you energized all morning long.

Baked Oatmeal: http://bitchindietitian.com/2012/03/0…

Tofu Eggs in a Wrap: http://bitchindietitian.com/2015/03/1…

Everyday Green Smoothie
2 large leaves kale
1 banana
1 cup frozen fruit (such as mango or berries)
1 scoop vanilla Plantfusion protein powder (http://www.amazon.com/PlantFusion-Pro…)
12 oz water

Detox Day 3: A few questions answered. Video!

Happy Day 3! Enter more questions in the Comments and I’ll answer them from another oddball room in my house ;-) Cheers! xo

4 Year-Old Tests His Own Blood Sugar

Type 1 folks and type 1 fans! I thought you’d appreciate a video of my son Jake who just turned 4 and just started testing his own blood sugar. What an inspiration!

And….Go! Detox Day 1: Be Mindful, Set Goals

Kale Celery Green Apple Juice

Kale Celery Green Apple Juice

Feeling fantastic already?!?

Hope you got completely sick and tired of gluten yesterday and stocked up on all those raw foods. It’s game day!

To start out Day 1, here’s last year’s video of the Green-Apple Juice in a juicer (ignore my daughter who thinks she’s Inspector Gadget). I prefer this concoction juiced vs. blended, but blending is perfectly wonderful too. If you’re blending and you don’t have a Vitamix or a Blendtec, consider using a food processor for the veggies and apples, and then blending that concoction with the water and ice. It’s likely to slide down easier. And, you can also substitute one of this week’s smoothies for today’s green juice. Surprise!

Juice vs. Blend? What’s the difference and why the extra appliance? Check this quick info by my pal Kris Carr. She talks chlorophyll and alkalinity–it’s worth a read. My juicer is the Jack Lalanne Classic Juicer –a brand new hand-me-down gift, and it works just fine. It costs around $100 if you buy it from their website. Just an FYI. I tend to use my Vitamix daily (green smoothies, soups, hummus, dips), and my juicer weekly. Not saying that’s perfect, just what I do.

So, TODAY. Be mindful of every tea sip and food morsel — believe you me, that morning fruit is going to be the BEST FRUIT you ever ate! This day is by far the hardest, but you can absolutely do it. Don’t forget, however, that you can increase your serving sizes of detox food if you’re feeling like you’re really low on calories (starving, hunger pangs, spacey-ness). Add fresh fruit, raw nuts and seeds, or an avocado for quick, extra energy, and carry those with you just in case. If the detox meal plan is very different from your typical, then Day 1 is going to be a big eye opener. Embrace the change!

And think about your Detox Goals today. What do you want out of this? To ditch sugar cravings, increase veggie cravings, or lose weight? Are you hoping to grow wings and fly by Day 7? Keep me posted!

And finally finally, you should have more energy today than you’re used to. Laugh louder, smile harder, and type more. I want updates in the Comments section.

Green juice cheers!

xoxo

Thanksgiving with a Diabetic Child: Insulin Pumps & Carb Charts

Today is our first Thanksgiving with Jake (nearly 3 years-old) and his diabetes. We’re pretty psyched and THANKFUL for his new insulin pump (no more shots!). It’s not only awesome all around, but it’s definitely going to make today easier. He can have dinner, we’ll count the carbs he ate, dose him his insulin with the pump. And then an hour later, he can have dessert, we’ll count the carbs, and dose him with more insulin. When he was still getting shots (which he HATED, understandably!), he would’ve had to get 2 shots, and it was advised that you wait 2 hours between shots. The pump tells you how much insulin is “on board” so you can give insulin doses super close to eachother. Woo hoo!

Just to give you an idea of how meals go with a diabetic child — and the ultimate annual meal at that! — I’ve posted a link below (after the videos) to the chart I made to count Jake’s Thanksgiving meal carbs. No need for a Sudoku book to prevent Alzheimer’s in OUR house! We’ve got all the math and calculating exercises we need 3 or more times a day :)

Happy Thanksgiving and Carb Day, everyone!

Here is Jake *practicing” wearing his pump before we went “live” 3 weeks ago:

And here is our very first insulin “shot” we gave him with his pump (video also served as an instructional video for Jake’s caregivers):

And the chart (plus calculator and food scale) that will come in handy later today.

Jake’s Carb Chart for Thanksgiving

Happy Nacho Day!

Football fans and health heroes! Here’s a last-minute recycled video on preparing my famous No Fat Pants Nachos for today’s big game.

Plus, be sure to check out Forks Over Knives Superbowl Recipes for Hearty Nachos, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Tapenade, BBQ Tofu “Wings,” Lentil Chili, and Whole Grain Corn Muffins. Not to mention the Lunchbox Bunch’s Avocado Quesadillas and Meatless Buffalo Bites–perfect for the eat-fest that is the Superbowl.

Happy cheering and chowing!

And We’re Off! Detox Day 1 with Green Apple Juice Video

Here we go! I feel great already, how about you?

So, yes, I (too) ate a big fat peanut butter sandwich last night on some thick, thick bread. It was DIVINE, but now that that’s over, let’s get ’em!

To start out Day 1, here’s a quick video of the Green-Apple Juice in a juicer (ignore my 6-year-old daughter who thinks she’s Inspector Gadget). I do prefer this concoction juiced vs. blended, but blending is perfectly wonderful too. If you’re blending and you don’t have a high-power blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec, the first thing you need to do is put one of those on your 2012 holiday wish list. Or, perhaps you need to think about rewarding yourself at the end of this Detox with one of those. The next thing you need to do is if you don’t think your blender can handle the raw apple and leafies even with the 4-8 ounces of water and ice, consider using a food processor for the veggies and apples, and then blending that concoction with the water and ice. It can’t hurt.

Juice vs. Blend? Check this quick info by my pal Kris Carr of Crazy Sexy Life. She talks chlorophyll and alkalinity–it’s worth a read. And as for types of juicers, I was given the Jack Lalanne Classic Juicer as a brand new hand-me-down, and I really like it. It runs about $100 if you buy it from their website. Just an FYI. Please feel free to share juicing/juicer/blender/blending tips if you have them. As another FYI, I use my Vitamix daily (smoothies, soups, hummus, dips, etc.–I even got rid of my food processor!), and my juicer once or twice a week. Not saying that’s what everyone should do, but just facts on one nutrition professional’s appliance usage.

Still feeling good? Hungry? This day is by far the hardest, but you can TOTALLY do this. Don’t forget, however, that you can increase your serving sizes of Detox food if you’re feeling like you’re really low on calories. Add fresh fruit, raw nuts and seeds, or an avocado for quick, extra energy.

Good luck today! Please don’t forget to laugh, taste and savor every morsel and sip, and let us know how you’re doing — use the Comments section to share and question! XOXO

The Bitchin’ Best of 2011

Healthy Eating is Fun!

In case you missed these top posts in 2011, there’s still time to catch up before next year. Happy healthy eating!

Most Viewed Post: Back to School: Bag Lunches for a Dietitian’s Kindergartner 

Top Video PostSuperBowl Sunday: Chips, Dips, and No Fat Pants!

Top Weight Loss Tips Post: 5 Mindless Ways to Drop Calories

Top Health Post: The Water Solution: Younger Skin, More Energy, and Less Flab

Most Viewed Recipe Post: You’ll Never Believe What’s in These Brownies!

Favorite Recipe: Donut Pop-Ems for Hot Bodies

And a HUGE 2011 THANK YOU! Thanks to you and Cooking with Trader Joe’s, my book, Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook: SKINNY DISH!, which released in October has sold over 10,000 copies and remains in the Top 100 on Amazon.

What’s in store for 2012? Cauliflower Chocolate Chip Cookies, 10 Ways to Drop Your Cholesterol in 30 Days, and… another book? You tell me!

Have a happy, fun, healthy, and blessed New Year! XOXO

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