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Kelly Nordby, RD, LDN

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 »

To start, I will answer the question that you all are thinking, Yes, I do feel fancy using a hashtag in the subject line of my blog.  ? In honor of May and #MedMonth, I wanted to a share a new staple in our house inspired by the Mediterranean Diet …ROASTED VEGETABLES!  They are perfect as a side dish or a snack!  I always make enough for leftovers, as they are delicious cold, reheated, or at room temperature.  Cruciferous vegetables are our favorite including, broccoli,… Continue reading »

My husband really loves to bike as his primary form of exercise.  Biking is not typically my favorite.  I definitely prefer group exercise classes, but have never done a spin class, as I prefer aerobics-based classes.  So when we purchased the Peloton bike last year, an indoor exercise bike with online streaming classes, I thought to myself, I am likely never going to ride this!  This was the case until we had several snow days in January, leaving me house-bound… Continue reading »

It’s Thanksgiving!  What a great time to give gratitude for family, friends, colleagues, and a support system that is absolutely crucial to keeping us upright…our core! My aerobics instructor shared that she was doing a Planksgiving Challenge…30 days of thanks and planks.  Just to be team players, several of us offered to join her about a third of the way through the challenge.   On day 1, you begin with holding a plank for 1 minute of and incrementally work up to… Continue reading »

My daughter has been taking tap lessons for about 3 years now and absolutely loves it!  She taps in the grocery store, she taps while brushing her teeth, while walking to school!   If there is an open space, it becomes her tap stage!  I watch her in class and see the joy that comes over her when she masters a skill or combination and it brings me back to my youth when I used to take ballet, tap, jazz, and… Continue reading »

PROBLEM:  Summertime boredom is definitely setting in at my house!  And that means grabbing whatever is quick and easy.  Most often this means choosing the less healthy, pre-packaged choices from the fridge or pantry.  I noticed this happening more and more with my family as there is a significant amount of mindless roaming-grabbing-eating-repeat happening, for sure!  PURPOSE:  To try to encourage healthier choices, I decided to try a little experiment with my family by implementing one of the strategies to… Continue reading »