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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine May 4th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Chef Carmela of Senza Glutine teams up with the Digestive Disease Center Dec 15th, 2020

Hi there and welcome! For those who might not know me, my name is Carmela, the chef/owner of Senza Glutine by Carmela. I know this year has been very challenging and stressful for all of us, but hopefully a better and healthier new year will soon be here! This time...

A New Look at Grocery Shopping Apr 24th, 2020

A simple task like grocery shopping that we never gave another thought to, is now a nerve wracking trip. Will I get Covid-19 while at the grocery store? What do I buy during this time? What items will be left? Here are some tips that will hopefully ease your grocery...

Cream of Broccoli Soup Mar 22nd, 2020

This week we are all about cheap meals and using everything in our refrigerator and pantries. We are in a time where we need to make meals stretch. Everyday is a little different and we need to ensure that we are feeding ourselves and our families in a healthy manner....

Gluten Free Bread Mar 18th, 2020

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is staying safe, sane and healthy during this time. I thought, since we cannot meet in the classroom I will do some videos for everyone. This week we tried to buy gluten free bread in the store but were unsuccessful in our endeavor. Today, I...

Chicken sausage and Bean Soup Jan 9th, 2020

Chicken sausage is severely underrated in my opinion. This product is lower in fat than its pork sausage counterpart, and is also jam packed with a ton of flavor. On a blustery winter day a sausage spinach and bean soup is one of my go-to dishes. Recently while shopping at...

Our New Year’s Resolutions Jan 2nd, 2020

As we kick off 2020 we all are looking at our new year’s resolution. Many of us think that this is the time to start our diets and go to the gym, thinking that this new year will be different. As I am writing this and thinking about what my...

How to Cut Calories this Holiday Nov 14th, 2019

This holiday season we all want to prevent weight gain and possibly even lose a few pounds. Lets face it, no one wants this holiday season to ruin all of their work for the year. Last weight loss Support group we discussed ways to cut down on calories in our...

Fall Butternut Squash Skillet Oct 18th, 2019

This is an easy vegetarian recipe for our meatless mondays. This recipe came from a meal prep class I was conducting in my weight loss support group. The meal prep class was about getting ready for the wee. Many people ask how I prep for the week. I am not...

Time Management: Ways To Stay Focused On You Oct 7th, 2019

Time management is something I struggle with as a mom, having three kids all under the age of 8 can make it difficult to manage time wisely. This can be work time, family time, time for exercise and time for leisure. I do have to say I have been getting...

Concord Grape Season! Sep 14th, 2019

The sweet taste of this grape is loved in my house and no it’s not in a glass of wine it’s in the small purple sweet Concord grapes. When the weather starts to turn it’s not only football time of year but what I like to refer to as Concord...

The Truth Behind Seltzer Aug 12th, 2019

Many people ask me if seltzer is just as hydrating as water? With the seltzer industry boasting a whopping 1.5 billion dollars, it’s no wonder that everyone wants to know the truth behind this sparkling beverage.Sparkling water sales have increased over the years, but many myths have arisen over the...

Low fodmap pumpkin pancakes Jul 24th, 2019

Check out our low fodmap cooking video! My son joined me and it’s such a simple recipe he put it together!! This is a great way to get your kids in the kitchen! We didn’t put brown sugar in but you can (if your not counting calories) #lowfodmap #kidsinthekitchen #glutenfree...

Tips for a Successful Weight Loss this Summer Jul 16th, 2019

Summer is here, which means warmer weather, barbeques, beaches and frozen daiquiris are now within our reach. With these joys of summer can also come some unwanted calories, dont let the summer fun spoil your weight loss goals. Here are some ways to avoid packing on the pounds this summer....

How to Survive Traveling while being Gluten Free Jun 21st, 2019

Traveling and being gluten free can be a hassle. As the summer weather approaches and schools let out we start to travel more. For someone who is gluten free this could be a chance for cross contamination to strike. Here are some tips to prevent this from happening to you....

Low FODMAP Swap Outs Jun 6th, 2019

FODMAP stands for fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. These are carbohydrates that are found in common food items and contribute to gassiness, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The severity of these symptoms are dependent on each individual’s tolerance. The low FODMAP diet is a common diet that looks at...

Gluten Free Taquitos Apr 26th, 2019

Tonight was a taquito kind of night! Who better to make them with than my oldest son. We had a blast and this recipe is so easy it’s kid friendly! I hope you enjoy making this with your little ones as much as I did! 1 pound ground turkey2 tbsp...

IBS Awareness Apr 22nd, 2019

April is IBS awareness month and we here at digestive disease center know a thing or two about IBS. We practice the fodmap diet so much that we teamed up to be a partner of health with Epicured! IBS hits close to home for a lot of people and some...

Gluten Free Bon Bons Apr 16th, 2019

When you are craving a sweet treat and you are gluten free it’s sometimes hard to indulge that craving and have it taste good. My husband found two great Gluten Free options at BJ’s yesterday and I thought I would share. They are from Lilly’s baking company and they are...

How to Use Herbs Apr 10th, 2019

As a someone who is gluten free I am always looking to herbs to spice up my dishes. I rarely rely on the store bought versions of items afraid contamination and the high sodium count also scares me. Instead I try to use fresh and dry herbs when possible. I...

Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Apr 9th, 2019

Non alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD is a very common disorder and refers to a group of conditions where there is an accumulation of fat in the liver for people who drink little to no alcohol. The most common form of NAFLD is a non serious condition called fatty...

Look to Fiber for Colon Health Mar 7th, 2019

It is imperative that when we look to eat healthy we find items that are healthy and nourishing for our bodies. This month is colon cancer awareness month and one of the great things that we can do to help our our bodies is to ensure that we are feeding...

Gluten Free Make Ahead Meals Feb 20th, 2019

Dinner meals can be tough to put on the table, add in being gluten free and it becomes increasingly difficult. This is why I say we need to take it a bite at a time! Instead of cooking a week’s worth of meals, cook 2-3 days. This will take less...

Detoxing After the Storm Jan 30th, 2019

Due to tonight’s forecast our IBS Support Group lecture is cancelled. With temperatures dipping to frigid levels and our cravings in overdrive I thought it would be a great time to discuss detoxing from sweet binges, holidays and vacations. Many of us look for sweet treats especially when the weather...

Gluten Free on the Go Jan 23rd, 2019

Sorry for the cancellation tonight. One of my kids was home sick and what is a mom to do. So I changed the location of our meeting tonight to online and thought we could go over more information next class. Below is some sights that I found great information on...

Soups on! Jan 21st, 2019

With the thermostat reading 2 degrees out this morning, I was happy when I reached for my thermos at lunchtime for my soup. The hot steam pouring out of the top was warm and inviting. My root vegetable chicken soup was delicious and hit the spot on this cold winter...

Finding the Time to Meet this Year’s Exercise Goals Jan 4th, 2019

I have been an avid runner since my college years. I never ran for a team, it was just how I coped with stress at the time and loved the feel of the pavement on my feet. Since then I have ran through all of my pregnancies and just completed...

Gluten Free Holiday Cookie Recipe Dec 10th, 2018

If you made it to our Gluten Free cookie Extravaganza you tasted the great slice and bake cookies from Sweet Loren’s, gingerbread from Mad Batters bakery and my own sugar and double chocolate fudge cookies! What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe? If you would like go comment below and...

Gluten Free Place and Bake Cookies Dec 6th, 2018

Since tomorrow is our gluten free cookie extravaganza, I thought I would write a post about the delicious gluten free place and bake cookies I have recently discovered. If you have not tried these yet, they are a must! In my opinion they taste almost identical to regular non gluten...

Gluten Free Cookie Extravaganza Dec 5th, 2018

This time of year everyone is bringing in their favorite holiday fudge, chocolats, cakes and cookies. This can be a time for some to indulge in the little sweet treats that they look forward to. Yet, for someone with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance this time of year can be...

How to Meal Prep Nov 12th, 2018

Most clients when I start to discuss meal prep cringe and reports that there is no way they can devote a few hours or a day to cooking meals for the week.These few simple rules can help guide you on weight loss success and prevent the last minute pizza or...

Darker Days and Increased Hunger Correlation Nov 9th, 2018

The skies are darkening earlier, many of us are not only going to work in the dark but also coming home in the dark as well. As the winter months come upon us we may start to feel an increase in hunger. Many are known to pack on 5-10 pounds...

Hidden Vegetables in Pasta Sauce Nov 1st, 2018

As a dietitian I am not immune to having a picky eater. Out of 3 children my middle one has a very limited palate. Most items he turns up his nose and yes, hotdogs and mac and cheese are his all time favorites. The struggle to add vegetables to his...

Chicken in a foil pack Oct 15th, 2018

We had a good turnout tonight at our Keep it Healthy for Life Fall Fling! We grilled up some foil packs full of chicken and vegetables as well as baked apples. Everything was a huge success! The foil packs were even great for participants that had celiac disease. Not cooking...

Gluten Free Butternut Squash Muffins Sep 27th, 2018

Fall is in the air, the weather is turning crisp leaves are falling from the trees and Apple picking is in full swing. I honestly love this time of year, I especially get into the baking mood as the air starts to cool. Fall is a great time for squash,...

The Hype on Intermittent Fasting Sep 16th, 2018

Intermittent fasting are the new buzz words in the nutrition world. I have countless patients coming in asking my thoughts on this “revolutionary” diet approach. Whether you are following the 16/8 method or 5/2 this new way of eating called intermittent fasting has been hitting the world by storm. Some...

Turmeric’s Many Health Benefits Aug 24th, 2018

Over thousands of years Turmeric has laid claim to many benefits and it stands true today.Turmeric’ s many health benefits include blood clot prevention, blood sugar control, is an anti-inflammatory, reduces depression, boost skin health, regulate cholesterol and also used as a natural pain reliever. Recently speaking with a primary...

Choosing the right Probiotic Aug 14th, 2018

This months IBS support group was a great success! Our discussion topic lead to How to choose the right Probiotic and is what you are currently paying for worth it? Many of us who suffer from IBS are placed on a Probiotic some docs say get what’s at your local...

Sweet Potato Pasta Jul 30th, 2018

Spiralized Sweet Potatoes In this recipe you will need to purchase a good spiralizer. I recommend one that can be placed on the counter, over the hand held variety. I never made spiralized sweet potatoes before and was hesitant especially when I am using this for meal prep but it...

Grilling Fruits and Vegetables Jul 23rd, 2018

Last week’s Keep it healthy for Life Session was a great success! Thank you to all the participants who came out! We had a great time going for a walk and then grilling up some delicious fruits and vegetables. We added some soy sauce to the veggies and fruits for...

Pizza in the Grill Jul 17th, 2018

Who would’ve thought that pizza on the grill could be so easy? This weekend my husband and I wanted to make our usual homemade pizza with the kids (I’m not gonna lie it was a bit crazy this weekend so we bought store bought crust and Hannafords has a great...

Roast beef Dinner on the Grill Jul 6th, 2018

With this week’s heat wave upon us, I feel that any heat especially from my oven is not welcomed. With that in mind I have decided to do a few blog post on grill items. When we are thinking of grilling, hot dogs and hamburgers come to mind as does...

Thirst or Hunger? Jun 26th, 2018

As this years summer heat wave falls upon us,it is important to ensure that we are staying hydrated. Many of us on a daily basis will walk around dehydrated, not understanding that feeling of somewhat hunger we are experiencing even though it has not been long since our afternoon snack....

Goal Setting Jun 15th, 2018

This week we decided to take our Support group outside! Instead of always being in the classroom it was time to put some of the topics discussed into action! Particularly exercise. We did it! As a group we walked the walkway which took about 45-50 minutes but what an accomplishment...

IBS and A Low FODMAP Diet Jun 8th, 2018

Hi all, today I wanted to discuss fodmaps. Since my lecture for our IBS Support group this month is all about Fodmaps I thought why not share some of the discussion here. If you have not heard of the term low fodmap you are not alone. Although we in the...

Mindful Eating May 29th, 2018

Last keep it healthy for life weight loss support group was a great success! We exercised for 15 minute with resistance bands and then our discussion turned to mindful eating techniques. Recently I was taking a course on bariatric surgery and was very happy to hear the recommendations to teaching...

Black Bean and Corn Salad May 28th, 2018

Looking for a salad to take to your memorial day BBQ? Look no further, this bean salad will be a nice addition to any BBQ. It’s easy, healthy and delicious! 2 cans black beans drained and rinsed1 cup corn½ cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped½ Vidalia onion diced1 red pepper diced½...

Breaking Bad Habits May 27th, 2018

Bad day at the office and you find yourself reaching for that cookie or piece of chocolate.Parent teacher night not going as planned and the chips come out. Your favorite TV show is on and your suddenly the refrigerator is calling your name. These extra calories do not have to...

Celiac Disease in our Community May 22nd, 2018

Our Annual Celiac walk was a huge success. The rain held off and we had a gorgeous sunny day! Attendees love our goodie bags this year which included donations from Schar, Utz’s potato chips, Pamela’s, Go Macro Bars, Jovial pasta, Popcorners, Crunch Master, baked@350 and Blue Diamond Nut Thins. If...

Dippable Veggie Fritters May 14th, 2018

Ever find yourself fighting with your children about eating their vegetables? These veggie fritters will have them asking for seconds! They are delicious and totally dippable. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine did. 1 peeled and shredded potato1 peeled and shredded sweet potato1 shredded zucchini1 shredded...

Dining and Being gluten free May 13th, 2018

May is celiac awareness month and along with our annual walk for celiac disease held on May 20th at the walkway over the hudson. To register please go to www.digestivediseaseny.com. We are also having out first ever live facebook stream for our celiac support group. In this group we will...

3 Beans Salad for Mother’s Day May 12th, 2018

With the arrival of spring and the upcoming summer months I can’t stop thinking about all the wonderful fruits and vegetables that will be arriving. Eating the color of the rainbow becomes a little easier this time of year. Zucchinis in their green and yellow bests, tomatoes ripe from the...

Spring Allergy Aid May 11th, 2018

Spring allergies wreaking havoc on your daily life? One focus is to make sure you get your gut health in check. Many studies are emerging on the need to have our gut in a state of balance of good and bad bacteria to thrive. More studies are on the horizon...

How to Choose a Probiotic Apr 30th, 2018

Probiotics are all around us. Many healthcare professional tote the endless advantages of taking a Probiotic daily. I myself have discussed this with many of my patients. What you sometimes don’t hear is which strand of probiotic to take and Why. I recently was attending a seminar that discussed just...

IBS Awareness Month Apr 28th, 2018

is IBS awareness month and last night was our monthly IBS Support group. Last night discussion was interesting as we touched upon probiotics and prebiotics and the benefits of them. We then went on to discuss the role of FODMAPS for IBS. Since I have a love for FODMAPS next...

Calories in and Calories out the all new look Apr 26th, 2018

We all know the old adage calories in needs to be less than calories out. Meaning if we create a deficit we can lose weight. This week I read an article that said if we can negate 500 calories per day we can lose a pound a week. That’s a...

Join our Annual Walk for Celiac Disease Apr 25th, 2018

It’s almost that time of year again! May is fast approaching (although I think we need to let Mother nature know) and May is Celiac Awareness month. May is also the month that we here at Northern Medical Group host our annual Walk for Celiac Disease. This walk is in...

A Gluten Free Vacation Apr 16th, 2018

I recently went away with my family to Cape Cod and Mystic Connecticut. The trip was fun!swimming in the pool, going to pirate museums and the Mystic Seaport was a blast with my kids. What was a little nerve wracking was eating out constantly. My husband worried that I would...

A Week of Smoothies Apr 15th, 2018

I was recently speaking with a co-worker who reported that she was paying upwards of 8 dollars for a smoothie in the morning. A smoothie drinker myself I started to think of how much money a day that this could potentially add up to as well as the added sugars...

Stress Eating Apr 12th, 2018

Last night’s session of our weight loss support group was an animated discussion on Emotional eating or Stress eating. We discussed how this vicious cycle can sabotage our best intentions when trying to follow a healthy diet. Emotional eating or Stress eating, is using food to make yourself feel better....

Chicken oreganato Apr 2nd, 2018

One pan meals are my favorite dish to prepare and from what I guess most parents favorite. They are easy to clean up and can be on the table in as little as thirty minutes. This one pan dish is a change to one of my mothers dishes. Although she...

Swap out your workout Apr 1st, 2018

At times we can get complacent in our exercise routines. This can leave our body at plateaus that we need to break. One way that I have seen to overcome this is changing our fitness routine. This can be as simple as adding in some weight training to our fitness...

A Gluten Free Evening with Chef Coppedge Mar 31st, 2018

Tonight was a great night! We had CIA’s own chef Coppedge the Gluten Free Baker here discussing techniques for gluten free baking. A great time was had by all. If you missed it here are the talking points that were discussed. Chef made two different recipes, one was a recent...

Living with a food allergy Mar 27th, 2018

Worry if your throat will close? Will i break out in a rash? These are questions that a person with a food allergy wonders on a daily basis. I am lucky enough that myself nor someone in my family has had to live with these worries. I have an intern...

Gluten Free Baking Demonstration Mar 18th, 2018

Let’s bake cookies! But how do we make them gluten free? Many people who have been gluten free for many years find it difficult to make gluten free baked goods. This is not only due to the time it takes to make these items but also because of the amount...

Convenience Foods Take on a New Meaning Mar 16th, 2018

Before we throw our noses up at some convenience type foods, let’s first understand the difference between highly processed foods and convenience. In my opinion there is a way to live in both worlds. I would rather have dinner on the table for my family than stop at a fast...

The Truth Behind Body Type Mar 15th, 2018

Hourglass, pear shaped or apple. I’m sure every woman has wondered what shape they fit into and what it means. Do I have an hourglass figure? Does that mean I’m sexier? These are the questions that run through our minds no matter how fit we are. This month in our...

Stress and weight loss Mar 13th, 2018

I had a stressful week and the scale has not moved! Many clients come into my office complaining of just this predicament. A stressful week can wreak havoc on our weight loss goals but why is this? What is occurring in our body that is preventing the pounds from disappearing?Cortisol,...

Non-alcoholic Fatty liver disease Mar 5th, 2018

The prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is on the rise with the incidence of NAFLD almost doubling in the past two decade. In the United States at least 30% of adults and 10% of children older than 2 have NAFLD.. Many patients are coming into my office with...

Bacon Pea Soup Mar 4th, 2018

On this stormy day what warms you up more than a bowl of hearty soup! Split pea soup as I knew it growing up was always made with the leftover ham bone. Since my family are not big ham eaters I do not have one on hand but I did...

The Probiotic Debate Mar 3rd, 2018

This week at our IBS support group the talk was all about probiotics. Why we take them? The benefits of them. As well as choosing a refrigerated versus shelf stable probiotic. Below is a handout that was given at the class to help keep you informed. Probiotics BenefitsHelp balance the...

The Fitness tracker hype Feb 22nd, 2018

Fitbit, a simple device used to track your steps? Or the technology to help meet your goals? Whether it be a Fitbit, Iphone watch or whatever the electronic device maybe that you wear as the new piece of “fashionable” jewelry. One can’t help but wonder do these devices actually help...

A Simple Salad Feb 18th, 2018

A simple salad that is the title of this blog post. Since it seems that everyone I encounter (myself included) is rushing around at dinner time. Work functions, kids activities everyone from every age group seems to keep dinner time the busy time. More and more people are neglecting that...

Gluten Free Breadcrumbs Feb 14th, 2018

There are some things that after going gluten free I just miss. Fried chicken cutlets is one of them. Now, before everyone is up in arms about a dietitian recommending anything fried it is something that I have once a year if that! Recently I just wanted a nice chicken...

Immune boosting chicken soup Feb 5th, 2018

In previous posts we discussed the benefits of mom’s tried and true chicken soup. Why there is some truth when you are sick for mom to tell you here have some chicken soup. What if we add some gut boosting nutrition soup. Since immunity starts in the gut why not...

Gluten free cinnamon bread Feb 4th, 2018

Gluten free bread products can leave your mouth as dry as the sierra desert. Recently I have been craving sweets but gluten free sweets sometimes have much to be desired. This week I experimented with a gluten free cinnamon bread and it was work approved since everyone loved it! Below...

The complex Microbiome Feb 3rd, 2018

The Microbiome is all the rage lately, products touting the next miracle item to help achieve optimal digestive health and heal your microbiome. But,what role does the microbiome play in our health? Is it important to have an intact microbiome? What is the microbiome? These questions are just a few...

Cream of Broccoli Soup Jan 23rd, 2018

On a cold dreary day there is nothing better than a bowl of soup. Creamy cheese broccoli soup used to be my favorite but since some food intolerances started to rear their heads I couldn’t enjoy this dish. Today I made a few tweaks to make this soup tummy friendly....

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Skillet Jan 19th, 2018

This dish is a great healthy addition to your taco night! Ingredients1 tbsp olive oil1 can black beans drained and rinsed1 sweet red onion, diced1 sweet potato, diced1 tsp chili powder1 tsp cumin½ cup cilantro diced1 clove garlic mincedJuice and zest of 1 lime½ cup vegetable or chicken broth1 red...

Jovial Bread Flour Jan 9th, 2018

I want to personally thank Jovial for sending us gluten free pasta and bread products to give out at our gluten free cookie swap in December. I used their gluten free flour to make a GF bread recipe and it was delicious! The bread did not crumble and it tasted...

In 2018 Try Goal Setting! Jan 7th, 2018

Instead of New Year’s resolutions I want to focus on goal setting that way each month you can work on a different goal instead of one idea throughout the whole year. In this weeks weight loss support group we all had to come up with one goal. My first goal...

Ancient Golden Treasure: Beets Jan 6th, 2018

Beets have been around for thousands of years. Our ancestors realized the health benefits of beets and these benefits stay true today. Beets come in a variety of colors. Recently I received golden beets from our weekly CSA. Golden beets tend to be a bit sweeter than the common red...

Ham Soup Jan 4th, 2018

Holidays are behind us and now what to do with all these leftovers. If anyone is like my family around the holidays there is always a ham. I never did much with ham in the past. I would use the ham bone and make pea soup, ham sandwiches, ham over...

Savory chicken and rice casserole Dec 26th, 2017

Is there anything more memorable from childhood than a casserole? They are quick, easy and oh so comforting. I have been on a casserole hiatus ever since going gluten free. This is mostly due to how I think of casseroles. A casserole should be made with pasta and since I...

Rutabaga Fries Dec 23rd, 2017

The CSA that we belong to is a great project. I love getting new items each week some that I normally would not buy and researching recipes for them. This week two items that we received were pea greens and a rutabaga. The pea greens recipe will be on its...

Chicken and Broccoli Dec 21st, 2017

I know we all think there is sometimes nothing better than Chinese food and I understand! I love Chinese food as well but the nights of a quick take out dinner are behind me.I don’t like to make take out a regular occurrence for my family not only for their...

Celery Root Soup Dec 11th, 2017

Don’t let the look of this root vegetable fool you it is very delicious. Not only does celery root smell like celery but it also gives similar flavor to dishes. This week my family had our first experience with a CSA through my sons school. They are teaming up with...

Navigating your Holidays with IBS Nov 29th, 2017

IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a condition categorized by a group of symptoms that occur together. These symptoms can range from repeated constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits and or bloating. These symptoms occur often with IBS and without visible signs of damage or disease in your...

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Nov 28th, 2017

The holidays are upon us and with this food laden holiday season comes rich and delicious items as well as some unwanted pounds. With the start of each holiday season we start to worry about what our scale may say the next morning.This holiday season how to do we prevent...

Cream of Turkey Soup Nov 24th, 2017

There is one “leftover” item every year around Thanksgiving that I look forward to. Turkey! My dad and I started making this soup when I was younger and it has been a tradition ever since. Cream Of Turkey Soup. I had to alter my recipe to make it gluten free...

Gluten free stuffing Nov 22nd, 2017

After this weeks Celiac Support Group it was discussed that the hardest dish to make GF on Thanksgiving is stuffing. This is in part due to most of the packaged GF stuffing and comparing it with the homemade counterpart. ALst year i made a sausage GF stuffing that I and...

Gluten Free Cookie Swap Nov 18th, 2017

This week was our first official Celiac Support Group of the Hudson Valley meeting and it was very well attended. The group was animated and we had a impromptu discussion on labeling laws and cross contamination while trying to dine out. Next month we will be having our first Gluten...

Celiac Support Group of the Hudson Valley Nov 14th, 2017

The wait is finally over! This Wednesday starts our First official Celiac Support Group of the Hudson Valley. I am so excited to meet everyone as well as share ideas for the upcoming holiday season. I know I have a great GF stuffing recipe I Would love to share with...

Apples and Peanut Butter Breakfast Nov 13th, 2017

There is nothing better than apple and peanut butter. While most would consider this a snack in my opinion apples and any nut butter make a great breakfast. Lately I’ve been into cashew butter but whatever nut butter you choose would be fine. The most important thing to consider about...

Coconut flour chocolate chip cookies Nov 11th, 2017

The kids are off today and even though I have to go into work I promised cookies and hot chocolate when I get home. Since becoming gluten free I noticed my son’s get upset when I don’t share their cookies after baking. My oldest understands I can’t eat everything or...

Coconut Apple cinnamon Muffins Nov 10th, 2017

Breakfast is always the meal that escapes me. My kids have never been big on waffles and pancakes. Most of the time they can take or leave cereal so what other items can we have? This weeks blog posts are going to be dedicated to finding items that are healthier...

Teal Pumpkins Oct 31st, 2017

Happy Halloween!! I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween. If you haven’t yet set up your teal pumpkin it’s not too late to put one on your step. For those who don’t know teal pumpkins mean that you are an allergy friendly house for trick or treaters. This...

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Oct 30th, 2017

There are ghosts and little goblins about this time of year. With Halloween drawing near we are not only picking out the perfect costume we are also carving the perfect pumpkin. I know my little ones enjoyed pumpkin carving over the weekend even though they complained about how squishy the...

Pomegranates A Fall Favorite Oct 27th, 2017

We are in the middle of October which is great for apples, pumpkins, and is also the beginning of pomegranate season. Pomegranates are one of my favorite fruits. They taste great and have tons of nutritional benefits. The major health benefits is polyphenols which are antioxidants that give pomegranates their...

Gluten Free Halloween Party Oct 19th, 2017

It’s finally here our all new Celiac Support Group of the Hudson Valley. We are launching this group off with a Halloween party for the family. This will be a time when kids can participate at a party and not worry if they can have the treats provided since all...

Potato Pancakes Oct 15th, 2017

Every mom knows the dilemma of having to make something for their child’s school. This week my son Charlie had heritage night and what country does he pick Scotland. I am not Scottish my husband is and I really did not know a lot of different Scottish dishes. After scouring...

Mexican Quinoa Stew Oct 8th, 2017

This week is all about fiber, how fiber can help prevent disease as well as how it may help in our weight loss journey. We did not have a lot of time this week at our weight loss support group to discuss fiber and its many benefits. The discussion was...

What’s with Fiber? Oct 1st, 2017

We have all heard our doctors tell us to increase our dietary fiber and that it is a key component to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. In order to increase our fiber intake we have to know what it is, as well as what food sources contain fiber.Fiber is...

Italian Crockpot Chicken Sep 28th, 2017

Dinners have been getting harder for us as a family. I know that for the most part I need them done ahead of time. With activities after school and all kids vying for attention there is not a lot of time when I get him from work to make meals....

IBS Support Group Sep 27th, 2017

I had a great time last week at our IBS Support Group! This group of ours meets monthly and we talk about everything from how we feel when our IBS gets in the way of life to new medication and diets. Last week we talked about all of the above...

Leftover Vegetable Soup Sep 17th, 2017

The amount of leftovers that we sometimes tend to waste can add up to a lot of money. Since we are now doing make ahead meals this allowed me to make sure all food is getting used up in my house. This week I studied the contents of my fridge...

Make Ahead Tacos Sep 14th, 2017

I wanted to continue our first week of back to school meals with another make ahead. Taco night is a staple in our house. Yes, I do a healthier version with ground turkey and I make my own refried beans but my kids love this meal. It’s one meal that...

Back on Track Sep 8th, 2017

It has been 3 months since our last Weight loss Support Group. It was good to see everyone last night wanting to get back on track. Summer is gone and as the fall weather sets in its time to reflect on maybe what went wrong during these past couple of...

Menu planning Sep 5th, 2017

It’s here the start of school. What children have dreaded all summer and by now parents are looking forward to. This weeks blogs post will be about getting back on track. Back on track after vacation for weight loss and back on track for kids with dinner and lunch meals.One...

Wheat or Not to Wheat Sep 4th, 2017

For the longest time I have had conflicting emotions and opinions towards wheat. Is wheat the evil everyone makes it out to be? Should we eliminate it from our food system? Some find reducing wheat in their diet can help.After counseling many patients and through my own research I have...

Chicken pot pie Sep 1st, 2017

There is nothing better than a chicken pot pie. There is something warm and comforting about the idea. One bite of chicken pot pie can take all your worries away, but not your waistline worries. Recently while on a family vacation we went to our usual spot in search of...

Italian Stuffed Peppers Aug 24th, 2017

It is my first week back to work after having my little Baby girl. I know I am going to miss her while I’m at work but we need to get back into our routine. In order to make sure that I have enough time for my kids when I...

School Snacks Aug 23rd, 2017

Its that time of year. The time of year we as mom’s make the resolution of “our kids will not buy lunch this year” “I will only provide healthy snacks”. We all do it and succeed at it for normally a few weeks until the time comes when the ball...

Sweet Potato Skillet Aug 22nd, 2017

This recipe is from my husband. He made this side dish the other night with fresh greens from my garden. It was quick and delicious. If you want a little spice he added sliced pickled jalapeños but if you don’t like spice just omit. 2 sweet potato cubed1 bunch kale2...

Peach Freezer Jam Aug 21st, 2017

I hope everyone saw my instagram feed yesterday of my freezer peach jam! It is delicious and great on bread. Recently my family and I went on a trip to Barton Orchards and went peach picking. I had a whole bowl of peaches that we did not eat so I...

Roasted Pepper and Chicken Tomato Soup Aug 8th, 2017

Fun times at the fair with a garden veggie soup at the end of the day   Zucchinis abound in my garden this year! This is a great thing because I get to come up with a lot of interesting recipes. Today I made a pepper soup with garden vegetable...

Mocha wake up smoothie Aug 5th, 2017

Delicious!! And it looked good!   With three kids who has time to make breakfast for yourself? Who has time to eat it even if you found the time to make it? I can tell you not me! Charlie get your shoes on for the bus! peter get off the...

Summer Corn Chowder Aug 2nd, 2017

Anyone who knows me or reads my posts can probably tell I love soup. I am one of “those people” that can eat soup on a 100 degree day. My son loves soup just as much as I do which makes dinner easy when it’s soup night. Today because it...

Pizza Rolls Jul 26th, 2017

To continue our camp Alex week I wanted to share a great lunch idea that you can make with your kids. This is quick and easy and can be made in many different ways. Pizza Stix.For the ingredients you will need pizza dough, one cheese stick and your favorite pizza...

Peanut butter Snails Jul 24th, 2017

This week was dubbed camp Alex week. Alex is my niece who was gracious enough to come and help keep my little ones occupied this week. All her life I have been teaching her recipes and how to cook and it is showing in the recipes she is creating. This...

Zucchini Gumbo Jul 20th, 2017

With the influx of zucchini this time of year, especially if your are a gardener it can sometimes be hard to think of a lot of new recipes. There is only so much zoodles and zucchini bread one can eat. Yet, this vegetable is very versatile and can be used...

Chickpea Tikka Masala Jul 17th, 2017

I love chicken Tikka Masala and wanted a quick vegetarian option to have for lunch one day. This recipe, if made with canned chickpeas is quick, easy and delicious. Start to finish less than 30 minutes. 1 onion diced1 carrot diced2 stalks celery diced1 zucchini diced1 tbsp coconut oil1 tsp...

Vacation time!! Jul 5th, 2017

The days are longer and the weather is hotter it’s summer time! The long awaited time of year for kids and parents a lIke. Although the kids will not be in school anymore we get to look forward to vacation! This year it was a little more difficult to plan...

Grilled cabbage Jul 3rd, 2017

Let’s celebrate the 4th with another great foil pack recipe, Grilled Cabbage. It is very easy, healthy, delicious and a low calorie side dish that takes only minutes to prep. ½ head cabbage, sliced1 tsp olive oilSalt and pepper Place cabbage in the middle of a foil sheet drizzle with...

Cast Iron Saurkraut Jun 26th, 2017

While watching the food network the other morning and trying to decide what to make for dinner I saw Guy Fieri making a grilled German dinner. While I did make the dinner I did not make the sauerkraut his way. I did think his way was a great idea but...

Foil wrapped meals Jun 23rd, 2017

The temperature is reading 94 degrees outside! It is way too hot to cook! This is when our grills become very handy but who wants to stand outside in front of a grill in 90 degree temperatures? Not me! I will however heat my grill throw a package of foil...

Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Jun 19th, 2017

It’s late you still have to get home and make the kids dinner and pizza is looking more and more tempting after working all day and bringing the kids to their activities. Wait there is a better option! Rotisserie Chicken! I have to say I used this on more than...

Let’s Get Fit! Jun 13th, 2017

I truly cannot wait till I can get back to exercising. I bounced back pretty quickly after my second but the third kid has been more of a challenge in regards to getting back to my old exercise routine. That is why I thought let’s all start to get healthy...

Breastfeeding Drama Jun 12th, 2017

As I am sitting here writing this I’m thinking of the arrival of my upcoming Baby girl and all the worries that come along with having kids. This is by no means my first, this child is actually my third with a 5 and half year old at home and...

Cornish Hen Recipe Jun 6th, 2017

My oldest son loves chicken and he do mean it’s his favorite food. He would rather have a roasted chicken than pizza for lunch. This week we are busy getting ready for our little girl’s arrival. My son craving a little more of mummy’s attention asked for a whole chicken....

Fresh Dill Dip May 27th, 2017

Its Summer and with summer comes BBQ’s, which means hot dogs, burgers, potato salad, macaroni salad. These items can be potential nightmares when you are trying to stick with your diet and health goals. That is why I always suggest to bring a healthy item with you. If you know...

One Pot Chicken and Rice May 24th, 2017

Now this recipe my husband made us the other night and myself and my kids loved it. Its nice to have someone cook for you for a change. He used some pre made items but all in all it’s a quick fresh meal ready in 30 minutes. 4 chicken thighs...

Gluten Free Mug Cake May 18th, 2017

I have done this recipe a ton and every time it fails to disappoint. It’s easy and also Paleo friendly if you are following that as well. All you need is 3 ingredients 1 banana, 1 egg, 2 tbsp cocoa powder. If you want to jazz it up add vanilla...

Join us for our Annual Celiac Walk May 17th, 2017

This weekend is our annual Celiac awareness walk!! Yay! I cannot wait to see all the vendors and walkers out. It is always a fun time to be out with everyone and chat about their stories, struggles and successes with Celiac Disease. Last year we had a great turnout and...

Goal Setting May 15th, 2017

Goal setting is very important as the summer draws near. A lot of us would like to look spectacular on the beach. At our weight loss support group this week we discussed goals for the summer and how we can achieve these goals. Some of us had a goal of...

Happy Mother’s Day May 13th, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there. I hope you are all having a nice and relaxing weekend! I know my little ones have been showering me with hugs and kisses. I know today is tough to think that it is spring with the rain and cold weather...

Iron rich Meatballs May 11th, 2017

I know we have been talking about iron a lot recently. From videos to blog posts we have had some serious iron rich discussions. This is mainly due to my recent life experience of being severely lacking in iron my last trimester of pregnancy and feeling the affects of this...

Sheet Pan Meals May 3rd, 2017

I had a great time recording our web video the other day! Hope you all enjoyed it! If you missed it please visit the link below. Be sure to like the video and subscribe to our channel to get an update on the next video. I feel like over the...

Warm weather salad May 1st, 2017

Now that the weather is getting nice and more fruits and vegetables are becoming available in the grocery stores, we can start thinking about the wonderful fruit and vegetable salads we can make. Next time you see a watermelon, pick it up and try this recipe. Take this watermelon salad...

Is Paleo the way to go? Apr 27th, 2017

We has a great IBS Support group last night. I think it was great that we all shared experiences with our digestive issue. Here is an experience I had about a year ago that I have lately been contemplating going back to. I hope my experience helps others find their...

All about iron Apr 25th, 2017

Iron is a mineral that is necessary for growth, development, normal cellular functioning. Heme and non heme are two dietary forms of iron. Heme iron is found in red meats, poultry and seafood. Non-heme iron is found in plant sources such as vegetables, fruits and nuts. Heme iron means that...

Iron packed spinach and Swiss chard saute Apr 20th, 2017

2 cups Fresh Spinach1 bunch Fresh Swiss chard stems removed1 tbsp coconut or olive oil1 tsp raw grated ginger2 cloves garlic, minced½ fresh squeezed lemon Heat saute pan with oil add in swiss chard stems cook for 1-2 minutes. Next Add in swiss chard and spinach leaves. Saute for 2...

Happy Easter!! Apr 16th, 2017

Happy Easter everyone! It’s is a nice warm day for a hunt which I will be doing with my kids soon. Speaking of eggs using the hard boiled eggs we colored last night make a great protein rich snack and breakfast. You can also add them to you salads at...

Easy Chipotle Hummus Apr 15th, 2017

Hummus is one of those products most people buy at the grocery store. My husband is not a fan of those ones and insists that I make it from scratch. It’s actually so easy and cheap I agree with him. We like the hummus to have a thicker texture so...

Organic and Grass Fed the Myths Apr 11th, 2017

Join us Wednesday April 12th for a discussion on organic meats and grass fed meats! Being concerned and knowledgeable about the type of meats we are eating is important. This all comes back to the farms and how the animals are raised and fed. In order for a meat product...

Cup of Joe Apr 4th, 2017

Cup of JoeBlack coffee, light coffee, light roast, medium roast, dark roast. Ever find yourself confused when you go to a coffee shop and you have to pick the type of roast… What’s the difference? Well the coffee making process starts out as a seed. The seed turns into a...

Kale chips Apr 2nd, 2017

BRAD’S Crunchy Kale chips. In the mood to to try something new tonight we sampled Brad’s Crunchy Kale chips and we were pleasantly surprised. The crunch of the kale mimicked a chip and the salt from the cheese fulfilled our salt cravings. Not only is this made from kale but...

Bone Broth is it all a hype? Apr 2nd, 2017

Bone broth is a hot topic right now! While it is a new food trend right now, people have actually been making and cooking with bone broth for decades. Have you been seeing bone broth being promoted as a food product that has tons of health benefits. Some articles suggest...

The 411 on Preservatives Mar 28th, 2017

More and more people are talking about preservative. Well what is a food preservative and are they bad for us?Food preservatives play a role in keeping food safe and protecting it from going bad. This month’s edition of the Food and Nutrition journal contains an article titled “Food Preservatives” by...

Sauted Chickpeas with Roasted Garlic and Spinach Mar 23rd, 2017

In case you missed the webinar “The Spice of Life” this evening, this is the recipe that was featured. This is an easy vegetarian recipe that can be paired with chicken or fish, or can be served by itself. Sauteed Chickpeas with Roasted Garlic and Spinach Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas,...

Obesity Teaching Day Mar 19th, 2017

I had the privilege this week to be one of the speakers at the Obesity Teaching day! I had a great time and learned a lot from others presenters as well. I Spoke about Binge Eating Disorders and the use of Mindful and Intuitive Eating. It was great to see...

Raise a Pint to your Health! Mar 18th, 2017

St.Patrick’s day a day of parades, cornbeef and cabbage. I grew up in a big irish neighborhood in yonkers new york and St. patrick’s day was always a big deal. We now have an annual parade that we are going to today. When everyone thinks about St.Patrick’s day not only...

With Snow We Need An Immune Boost! Mar 17th, 2017

Nutrition for a Healthy Immune System After this week’s winter storm, I would say we are ready for Spring! Although Spring is right around the corner, we do have some cold winter weather left. We want to make sure we keep our immune system the strongest it can be. Maintaining...

National Nutrition Month!! Mar 14th, 2017

We are almost halfway through March 2017 and halfway through National Nutrition month! Have you been thinking about wanting to eat healthier or live a healthier lifestyle but haven’t really done anything do it. Well this year’s national nutrition month is geared towards educating and giving people the knowledge to...

Dill yogurt dip Mar 5th, 2017

This week my husband picked up fresh dill at the grocery store. I made two delicious dishes with this fantastic tasting herb. One is a dill yogurt dip that goes great with Kerry cucumbers. 2 cups Greek yogurt plain1 bunch dill roughly chopped1tsp garlic powder1tsp onion powderSalt and pepper to...

Fats and IBS Mar 1st, 2017

We have been talking a lot about fats here this month, but they come into play in a lot of ways and in a lot of different disease states. Recently I have been researching fats and IBS since there is many different trains of thought especially with saturated fats. We...

Are Carbs the Enemy? Feb 23rd, 2017

I am very happy to announce that we are having our first Web Based series. Are Carbs the enemy? This Thursday evening. These classes will be designed for the on the go individual who would like to learn more about nutrition and healthy eating but does not have the time...

Facts on Fat and Heartburn Feb 19th, 2017

Is Fat the culprit of heartburn?This week I was asked by my weight loss Support group to discuss Reflux and the treatment of this disease. Honestly, I have been like many of my fellow practitioners and until recently always toted a low fat diet. But why? Is fat truly to...

Healing Powers of Mom’s Chicken Soup Feb 16th, 2017

Everyone talks about the healing powers of chicken soup. We all remember when we were little coming down with a cold and our moms saying “have some chicken soup”. Is there any validity to this? Does mom’s chicken soup contain the ultimate cold remedy? New research has emerged that chicken...

Let’s talk about your heart this Valentine’s Day Feb 13th, 2017

February is heart health month. Heart disease is all too common in today’s society and a lot effort has been put into decreasing the number of cases. The American Heart Association has posted the signs and symptoms of someone suffering from heart failure. Recognizing and responding to these symptoms can...

Chocolate Chocolate Everwhere! Feb 10th, 2017

Chocolate chocolate everywhere! This time of year, you can’t walk into a drugstore, or grocery store and not see shelves filled with chocolate. White chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate… Are they all the same? They are different in the ingredients and the processing. Today, we are going to look at...

Italian Sausage and Navy Bean Soup Feb 5th, 2017

The air is still chilly and the snowy is still not thawed. Which means it’s still soup season! I made this the other night and was very surprised by the results. It is a hearty soup and great with some crackers or a piece of crusty bread. 1 pound Italian...

The Pros and Cons of Pro and Prebiotics Feb 4th, 2017

What are Probiotics and Prebiotics? Have you heard the words probiotics and prebiotics and not sure what they mean? Or maybe you have heard them associated with nutrition and digestive health, but exactly sure what they do? Well probiotics and prebiotics work together in the body but are different. Prebiotics...

Pineapple Bacon Skewers Feb 3rd, 2017

We had a great night this week at our IBS support group. We discussed the low fodmap diet and many reported that they heard of or wanted to try this diet.Pineapple bacon skewers were on the menu and enjoyed by all! If you are suffering from digestive issues and would...

Learn about FODMAPS Feb 1st, 2017

Have you heard the words “FODMAP diet” and not sure what it means or what it is used for?? FODMAP stands for fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. These are carbohydrates that are found in common food items and contribute to gassiness, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The severity of...

Spaghetti Squash with Veggie Marinara Jan 22nd, 2017

It was a great day today at ADAMS fairacre farms. We had a great discussion on Gluten Free and weight loss. I think we could have talked about this for hours. As promised here is the recipe I made today. I hope you enjoy! Spaghetti SquashCut in half and take...

Join Us at ADAMS for a GF Discussion Jan 21st, 2017

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. If you are diagnosed with celiac disease, it is especially important to avoid gluten. Gluten almost acts as a “poison” for people with celiac disease. Whether you follow a gluten free diet because you have celiac disease, or gluten intolerance...

Intuitive Eating Jan 19th, 2017

Intuitive Eating is about eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. Just like exercise, sleep etc, eating food is also apart of taking care of our bodies and giving it what it needs. Creating a healthy relationship with food is important with achieving a healthy weight....

A Protein Packed Night Jan 18th, 2017

Protein is one of the essential macronutrients that is absolutely necessary for our bodies. Protein helps to nourish our bodies, maintain muscle strength, and serve as a fuel source. For those who are athletes, protein helps build and maintain muscle tissue which is essential for athletic performance. Protein is found...

Weight Loss Support Group Jan 18th, 2017

Come Join Our Weight Loss Support Group tonight to learn about Protein 159 Barnegat Road 5:30pm

Back to Basics Jan 9th, 2017

Back to the Basics What are macronutrients? What is all the talk with them? When we hear the word macronutrients, we should think about carbohydrates, proteins and fats. All three are consumed in relatively high amounts, and are essential for growth and daily bodily functions. Carbohydrates provide us with energy....

Mocha Banana Smoothie Jan 8th, 2017

I recently got back into smoothies. Let’s just say this first part of this pregnancy lead me to now really want a smoothie or anything for that matter for breakfast. I am happy to say that I back on track and loving my morning smoothie again. This one in particular...

Decoding Food Labels Jan 7th, 2017

It was a lot of fun today walking around with the participants today in our kids class. We had a lot of fun decoding food labels, especially treats like motts fruit snacks (i think the parents did more than the kids. For those that were unable to make the class...

Low FODMAP Salsa Jan 5th, 2017

We had a fun night last night for our Low FODMAP lecture. We actually got so caught up in the lecture that we will be continuing our Low FODMAP discussion next session as well. We made some low fodmap salsa that everyone loved and as promised here is the recipe....

Healthy Eating During the Holidays Dec 26th, 2016

Food is something that brings people together around the holidays. Typically, you find a large variety of foods around the holidays leaving you wanting to try everything! Here are a few simple things to keep in mind with eating around the holidays. -Be mindful of the portion sizes. Use a...

Merry Christmas to All Dec 24th, 2016

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas. Here is a recipe I thought we could share Spice up your fresh green bean side dish with lemon pepper. Don’t like green beans, use broccoli, zucchini or another yummy green vegetable! Ingredients 1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed 2 tablespoons...

Minestrone Soup Dec 16th, 2016

We had our weight loss Support group Holiday party last night and fun was had by all. Everyone brought dishes to share we had gluten free sweet tears, salmon, salsa chili to name a few. I decided to bring my minestrone soup since it is soup weather and this recipe...

something to be Thankful for, Lettuce Wraps Dec 14th, 2016

I feel that I have been complaining a lot about stress lately and for that I am sorry. I am changing my tune and trying to focus especially around the holidays to what I am thankful for. Today I am thankful that my dad is helping with my kids and...

Everyone Needs a Little Sugar Dec 12th, 2016

Everyone needs a little sugar around the holidays. It’s funny I’m writing this after I Just got finished teaching a class on sugar, all the different names for sugar and how we should consume less. I guess it’s kinda ironic that I came home and wanted to bake banana bread...

Healthy Holiday Appetizers Dec 11th, 2016

This weekend we had our first holiday party for our keep it healthy for life kids edition. It was a blast and we ate delicious food mostly healthy( I was the one who brought cookies because all in moderation). I made a new holiday appetizer that was quick, cheap easy...

Healthy Hamburger Helper Dec 10th, 2016

Remember the hand that talked on tv with the face. The one that made the creamy meat and pasta dish as a kid. I do, I also remember my mom never buying this box stating “ it’s not healthy! or even real food”. So, easy to say I never had...

Feeling stressed? Let’s Exercise Dec 7th, 2016

At times we need a boost, something to perk up our interests and remind us what our driving force is. Mine has always been cooking and running but with the turn my life has taken in the past couple of months I am sad to say that I have let...

Days After Thanksgiving and still feeling the guilt Nov 27th, 2016

Its days after Thanksgiving, are we feeling the guilt of the holiday yet? Dont as long as you stopped on Thanksgiving day, it is the days after with leftovers that we should be concerned about. We don’t want the holiday eating pattern to turn into a 4 day binge a...

Benefits Of Beet Greens Nov 27th, 2016

I was recently asked by a friend how much iron is in Beet Greens, She is pregnant and like many pregnant women running very low in iron. I explained to her it was a great addition to her smoothie and yes a good source of iron. The question did get...

Happy Thanksgiving with Brussel Sprouts Nov 24th, 2016

I know many people love Thanksgiving for all of the rich decadent side dishes that come with this holiday. While I always say it’s ok to indulge once in awhile and it is actually needed at times to help keep us on track it might be a good idea to...

Need Help Staying On Track this Holiday Season. Come to Our Weight Loss Support Group Nov 23rd, 2016

We had a great night last week at our Keep It Healthy for Life Weight Loss Support Group. It was a fun filled night of exercising, interesting discussion and a talk about how carbs and starches affect our weight loss attempts. Next month we are all looking forward to a...

Apple Pie Oatmeal Nov 14th, 2016

I had a very bad craving for oatmeal lately and not the good kind of oatmeal the kind with brown sugar cinnamon and apples in it. Ever since I realized that gluten gave me a problem I have been very hesitant to add it back in, until recently when my...

Rethinking Carbs in Our Diet Nov 13th, 2016

This week I will be giving a lecture on starches and weight loss. I say the word starches instead of carbs because instead of thinking of carbs as the enemy I go back to the very foundation of my nutrition career. This basis taught me that all carbs are not...

Kambucha An old Nutritional Elixir Nov 12th, 2016

Many patients walk into my office and want to know if there is any validity in some of the latest health crazies. One recently that I thought about was drinking Kombucha. On a out of house lecture recently at a local health food store they were selling this functional drink...

Healthy Cream of Broccoli Soup Nov 8th, 2016

The snow is coming down and I have one thought on my mind. Cream of Broccoli Soup with a healthy spin. One of my favorite items when i was a kid was cream of broccoli soup put it in a bread bowl. As I get older and calories caught up...

How to Handle the Candy Overhaul Oct 31st, 2016

Happy Halloween everyone! As we are out trick or treating tonight with our kids or eating the Halloween candy for the trick or treaters that we bought remember candy can and will go to our waist line when consumed in excess and try and give it away as best you...

Parsnips, Just a Root Vegetable? Oct 30th, 2016

Add Parsnips to your stews, use them in soups, saute them on your stove they are a great addition to many meals and this time of year are abundant and cheap. The look I receive from many people when I say this is confusion. This nutrient packed root vegetable has...

First Kids Class a Success Oct 25th, 2016

We had a great day at our first Keep It Healthy for Life Kids Edition! We learned about My Plate, how many fruits and vegetables we should consume in a day and we also exercised with and without our parents. I loved that during exercising we heard laughing and giggling...

Our First Kids Class!! Oct 20th, 2016

I am so excited to announce the start of our first Keep It Healthy for Life Kids edition this Saturday October 22nd at 10am in the Community Room at the Poughkeepsie Galleria. This class is a first of its kind we are taking children out of their school and doctor’s...

Have You Ever Been Glutened? Oct 17th, 2016

Never again!! I mean absolutely never again will I experiment to see if how far of a line I have to go with my gluten intolerance. Last night my husband and I had to go out with the kids after work and we got home late, well… too late to...

Chicken and Vegetables Tex Mex Soup Oct 16th, 2016

We moved into our apartment the other day while our house gets fixed. I know that there will be more stressors along the way but at least I can cook again. One of the first purchases I made prior to moving to the apartment was a new Dutch Oven. I’m...

Crustless Pumpkin Pie Oct 16th, 2016

I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Thanksgiving especially since it’s not even halloween yet but I can’t help it I love pumpkin pie. If your GF with the holidays fast approaching it can be difficult to choose items that everyone will enjoy. This dish is definitely...

A Glimpse at Stress Eating Oct 13th, 2016

Taking the first few bites always seems harmless. You almost are able to rationalize that it was a bad day or you just needed “a little sugar”. Whatever we want to call it there is really only one cause Stress. Stress eating is a real term and one that I...

Soup Two Ways Oct 3rd, 2016

The breeze is blowing, the temperature dipped and it’s suddenly fall!!! My favorite time of year! The time of year I get to make my soups and stews (which you will be seeing a lot of on my blog). I live my soups but just because they warm you up...

Cashew Milk Ice Cream Oct 1st, 2016

I have never really done a review on a product before. Last night I had a craving for ice cream, and my sweet husband went to the local grocery store and scoured the shelves looking for a dairy and gluten free option for me. He was on the phone with...

Fall Beef Stew Sep 29th, 2016

I have the breeze blowing in my house, fall spiced candles on and the scent of stew permeating the air. My husband would say there is no better day, and I would have to agree. As i have said in previous posts, I love fall!! I love Pumpkin Spiced coffee...

ShopRite Tour Sep 28th, 2016

In addition to some of my lectures at work I also do support groups one of these support groups is for weight loss and last night we did a grocery store tour at our local ShopRite in Poughkeepsie, NY. I’m the first one to say that I get duped sometimes...

Fennel Salad Recipe Sep 18th, 2016

Fennel is a very underrated vegetable in my opinion. It has a slightly licorice taste and contains a crunch much like celery. It has been used in herbal medicine for tummy troubles. I however love fennel salad! And my one year old finds it just as appealing.That is why I...

Buying GMO’s Sep 16th, 2016

We had a great lecture this weekend at Nature’s pantry regarding GMOs. At the beginning people were unsure why they would buy GMO free foods or if it mattered to them at all if something was GMO free or not. The funny part was by the end, some people’s viewpoints...

Gluten Free Chicken Stew Sep 13th, 2016

Over the past few months (well it has been about 6 months) I have gone Gluten Free. This was not in an attempt to lose weight or follow the latest food trend. It was because that ever since I was pregnant with my second child I felt sick from time...

Resisting Nighttime Temptation Sep 12th, 2016

It’s hard to resist the urge to indulge at night. While the curtains are closed and the lights are dimmed we can feel a slight pull from our kitchen. This pull whispers to us “but you had a long day” “you were so good today… only had salad for lunch”.This...

Back to School Breakfast Sep 5th, 2016

As we put our kids on their buses tomorrow, shed our tears and also a little tug of happiness it is important that we start their day with a good healthy breakfast. One task we need to do every morning is breakfast. I use the word task because sometimes that...

End of Summer Grilling Sep 4th, 2016

As we close out the summer and go into the fall it is never too late to learn more grilling recipes. I made this mediterranean chicken a few nights ago and was amazed at how good it tasted. It was simple and all it required was 5 minutes and a...

Essential Oils Lavender Sep 1st, 2016

I did it!! I made an essential oil after a very bad failed attempt. I read countless recipes on the internet and used olive oil at first which i found too pungent in smell to let the smell of the leaves permeate. I also change my method a little and...

Back to School Snacks Aug 30th, 2016

I recently went to a back to school picnic with my son who is starting kindergarten this year. He was excited to meet his new friends and hesitant to talk to his teacher, which I guess a lot of kids are like. The teachers discussed what their first day of...

Tales of a Gluten Free Traveler: Pizza Uno Aug 22nd, 2016

Eating out can always be intimidating when you’re gluten free. You don’t want to be a pain for the waitress and you also want to make sure that the waitress understands that being gluten free is not a choice but a necessity. I was visiting my mom for her birthday...

High Protein Diet a New Trend/ Roasted Chickpeas Aug 16th, 2016

Shifting thoughts have been occurring in the nutrition world recently. Where we once put major emphasis on whole grains, fruits and vegetables protein is now coming front and center. Years ago we learned that we needed to eat more than 8 servings a day of whole grains, 8! Thats a...

Protein’s New Trend Aug 16th, 2016

It was a great night at our monthly weight loss support group. We started off with a cardio workout and ended with a power pact protein salad. Protein was the topic of conversation and we looked at protein’s more predominant role in the diet. One of the ways to increase...

Gluten Free Traveler Aug 15th, 2016

A week off! Vacationing in the woods! This is what I just came back from and why I haven’t been posting this past week. My kids had a blast playing with their cousins, hiking and swimming. It was a week of bliss especially since we did the majority of the...

Gluten Free Miso Soup Aug 7th, 2016

I was experimenting the other day in the kitchen when i came up this new delicious broth. It reminded me of miso soup and is very similar. My guests at dinner that night lapped it up. It’s easy quick and goes great with rice noodles. My husband even loved it!...

Lemon Balms Chicken and Other Medicinal Uses Aug 6th, 2016

I have recently started to learn how to make essential oils, I think this is a great way to help alleviate stress as well as using these oils for other disease states and health issues that may arise. My interest in using medicinal medicine started when I was a child...

High Fiber Quinoa Salad Aug 4th, 2016

Quinoa is a very versatile grain. I personally love cooking with this grain since it does take on the flavor of items it is cooked with. Quinoa is not only high in fiber but is also high in protein. Making a quinoa salad could be a nice refreshing twist to...

Gluten Free Strawberry Crumble Jul 30th, 2016

I had an over abundance of strawberries this week in my fridge and decided to utilize them in a dessert. I wanted something that would go over ice cream and was simple to make. My niece helped me with this and it was quick, easy and delicious. 4 Cups Strawberries3...

Coconut Flour Pancakes Jul 25th, 2016

The one item I really miss for breakfast is pancakes and while I do make banana flourless pancakes once in awhile they are not like regular pancakes when you have a craving. I thought it was only fitting to write a recipe using coconut flour since our talk ester day...

Benefits of Coconut flour Jul 24th, 2016

I was recently asked how coconut flour was counted by a patient, and while I knew coconut flour had better health benefits, I had to stop and think. So I thought why not write a post about coconut flour because the 20 seconds I spoke about this flour did not...

Grilled Summer Veggies Jul 20th, 2016

The Sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day for a walk and some nice grilled vegetables. Tonight we will be holding our monthly weight loss support group at Bowdoin park in Wappingers Falls I am very excited since this is the first support group we are having out. Tonight...

Flourless Gluten Free Brownies Jul 19th, 2016

It seems that for the past two weeks I have been on a sweet kick trying to satisfy this craving with healthier versions. This weekend was my son’s first birthday and yes I let him eat cake. Well…I think he got more on him and the floor rather than in...

Dairy Free Ice Cream Jul 11th, 2016

When you are a person who can’t have dairy or wheat sweet treats in the summer time can be hard to come by. The other day I was home with my boys and craving a sweet chocolate treat. I thought of how I missed ice cream, when I realized I...

FODMAP Friendly Chocolate Peanut butter Balls Jul 8th, 2016

It was a great night last night here at Digestive Disease Center, with our second IBS Support group in full swing. Everything last night was about FODMAPS, even the food! We discussed everything from fructose to polyols. These chocolate Peanut butter balls were a big hit! If you want to...

Watermelon, A Healthy Summer Fruit Jul 6th, 2016

Watermelon is abundant in the summer time. It is on every grocery shelf from seedless to regular and other colorful varieties. Yet, some people choose to avoid this fruit without taking into consideration its beneficial effect on your health.The myth of this fruit is that it is too high in...

Ease Migraine Pain Naturally Jul 1st, 2016

Migraines can come when one least expects them and usually at the worst time. If any of you are like me and frequently suffer from migraines that affect their daily activity there is help that does not involve medication.I decided to do some research on what can be causing these...

Summer Marinades Jun 27th, 2016

Marinades are great for summer time and with this heat we usually find ourselves turning on our oven less and our grills more. Marinades can be a healthy way to spice up meat, but many marinades can be a breeding ground for added sugars, preservatives and chemicals. While there are...

Troubles of a Healthy Traveler Jun 26th, 2016

Traveling on the road can be a fun experience, long trips can bring a family closer together and can have you seeing the world through new eyes. Stopping to eat on the road is not as easy, especially when you are trying to eat healthy or have food allergies or...

Swiss Chards Anti-Inflammatory Spotlight Jun 24th, 2016

Swiss Chard a leafy green that does not get enough time in the spotlight in my opinion is a shining star when talking about anti-inflammatory. Not only does this dark leafy green pack a punch when it comes to Vitamin C, E and A. chard is also has an abundance...

Artificial Sweeteners Friend or Foe? Jun 23rd, 2016

It was a fun night here at Digestive Disease Center. Our monthly weight loss support Group was in full swing doing cardio workout and learning about the downfalls of artificial sweeteners. Are artificial sweeteners the evil empire that everyone thinks? Do they contribute to inflammation and obesity? This class helped...

Delicious 5 minute Banana Dessert Jun 11th, 2016

I was going through my fridge the other night and waiting for my sister in law to come over for our weekly Gilmore Girls preview. I wanted to make a quick and easy dessert that was somewhat healthy as well as gluten and dairy free. Boy was I stumped, I...

Oregano, Not just for Pizza Jun 10th, 2016

Oregano is typically a popular garnish for pizza and a variety of Mediterranean dishes, but what other potential uses does this herb have? While oregano is commonly notorious in the culinary world for enhancing the flavor profiles of various types of cuisine, I have found that it can also provide...

Are You Nourishing Your Noggin? Jun 6th, 2016

The month of June marks Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, which may have you asking, “what exactly is Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and what can I possibly do to prolong the occurrence of this lethal disease in myself?” The answer partially lies within your refrigerator: feed your mind with brain food.Alzheimer’s...

Quinoa Salad IBS Approved! Jun 6th, 2016

A lot of patients that I have encountered over the past year are suffering from IBS or IBS like symptoms. These symptoms can affect their lives in a magnitude of ways. Some need to know where all bathrooms are at all times, others need to keep extra clothes with them...

Happy Memorial Day! May 30th, 2016

Happy memorial day everyone! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and stayed cool in the heat! At our BBQ this weekend we had the usual pasta salads, which in the past I was the first to scoop a heaping amount on my plate. Now being gluten free my options...

New Food Label Revealed May 27th, 2016

Do you ever get confused while reading the nutrition fact label of one of your favorite foods? A bill has just recently been passed into law that will introduce changes to the Nutrition Facts label. Alterations to the label will be implemented in hopes of combatting any further progression of...

Celiac Walk 2016 highlights May 24th, 2016

It was a great day Sunday at our Celiac Awareness walk. Thank you for all who came and supported the cause. There were many vendors out and items available were all gluten free! What I was most excited about was meeting kids that were reading labels for themselves! I had...

Gumbo with Arrowroot May 18th, 2016

Since Celiac awareness month is upon us and our walk is less than a weeks away I decided to write about a thickener that can be used in gluten free cooking. I have been using arrowroot powder as a thickener for a little while now since I cannot use corn....

Kids Breakfast Pops May 15th, 2016

My son like many other 4 year olds would eat an ice pop every day and at all times during the day as well. Recently he has become a little picky, especially in the morning. Every day would be a fight to try and get him to have breakfast before...

Weight Loss is Within your Reach May 14th, 2016

We all know that we can’t be perfect in our diet 100% of the time. Sometimes we fall off and consume the pastas, cookies or cakes we have been so diligently trying to avoid. This is ok, and not only is it ok some would think that it’s expected to...

A New Gluten Free Recipe May 9th, 2016

I hope everyone had a great mother’s day! I know I did. In honor of celiac awareness month I wanted to do a post a week of a recipe that is gluten free. One recipe I did recently was Roasted Garlic cauliflower with a cheesy topping. My son thought this...

Celiac Awareness Month! May 7th, 2016

It’s Celiac awareness month and what better way to help people understand celiac disease is with an event today held at Nature’s Pantry. An estimated 1 and 133 americans have celiac disease. This disease can affect men and women of all ages and races. It is estimated that 83% of...

Thai Chicken Meatballs May 2nd, 2016

made these the other day and my husband loved them! They are gluten free and delicious. No breadcrumbs at all! If you want to decrease the heat cut back on the chilis. 1 pound ground chicken or turkey3 scallions diced thin1 egg2 carrots shredded1 tbsp grated ginger2 tbsp tamari1 red...

IBS Support Group May 1st, 2016

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States (10-15% of the population). About 2 in 3 IBS sufferers are female. IBS is a group of symptoms including pain or discomfort in your abdomen, and changes in bowel patterns. It is a functional...

Keep It Healthy For life Face Book Page Apr 28th, 2016

We had a great night last night at our monthly Keep It Healthy for Life weight loss support group. We discussed “diets” that work for us and we all noticed that what works for some may not work for others. It could be due to money, cultural food choices or...

Hidden Sugars, When is a Food Really Good for you? Apr 24th, 2016

Hidden sugars are everywhere! It’s scary how many items in our regular food supply that are marketed as healthy items are ladened with sugar. Yogurt, granola bars, tomato sauce all of these products which have the potential to be a health power houses have sugars hidden everywhere. I scouted out...

Mini Turkey Meatloafs Apr 18th, 2016

Finger foods can be great to have at dinner. Healthy finger foods are even better and if you can make it ahead of time that’s a home run. This is why I love these mini turkey meatloafs. They are quick, easy, delicious and a dish I can make ahead of...

Chickpea Veggie Patties Apr 16th, 2016

I made these the other day and my kids loved them. They are packed with fiber and taste delicious as well. I would pair them with a yogurt dill sauce on a salad. I liked this recipe because you can add any veggies that you have on hand. 2 cans...

Finding the time Apr 12th, 2016

I have to say one of the hardest things that I find with having two kids, especially one that is 8 months old is finding the time to exercise. Like everyone there are days when I know it is just not possible no matter how early I get up or...

Dill Quinoa Salad Apr 10th, 2016

It was a great day yesterday at the Locust Grove Estate health fair. We meet many great people and also saw some familiar faces. Our Dill Quinoa salad was a hit, and we discussed the many benefits of this grain. To hear more about the benefits of quinoa and many...

Try Something New! Apr 6th, 2016

As a dietitian I love reading about new health topics that are on the horizon, I Also love to get feedback or question on topics that everyone would like to learn more about. My passion as everyone who has ever attended my lectures knows is cooking and trying to come...

Stir Fry a great way to clean out the fridge Apr 2nd, 2016

I love a good stir fry, now I know that many people cringe when they hear of stir frys and have visions of salt dancing around in their heads but a stir fry can be a quick healthy easy dinner to prepare during the week. This is the option my...

Health Benefits of Tea Mar 31st, 2016

Tea lays claim to many health benefits. This magic elixir has been touted to have anti-cancer effects, aid in weight loss, prevent osteoporosis, lower blood pressure among many others. But, are all of these magical properties true? Is tea the magical elixir to the fountain of youth?I looked at different...

A Great Heart Healthy Lecture with Curried Red Lentils Mar 24th, 2016

Curry Red Lentils and Vegetables Ingredients 1 head Broccoli , cut into piecesHalf head cauliflower, cut into pieces1 Pepper sliced1 onion, diced3 cloves garlic, minced1cup Red lentilsEnough chicken stock to cover lentils ~1-2 cups1 tsp minced ginger1 tsp Turmeric1 tsp corriander1 tsp chili powder (you can use less if you...

A Great Heart Healthy Lecture with Curried Red Lentils Mar 24th, 2016

We had a great turnout last night at our Keep it Healthy for Life series. Inflammation was the topic of discussion. We discussed diet and supplements used to decrease inflammation, as well as ones that can cause inflammation. Arachidonic acid was the buzzword of the night. Arachidonic acid an omega...

Teething Biscuit Recipe Mar 21st, 2016

A teething baby is not a pleasant experience as a parent, your child can be up all night in pain because his little body is getting ready for the next stage. During this time we usually look for things besides our arm that baby can chew on from teethers to...

Health Benefits of Ginger Mar 20th, 2016

I know I have been behind in my post about herbs and spices. I sometimes get excited about other posts and forget that I was going to be posting about functional herbs and spices. I chose ginger as the pick of the week for many reasons. Ginger is not only...

Spring Time and Grilling Mar 17th, 2016

I think my favorite time of year is being able to go outside and know that spring is right around the corner. The smells of spring have been everywhere these past two weeks and although I am writing this post and today it’s raining and 46 degrees I know that...

A little less salt and Turkey Shepards Pie Mar 15th, 2016

It is the season to wear green and with the color comes some dishes that we can all most likely associate with St. Patrick’s day. We have Shepards pie and Corn beef and cabbage both delicious yet watch out for their saturated fat, sodium and carb count. In one servings...

Amp Up your Colon Health with Fiber Mar 7th, 2016

Its that time of year again. Colon Cancer Awareness month. As a dietitian practicing in a GI group I feel that it is extremely important to have good gut health. Our guts play a major role in our bodies, they are our first line of defence for immunity and our...

Hidden Sources of Gluten and a Black Bean Burger Mar 6th, 2016

We had a great day at Earthgoods in Hyde park yesterday! I want to thank Earthgoods for having us! Gluten free was the topic of discussion and we discussed why some gluten free products are loaded with fats and sugar at times, with a lot more calories. As well as...

Happy National Nutrition Month!/ Quinoa Taco Recipe Mar 3rd, 2016

It’s National Nutrition Month!! Savor the flavor for eating right! This is the slogan for this year’s national nutrition month campaign. How true it is and what a great way to say there is flavor in healthy items. Without the high Salt and Fat content many say that healthy items...

Roasted Vegetable Salad and A Night of Exercising Feb 25th, 2016

It was another great night here at digestive disease center! We Bocwa’d with the best of them for our monthly weight loss class. A big thanks to Kristin for teaching us last night! Everyone was keeping pace and burning calories.We capped off the night with a Roasted Vegetable Salad with...

Bulgur Chickpea Salad Feb 21st, 2016

It was a great event yesterday at the 18th annual Poughkeepsie plaza health fair! We had a blast meeting new people and showing everyone how many teaspoons of sugar are in everyday “healthy” items. Attendees were in awe when shown that Naked Juice contains 15 teaspoons of sugar, and Lipton...

Happy Valentines Day! Feb 15th, 2016

I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine’s day! I know my family did! it was a great day at the McArtin house playing nerf wars and hide and go seek, followed by a great meal of homemade chinese food. In the past (prior to kids) my husband and I used...

Soup Day! Feb 15th, 2016

I know I usually don’t do more than one post in a day, but I got asked for this recipe I posted today so I figure why not give it to you. This black bean soup recipe is not your usual black bean soup.This recipe is packed with veggies and...

Heart Health Month Feb 9th, 2016

February is American Heart Health Month! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. Each year one in four people die due to heart disease. Isn’t it important to learn how to keep your heart in proper ticking order? (Yes I know...

A Gluten Free Dinner Party Feb 7th, 2016

I love making Indian food, it’s probably one of my favorite cuisines. I also love making Stir-Frys. So when a couple of my friends and I decided to get together I couldn’t wait to try to make both types of cuisines. One of my friends was recently diagnosed with Celiac...

A Great Low FODMAP Event! Feb 7th, 2016

Another great lecture today at ADAMS Fairacre farms in Wappingers Falls. We had a great turnout discussing the low FODMAP diet. Everyone was amazed that a salsa recipe could taste so good, and how buffalo chicken meatballs could be low FODMAP.We learned the basics of the Low FODMAP diet, and...

Is a Low FODMAP Diet for You? Feb 3rd, 2016

I have been doing a lot of work with the FODMAP diet recently. Many of my patients have been following this diet with great success. I had one patient that recently was placed on the diet and within 2 weeks her symptoms were completely resolved. It is not a weight...

Eating with your Emotions Jan 29th, 2016

It was a another great night here at Digestive Disease Center, our monthly weight loss class was in full swing and we had a great turnout! Emotional eating was the topic of discussion, post holidays can be a hard time when we have a tendency to beat ourselves up for...

A Hint of Salt Jan 24th, 2016

Salt, something that we use and consume everyday, weather we are aware of it or not has many uses both in the culinary and medical worlds. It also is a word that can scare us and bring about fears of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. But is salt...

Because Life Happens Jan 21st, 2016

I know it’s difficult to eat healthy daily, things get in the way, kids activities, work, social life. We all have our excuses, but planning ahead can save our health. My family and I try to eat healthy most days, but like everyone else life happens. We have a big...

Mint A fresh New Look Jan 19th, 2016

Mint tea can soothe the stomach, as well as cleanse the palate but what other uses does this fresh herb have? I have long been a fan of mint and have used mint in many ice tea recipes, garnishing a drink and to soothe an upset stomach. But what other...

A Gluten Free Night Jan 15th, 2016

We had a great turnout Wednesday night at ADAMS Fairacre farms. I want to thank everyone that helped out as well as those that attended. Topic of the night were weight loss while following a Gluten Free diet. We discussed why following a gluten free diet is important if you...

Turmeric… Antioxidant or Curry? Jan 10th, 2016

As promised here is the first post about herbs and spices. One spice I have been using for years due to its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its flavor and my love for indian cuisine is Turmeric. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years.You may have noticed the flavor...

Millett Not Just for the Birds Jan 7th, 2016

I know I was going to start posting on herbs but I am so excited to share the benefits of this grain and delicious recipe I made the other night. I am embarrassed to say I have never cooked Millet before but was curious to learn more about this grain...

An Herb Resolution Jan 2nd, 2016

In the new year many of us are making resolutions. Some are focused on weight loss while others are financial or spiritual. In this new year my focus is to try new spices and recipes.Herbs have been used for many years for their healing properties. Let’s face it, they were...

Happy New Year!! Jan 1st, 2016

As 2015 comes to a close, and a new year begins, most of us are sitting thinking about their goals and what their new year resolutions will be. Do we do this because we think we have to do it? Do we think that with a new year, we have...

Nuts a Super Food Dec 28th, 2015

As a Registered Dietitian I frequently get asked, What’s a healthy snack? Nuts, this small and delicious snack is a nutritional powerhouse. Nuts are a great add on to any meal. They have been enhancing salads and stir frys for years, but are all nuts created equal? And do they...

Get Over the Holiday Guilt Dec 24th, 2015

The holidays are here and what a not so winter wonderland we are in right now. At least with this warm weather we can still go outside for walks. With all the hustle and bustle going on it’s no wonder that we can lose track of our weight loss goals...

Souping or Juicing? Dec 21st, 2015

It has been talked about for the past few years, juicing was a way to “cleanse” or “detox” your body of harmful chemicals, but is this detoxifying strategy a thing of the past? A new trend is arising as a way to detox our bodies called souping. I have never...

Barley, an Ancient Grain Dec 15th, 2015

Barley a grain that sometimes gets a bad reputation is emerging once again. Who doesn’t love a bowl of barley vegetable or beef stew on a cold winter day? Barley can add a robust flavor to any soup or stew, with its nutlike flavor and pasta like consistency it can...

2493 Dec 14th, 2015

The holidays are fast approaching and with the holidays come cookie exchanges, work parties and many get togethers with friends and family. This can potentially be your waistlines worst nightmare. I know this time of year I make sure I’m hitting the pavement or treadmill most days of the week...

Make It or Buy It Dec 10th, 2015

I am a person that loves to make and create different dishes for family and friends and that is no different for my 5 month old who just started getting a taste of some of mom’s creations (well his versions anyway). I love making baby food! there I said it....

Make Ahead Meals Nov 12th, 2015

I get asked the question almost daily in practice how do we find the time to eat healthy? With everyone’s busy schedule, kids, and activities trying to find time can be a challenge. One weekly tradition I always tell everyone to put into place is make ahead meals. Set aside...

Veggies vs. Meat Nov 3rd, 2015

As a registered dietitian I am often asked the question is it better to not eat meat? Should I become a vegan? The answer to these questions is, it depends on the individual. Are you a vegetarian for religious reasons? Are you becoming a vegan for humanitarian reasons? If not...

Happy Halloween!! Oct 30th, 2015

Halloween is coming and I’m sure your little ones are just as excited as mine are to trick or treat. Although Halloween is the holiday of candy and sweets, it is also the holiday that all moms fear because of the sugar overload. This year maybe start some new traditions...

First Weight loss Seminar!!! Oct 29th, 2015

It’s been a busy week here at Digestive Disease Center. We kicked it off with our first ever weight loss seminar, we had a great turnout. The topic of the night was fiber and MyPlate as well as getting motivated to exercise in the winter months. I am looking forward...

The Ins and Outs of Spices Oct 19th, 2015

Another seminar down with “Lunch Box Lessons” it was a blast playing exercise ball with all the kids and Dr.Toyserkani! Thank you everyone for coming! The talk of the night was seasoning and ideas for different ways to use herbs and spices. Salt is hidden in a lot of premixed...

October 5, 2015 Chili Cook Off and Bump Event Oct 5th, 2015

Great weekend at the farm! Although Saturday was a rainy day we had a great day here at digestive disease center meeting new people and participating in the Stony kill Farms chili cook off and harvest festival. We met some new friends and am excited to welcome fall! Sunday was...

Happy Memorial Day!! May 24th, 2015

Its finally here!! After the long bitterly cold and snowy winter the unofficial start of summer is finally here Memorial day. I know that I will probably be grilling up some of my favorite recipes this weekend, but I wanted to share some tips with you to not have this...

Welcome May 8th, 2015

Welcome to our Nutrition blog at Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson valley. We are happy to be a part of your nutrition journey. My name is Theresa, and I am a Registered Dietitian working here at digestive disease center. I am also a mother, wife, runner, gardener and cook....