Category Archives: Diet

Recovery Meal

Recovery Beverage. Copyright Nutrition Map 2012
Recovery Beverage. Copyright Nutrition Map 2012

My favorite recovery meal after any workout even before I started running?

Homemade Smoothie

  • Frozen mixed berries (heavy on the blueberries): 140 grams
  • Frozen mango chunks: 140 grams
  • Ground flax seeds (24 grams)
  • Unsweetened or vanilla flavored almond (1 cup or 240ml)
  • Water to submerge ingredients (amount will vary

Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Let My Running Journey Finally Begin.

Running Shoes Thanks to Runner’s Haven in Randolph, NJ
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After a few bumps, hiccups and small tantrums, my running journey can commence.  Thank you runner’s havenin Randolph, New Jersey for helping me out with the right shoe. Pictured is the Brooks’ Women’s Adrenaline GTS 12.  Wish me luck and helpful advice greatly appreciated!

When the Food Scale Dies.

My new scale on the kitchen counter. The bowl is also the cover. Picture copyright NutritionMap 2012

A digital food scale is the best tool in your kitchen for portion control.  A friend of mine recently told me his story of his predicament when his scale died while measuring his meal.  I should not have laughed, because that following week my 10 year old scale kicked the bucket.  Now you may be thinking “what’s the big deal?”  however my digital food scale keeps me in line when it comes to measuring my portions, especially snack foods.

I ran out and purchased a new one, returned it the same day because the buttons had to be punched to work and picked up a new one to try.  My scale had a great run however I am in love with my new scale.  I keep it on my kitchen counter at all times instead of putting it away after each use.

For more information on how a digital food scale can help you lose weight and keep you in line check out my book Nutrition Map: Your Guide to Eating Healthy in the Real World available in print and digital copies.

Mango Avocado Salad

Mango Avocado Salad

  • Servings: 8 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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It is that time of year again. Time for summer salads. Share often! I love making this recipe for parties because of all the bright and vibrant colors. It incorporates many of my favorite fruits and vegetables. It makes about 8 cups of dip. I usually save one cup to enjoy throughout the week. For example top 1/4 cup over a Veggie burger, have 1/4 cup over 1 slice wheat toast for breakfast or a snack, enjoy as a side dish, garnish over fish tacos, or use as a dip with tortilla chips, wheat crackers, rice chips, or a crusty sliced whole-wheat baguette.



Let me know if you make it at home.
Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 mangos, cut into cubes
  • 2 Haas avocados (if using organic Haas avocados you will need 4), cubed
  • 1 medium sized red onion, chopped
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 6 cloves of garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes (approximately 1/4 cup)
  • Cilantro (1/2 cup packed), finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt (1/4 – 1/2 tsp maximum) and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving (however can be served immediately).
  2. Serve with sturdy tortilla chips, wheat crackers, crusty bread or toast.

Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day! Do you know the best way to protect the planet? Eat more plants!

Today is a cold and rainy day in New Jersey, however yesterday we spent the bulk of the afternoon clearing the yard of leaves for the compost pile. This will be the year my garden is bountiful!

How are you spending Earth Day?

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Not doing any exercise you say? Get it done!

Nutrition Map Offices Cardio Room
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It really doesn’t matter where you exercise.  What matters is that you get it done.

It really doesnt matter what you do for exercise.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter how much money you have.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter what your gym looks like.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter what you do or what you listen to (although it helps).  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter what your workout clothes look like.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter what the weather is like.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter how “badly” you ate that day.  What matters is that you get it done.

It doesn’t matter what you look like doing it.  What matters is that, wait for it. Wait for it. Get it done.

Get it? Got it? Not go and GET IT DONE!

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Pico de Gallo

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Not only do I get paid (most of the time) to talk about food all day, but thanks to food models, I get to play with it too.

When I am really lucky, patients bring me some awesome treasures from their gardens or from their favorite restaurants.  Last night a patient brought me pico de gallo which tastes awesome on, well, just about everything.  Had some this morning over cream cheese (vegan, but feel free to use the dairy variety) on top of a slice of wheat bread.

I may need to go and have some more.