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10 Fruits and Vegetables in Season For Fall to Add to Your Plate

Seasonal eating is fresh, fun, and better for the environment. Add these fruits and vegetables in season for fall to your next shopping list!

What is your favorite thing about fall? I love the leaves changing, the cozy weather, and the fall activities. I also adore fall produce! I’m so ready for warming meals filled with the fruits and vegetables in season now.

Benefits of Eating Seasonally

  • Saves money. Seasonal produce is less expensive than out of season fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, because it is more plentiful.
  • Tastes better. Produce that is in season simply tastes better. If you’ve eaten a tomato in the middle of January, then you know what I mean!
    Adds variety to your diet. It is important to have variety in your diet, because different foods have different nutrients and benefits. If you eat seasonally, you are naturally adding variety to your diet as the seasons change.
  • Better for the environment. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint by choosing seasonal produce, because there was less energy used to grow and transport the food to your store. Bonus points if you shop at your local farmer’s market!
  • Less pesticide use. Foods grown out of season need a lot more assistance in the form of pesticides and chemicals to grow. Fruits and vegetables that grow naturally in fall weather conditions are easier to produce with less assistance.

Fruits and Vegetables In Season for Fall

Here is a list of 10 fruits and vegetables in season right now! You’ll also find recipes to inspire you to get into the kitchen.

Apples

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Apple picking is a quintessential fall activity, and it is dietitian approved! Apples contain fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Make sure to eat the skin, though, as it holds most of the fiber and antioxidants!

Make this apple cinnamon coffee cake, five-minute bircher muesli, or this kale salad with apple, cranberries, and pecans by Deb Perelman, by way of Cookie and Kate.

Beets

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Beets are one of the healthiest foods to eat. Not only do they contain several vitamins and minerals, beets have nitrates and pigments (that give them their beautiful color). These compounds have several health benefits. The nitrates in beets convert to nitric oxide in the body, which dilates our blood vessels, temporarily lowering blood pressure. The pigments in beets have antioxidant effects that may reduce inflammation.

Try this beet and goat cheese salad with wild rice and chickpeas, dreamy pink beet + white bean dip, and these baked zucchini, beet, and sweet potato fritters.

Broccoli

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Broccoli might just be my all time favorite vegetable. It is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. In addition to fiber, vitamin C, iron, and potassium, broccoli has phytonutrients that lower inflammation and may help lower the risk of cancer.

Roast up a tray of this addicting lemon parmesan broccoli, try this broccoli salad with Thai peanut dressing, or this easy pasta and broccoli recipe by Skinnytaste.

Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts had a bad rap for a while, but they are absolutely delicious when roasted to crispy perfection. They share similar health benefits to broccoli, as they contain the same phytonutrients. Also, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamins C and K.

This kale quinoa salad with fall roasted vegetables contains Brussels sprouts. These crispy roasted Brussels sprouts by Chelsea’s Messy Apron look insane!

Cauliflower

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Cauliflower – the trendiest vegetable of our time. It’s been transformed into pizza crust, gnocchi, and rice because of it’s neutral flavor. But cauliflower is delicious in it’s natural whole form, too! It is a perfect neutral palate to experiment with lots of flavors. Cauliflower is high in fiber, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants.

I have a bunch of cauliflower recipes on the blog, so here is a little list:

Kale

Kale is a hardy green, so it holds up to the falling temperatures in the fall, which softer greens can’t handle. It’s a super nutrient dense food, and is loaded with nutrients including vitamins A, C, and K. Also, kale is a good plant-based source of calcium.

Tis the season to load up on all the kale salads! Try my favorite dairy free kale caesar salad, this Greek kale salad by Gimme Delicious, and this kale salad with carrot ginger dressing by Love & Lemons.

Pears

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Pears are another in season fruit for the cooler months. They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a prebiotic, feeding the good bacteria in our guts! Just like apples, the pear skin contains most of the fiber.

Try my hasselback baked pears on oatmeal for a delicious breakfast. I also love to roast pears with beets and sweet potatoes for a dinner side!

Pumpkin

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Pumpkin is a versatile and nutritious ingredient that is in season for fall. It can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Pumpkin is a good source of fiber. It is also rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that makes pumpkin orange, and benefits eye and skin health.

This vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce is one of my favorite pumpkin recipes to make in the fall! Also, try these healthier pumpkin muffins by Gimme Some Oven, or these pumpkin pancakes by Well Plated.

Squash

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You’ve probably seen lots of winter squash varieties showing up in your grocery stores and farmer’s markets. From butternut to delicata, winter squashes are abundant this time of year. They are a versatile ingredient – turn them into soups, curries, or mash them like potatoes. Winter squashes are rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and carotenoid antioxidants.

Here are some of my favorite ways to prepare winter squash:

Sweet Potato

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Last but not least, sweet potatoes are a favorite fall tuber. Sweet potatoes are slightly higher in fiber than white potatoes, and they are higher in vitamins A, B6, and C. I love roasted sweet potato wedges as a side with dinner!

Try these sweet potato toasts with Mediterranean salsa, Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes, and this sweet potato casserole by Joy Food Kitchen.

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10 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings

A recipe round-up of 10 healthy make-ahead breakfast ideas that are perfect for people with busy schedules! Prioritize breakfast with these delicious recipes.

They don’t say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for nothing! As an RD, I am a big proponent of starting your day with a healthy breakfast. In order to optimize your breakfast, choose foods rich in fiber and protein, plus a little healthy fat, to start your day. Some healthy breakfast items include:

  • Whole grains and complex carbohydrates (fiber): oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat bread or English muffin, sweet potatoes, fruit, high fiber cereal
  • Protein: yogurt, eggs, tofu, smoked salmon
  • Healthy fats: nuts, nut butter, avocado, cheese

Benefits of Eating Breakfast

Eating breakfast has several benefits. But, in order to reap those benefits, it’s important to eat a high quality breakfast with fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

  • Helps reduce appetite and may reduce energy intake throughout the day (1, 2)
  • Helps with weight maintenance (3)
  • Increases energy, because glycogen stores are replenished after fasting while sleeping
  • May reduce depressive mood and stress (4, 5)

10 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

A busy schedule and lack of time are some of the most common barriers to eating a healthy breakfast. If that sounds like you, not to worry. You can prepare all of these recipes ahead of time! They are also packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, so they will give you energy and keep you full for hours. Just grab them and go in the morning!

1. Five-Minute Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli is the OG overnight oats recipe. This version includes chia seeds for extra fiber, and yogurt to boost the protein content.

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2. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

A healthy twist on the most delicious cake! This carrot cake baked oatmeal tastes great warm or cold, and is easily packable in Tupperware to bring to the office.

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3. Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips

This is another favorite baked oatmeal recipe! This version has fresh berries, banana, and chocolate chips. Because a little chocolate for breakfast is the best way to start the day.

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4. Almond Butter Sweet Potato Muffins with Chocolate Chips

These muffins have plenty of good-for-you ingredients, like almond butter, sweet potato, and whole grain spelt flour. They are more filling than traditional muffins, and won’t spike your blood sugar like baked goods made with refined flour.

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5. Veggie Packed Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

No worries if you are a savory breakfast person – you can easily prepare egg sandwiches ahead of time! This version by Budget Bytes is packed with veggies. Just pop it in the microwave to heat and eat.

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6. Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats

Overnight oatmeal is a super affordable and filling breakfast option with endless flavor possibilities. The Almond Eater used the classic strawberry banana combination in this version! There is fiber from the oatmeal/fruit and protein from the yogurt in this recipe.

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7. Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding

This banana cream pie chia pudding by Choosing Chia looks so dreamy! Chia seeds contain fiber, plant-based protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, making them a nutrition powerhouse.

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8. Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

These pumpkin oatmeal bars by Shuangy’s Kitchen Sink look like such a treat for breakfast! You can store them in the fridge or freezer, and eat them warmed up or room temperature.

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9. Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

This unique egg muffin recipe by Savor the Best includes quinoa! These muffin are loaded with protein, whole grains, and veggies. Store them in the fridge or freezer if you want to save them for longer.

Savor the Best Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

10. Freezer Vegan Breakfast Burrito

This breakfast burrito is completely vegan, because Emilie Eats uses tofu in place of eggs! Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein, and is a good substitute for scrambled eggs. You can defrost these burritos in the oven while you get ready for the day, or pop them in the microwave.

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6 Ways to Add More Vegetables to Your Diet (That Don’t Involve Salad)

We all know it’s important to eat more vegetables. Read on for easy and creative ways to add more vegetables to your diet!

If there is one thing health professionals all agree on, it is to eat more vegetables. Vegetables are nutritional powerhouses loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Increasing vegetable consumption works for jut about any health and nutrition goal. In fact, I tell my clients to load up half their plate with vegetables at every meal!

Why you should add more vegetables to your diet

Vegetable consumption is super important for good health.Vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber – all nutrients that support our health. The current US vegetable intake guidelines recommend 2-3 cups of vegetables per day (1). But, many healthcare experts would agree that when it comes to vegetables, more is.

Several studies show higher vegetable consumption is linked to lower risk of diseases including heart disease, hypertension, and certain cancers (2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Here are some reasons why you should add more vegetables to your diet:

  • Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Help reduce high blood pressure
  • May reduce the risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer
  • Helps with weight management and weight loss, when vegetables replace other refined carbohydrates in the diet (7)
  • Improve GI health, thanks to fiber. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to stool, and soluble fiber can help lower cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also a prebiotic, so it feeds the good bacteria in our microbiome.

With all those benefits, you really can’t go wrong with loading your plate up with more vegetables! Salads are wonderful, but I understand the desire to consume vegetables in other ways. Here are six easy and delicious ways to add more vegetables to your diet – no salads involved.

1. Add vegetables to an omelet or frittata

Eggs + veggies = a match made in heaven. This makes for a super filling meal, thanks to the protein from the eggs and fiber from the veggies. I love adding spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes to my eggs! Check out the recipe for this Vegetable Frittata with Sweet Potato Crust for some inspiration.

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2. Spiralize vegetables into noodles

You can turn pretty much any vegetable into vegetable noodles (or zoodles) using a spiralizer. Next pasta night, try replacing half your spaghetti with zucchini noodles.

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3. Make a green smoothie

Add a few handfuls of spinach to your morning smoothie – I promise you won’t taste it! You can also add frozen cauliflower to smoothies without a noticeable taste change, because it has such a mild flavor. Check out this delicious green smoothie recipe from Pinch of Yum.

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4. Make stuffed bell peppers

Cooking stuffed bell peppers is an easy way to increase vegetable consumption. One bell pepper equals about one serving! To really maximize your intake, add more vegetables to the filling, such as spinach, onions, or mushrooms.

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5. Use riced cauliflower in your meals

Just like zucchini can transform into zoodles, cauliflower is a good substitute for grains when it is “riced”. Try replacing half your grains with riced cauliflower if you want an extra boost of veggies on your plate. This cauliflower fried rice recipe is one of my favorites!

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6. Top pizza with vegetables

Because what’s a life without pizza? Opt for veggie toppings next time you order pizza. Some of my favorites are spinach, broccoli, and onions. Or, try this amazing looking roasted mushroom and kale pizza from Half Baked Harvest!

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Detox Nutrition Myths, Busted

What’s the deal with detoxing? Does it really work? Read on to separate detox nutrition myths from the facts!

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We’ve all seen and heard about detox diets, teas, and nutrition trends. Celebrities endorse detox products all the time, and it can be tempting to buy into the miracle results they seem to produce. But, just like all things nutrition, the facts are a bit more complicated than what meets the eye.

Today, I’m breaking down three detox nutrition myths that are popular today. Read on to get the facts about juice cleanses, detox teas, and water fasting for detox!

Myth #1: I can do a juice cleanse to detox my body after eating like crap.

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Juice cleanses are one of the most popular experiences related to detox culture. A juice cleanse is a type of detox diet where someone consumes only fruit and vegetable juices without eating solid foods, for a temporary period of days to weeks. Some of the main reasons people go on a juice cleanse are to lose weight, eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation, and detoxify the body.

But how does detoxifying the body actually work? Do we need to eliminate solid foods to do so? The resounding answer is no. Our bodies are extremely efficient at detoxifying themselves. The liver and kidneys are extraordinary organs that remove toxins from our bodies.

How the liver and kidneys detoxify the body

  • First, the liver prevents toxins from entering the bloodstream. Detoxifying alcohol, waste products, drugs, and other toxins is actually one of the major functions of the liver (1).
  • The kidneys are constantly filtering our blood. They eliminate toxins when we urinate. The kidneys eliminate drugs and waste products formed in the body (2).

Juice cleanse drinks may contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals, but they unfortunately do not boost they body’s ability to naturally detoxify itself. Furthermore, juice cleanses often lack other important nutrients including fiber, protein, calcium, and healthy fats. In order to keep our bodies functioning optimally, we need to have a balanced diet from all food groups!

Supporting liver and kidney health

The good news is, we can do a lot to protect our liver and kidneys, so they can continue to do their job detoxifying our bodies. We want to keep our blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels in check, because these health issues may contribute to poor liver or kidney function (3). Here are some foods to include in your diet to support your liver and kidneys:

  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Fatty fish like salmon
  • Nuts
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Myth #2: Detox teas can help me lose weight and get rid of toxins and bloat.

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Detox teas are a little newer to the scene than juice cleanses, and have several celebrity endorsers. Detox teas are herbal teas that claim to detoxify the body. Many are used in the hopes of producing weight loss, laxative effects, or liver cleansing. They commonly contain ingredients like ginger, dandelion root, milk thistle, and turmeric.

Detox teas differ from juice cleanses because they are used in addition to solid food. You don’t abstain from eating, you just drink several servings of detox tea throughout the day for the effects.

Detox teas may lead to weight loss, but it’s not because your body is detoxifying itself and eliminating toxins causing you to retain weight. Many of these teas contain laxative ingredients like senna and cascara. So, you’re probably not properly absorbing the food you are eating and going to the bathroom a lot more than usual.

Health benefits of tea

Detox teas are not a miracle product that will produce weight loss, better health, and whole body detox. But, I encourage you to include tea in your diet for several health benefits!

  • Tea (and coffee) support liver and kidney health, because they are both high in antioxidants. Keep your liver and kidneys in tip top shape to ensure your body is detoxifying efficiently.
  • The antioxidants in tea are also linked reduced incidence of heart attack, as well as lowering bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and raising good HDL cholesterol (4).
  • Several herbal teas contain anti-inflammatory properties, especially if they contain ingredients like ginger, turmeric, hibiscus, and rooibos.

Myth #3: Water fasting can completely clean out and detox my system.

Water fasting has been around for centuries, but is a relatively new trend in the wellness world. During water fasting, you abstain from eating or drinking anything but water for a period of time. Water fasts usually last five to 40 days. There are water fasting centers you can go to complete a water fast under medical supervision.

Some limited research has shown water fasting can promote weight loss and reduced blood pressure (5). It also may reduce oxidative stress. It may stimulate autophagy, a process by which the body breaks down and recycles old cells. But, prolonged water fasting is an extreme and unnecessary measure that can be dangerous.

Negative effects of water fasting

Water fasting may negatively impact the kidneys (6). Water fasting can cause fainting from a sudden drop in blood pressure. You are also at risk of lean muscle loss, which is the metabolically active tissue in our bodies. It also may cause heartburn, because your stomach continues to produce acid even in the absence of food (7). Prolonged fasting also negatively impacts our metabolism, because our body becomes extremely efficient at holding on to calories.

In lieu of water fasting, make healthy changes to your diet! Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to fuel your cells. Avoid excess processed foods, added sugars, and alcohol, which all provide few nutrients for our bodies to use.

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A Registered Dietitian’s Healthy Pantry Staples

Want to stock your kitchen like a dietitian? Here are my pantry staples I always have to make healthy eating easier and more convenient.

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Cooking more meals at home is a great way to eat healthier and save money. However, if you’re new to cooking, this can be overwhelming! In order to cook healthy food, you need to have healthy ingredients in your kitchen. This is why it is so important to keep your pantry stocked with some nutritious essentials.

I love to cook at home, and I make sure to always have these essential ingredients in my kitchen. I make a note on my grocery list whenever I am running low to restock. It is so much easier to create simple, healthy meals in a pinch when you have nutritious ingredients on hand!

A Dietitian’s Healthy Pantry Staples

Healthy cooking oils

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I use a few different oils in my cooking, depending on certain factors. Avocado oil is wonderful for high heat cooking, and extra virgin olive oil tastes amazing in salad dressings! These cooking oils offer heart healthy unsaturated fats, and are less processed than other vegetable oils. Store them in a cool, dark place to prevent oxidation.

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Oil sprays: avocado oil, coconut oil, and olive oil (I love Chosen Foods)
  • Toasted sesame oil

Whole grains

Whole grain products are always in my pantry. I keep a variety on hand, including brown rice, quinoa, bulgur, and oats. I love making vegetarian stuffed eggplant or peppers, grain salads, or just simple veggie and brown rice stir fries for dinner. Here are the whole grains I currently have in my pantry:

  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Bulgur
  • Oatmeal
  • Farro

Frozen fruit and vegetables

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These are technically stored in the freezer, but I consider them pantry staples because they last a long time. Frozen produce is just as nutritious, or more so, than fresh produce, because it is frozen at peak ripeness. Using frozen fruit or vegetables in your recipes is a great way to save money, because it is quite inexpensive. I love to heat up frozen fruit to make chia jam and add frozen peas to pasta dishes. I usually have all of the following frozen items in my freezer:

  • Berries
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Mixed vegetables

Nuts, seeds, and nut butters

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I always have multiple types of nuts, seeds, and nut butters in my pantry. I add nuts and seeds to oatmeal and homemade granola, and grab a handful for a snack all the time. Also, I consider peanut butter it’s own food group, so a jar (or two) is an essential in my kitchen! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Peanut butter
  • Cashew butter
  • Almond butter

Canned goods

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My pantry always has a handful of canned goods stocked away. Canned ingredients, like beans and tuna, easily add an inexpensive boost of protein to any meal. I also like to have canned tomatoes or sauce on hand to make an easy pasta sauce or add to soups. Consider purchasing a few cans of these items next time you hit the grocery store:

  • Beans
  • Tuna or salmon
  • Tomato sauce or paste
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Artichoke hearts

Spices and dried herbs

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Start collecting your favorite spices and dried herbs to add flavor to your meals. You don’t need a million different spices, but I love to have a variety on hand. If you love Mexican food, grab some cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and paprika. For Italian flavors, try oregano, parsley, thyme, and crushed red pepper. I also love Primal Palate‘s organic spice blends. Their adobo is my absolute favorite!

Vinegars

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I love making homemade salad dressings and sauces to add flavor and variety to my meals. I keep several types of vinegar on hand to add to these! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Rice vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar

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Top 10 Healthy Travel Snacks

We all want to stay healthy when on the road. Here are 10 RD-approved healthy travel snacks to pack with you on your next trip!

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Traveling to new places is one of the greatest things in life, don’t you agree? I love going somewhere I’ve never been, and I am so grateful that I am able travel.

While most of my travel is for fun, lots of people travel for work on a regular basis. My dad has always traveled a ton for business, and now a bunch of my friends are frequently on the go.

As an RD, one of the most common questions my friends ask me is how to be healthier when traveling for work. They love living a healthy, active lifestyle at home, but find this lifestyle doesn’t transition well to life on the road.

Eating Healthy on the Road

My tips for eating healthy while traveling don’t differ much from healthy living at home. Choose meals that are mostly vegetables and lean protein. Go for whole grain carbohydrates rather than processed ones. Avoid excess added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. But one of my favorite ways to ensure you stick to your wellness goals on the road begins before you leave your home. Be prepared with healthy travel snacks!

Packing healthy travel snacks is a key piece of the healthy traveling puzzle. For one, having a healthy snack in your bag eliminates the need to buy snacks on the road. These options are often limited in selection and low in nutrients. Well-planned travel snacks actually fill you up, because they are full of all the good stuff that makes us feel satiated. Plus, you’ll save money by avoiding those $7 bags of trail mix at the airport snack stand.

10 Healthy Travel Snacks

Healthy travel snacks should have some combination of fiber, protein, and healthy fats to keep us full. We want to avoid excess added sugar, sodium, and saturated fat, as well as highly processed foods. Stock up on some of these delicious snacks to prepare for you next trip! I love these options because they easy to transport, don’t require refrigeration, and are full of good-for-you ingredients.

1. Fresh whole fruit

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Choose firm, whole fruit that does not bruise easily. I love bananas, apples, oranges, and clementines. Fruit is great on its own or paired with nut butter for a more filling snack.

2. PB+J sandwich on whole grain bread

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Mom knew best – a PB+J sandwich is an awesome healthy travel option! You’ll get some filling fiber from whole grain bread plus healthy fats and protein from the peanut butter. Choose lower sugar jam, or make your own chia jam!

3. Nuts

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Nuts are easy to carry, and a handful helps tide you over until you can eat your next meal. Look for unsalted or lightly salted nuts or trail mix to avoid excess sodium intake. We all know the swelling is real when we are in the air!

4. Popcorn or popcorn trail mix

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This is one of my favorite snacks for home or travel! Popcorn is a whole grain, crunchy, satisfying, voluminous snack. Popcorn has fiber and air, both of which keep us full. Air-popped popcorn or a lightly seasoned version is best. I also love to add nuts and seeds for healthy fats and protein when preparing my popcorn.

5. Nut butter packets

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Nut butter packets are one of my favorite food innovations. I always bring a few with me on a trip to eat with fresh fruit, spread on some whole grain crackers, or added to hotel oatmeal for breakfast.

6. Whole grain or high fiber crackers

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Whole grain crackers are another crunchy snack to keep on hand when you are traveling. Make it a filling snack by pairing a few with a nut butter packet or hummus. If you have trouble staying regular while traveling, I love these high fiber crackers! Each cracker has 4 grams of fiber.

7. High fiber cereal

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While we’re on the topic of staying regular, high fiber cereal is another healthy travel snack idea if this is of concern for you. Munch on it dry, or add it to yogurt you purchase on the road or in the airport.

8. Oatmeal packets or cups

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Another portable snack, plain oatmeal has both soluble and insoluble fiber, thiamin, iron, and zinc. Just add hot water to a packet or cup prepare! To make it a meal, add a handful of nuts and sliced banana.

9. Chickpea snacks

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If you love potato chips, chickpea snacks are a satisfying, healthier alternative. Each serving of chickpea snacks has about 6 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. They are salty, crunchy, and super delicious!

10. Bars

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Bars are always an easy travel snack option! Just make sure to choose bars with minimal added sugar and a decent amount of protein. When reading the ingredient list, look for whole ingredients you recognize, like nuts, seeds, or dried fruit. I look for bars with no limited to zero added sugar, 2-3 grams of fiber, and 4-5 grams of protein per serving. Some of my favorites are RX Bar, Larabar, and KIND bars.

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Weight Loss Nutrition Myths, Busted

In this edition of ‘Nutrition Myths Busted’, we are talking weight loss. From carbs to calories to skipping meals, get the most up to date research here!

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Since starting my nutrition private practice this year, almost every single one of my clients has wanted to lose weight. With that goal comes a flood of questions. Should they try Whole30? What about keto? How about meal replacement shakes?

After I say my part about weight loss, balanced meal planning, and macronutrient needs, my clients are sometimes a little underwhelmed. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix, magic pill, or specific diet that guarantees weight loss fast.

The good news is, weight loss is possible and attainable. Just like most changes in life, weight loss is built on the culmination of healthy habits. Make small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle, and you will see results! It takes a little patience because healthy weight loss is slow and steady, but you absolutely can be successful at weight loss.

Today, I’m breaking down three weight loss nutrition myths I hear and read over and over. I’m covering carbohydrates, calories, and skipping meals and how they all relate to weight loss. Read on for the science-backed details!

Weight Loss Myth 1: Carbs make you fat.

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Back in the 1990s, the low-fat craze took over in America. But now, things have shifted, and low-carb diets are all the rage. From paleo to keto, many of today’s hottest diets promote low carbohydrate intake.

For reference, the Dietary Guidelines recommend 45-65% of our diets come from carbohydrates, or about 225-325 grams of carbs per day. The ketogenic diet (which was developed for people with epilepsy) recommends just 50 grams per day.

The research shows that in the short term, low carb diets might be slightly more effective for weight loss than other diets (1). When I say slightly, I mean the difference of 2-3 pounds over 12 months. A difference this small is negligible for those with a significant amount of weight to lose. Furthermore, research shows that adherence to very low carb ketogenic diets is nearly nonexistent after 6 months.

What all this tell us is that low carb diets may jumpstart weight loss in the short term, but after a year of dieting, the difference is inconsequential. Also, low carb diets, especially the ketogenic diet, are not sustainable long term. When considering a diet, ask yourself if you think you’ll be eating this way when you’re 85. If the answer is no, it’s probably not a sustainable pattern of eating that will produce long term results.

Furthermore, when you eliminate carbs, you are eliminating super important vitamins, minerals, and fiber! A high fiber diet is actually extremely conducive to weight loss, because it fills you up on fewer calories. The takeaway here is to choose whole grain, complex, fiber-rich carbs to promote weight loss while still meeting your micronutrient needs. Check out this post for to learn more about fiber-rich foods!

Weight Loss Myth 2: I can eat whatever I want and lose weight, as long as I stay under my calorie goal.

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I think a lot of us have experience with counting calories. When we have a specific number in mind about how much we should eat every day, this can quickly become the most important driving factor of our food choices. We choose 100-calorie packs over satiating nuts for a snack because they are lower in calories. But, there is so much more to a calorie than the number, and the quality of your calories matters.

Not all calories are created equal

The calories in our food have different effects on metabolism when the food is actually digested and absorbed (2). For instance, an apple and a slice of white bread have roughly the same number of calories. But, the apple has 4 grams of fiber, whereas the white bread has none. The fiber in the apple will slow the digestive process, keeping us full for longer, and avoiding a quick spike in blood sugar. The white bread breaks down quickly, so the sugars rapidly absorb into our blood.

When we choose meals and snacks that have a balance fiber, lean protein, and healthy fats, our bodies digest them more slowly, we have a more stable blood sugar curve, and we feel fuller for longer. The benefits of fiber in particular are extra notable, because we don’t even digest it! It passes through our digestive tract, feeds the good bacteria in our guts, or gets exits our bodies. When we feel full, we eat less overall, which ultimately leads to weight loss.

Of course, consuming an excess of ANY macronutrient will be stored as fat. But, we can prevent eating in excess in the first place by choosing balanced meals, never restricting ourselves too much, and practicing mindfulness while eating.

The best foods for sustainable weight loss are not low calorie foods, but whole, unprocessed foods from all food groups because they metabolize more efficiently, keep us full, and help prevent overeating in the first place.

Weight Loss Myth 3: Skipping meals will help me lose weight.

Skipping meals may work for short term weight loss, but it is absolutely not sustainable or healthy for the long term. In fact, it might actually disrupt your metabolism. Metabolism is all the chemical processes that happen inside our bodies that keep us alive. It encompasses burning calories and fat for energy, and using energy to rebuild tissues.

One study found that there was no difference in body weight after 1 year between breakfast eaters and breakfast skippers (3). Also, the breakfast eaters had higher intakes of important nutrients, like thiamin, niacin, and folate.

Another study looked at breakfast skipping, dinner skipping, and eating a conventional 3 meals per day (4). After the breakfast skipping trial, post-meal insulin levels and fat oxidation increased. This may signify changes in metabolism that could lead to increases in inflammation and difficulty managing glucose levels in the long term. This increases risk of Type 2 Diabetes and weight gain.

Skipping meals and it’s effect on metabolism

We can rev up our metabolism to a degree every time we eat. Protein and fiber-rich foods have high thermic effects, because they take longer to digest and absorb than refined carbs and fat (5). This means it takes more calories to digest protein and fiber than other foods. Skipping meals has the opposite effect on metabolism. Our bodies are very smart, and will go into “starvation mode” when they are severely calorie restricted. We become accustomed to burning less calories to perform necessary functions and hold on tight the the calories we DO get (6).

While skipping meals may induce weight loss via a calorie deficit early on, it is not sustainable and may damage our metabolism, which makes it even harder to lose weight in the long term.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this weight loss nutrition myths post! To summarize, there is no quick fix for weight loss if you want it to last long term. Small changes that work within your lifestyle will lead to weight loss success, along with a well-balanced diet that includes fiber-rich carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fat. Check out my last ‘Nutrition Myths, Busted’ post here!

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