Nutrition

Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

I love snacking!! Well, who doesn’t? Without fail I need a cup of chai at 4pm and some snacks to go with it especially something crunchy and spicy. I usually would end up eating about 8-10 kettle potato chips but of late I have been sticking to Snapea Crisp thinking it is slightly better than potato chips. However, I am not completely convinced they are healthy and so I decided to google recipes for Kale chips. Kale is nutrient dense and a very versatile food. Simply steam them, add it to your stir-fry or make a kale pesto the options are endless ūüôā There are plenty of health benefits one can get by including kale in one’s¬†diet which you can find out¬†here¬†. For now, here is my recipe for kale chips Ingredients: 1 bunch of Kale 2 tsp olive oil (as needed) 1 tsp of Tajin seasoning Method: 1. Wash kale and pat them dry completely. There should be no water on kale leaves. Next, remove the hard and fibrous stem. Tear the Kale leaves in 3″ pieces 2. In a mixing bowl, add torn kale leaves , olive oil and tajin seasoning. Rub the seasoning on to each leaf. Lay the leaves on lined cookie sheet in a single layer 3. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Bake the chips for 12-15 mins until they are done. Keep a watch while baking so they don’t get burnt! 4. Once done, allow the chips to cool down for a few mins before you take them off the cookie sheet. Enjoy!! Variations: Try to season them with plain salt, pepper or grated Parmesan...

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How I passed the Registered Dietitian Exam (RD exam)?

How I passed the Registered Dietitian Exam (RD exam)?

On November 19th 2014, I became an RD!!! When studying for RD exams, I would often google to find if people had shared their thoughts on preparing for the exam. I did come across a few blogs and they were definitely helpful. But I would also come across a forum which has negative thoughts on the exam, people failing it a few times, and that made me nervous (Strictly, stay away from those forums). At that time, I had told myself that when I pass the RD exam, I too shall share my experience to help fellow #RD2be’s! Here is how I studied for the exam. 1. After I passed my dietetic internsip, I took a 2-3 week break to unwind myself ( I could afford to do that as I did not have any job offers). In the meanwhile, I bought Jean Inmans manual for RD exam prep. First 2 weeks, I just went over the material to understand the different domains and the information it contains. 2. Then , I took an exam date which was 3 weeks away. This helps me take things seriously and focus. I then prepared a timetable and started studying seriously, around 6-8 hours a day. I gave 3 days to each domain (including listening to the CD and taking down notes). I would write the important stuff in my own words to assimilate the information, writing helps me remember better. I also made my own flashcards for information I would forget easily and studied the flashcards for an hour each day. 3. Once, I completed going through all the domains. I started revising the whole information, memorizing formulas and the ADA exchange list for diabetic meal planning.Next, I began solving the practice question from Jean Inman. They helped me a lot in terms of finding areas where I need to study more or have calculations I need to practice. 4. The last week, I spent going through the questions I got wrong, all calculations from Inamns manual as well as the question bank. There were quite a few calculations on my exam and knowing the formulas and exchange lists helped me answer them correctly. The information seemed a whole lot in the beginning but closer to the exam date, I started feeling prepared. 5. On the day of the exam, I was very nervous (inspite of the feeling of being prepared), if that is happening to you too, don’t worry its perfectly normal. My exam time was 5 pm in the evening. I woke up late that morning, enough sleep is essential for your brain to work and answer 125 questions in 2.5 hours. I ate an early lunch and then...

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Day 6: What do you do?

Day6: Blog post challenge:¬†If you couldn‚Äôt answer with your job, how would you answer the question, ‚Äėwhat do you do‚Äô? What do I do ? The first question¬†we ask strangers. On the surface, it seems like an ordinary question, but asking myself this question and answering it indirectly feels a little weird!¬†Unfortunately, I make people count their calories and watch what they are eating!!! Not true. I help people eat healthy. I convince them that eating healthy is not as expensive or tough as they think. I help them stay away from deadly diseases such as obesity, diabetes,heart disease and many more. I inspire.motivate.heal through food. I help people establish a peaceful relationship with food. Currently, I am doing all this for free throguh social media. But wait, those are not the only things I do….I cook, clean, dust. ¬†I paint whenever I find time. I blog. I learn, study and write a lot of assignments…. Have you ever asked yourself this question? My answer is simple, whatever be it, I love what I do.. How about you?...

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Day 2: Educate..

Here I am on day 2 of my blog post challenge. I am going to educate you on something I know a lot about or something I am good at. Why? because that’s what the prompt for today is. Well, undoubtedly I am going to talk to you about ¬†nutrition!! I have met countless health conscious people in my life ever-since I took up nutrition. Some well read and some not so well read. The problem with both sect of people is that, those who are well read overdo it in the name of health and fitness, and the not so well read blindly follow advice that appears in magazines, mails, newsletter, TV, ads and other social media. So, whichever sect you belong too here are few things about nutrition I would like to educate you on… 1. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on buying food, neither does it mean your food is going to taste bad nor does it mean you can’t enjoy occasional treats. But, please do not make occasional treats daily food items. Cookies, cakes, pastries, chips, juices, sodas are only to be served and had in birthday parties, get together etc. It should not be your daily breakfast, snack or a dessert! 2. Eating healthy means eating local foods, foods that you have grown up eating, freshly cooked simple home-made food. For example: Dal chawal with a dollop of ghee. Surprised, I call it a healthy meal? Don’t be! I know, I know you are thinking white rice is high in glycemic index and ghee is high in saturated fat. The only good thing is the dal. But, no you are wrong. This meal is absolutely healthy and here’s why. Both dal and rice have some amount of protein, but dal lacks essential amino acid called methionine and rice lacks essential amino acid called lysine, so when eaten together they make up for each other’s deficiencies and give us a complete source of protein. Ghee on the other aids in absorption of fat soluble vitamin such as A,D,E, and K important for vital functions of life! Ghee also blunts the blood glucose response that occurs after eating white rice. This is because the high fat content coats the rice particles and your body takes longer to digest the rice, ¬†releasing the sugar slowly and hence the blood sugar rises slowly instead of spiking! Other reasons why it is healthy is because rice and dal is available locally, your food did not travel to you from china unlike many foods. You have grown up eating dal and rice ever since you were an infant, so how can ¬†it suddenly...

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Juice it up!

Juice it up!

Today, I had a late lunch because of back to back classes, and I didnt really find time to pack my lunch this morning. Obviously, I wasnt hungry in the evening! As I didnt want to sleep on an empty stomach, I made this yummy juice! It was so quick, healthy and filling, as I had the fiber too! Carrot-apple-celery-cucumber: Blend it together in a juicer and voila! It made two glasses of nutrients packed fiber -rich juice, I drank one glass and saved one for tommorow’s breakfast!¬† No list of ingredients, no proportions or procedure to remember, just plain and simple!! P.S: This post doesn’t endorse juicing/ juice fast as a way to lose weight! As a future RD, I do not approve of juicing to lose weight!...

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What’s cooking?

When there is no school, my project keeps me busy! Being a nutritionist my project involves designing healthy reipces. It doesn’t just stop at designing or creating, I have to cook them, standardize them, determine appropriate portion size and finally taste test! Before finalizing the recipes they have to pass a specific criteria – they should be low in saturated fats, high in fiber, low in simple sugars, high in complex carbohydrates, low in sodium, taste good and look good, yes a bit of food styling to make it look mouthwatering… Here’s a sneak peak into what’s cooking in my healthy...

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