Simple Syrup

Ask me anything   Submit   I am an Alabama native, living in Atlanta, who tries real hard not to say "Blawg", ya'll. I am a former Graphic Designer turned Registered Dietitian, who graduated with a Master's of Health Science in May of 2012. I have found that my new life is more fulfilling and as creative as my old one. I don't miss it one bit. I have been a vegetarian since I was 8. I am a messy eater and messier cook, but was once told that means I'm having more fun. I like to futz with recipes, sew, knit, cook, take purdy pictures, ect.


The Miracle Fish

Today I want to share a personal story of why I became a pescetarian (a mostly vegetarian who eats fish) after nearly three decades of being a strict lacto-ovo vegetarian. I hope it can help others, and is not extremely TMI. Here goes.

I decided to become a vegetarian at the age of eight. Like most kids who know little about nutrition, I knew nothing of what it meant to be a vegetarian, other…

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#breast health  #DHA  #EPA  #essential fatty acids  #fish oil  #nutrition supplements  #omega-3  #PMS  #supplements  #vegan  #vegetarian  #women&039;s health 
Spice up your life

Spice up your life

Using herbs and spices is essential for cooking delicious, healthy meals at home. With the weather is warming up, now is a great time to plant an herb garden. Growing herbs in your own garden makes it so easy to walk outside, grab a handful of fresh herbs, and throw them into your meal. An herb garden takes up very little space so even the smallest patio can provide enough room to grow multiple…

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3 ways to start cooking at home more often

3 ways to start cooking at home more often

When I was growing up, my mother cooked dinner at home every night. Going out to dinner was a special treat, often reserved for birthdays. Eating at restaurants frequently during the week has now become much more common, especially when our work, school, or other event schedules become busier. People often complain that cooking at home is too time consuming and can be stressful. Surprise,…

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— 5 months ago
#cooking  #health and wellbeing  #healthy eating  #mindful eating 
Salt is not the spice of life

Salt is not the spice of life

Even if you don’t have a history of high blood pressure, most of us can benefit from reducing the amount of salt in our diet. The USDA estimates the average American consumes around 3,400 mg of sodium per day, while the recommendation for most people is to consume less than 2,300 mg sodium per day (1). The majority of salt we consume doesn’t come from what we add, but from what is already found…

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#healthy eating  #herbs  #mindful eating  #salt  #sodium  #spices  #USDA 
Green is good

Green juice has come a long way over the last several years. Having a taste that was once synonymous to grass clippings, green juice recipes have really evolved into what can be a delicious and healthy treat. Green juice is often found at specialty juice or smoothie shops and now some big juice companies have created their own versions that you can purchase at grocery stores. Most recipes include…

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Kitchen Detective: The Case of the Spaghetti Measurer

Kitchen Detective: The Case of the Spaghetti Measurer

As you have learned, we are fans of pasta here. Small noodles, like elbow macaroni or penne are fairly easy to measure, but what about spaghetti? What a mess to try to squeeze those long squiggles into a measuring cup!

How did the spaghetti measure up?

How did the spaghetti measure up?

I recently purchased two spaghetti measurersfor a diabetes class that I teach, and ALMOST made the mistake of recommending them without trying…

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#carb counting  #carbohydrates  #diabetes  #diabetes exchange  #meal planning  #nutrition tips  #pasta  #portion control  #spaghetti 

Come to the Earl tonight if you’re in Atlanta!

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#sioux city sue  #ex hex  #connections  #atlanta 
FDA proposes new food label

FDA proposes new food label

The FDA recently announced a proposal to change the look of the Nutrition Facts label. For the last 20 years, the FDA has required manufactures to document nutrition information using the Nutrition Facts label so that consumers know what a product contains. The last significant change to the Nutrition Facts label occurred in 2006 when the FDA began requiring the additional labeling of trans fats (

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#FDA  #Nutrition Facts label 
To juice or not to juice

To juice or not to juice

It seems like a new diet is introduced every week. Some of them have potential whereas others are just ridiculous. Whenever I evaluate the merits of a new diet I like to answer two questions.

  1. Is it sustainable?
  2. Does it make sense?

If you cannot answer yes to both questions, then the diet is probably not worth your time because we all learned before that fad diets don’t work.

Lately I’ve been…

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#fruit  #health and wellbeing  #healthy eating  #juicing  #mindful eating  #vegetables 
What do dietitians eat?

What do dietitians eat?

People always want to know what dietitians eat. This may surprise you, but we do eat more than quinoa, lettuce, and nuts! To prove this, I’ve documented an entire day of my meals and snacks for everyone to see how I like to fill my plates.

This particular day was filled with mostly vegetarian meals, with the exception of my turkey sandwich at lunch. I always try to pick whole grains when possible…

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— 6 months ago
#dietitian  #health and wellbeing  #healthy eating  #mindful eating 
A healthier Valentine’s DayValentine’s Day is all about being with whom you love, beautiful flowers, sentimental cards, and…View Post

A healthier Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about being with whom you love, beautiful flowers, sentimental cards, and…

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#dessert  #health and wellbeing  #healthy eating  #holidays  #mindful eating  #recipe  #strawberry 
Healthy pastaThe low-carbohydrate and gluten free diet crazes have really given pasta a bad rap. Contrary to fad…View Post

Healthy pasta

The low-carbohydrate and gluten free diet crazes have really given pasta a bad rap. Contrary to fad…

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#beans  #dinner  #garlic  #health and wellbeing  #healthy eating  #lunch  #meatless monday  #mindful eating  #pasta  #recipe  #side dish  #spinach  #vegetarian 
Fat diets don’t work

Fad diets become especially popular in the New Year when people are trying to lose weight or eat healthier. I often get questions about the validity of these diets and my answer is usually the same: fad diets don’t work.

I think that most people would…

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#fad diets  #health and wellbeing  #healthy eating  #mindful eating  #weight loss 
New Year’s resolutions for a healthier year - Move more

Finally we are going to discuss the last resolution suggested in 3 New Year’s resolutions for a healthier year, which is to move more. Now, I am by no means a fitness expert, but you can’t talk about healthy living without mentioning physical activity. We…

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— 7 months ago
#exercise  #fitness  #health and wellbeing 
New Year’s resolutions for a healthier year - Eat more fruit and vegetables

Continuing on with our three resolutions suggested in New Year’s resolutions for a healthier year, we reach the second suggestion to eat more fruit and vegetables. Including more fruit and vegetables in your diet is important for getting enough…

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