A Few of My Favorite Nutrition Things

By Anne Wilfong – July 1, 2013

When I find something new or something I love, I am eager to share. So, naturally, I jumped on the chance to let you all know my favorites things related to nutrition right now.
During the week, I like food to be prepared in 30 minutes or less and will use any shortcut I can find. To that end, I have provided you with some blogs I stalk for fast, yummy weeknight meals. However, sometimes on the weekend, I am in a Martha Stewart mood and want to stay in the kitchen a little bit longer, so I have included a few blogs that have more extensive recipes.

Recipe Blogs and Web Resources 

Chick in the Kitchen: Visit this site for quick and budget-friendly recipes. As a bonus, it also provides weekly menu plans for those who like the planning done for them.
Love and Lemons: This blog is Austin based! It features delicious plant-based recipes, which are great for those following a vegetarian diet or wanting to try meat-free meals. While there are some longer recipes on this website, there are plenty of quick ones as well. The food photography is beautiful, and you can search recipes by diet type, such as dairy or gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian.

Two Peas & Their Pod: Search here for family-friendly and healthy recipes. Try their quinoa-based salads and smashed chickpea and avocado sandwich.
Smitten Kitchen: The first time I came across this blog, I spent more time than I care to admit ogling the amazing recipes and photography. It’s a great spot to find dinner party recipes, but there is a section for fast recipes, too. Since I love all fruit-based desserts, I have been looking for the perfect excuse to bake “Mom’s Apple Cake.”
Sprouted Kitchen: The whole-food recipes on this website are worth making. One of my favorite lunch recipes is the “Veggie Le Crunch” salad. If I am pressed for time, I will use a premade avocado dressing instead of the delicious homemade dressing included.

My Pinterest Page: You can always follow my Pinterest recipe page, where I try to add new recipes weekly

Favorite Nutrition Books 

Relationship with Food: I have mentioned these books in this column before but they are always worth mentioning again. For those interested in improving their relationship with food and getting off the diet roller coaster, I recommend starting with Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, as well as Eat What You Love and Love What You Eat by Michelle May.

Sports Nutrition Books: Advanced Sports Nutrition (second edition) by Dan Benardot addresses a wide variety of sports nutrition topics, starting with the basics of energy requirements to managing common GI problems associated with energy gels and drinks.

Websites for Nutrition Info 

The Internet is full of nutrition information, and sorting the good from the bad is hard to decipher sometimes. Clients, family, and friends will often ask me where they can find trustworthy nutrition information online. The following list includes some of those recommendations.

Supplements: If you want to check out information on the supplements you are taking, then look at Medlineplus.gov. Here you will find fact sheets detailing the evidence-based science behind the supplements, as well as common side effects associated with them.

Sports Nutrition: Nancy Clark is a registered dietitian specializing in sports nutrition and has published several sports-nutrition-related books. Check out her blog, part of her website Nancyclarkrd.com, where she tackles topics such as gluten-free carbohydrate loading and dispels myths such as muscle turning into fat.
Cancer: Caring4cancer.com and AICR.org are wonderful sources for people fighting cancer and those supporting them. The websites have nutrition recommendations as well as yummy recipes.

Disordered Eating: A launching-off point for blogs and websites focusing on eating disorders is NationalEatingDisorders.org. These sites are a wealth of resources, with everything from information on learning more about eating disorders to treatment options.

Nutrition information is constantly changing, and keeping up with the latest information can sometimes be overwhelming. I hope these websites and blogs provide you the foundation on which to build your healthy lifestyle.

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