Nutrition


Triple Threat Chili

My friend Angie and I decided to compete in a local chili cook-off contest that was held back in February. The cook-off was put on by / benefited the Ann Arbor Civic Theater and was held at my favorite Ann Arbor brewery, Wolverine State Brewing Co.   Angie and I brainstormed different chili ideas involving various […]


Happy World Vegan Day

Hello! Today is World Vegan Day, I know, I know, there is a day for almost everything now but this day in particular is very important, and I would like to share my vegan experience with you. I became vegan a little over 3 years ago after I attended a talk at Ann Arbor’s first ever […]


Great Gift for Snack Lovers

I can’t believe I have waited so long to post about this. A good friend of mine ordered me a few Love with Food boxes as a gift for my birthday back in October. Love with Food is a monthly box delivery service that delivers a variety of organic or all-natural snacks each month in a […]


Banana-pineapple Green Smoothie

This morning I met up with some of my fellow Girls on the Run 5K committee members plus a few southeast MI coaches to check out this year’s 5k course. (it’s on North Campus and awesomeee) This is my second year volunteering on the 5k committee and I love this inspirational organization. GOTR embodies strength, creativity, […]


Upcoming: Gastrointestinal-Specific Dietitian Lecture Series

FOOD: The Main Course to GI Health Nutritional Management of GI Disease Really excited to announce that the University of Michigan Digestive Disorders Nutrition & Lifestyle Program along with the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the School of Public Health are offering a comprehensive, three-day lecture series for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists with an interest in caring […]


Weekend Adventures – Ann Arbor Distilling Company, Frita Batidos, & The Bar at 327 Braun Court

Celebrated a friend’s birthday Friday night and checked out Ann Arbor Distilling Company for the first time. All of the drinks we had were A-MAZING. I had a dirty gin martini and moscow mule and will definitely get them again….after I try all of the other drinks of course. I also had a sip of the corpse reviver and annie’e eyes […]


Throwback to Exploring Boston and Attending Kate Scarlata’s Digestive Health Seminar

Last year in early March I traveled to Boston, MA to attend Kate Scarlata’s Advanced Digestive Health Seminar for Health Professionals. I had changed jobs in January and moved from an inpatient clinical setting to outpatient with the Division of Gastroenterology. Kate’s seminar on FODMAPs, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and the gut microbiome provided a […]


Dietary Supplement Safety

This past week Frontline aired an eye-opening documentary on dietary supplement safety in the United States. If you take vitamins, minerals, or any other type of supplements I highly encourage you to take an hour of your time and watch this video. I get asked daily about dietary supplements – “what’s good for this”, “what’s bad for […]


Low FODMAP Quinoa Tabbouleh 2

Since I have started teaching the low FODMAP diet I am always thinking of new ways to convert some of my patient’s favorite meals/recipes into low FODMAP alternatives. This recipe inspiration came from my recent experience working with a few Middle Eastern patients who described Tabbouleh, (tabouleh or tab(b)ouli) as a favorite and popular dish to make. Generally […]


Healthy Office Snacks

Most people spend 8 to 9 hours at work so having a healthy snack or two during the workday provides the opportunity to increase energy, improve focus, and enhance productivity. Having healthy options available will decrease trips to the vending machine or cafeteria, which can save money and help avoid less nutritious, higher calorie options. […]


Friendsgiving Recap and Five Healthy Tips for the Holidays 2

Soooo I threw my first Friendsgiving party last Friday and it was a blast! An evening full of great company, delicious food, beverages, laughter, and even a little crafting. It was potluck style … with a slight twist…in that one person has a wheat allergy (Celiac), another is allergic to tree nuts, and I am vegan. So […]

Friendsgiving

Simple Spicy Potatoes O’Brien

Potatoes are a very versatile vegetable, a good source of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, and Manganese. Potatoes O’Brien are a classic and one of my weekend go-to recipes. They are great alongside a tofu-scramble, in a breakfast burrito, or alone smothered in ketchup.   Ingredients: 2 medium potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 cup finely […]


Vegan Pumpkin Chili 2

I am super excited to share this Vegan Pumpkin Chili recipe! I was asked in early October to create a healthy recipe to be featured in The Ann‘s November issue and I immediately knew I wanted it to involve pumpkin and be a fall favorite. After brainstorming a few ideas I knew a crock-pot chili recipe was the […]

How to make the best pumpkin chili

Properly store your food to save cost and reduce waste.

Food waste directly impacts the global economy, uses up valuable resources such as water, and produces green house gas emissions. By organizing and properly storing groceries you can reduce your food waste, save money $$, and have a positive impact on the environment. Triple win. A clean, organized refrigerator makes it easy to see what you have, simplifies meal planning, and again […]


Are you getting enough potassium?

Did you know, for the average adult, the recommended daily intake of potassium is 4,700 mg? Did you also know that many American’s fall short of this amount on a daily basis? This mineral is important in maintaining normal fluid and electrolyte balance, supporting cell integrity, and assisting nerve impulse transmission and muscle contractions. Potassium plays […]