Sports Nutrition 101

Sports Nutrition 101 by Eating with a Purpose

Whether it is training for a marathon or trying to increase muscle mass, sports nutrition seems to be a hot topic amongst my friends and family.  Below are my answers to some popular questions.  I have also included links to recipes for RD-approved recovery snacks, sports drinks and even homemade protein powder. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate This Week- May 17-23

To all my American friends, I hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend! This weekend also happened to be my Dad’s Birthday- sadly I couldn’t be home to bake him something delicious. This week I made two recipes that are on my regular rotation. We had also been craving the roasted cauliflower and whipped goat cheese that I have previously shared, so it also made its way onto this week’s line-up. If you haven’t tried it yet, make it for your next dinner party or night in. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Spicy Maple Glazed Walnuts

Spicy Maple Glazed Walnuts by Eating with a Purpose

Candied or spiced nuts seem to be found in at least one salad on restaurant menus lately.  This addition can add a sweetness (and some protein) to help squelch your appetite for dessert.  Nuts are a healthy, but calorically dense food so you do have to keep an eye on your portion.  We love candied nuts on our salads, as a treat after a meal, or better yet- on a cracker with blue cheese.  This recipe will be a hit with both you and your guests. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate This Week: May 10-16

It was such a treat to make a quick trip to Seattle this weekend and see my Mom and our friends.  The wedding we attended was beautiful and so much fun.  My Mom and I even squeezed in some impromptu wedding dress shopping which was very special to do with her (I was worried the distance may limit this opportunity).  I tried three new recipes this week and I would definitely make all three again.  If you’re into ethnic food, two of these recipes have great flavor from different parts of the World.  The third recipe, which had me using my spiralizer, was a hit with both of us. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate This Week: May 3-8

This week worked out very nicely from a cooking perspective.  I was able to do all of my cooking on Sunday, limiting my cooking time each weeknight to less than 20 minutes.  I did freeze two of the dishes to be pulled out later in the week.  Each recipe was simple, economical and healthy (for the most part). Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Plum Reduction

Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Plum Reduction by Eating with a Purpose

Disclosure:  “I received free samples of California Dried Plums mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Dried Plum Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Clearly, grilling season has begun!  I fired up the grill for the second time this week to prepare this delicious pork tenderloin recipe.  This recipe packs a punch of flavor, with the dried plums adding a sweetness to this spicy dish.  The pork pairs very nicely with roasted or mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

What I Ate This Week: April 26-May 2

Happy Jazz Fest weekend everyone! This truly is my favorite festival in New Orleans. It also feels like summer has arrived in the city, which is wonderful. We’ve started eating outside on our deck, and I pulled out my shorts and sundresses. It always feels strange to being doing this in April/May, when I’m use to summer arriving in June (or sometimes late July) back home. It’s definitely something I will miss about this city if we do venture back home. The warm weather inspired two lighter meals this week, and on Sunday night, I got to try an eggplant parmesan recipe I’ve been meaning to make for months. I hope you enjoy a dish from this week! Continue reading

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.