Vegan air fryer cookbook and food pun tee giveaway contest

Vegan air fryer cookbook and food pun tee giveaway contest

One of my favorite things to do is network and collaborate with other dietitians. While we all obtain a similar degree in nutrition and love to ‘mince words’ about food and recipes, we each bring something unique to the table, so to speak. It’s always fun when someone gets your humor and wants to participate in food-related giveaways.

This week I’m collaborating with Dana Angelo White, a talented sports dietitian and cookbook writer from Fairfield Connecticut. Dana has written 7 (yes SEVEN) different cookbooks and her latest is the Health Vegan Air Fryer Cookbook https://danawhitenutrition.com/product/healthy-vegan-air-fryer-cookbook/

If you don’t have an air fryer, perhaps this will inspire you to get one?

Go to Instagram and follow me @nutrigirl66 and Dana at Dana_Angelo_White Like the post and tag a friend. US residents only. Tee available in small through XL. Contest ends Thursday, September 24. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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Spanish RightRice and Black beans

Spanish RightRice and Black beans

Do you love rice, but fear it isn’t ‘nutritious’ or has too many carbs? Perhaps you should try RightRice? I received a professional sample box with 4 of the 6 different varieties of RightRice flavors and decided to give them a whirl.

What is RightRice?

The rice is made from vegetables including lentil and chick pea flour, rice flour as well as vegetable powders from bell pepper, tomato, onion, garlic and chili peppers. It also has a few spices and other flavors added in.

RightRice flavors include original, Spanish, cilantro lime, garlic herb, Thai curry and lemon pepper. It is ridiculously easy to cook, too. You boil water, add the RightRice and remove from heat. Cover the rice and let it stand for 12 minutes. Then fluff with a fork, let it sit a few minutes, then serve.

Nutritional Profile

In addition to being lower in carbohydrates than regular rice (30 grams per serving versus 40 grams), the rice is much higher in protein and fiber.

White rice has 1 grams of fiber per serving, while brown rice has 2 grams. RightRice provides 5 grams of dietary fiber. The rice is also much higher in protein- a whopping 10 grams per serving over 2 grams in traditional rice.

If you know anything about blood sugar maintenance and appetite control, fiber and protein are key to managing both. Soluble fiber from lentils and chick peas is also beneficial for lowering cholesterol.

How to use RightRice

RightRice had a mildly spicy flavor and paired well with seasoned black beans, sauteed peppers and cilantro. If you’re looking for a more nutritious grain for your next meal, RightRice is nutrigirlapproved!

Spanish RightRice and Black Beans


One (7 oz.) pouch Spanish RightRice

1 Tbsp. canola or corn oil

1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, diced

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

1 tsp. minced garlic

chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. Cook RightRice according to directions and set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, heat the oil, then add chopped peppers and sautee for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside.
  3. In same pot, add black beans, cumin, seasoned salt and garlic and simmer on medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Serve 1/2 cup RightRice with 1 or 2 Tbsp. sauteed peppers and 1/2 cup seasoned black beans.
  5. Add chopped cilantro and serve.

Makes 4 servings. 

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For more information, check out http://rightrice.com 



Food Pun Tee Shirt & Swag Sale- save 20% in honor of FNCE!

Food Pun Tee Shirt & Swag Sale- save 20% in honor of FNCE!

I was all set to attend FNCE, the annual Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Food, Nutrition Conference & Expo since it was being held in Indianapolis this year. I was so eggcited to be part of the RD Market Place to sell my food pun swag.

Who could have predicted a global pandemic would pivot the whole thing to a virtual meeting? Sigh…

But since I won’t be there in person (or virtual this year), I still want my colleagues to be sporting my food pun tees or tanks. When you’re in a virtual meeting, it’s the tops that count!

Now til the end of September, use coupon code FNCE 2020 and take 20% off all food pun swag including tees, tanks, mugs and new food pun masks!

Here’s the catch- you don’t have to be a dietitian to wear them. If you enjoy food and puns, I’ve got you covered. We all eat, right?

Let food speak for you! Be kaleful. Avo nice day! Peas romaine seeded and more. How can you resist? Can’t.

A tastier way to manage your blood sugar

A tastier way to manage your blood sugar

Earlier this month, I received a sample box of Splenda Diabetes Care shakes in exchange for my honest review. Like similar nutrition shakes, they come in 3 flavors, including milk chocolate, French vanilla and strawberry banana.

The shakes come in a convenient, easy to open, 8 oz. bottle with the claims “No added sugar” and “Helps manage blood sugar”. According to the nutrition facts labs, there is no added sugar and the product is sweetened with sucralose (AKA Splenda). The shakes are gluten and soy-free and 170 calories per 8 oz. bottle.

The combination of a reduced carbohydrate, higher fat, higher protein shake has been found to help those with diabetes manage blood sugar and prevent blood sugar spikes when compared to other nutritional shakes, according to a few published studies.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of the vanilla shake. It was smooth and creamy and didn’t have that “vitaminy” taste that oral supplements often do. These milk-based shakes each contain 170 calories with 16 grams or protein (twice the amount in a glass of milk) as well as 6 grams of dietary fiber.

The shakes are a good source of calcium and vitamin D, providing 30% and 50% of the Daily Value, respectively. They are also fortified with vitamin C, B12 and magnesium and contain primarily heart-healthy, mono-unsaturated fat (6 grams per bottle). Each shake contains 15 grams of carbohydrate, roughly the amount you’d get in a 50-calorie slice of whole wheat bread.

Beyond the nutritional value, I was really impressed with the taste. As I mentioned above, it was not saccharine sweet, nor did it have the heavily fortified vitamin taste. It was smooth and not chalky.

I’d caution that the shake did make my belly a bit grumbly and gassy, which I attribute to the FOS (fructooligosaccharides (FOS). FOS provides some of the sweetness of the shakes. The shakes are suitable for those with lactose intolerance due to the microfiltered milk protein utilized. I’d try them before writing them off completely.

My husband tried the strawberry-banana and noted it tasted good, but the color was a little too “Peptobismol pink”. My daughters both loved the chocolate shakes, which was no surprise to me!

I felt comfortably full after drinking the shake, which is what you’re looking for with a quick meal replacement or between meal snack. I wasn’t ‘stuffed’, but wasn’t hungry for anything else for a few hours.

Overall, I’d suggest these shakes to clients for their convenience, taste and nutritional profile. You don’t have to have diabetes to use them either. These would be welcome in a weight loss plan given their high protein, low sugar profile.

Learn more and find them at http://Splenda.com/Diabetes-shakes 

#samples #product review #Splenda @SPLENDA #diabetescare

New health benefits of coffee discovered

New health benefits of coffee discovered

Need one more reason to enjoy a cup of joe every day? Sip on this! Researchers from the University of Nottingham have found that “brown fat”, our body’s fat-fighting defense may be stimulated by drinking a cup of coffee. Brown fat may be key to fighting obesity and diabetes. 1

The study published in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the newest to be done on humans to find ways that could have a direct impact on how brown fat functions, a vital part of our bodies that plays an important role in how fast we burn calories into energy. 1

Brown fat, technically brown adipose tissue (BAT), is one of the two types of fat found in humans and other mammals. It was first only associated with babies and hibernating mammals, but was discovered in recent years that adults possess brown fat, too. The main function of brown fat is to create body heat by burning calories compared to white fat, which stores excess calories. Those with a lower BMI (body mass index) tend to have higher amounts of brown fat. 1

According to Professor Michael Symonds from the University of Nottingham who co-directed the research, brown fat interacts differently than other fat in our bodies and makes heat by burning fat and sugar, often as a response to cold. Blood sugar control and improved lipid levels are observed through its activity. Additional calories burned aid with weight reduction. Until now, no one has discovered an acceptable method to stimulate BAT activity in humans. 1

Symond’s study is the first in humans to find that a simple cup of coffee can have a direct impact on how brown fat functions. As obesity is a major health concern in society and diabetes is a growing epidemic, brown fat could be a potential ally in fighting both. 1

The study initiated in a series of stem cells to evaluate if caffeine would stimulate brown fat. Once the correct dose was found, they continued on to human subjects to see if the results were the same. 1

A thermal imaging technique was used by the team to follow the body’s reserves of brown fat. The technique is non-invasive and helps the team find brown fat and evaluate its ability to produce heat. 1

Based on previous research, Symonds notes that brown fat is primarily located in the neck region, so they were able to image a person right after drinking coffee to check if brown fat got hotter. Given the positive results, the team now needs to evaluate if caffeine or another active ingredient in coffee is impacting the activation of brown fat. Caffeine supplements are being tested to see if the effect is the same. 1

Once they have pinpointed the responsible component, it could likely be utilized as part of a weight management or blood sugar control program to help reduce the risk of diabetes. 1

Some takeaway messages for dietitians: coffee is not a magic bullet. While the study is promising, calorie control and regular exercise still remain the gold standards for weight management and diabetes prevention. While black coffee is calorie-free, coffee with cream, sugar or other add-ins (syrup, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, liquor), may contain quite a few calories and could pack on pounds. Coffee with skim milk or plant-based milks will provide calcium in addition to caffeine. Remember that caffeine is a drug and it affects people differently. When abused, it may increase anxiety, heart rate, nervousness and risk for insomnia. According to the FDA, four to five cups of coffee per day (roughly 400 mg caffeine per day) is deemed safe for most. 2

If you’re looking for that adorable mug, you can pick one up here: https://soundbitesnutrition.com/product/deja-brew-11-oz-mug/


  1. Ksenija Velickovic, Declan Wayne, Hilda Anaid Lugo Leija, Ian Bloor, David E. Morris, James Law, Helen Budge, Harold Sacks, Michael E. Symonds, Virginie Sottile. Caffeine exposure induces browning features in adipose tissue in vitro and in vivoScientific Reports, 2019; 9 (1) DOI: 1038/s41598-019-45540-1
  2. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/spilling-beans-how-much-caffeine-too-much

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