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Archive for May, 2014

Simply Healthy Asparagus Recipe


Tis the season for asparagus!  Here’s a really simple, 2 ingredient recipe for you:

Simply Healthy Asparagus

fresh asparagus

balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Wash asparagus and snap off thick ends.  Discard.  I use a baking sheet with a Silpat liner to prevent sticking.  You could use a nonstick baking sheet or parchment paper.  Line up the asparagus spears in a single layer and drizzle balsamic vinegar over them.  No oil or salt!  Bake at 350 until thicker ends are tender (about 30 min.). I eat them with my fingers as a healthy snack.  Enjoy!

Where’ve I Been? Change is Good!



It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post; sorry about that.  It’s due to a good reason though, and that is that I’ve made a big change in my life–I’ve gone back to college!  Yes, thirty years later!  There was no reason not to.  Both my sons moved across the country, so I knew I needed to get myself too busy to miss them much.  What I didn’t know was how being around students that were my own sons’ ages would also help me.

I chose to major in Nutrition in order to become a Registered Dietitian and help people prevent disease through a whole foods, plant based lifestyle, but as I sat through my Intro to the Profession class, I realized more and more that this was not for me.

I’ve known all along that the accrediting academy for Registered Dietitians, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, was in bed with “Big Food.”   Not sure what I mean?  Check out Andy Bellatti’s facebook page, Dietitians for Professional Integrity.   Also, please read, “I Went to the Nutritionist’s Annual Confab.  It Was Catered by McDonald’s.”  I was planning on just keeping quiet, memorizing the answers (like meat and dairy are healthy)  just to pass the classes and the Registered Dietitian exam. After I was registered, then I would be able to recommend a whole food, plant based diet to my clients.  But it became increasingly hard to keep quiet, especially when I began my Structure and Function Biology class and learned that we would be dissecting a cow’s eyeball, a sheep’s brain, and a fetal pig,  (I was told that I was lucky it wasn’t a cat this year.)  I didn’t want to be a part of the problem or the industry that perpetuates these killings.

So I dropped the Structure and Function class and changed my major to Health Communication, because that way, my message won’t be stifled.  After college, I will become a spokesperson for a whole foods, plant based lifestyle at a wellness program focusing on prevention.  I’ll keep you posted.

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