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Kelly Nordby, RD, LDN

This has become a favorite cook-out side dish recipe and has a record of close to 10 consecutive appearances at summertime Nordby family cookouts.  I usually serve this with Tostitos Scoops chips but can also be a star solo act.  Double the recipe for lots of left-overs that go quickly in my house. Ingredients 1 can (16-oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (15-oz) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 can (15-oz) black beans, rinsed and drained… Continue reading »

There is a silver lining to our new normal!  As we are all staying safe at home these days with less commitments and social engagements, we have more time to be active!  We also have more time to be focused or re-focus on the things that are really important to us like taking care of our health by getting physical activity and practicing mindfulness.  There are a variety of ways to be active at home, from simple strength training exercises to online workout… Continue reading »

I LOVE traditional Indian restaurant cuisine!  And among my favorites is Chicken Tikka Masala.  I do not eat this as often as I would like because it is very heavy and typically has a lot of butter and cream.  In an effort to use my Instant Pot more, I have been trying to find tasty and healthy recipes and came across one for Chicken Tikka Masala.  To cut the saturated fat and calories, I adapted an Instant Pot recipe* by removing the butter and cream to… Continue reading »

It is December and it is SOUP SEASON! There is just nothing better than a warm, cozy bowl of soup on a cold winter night or leftover the next day for lunch. I recently made this soup for my family and my husband commented with an unprompted rating, “I give this an A+”. Let’s just say that not all of my meals get this same type of shout-out, so I interpreted this to mean that this soup is a shining… Continue reading »

Fall has arrived! Thank goodness!! It’s the time of cool air, football, pumpkins and a steady train of holidays that involve food. Halloween is one of the first stops on the train and is one that often derails our healthy habits. Consider these 5 ways to stay healthy this Halloween. 5 Ways to Have a Healthy and Happy Halloween: Leave it on the porch. Instead of sitting and passing out candy, leave the candy bucket on the porch and walk… Continue reading »

My family and I recently took a cruise to Alaska and it was awesome!  Between all of the activities scheduled during the at sea days and the walking during the days in port, there was plenty to do and despite the 24/7 access to food, I am happy to report that I did not gain weight!  Here are my top 5 tips to not gain weight on a cruise: Take the stairs instead of the elevator on the boat.It is… Continue reading »

I love pasta!  And when I recently measured, it appeared that my bowls hold about twice as much pasta as I thought.  Much to my dismay, the portion predicted to be only about a cup was actually almost two cups.  In an effort to decrease my portion sizes and increase my vegetable intake, while feeling satisfied with a full bowl, I recently tried an experiment by filling my bowl first with two cups of raw spinach followed by ¾ cup… Continue reading »

Paleo?  Keto?  Blood type diet?   It seems like every week, a different popular diet trend emerges.  As a dietitian, I receive many questions from program participants, family, and friends about how I feel about the newest diet fad.  Luckily, there are two questions that many dietitians and I ask to determine if a diet is based in science and therefore recommended. Where does the diet stand on allowing or limiting these super foods? Fruits and vegetables Nuts and seeds Whole… Continue reading »

As we are embarking on a fresh new school year with a new 9th and 6th grader, I figure what better time than now to get back on track with our healthy habits that have fallen by the wayside over the summer.  Perhaps it is even time to adopt some new routines!  With both of my kids on new schedules and each starting school almost an hour earlier this year, we simply do not have time to pack lunches in… Continue reading »

Nothing beats outdoor grilling on a warm summer night.  When you are grilling your meat, don’t forget the vegetables. Grilled vegetables go well with grilled meat or fish and make wonderful left-overs. My favorites are broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini and red peppers, mushrooms, and onions. One of many great things about grilling vegetables is that they are done in a jiffy.  Sweet potatoes take about 12-15 minutes to cook on the grill; less dense vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, snap… Continue reading »