If you enjoy cooking healthy food to keep yourself feeling your best, you’ll love Prevention RD. This blogger’s motto is, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and she follows that motto by focusing on healthy meals.
Prevention RD is run by a Registered Dietitian (RD) named Nicole.
Nicole works at a small hospital as an RD. She’s also the author of a cookbook called Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking and has a second cookbook, this one all gluten-free, in the works. Her work experience spans several areas, including diabetes, weight management, bariatrics, renal disease, and more. Before you get too intimidated by a Registered Dietitian, though, read about Nicole’s own experiences.
On her About page, Nicole recounts her own struggles with her weight, even stating, “Since a very young age (practically birth, according to my mother), I was overweight.” During high school, Nicole lost a lot of weight by eating healthier and exercising. Since then, she explains, she’s wanted to work in the field of nutrition and health. For anyone who’s struggled with weight, Nicole might just be the perfect helping hand on the way to a healthier lifestyle: not only does she have the education to back up what she’s saying, but she’s actually lived it and understands the struggles of being overweight.
Eating healthier isn’t just for weight management.
Maintaining a healthy weight is good for you, certainly, but that’s not the only reason to watch what you eat. A healthy diet can also support a more robust immune system, stronger bones, and healthier cardiovascular and nervous systems.
Eating right can also help you manage pain. Avoiding processed foods and animal-based fats, while emphasizing fresh produce and healthy fats, can reduce inflammation and increase your pain threshold. If a healthier diet helps you lose a little weight, too, that’s great; less weight means less strain on your joints, which can help you reduce your pain.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself of delicious food, especially when you read Prevention RD.
Prevention RD’s food philosophy sums up her recipes perfectly:
“My food philosophy is all about balance: love what you eat and be what you eat to live a long, healthy life. What I serve up in my kitchen could be scaled back even further to include less calories, less fat, and a whole lot less of a lot…but I have learned that less is not always more when you’re talking about food. Loving what you eat at every meal should not only meet the needs of your body (without excess), but of the mind, and heart, and soul. If you don’t love what you eat today, why would you continue eating the same tomorrow?”
And Prevention RD’s recipes definitely live up to this philosophy. Dishes like garlic-mustard glazed chicken skewers or slow cooker chicken enchilada soup promise a ton of flavor, without ruining your diet.
New recipes are posted on a very regular basis. Past recipes are arranged in categories like low carb, gluten-free, vegetarian, and slow cooker, making it easy to find exactly what you want. Most of the recipes are for traditional, approachable foods, like chili, but with a few alterations to make them much healthier. This recipe for Mexican quinoa chili, for instance, uses chicken instead of beef and adds some super-healthy quinoa. Prevention RD also posts the nutritional information on each recipe, which is nice if you’re watching your diet really closely.
Prevention RD also provides a weekly menu on a regular basis. Not all of the recipes mentioned in her weekly menus are given, but some are. This can give you a fun peek into Prevention RD’s eating habits and maybe even inspire you to come up with your own delicious, healthy weekly menus.
Additionally, if you’re new to the kitchen (or just looking for some new toys to inspire you), check out Nicole’s Necessities on Prevention RD. Here she spotlights all the gadgets she uses the most while cooking, like popsicle molds or a mini chopper. Also, if you’re really hesitant about finding yummy food from someone who focuses on healthy eating, note that one of her favorite items is a donut pan. You can’t go wrong with someone who lists a donut pan as a favorite tool!
You can find more than just recipes on Prevention RD.
Nicole has polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. This syndrome can be difficult to diagnose, so she talks about her own symptoms and how she was diagnosed. Also included is information about why it’s important to maintain a healthy weight with PCOS. Nicole even provides some straightforward tips to eating right with PCOS, such as:
- Including protein with meals and snacks
- Include complex carbs, lean protein, and heart-healthy fats in each meal
- Avoid high-carb and high-sugar foods
- Eat smaller meals and have snacks throughout the day
- Don’t skip meals
Living well with PCOS is closely related to controlling blood sugar levels, so these tips will work for anyone trying to watch blood sugar, such as diabetics.
If you find yourself inspired to learn more about being a registered dietitian, Prevention RD can help you with that, too. On her RD Q&A page, Nicole and several other RDs discuss their own experiences, give advice, and generally provide encouragement. Even if you’re not interested in becoming an RD, this page is worth a quick read. The information here gives a lot of specifics about the education required to become an RD, making it even more exciting that you can get free RD-approved recipes from the Prevention RD blog.
Have you tried any of the recipes from Prevention RD?
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