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Even Better Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

I know that you love shrimp cocktail for the holidays.  You love that it's a rich source of selenium, vitamin D and B12.  You love that it's low calorie and a great source of protein.  You may also like the taste and the horseradish tang of a perfectly home-prepared cocktail sauce.  Whatever the case, Danielle Omar, MS, RD of Food Confidence gave me a recipe to share that makes this already fabulous appetizer even better.  Try it! 

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100 Calorie Dessert in an Instant!

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Did you just realize that you didn't make a dessert?  Need a dish to bring to a potluck?  Can't figure out how to pass off a supermarket pie as your own?  Don't worry, here is a dessert in a flash.  It's easy to make and has only 100 calories per serving.  Perfect for any diet, this luscious mousse has a healthy dose of vitamin A, beta carotene and fiber, yet is low in sugar, fat and calories.  A crunchy gingersnap is a great garnish.  Thank Marlene Koch, RD, author of: Eat What You Love: More than 300 Incredible Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat & Calories.
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Roast or Smash Parsnips

Parsnip.  It sounds odd.  In my head, it is said with an English accent.  Or it's what you say when someone says, "how much?" - "oh, not much, just a parsnip" (with an accent, of course).  This anemic looking carrot is actually a slightly sweet, yummy vegetable.   And they are good for you - good source of vitamin C, folic acid and fiber - no fat, low calorie and all the other veggie attributes we love.  Parsnips make a delicious side dish for the holidays to boot.  Instead of just boiling the crap out of them (like my grandpa does - bless his heart), here are two great dietitian-submitted recipes for your holiday meal (or any time really)! 

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Eat Like An RD for Thanksgiving

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Julie, Regina and me eating like RDs at Menton in Boston.

Want to keep it simple and healthy for Thanksgiving?  If so, my co-author and friend Julie Upton, MS, RD has outlined what she and her cycling guru husband will be doing for Turkey day.  I decided to cross-post her ideas because she keeps it simple, tells you why it's good for you and includes tips for preparation.  Check out Julie's turkey talk at Eat Like An RD - or as I like to call this holiday post, Eat Like Julie and Craig! 


Make Turkey (and your Health) Better with Cranberries

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I use this with my's so tasty!

Mac without cheese, peanut butter without jelly, turkey without cranberries...all just crazy.  Thanksgiving without a cranberry dish would be insane, tradition-breaking and dinner destroying.  I'm being dramatic, but oh how I love cranberries.  The super tart, face-twisting tangy, humble berry is both an American tradition and a health-promoting powerhouse. 

Maybe you didn't know that cranberries have one of the most outstanding antioxidant profiles and contain a phytonutrient unlike its berry mates.  Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins and the cranberry has a type of proanthocyanidin that is unique.  Subsequently, this out-of-ordinary berry has special powers - antiadhesion properties.  This means that it prevents stuff from sticking to cells, like bacteria.  So, in the urinary tract, it helps prevent E. coli from sticking to the urinary tract walls.  The result?  Helps prevent urinary tract infections.  This antiadhesion property may also make the cranberry good for your heart, teeth and reducing the risk of other chronic diseases.  Go cranberry!

Enjoy these cranberry recipes this Thanksgiving sent by more awesome dietitians.  You'll note that many cranberry recipes (or even beverages) have some sort of sweet source with them  - sugar or another juice, for example.  Totally needs it...ever try to eat a raw cranberry?  It's so freakin' tart that it would be difficult to endure.  Even though it has a bit of sugar, the benefits of cranberries are worth it and a little sugar with cranberries shouldn't be a diet disaster unless you're a sugar fiend at every meal!    
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Dietitian Approved Creamy, Mapled or Fried Sweet Potato Sides

Sweet potatoes are a common side dish during the holidays.  So smart.  Sweet potatoes are super duper good for you.  One medium sized (whatever the hell that means) potato has 100 calories, 4 g of fiber, 0.1 g fat, 2.2 g protein and is full of potassium, vitamin C, beta-carotene and vitamin A.  Sounds like a recipe for blood pressure management and chronic disease risk reduction!  Or maybe it just sounds like a tasty, sweet and savory side dish.  To enjoy your health promoting potato this holiday, try one of these "dietitian approved" recipes.  (Recipes are written as submitted by my trusted dietitian friends.)

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Healthy Mashed Potato and Gravy Recipes!?!?

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Who doesn't love mashed potatoes and gravy?  Honestly, I think I could mash any vegetable and add a dribble of gravy and love it.  When I worked in the hospital, I loved all the mashed and mechanically soft kidding.  The problem is, it's difficult to find a great mashed mess that isn't equal parts butter and potato.  But, of course, my trusted dietitian friends have ideas.  Enjoy! 

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Dietitian Approved Easy, Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes

Everyone is looking for simple, fast, delicious recipes for the holidays.  And I'm no different.  I plan to create a huge feast for Mitch, Tom (and dog, Mokey) this Thanksgiving, so I'm collecting ideas.  Of course, I want these recipes to be nutritious - you know, nutrient dense and veggie-heavy - but I also need them to be super easy to make.  I'm not looking for fat-free (never am), but I want lots of phytonutrients, fiber and healthy fats from nuts and oils (not butters and cream).  Given that I know that the most reliable source of nutrition information is the registered dietitian, and that the registered dietitian is also the most responsive, helpful, thoughtful and concerned professional that I know...I sent out an e-blast requesting favorite, easy-to-prepare, healthy holiday recipes that can be created with 5 ingredients or less.  I also asked these amazing givers to throw in a line of nutrition advice.  Needless to say, I have enough content to take us through the new year so this is the first of two recipe blogs that I'll post.  Each recipe is 'as is' - just the way the dietitian submitted it to me (it's my blog, so the rules of consistency are being tossed for this one).  Not all of them are combined with an actual photo of the dish (just an ingredient or example) - but all are nutritious and I would hope, delicious! 

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Easy, Eat Right, Thanksgiving Menu

Although we plan to have Thanksgiving again this Thursday, we had a practice holiday this past weekend in Oakland, CA with my younger sister and her bo, Levi.  I highly recommend finding a sibling who loves farming and has an academic focus on the sustainability of food systems, and a partner that is a well-trained chef and area manager for a San Francisco bread company and string of yummy cafes.  Just in case you can't find this farmer and chef to cook a Thanksgiving feast for you, here's the menu and some insights if you'd like to adopt their ideas to eat right this holiday! 

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Prep for a Healthy T-Day

Thanksgiving requires a fair amount of planning.  Each year, it's like Top Chef restaurant wars for millions of households across the country.  To help you with your annual opening day, I wanted to hear from the experts that work with people at their point of purchase - the supermarket.  How can we plan for a healthy holiday feast?  Here's what they had to say... 

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Thanksgiving Top 10-ish Eat Right Tips

It's almost Thanksgiving, so to ease your diet stress, here are the top 10 tips from the top nutrition experts - registered dietitians - to help you have a happy, but healthy holiday! 

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