All posts by
Carolyn Dunn, PhD, RD, LDN

The holidays almost always include baking for my household. We try to keep it healthish as much as we can. I follow the Mediterranean diet pretty closely so that means very low sugar.  How can you make a Holiday special treat but limit sugar? Try these delicious Med Meringues. They are super delicious, packed with healthy nuts, easy to make, and have only ½ teaspoon of added sugar per cookie. Med Meringues Meringue cookies are usually just egg whites, flavoring and sugar. These… Continue reading »

This is a great muffin recipe that can be made gluten-free if needed by using gluten-free oats. I make these muffins almost every week to take in my lunch. It is a great way to get more nuts in your diet. Just a few ingredients and you have a delicious snack or breakfast. If you use almonds, sliced almonds work best. If you want the muffins to be more like a traditional muffin, you can process half of the oats… Continue reading »

I just returned from a conference that focused on diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Lots of talk about drug therapy with many comments about healthy eating, physical activity, and stress management being the front line for reducing risk. All of that to say that I ate some really good food. Not the norm at any conference. The organizers did a really good job walking the walk with respect to what we were offered for meals and snacks. Here is a… Continue reading »

Google green smoothie and you will find multiple recipes for this green concoction. Green smoothies are a blend of fruits and vegetables with a heavy dose of green leafy vegetables usually kale or Swiss chard. My favorite recipe: 1 pear 1 cucumber 1/8 of a fresh pineapple 2 cups of raw kale Be creative with your fruit and throw in your favorites like grapes or strawberries. You need a heavy blender (Vitamix) to pulverize this into a drink. This recipe makes… Continue reading »

Would you be able to maintain your weight if you ate a large brownie every day, how about a hot fudge sundae? A new study showed that folks that don’t get at least 7 hours a sleep a night consume upwards of 385 calories more the day after a low-sleep night – about the number of calories in a large brownie or hot fudge sundae. Making sure you get at least 7 hours, preferably 8 hours, of sleep each night… Continue reading »

We all know we should eat more vegetables. It is one of the few things upon which nutrition experts continue to agree. How do we get more vegetables, not just in the refrigerator or on the plate, but actually eaten? We have to make vegetables cravable.  We have to make vegetables a dish that friends and family ask for again and again because they are delicious. The easiest way to make them cravable just happens to be the easiest- roasting. I… Continue reading »

I am a big fan of Trader Joe’s. I am such a fan I get asked, “what are your favorite things to buy there.” Instead of just answering – “everything,” I decided to come up with my top 10 favorite things to buy at TJ’s. 1. Berries. I put berries on my steel cut oats and they always have good quality, good value berries. There is usually one variety on sale so I just buy that. My favorite, however, are2. … Continue reading »

So many types of oatmeal – how do you choose. Here is a guide to the different types and advantages and disadvantages of each. Oatmeal is a great quick breakfast that packs a powerful nutritional punch. It is a whole grain, is high in fiber. However, stay away from flavored or sweetened oatmeal with added sugar. Oatmeal should have just one ingredient—oats. Eat it unsweetened, topped with fruit, or with just a little white or brown sugar. All oatmeal is… Continue reading »

I try to eat oatmeal twice a week for breakfast. It is a great way to get whole grains and, topped with blueberries or strawberries, I get a serving of fruit before I am even out the door. I love the taste, texture, and satiety of steel cut oats. What I don’t love is the time it takes to cook. It is not a part of my morning to stand and stir for 30 minutes (or more). I have discovered… Continue reading »

  Would you be able to maintain your weight if you ate a large brownie every day, how about a hot fudge sundae? A new study showed that folks that don’t get at least 7 hours a sleep a night consume upwards of 385 calories more the day after a low-sleep night – about the number of calories in a large brownie or hot fudge sundae. Making sure you get at least 7 hours, preferably 8 hours, of sleep each… Continue reading »