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Fat Shaming in Books: My Interview with Kelly Jensen

Sometimes, a tweet or series of tweets gives me a great idea for a blog topic. As a registered dietitian nutritionist and nonfiction nutrition book author now tackling my first young adult fiction book, I am particularly interested in promoting healthy body image and acceptance of people of all shapes and sizes in all the    Continue Reading

Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley demonstrates a few kid friendly recipes at the Ben’s Beginner’s Dream Kitchen event at Gansevoort Plaza on Friday Sept. 25, 2015 in New York. [Mark Von Holden/Invision for Uncle Ben's]

Getting Kids–and Families–in the Kitchen

As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I’ve worked for two decades helping families find ways to spend more time in the kitchen to prepare and enjoy nutrient-rich meals. Easier said than done, I know. To help with this effort, Uncle Ben’s hosted the fourth annual Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest. The goal of the contest is to    Continue Reading


Interview With YA Author Valerie Tejeda

Below you’ll find a brief review of Hollywood Witch Hunter (Bloomsbury Spark, July 2015) and a Q and A with its author, Valerie Tejeda, from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor, Joshua Flores. Valerie Tejeda’s debut novel Hollywood Witch Hunter is a book that teens and adults alike can finish in one sitting. If their experience is anything    Continue Reading


Writers on Writing: My Interview with Meg Wolitzer

Although I arrived late to the work of New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, the cliché, “Better late than never” rings completely true for me. After reading and loving Belzhar, her first young adult novel (now out in paperback), I knew Wolitzer was a writer I needed to follow and to learn from.  Described as “subtly plotted and    Continue Reading


Favorite Fall foods (Part 3): Apples and Butternut Squash

In this third and final installment of my three-part “Favorite Fall Foods” series you’ll find two delicious picks—apples and butternut squash—from cookbook author and culinary instructor Robyn Webb. Learn why she loves these fall foods and how to use them to create appealing and nutritious meals you and your family are sure to devour. APPLES    Continue Reading


Favorite Fall Foods (Part 2): Eggplant and Beets

In this second installment of my three-part “Favorite Fall Foods” series you’ll find two picks from a real triple threat expert, registered dietitian nutritionist, chef and cookbook author Jackie Newgent. Read on to learn why Jackie loves eggplant and beets, two colorful and tasty fall foods.  EGGPLANT The start of football season and eggplant go    Continue Reading


Favorite Fall Foods: Sweet Potatoes & Cranberries

Welcome to the first installment of my three part “Favorite Fall Foods” series. This week’s picks for favorite fall foods—sweet potatoes and cranberries—come courtesy of registered dietitian nutritionist and certified natural chef Rachel Begun. Read on to learn why Begun loves these two foods. You’ll also find two of her signature recipes that are sure    Continue Reading


Fitness: Feeding Your Child Athlete

If you have active and athletic kids like mine who participate in sports, you try your best to provide them with foods they need to compete and to meet their nutrient needs. Easier said than done, I know. But no worries! To help you better feed your sporty kids, check out the following excerpt from the comprehensive    Continue Reading


Is Fat Shaming Ever OK? 10 Dietitians Weigh In

A video called “Dear Fat People” posted on YouTube by comedian and vlogger Nicole Arbour has gotten tons of attention. Called an “open letter of sorts” by, the video slams the very idea of #fatshaming. Arbour says fat shaming “is not a thing.” She also says being big boned “is not a thing.”   In between    Continue Reading

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Recipes for Health: Salmon and Chicken

With the end of summer just around the corner, you may be inspired if not hungry to twist up some of your usual recipes to add a little pop or zing to them. To nourish and satisfy yourself or your entire family, I’m happy to share two tempting, nutrient-packed recipes to lift ho-hum salmon and chicken    Continue Reading