Category: Eating Well With Kim

A Salad a Day – Keeps the Doctor Away!

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE   A favorite recommendation of mine is to encourage a salad a day. This is a great starter recommendation but it actually does need further clarification. You see salads can often be low in nutrients and fiber or high in calories and fat. Let’s start with the salad base and work our way up.  The greens: Iceberg lettuce is the least nutrient dense green. It does have value – iceberg can be a starter green for kids, or it can be mixed with more vibrant greens to help with acceptance. Do not...

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May You Have It Your Way! (or your kids way)

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE   Guess what is great about chicken salad? It is easily modifiable!!!!! Letting children have input on ingredients is a fabulous way to help them learn healthy eating habits. There are definitely times when feeding children is a thank-less job, when food that was lovingly prepared sits uneaten and ignored. One particular principle I learned in school and have come to cherish as a parent is the “Division of Responsibility” (DOR) principle.  DOR is a guiding principle for feeding children in a healthy manner. You, the parent takes on the job (responsibility)...

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Getting Green in the Kitchen

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE Did you know that Americans throw out 40% of their food? That is almost half–which is alarming, especially when you think about how almost half of the energy, water and land used for farming are wasted—YIKES! The food that ends up in landfills then creates additional methane gas (greenhouse gases). So what can we do to be more environmentally friendly eaters? Any good dietitian would tell you to eat your produce vs. throwing it out because it is good for both you and the environment. Two things we can do in this...

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What Can A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Do For You?

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE Dietitians can help you “cut through the clutter” of nutrition information that is often confusing and conflicting. The fact is there is no one diet that is right for everyone. In addition, health, lifestyle and budget all effect and alter what may or may not be best for you. RDNs can help tailor a nutrition plan specific to you and your health needs. What is the difference between a nutritionist and a RDN? • Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist because the term nutritionist is not regulated. • A registered dietitian IS...

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Fiber and a Healthy Heart

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE The month of February is American Heart month and the month of Valentine’s Day. Fiber has a long standing relationship with heart health in that it lowers cholesterol, thus a perfect topic for February. In addition to heart health, I’d like to go on record and say, eating a high fiber diet is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. One of my mentors believed that adequate fiber intake (through foods) was the key to health and decreased chronic disease. I believe that concept even more strongly...

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