Happy National Nutrition Month!
That's right, March 1st kicks off an entire month dedicated to my favorite thing, nutrition! Registered dietitians everywhere are geeked!
To kick off the month, I teamed up with Karman from The Nutrition Adventure and asked her some questions about her keys to success for a living a healthy life.
Be sure to head over to The Nutrition Adventure for my interview along with a quick and tasty snack recipe! (spoiler: it contains chocolate!)
I first met Karman in college during our dietetics program. It's no surprise that we both ended up with food blogs since we both had a passion for creating (and eating) delicious healthy food! It has been fun reconnecting with her through our food blogs.
Karman's site is filled with amazing recipes like this Easy Chickpea and Squash Crockpot Curry, this Easy Veggie Shiitake Galette (along with a hilarious gif!), and this Wild Blueberry-Quinoa Power Salad. We both agree that it is 100% ok to have chocolate for breakfast with her Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars. And these Port Wine & Bing Cherry Pops are just plain beautiful. I love the wide variety of ingredients Karman uses like these Green Tea & Goji Grahams or this Tandoori Chickpea Pizza with Mango Chutney. As an added bonus, her travel recaps will virtually take you anywhere.
So, onto the interview!
Rachel: What inspired you to start your food blog?
Karman: I actually started The Nutrition Adventure with a friend and fellow dietitian during our internship in 2010, but it had a very different purpose then with a focus on structuring meals based on MyPlate food group servings. If it hadn't been for her, I'm not sure when I would have ventured into the world of blogging! But I loved sharing recipes on the blog, even if there were only a handful of people seeing them in the beginning. The world of food blogging has become much more than I ever could have imagined and I love connecting with people who love food just as much as I do!
R: What is your philosophy on healthy eating?
K: First of all, I think the worst thing you can do is beat yourself up over food choices. Healthy eating begins with a healthy mind and negative self-talk will not get you there. I believe in enjoying nourishing, nutrient-dense foods everyday and sprinkling in the indulgent sweets and savories when you really want them. When you regularly feed your body nourishing foods like vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, fruits, legumes, consistently you'll find that you don't crave the highly-processed, overly-sweet things as often.
R: What are your tips for eating well during the busy work week?
K: 1) Stock up on fresh produce
2) Do as much meal prep on the weekends as possible so lunch and dinner can be a breeze during the week. Sometimes I make breakfast bars or mini egg frittatas on the weekends so I don't have to worry about making breakfast before work either!
3) Choose nutrient-dense foods (veggies, fruits, Greek yogurt, hummus, nuts, edamame) as snack options to keep you feeling energized and well-nourished. Snack time should not be junk food time!
R: How do you take your coffee?
K: A touch of sugar, a touch of milk.
R: What items do you always keep stocked in your refrigerator?
K: Eggs, salsa, avocado, sprouted grain bread, and milk. I can make a meal out of those items any time of day!
R: What ingredient is too expensive to keep stocked regularly but you splurge on occasionally?
K: I have truffle salt in my cupboard but I use it very sparingly because it's a splurge. So if I'm feeling a little fancy, I'll use a bit of it. Luckily the flavor is strong so a little goes a long way!
R: What's your most used kitchen appliance?
K: It's probably a tie between my KitchenAid blender and my crockpot. I use my crockpot year-round for soups, curry dishes, casseroles, and for cooking large cuts of meat. I also love using it because it usually means lots of leftovers that I can freeze for later use. And when I need to boost my fruit and vegetable intake for the day, I bust out my blender and get creative!
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Karman and her philosophy about eating. I love her balanced approach to healthy eating and her passion for healthy and delicious food!
Bottom line: Make sure to check out her blog. ASAP.
Have a healthy week!