25% off food pun sale with GENKINUTRITION

25% off food pun sale with GENKINUTRITION

Can you use some humor right now? I sure can. This month, I’m partnering with Jonathan Valdez, a fellow fun RD in NY. Jonathan runs Genkinutrition, a food and nutrition communication agency. Jonathan’s got a flare for style and fun personality, so I thought I’d reach out to collaborate on a food pun giveaway.

This giveaway is unique- 3 winners will pick their own tee, tank, tote, mug or onesie! I’m also running a 25% off sale- use GENKINUTRITION at check out for 25% off until Jan.31.

Now until Jan 19, enter our Instagram contest! Details here:Jonathan Valdez (@genkinutrition) • Instagram photos and videos

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NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY TIME! I’m partnering with @nutrigirl66 (Sound Bites Nutrition) to bring you a very special treat. We’re giving THREE winners ONE FREE swag item from Sound Bites Nutrition Store filled with food puns on mugs, totes, unisex shirts, onesies, and tank tops (unfortunately, long-sleeve isn’t part of the giveaway). The store can be found #linkbio.
Here’s How To Enter:⁠
1. LIKE this photo⁠
2. FOLLOW @genkinutrition and @nutrigirl66
3. TAG a friend in the comments! One Tag in the comments is an additional entry. THERE IS NO LIMIT ON ENTRIES
4. Share this photo in your story and tag both of us for an additional 3 entries.
And guess what? I have a special discount so EVERYONE is a winner! Use code “GENKINUTRITION” at checkout for 25% off your next Sound Bites Nutrition swag order through the end of the month. Sound Bites Nutrition also has a “Lettuce Beet Hunger” giving program. Each purchase contributes to food insecurity by providing counseling, programs, and nutrition education. Purchase with a good purpose! Part of proceeds to go to @lasoupecincinnati and St. Francis Seraph Ministries.
RULES:⁠ ⁠Valid for U.S. residents only (this includes Hawai’i and Alaska). This contest is not sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Winners will be randomly selected. There are 3 prize packs to be given away. Contest only open to residents of the Continental U.S. who do not have a PO Box, APO, or FPO address. The giveaway closes on Monday at 11:59 PM EST, 1/18/21. Once announced, the winners have 24 hours to claim their prize. If they do not, a new winner will be chosen.

Chloe’s fruit pops product review

Chloe’s fruit pops product review

It can be difficult for people with food sensitivities or allergies to find tasty alternatives. While it may be cold outside, ice cream and ice cream pops remain popular desserts. But, most contain dairy, which may be off limits to those with lactose intolerance or dairy allergy.

In addition, some people may be trialing Veganuary (AKA vegan January). There’s plenty of meatless alternatives out there, but most desserts include milk, butter and eggs. Enter Chloe’s!

As a dietitian, I was happy to try samples of a new dairy free frozen dessert. While the company is called Chloe’s fruit pops, they also offer a non-dairy alternative made from oats. Being the curious culinary professional, I tried both the fruit pops and oat milk pops.

The fruit pops are made from just that- fruit, cane sugar and water. I love that they don’t include artificial colors, sugar alcohols (which can aggravate those with IBS) or any artificial flavors. To quote Willy Wonka, “the strawberry tastes like strawberry!”.

The fruit pops come in 9 delicious varieties including raspberry, blueberry, mango, banana, pomegranate, tangerine, cold pressed coffee, dark chocolate and strawberry. I’m a huge fan of mango and cold pressed coffee.

They also make dairy-free oat milk pops. The three fabulous flavors include salted caramel, raspberry chip and mint chocolate chip. All varieties are dairy free and low in fat.

My favorite was the mint chocolate mint oat milk pop. It wasn’t overly sweet, but had a smooth texture and refreshing spearmint taste with mini chocolate chips. They contain just 120 calories and a few grams of fat, which is awesome for anyone watching their waistlines this new year.

They also make a more decadent variety of dipped pops including banana, coconut, dark chocolate and strawberry. These will run you about 180 calories each, which is still within reason for dessert.

Check out their selection and locations to buy. You can find a coupon on their web site or drop me an email and I’ll send you one! Chloe’s Pops | Frozen Fruit Pops and Bars (chloesfruit.com)

Email here: lisa@soundbitesnutrition.com 

#ambassador #product review #freecoupons

Health benefits of family meals

Health benefits of family meals

If you’re tired of your family “bubble”, I get it. While I love my husband and 2 teenage daughters, being in the same 4 walls for several months can get under your skin. I miss my friends, in-laws and extended family. Working from home can also be tricky.

Personally, I’m used to working from home. Prior to the pandemic, I was home at least 2 or 3 days a week writing. I enjoyed the quiet and was quite productive. It’s certainly different now that my husband is also working from home and my girls have remote school.

Our meals haven’t changed too drastically from before, though I have to sometimes remind my daughters to come out of their rooms to take a snack break. They often grab food between classes and run back upstairs in time for class.

If your family meals have been a bit out of whack, read my article below published in Today’s Dietitian. It may encourage you to keep cooking and meeting around the table with your “bubble”. Stay healthy friends!

Family Meals for Better Health – Today’s Dietitian Magazine

Easy, delicious turkey chili

Easy, delicious turkey chili

Now that the cooler temps are here to stay, it’s ‘thyme’ to cook your favorite comfort food. One of mine is chili. I’ll admit when I was a kid, I despised beans in my chili. Maybe it was the texture, but I did whatever I could to pick them out.

Fast forward several years, I eat beans at least 3 times per week. They’re cheap, versatile and about the healthiest thing you can add to your diet.

Research shows that beans and lentils are satiating- meaning, they keep you feeling fuller, longer between meals. They’re a good source of protein as well as fiber. Chili without beans is just not done here!

I started using ground turkey in my chili a few years ago to reduce my red meat consumption. I use ground turkey that’s 93% lean because it’s half the fat of 85% lean and still has a juicy texture. If you use ground turkey breast (99% lean), be sure to add plenty of liquid (sauce) in your recipe or your chili will be very dry.

While I still enjoy a good burger or steak now and then, increased red meat intake is linked with plenty of chronic diseases (diabetes, heart disease and colon cancer) to name a few. I don’t miss it at all in my chili or tacos.

The beauty of this recipe is how quickly it’s made as well as the freezer factor. Chili can be made in small or large batches and freezes really well. You can keep chili in the freezer for 3 to 6 months and thaw and microwave when ready to use. Below is my delicious recipe!


1 pound ground turkey (93/7)

1/2 white or yellow onion, diced

1 tsp. chili powder

1 1/2  tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. salt

1 clove garlic, minced

1 (10 oz) can of diced tomatoes with green chilis (or 1 cup salsa)

2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce

2 cans kidney or pinto beans, drained and rinsed.

Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. In a large soup pot or pan, brown the ground turkey and drain the fat.
  2. Add the onions, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and garlic and cook with the turkey for 5 minutes until the onions are soft and the meat is coated with spices.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, sauce and kidney beans.
  4. Simmer the chili on low for 20 minutes until beans are soft.
  5. Adjust spices to taste.
  6. Serve with shredded cheese and chopped cilantro (optional).

Makes 8 servings.

Rolled oats with Arctic apples, flaxseed, walnuts and cinnamon

Rolled oats with Arctic apples, flaxseed, walnuts and cinnamon

If you’re still eating the pre-packaged oatmeal with 3 tsp. of added sugar, it’s time to up your oatmeal game. While that’s a quick, convenient breakfast, it’s less expensive and more delicious to make your own.

I received a few sample packages of Arctic® Apples | Distinctly Nonbrowning Apples this week, which are a genetically engineered apple. They were Golden Delicious and Granny Smith varieties in individual pouches. This makes it easy to grab and go for snacks.

Before you get upset about GMOs, know the facts. GMOS are genetically modified organisms. Scientists modify plants by transferring a beneficial trait from one plant to another plant. One example would be insect resistance. The products undergo several years of testing for health and safety, including allergy testing. Read more about them here: GMO Answers | GMO Facts – Everything to Know About GMOs

To date, there are 10 GMO crops including alfalfa sprouts, soybeans, corn, sugar beets, canola, summer squash, potato, papaya, cotton and a few varieties of apples. If a food contains a GMO crop, it will be labeled bioengineered food. Any food that is 100% organic will not contain any ingredients that are GMO. GMOs are used globally to help reduce crop waste, hunger and prevent malnutrition.

In the case of Arctic apples, which are labeled bioengineered, the producers “knock out” the enzyme polyphenol oxidase, an enzyme that makes the apple turn brown when it’s exposed to air. This engineering makes the apple more shelf stable once cut and helps to reduce food waste. Consumers tend to be more likely to toss out apples or other fruit (such as avocado) once they start to brown.

What I liked about these apples was both the taste and texture. Like regular Granny Smith apples- Arctic apples were tart and somewhat firm. They chopped up easily and added some great color to my otherwise beige breakfast.

The recipe below is better known as “loaded oatmeal” in my house. I like to throw everything but the kitchen sink into my cereal to boost the taste, texture and nutritional value. You can use chia seeds if you don’t have ground flaxseeds and any chopped nut will do.


1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground flaxseed

1/2 Granny Smith Arctic apple

1 tsp. chopped walnuts


  1. Place rolled oats in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Add cinnamon, flaxseed, apples and chopped walnuts.
  3. Add 1 cup water and mix ingredients together.
  4. Cover the bowl with a glass or other microwave safe lid and microwave for 2 mintues.
  5. Mix and serve.

Makes 1 large serving.


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