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Experts Offer the Easiest Ways to Add More Plants to Your Plate

What’s the real secret to reducing disease risk through nutrition? Time and time again, despite the design of the study, the number of participants, or the timeframe of the intervention, nutrition research shows us that humans are healthier when they eat more vegetables. As healthcare professionals, we strive to keep our choices based on evidence-based practice. What’s holding you back from applying what we know about nutrition to your life? While June is national fresh fruit and vegetable month, any way that you can make your diet more plant based is a good move for health. We asked Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for the easiest ways to get those five recommended cups of valuable plants into your daily routine. First Things First Opting for vegetables at breakfast is a favorite of many nutrition experts. Kate Chury, RD, of www.thinkybites.com suggests keeping a good supply of frozen vegetables on hand for both convenience and their nutritional value. “My personal favorites for frozen vegetables are broccoli, spinach and asparagus,” Chury said. “I often use these frozen veggies in my scrambled eggs at breakfast. It can be hard to eat vegetables at breakfast time, and I've found this is an excellent way to get some in the morning. Frozen vegetables are also great to add to soups, pastas, curries or just to have as a simple, quick side.” Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, of Kellyjonesnutrition.com agreed. “I always have frozen vegetables on hand, especially broccoli and cauliflower, which I’ll roast on the convection setting in my oven, and in 15 minutes they’re ready to go with any protein or starch for dinner,” she said. “Any leftovers can be added to omelettes or used with lunch the next day.” The rest of your day [...]

What to Know Before You Go Gluten Free

When Robin finally decided to head to the doctor for a checkup it was after months of not feeling well. Her main complaint was bloating after eating foods like pasta and bread. Certain foods like ice cream, granola bars or beans also caused significant abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea. After asking a few questions, the doctor suggested a diet change, she was handed a paper on the gluten free diet and asked to return in a month. Within a week Robin began to feel significantly better. Problem solved, right? You probably know someone with celiac disease. With the prevalence rising to 1 in 133 people, nearly 3 million individuals in the United States have this autoimmune disorder. Unfortunately, 80- 90% of people who have celiac disease don’t actually know it. Randomly starting a gluten free diet without understanding how celiac disease is identified can do more harm than good. What is Gluten? Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley is a common food ingredient in the United States. Gliadin, a part of gluten, cannot be fully broken down by the intestine in those with celiac disease, and can pass through the barrier of the intestinal wall causing an inflammatory response. Over time, the ability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients is decreased due to damage by exposure to gluten. Symptoms of Celiac Disease Symptoms of celiac disease include abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, diarrhea, constipation, gastrointestinal reflux, or vomiting. People with undiagnosed celiac disease often become lactose intolerant due to the damage in the area of the small intestine that produces enzymes which help us break down and absorb our food. Although this sounds a lot like irritable bowel syndrome the cause and [...]

Course of the month: Children’s Fitness Bundle

Sedentary children become obese, but healthy habits can be learned early in life with systematic attention to diet and activity routines offered by parents, daycare providers, preschool administrators, and teachers. The courses in this bundle provide practical, proven, age-appropriate diet, nutrition and exercise/activity strategies for youngsters, as well as guidelines for boosting performance, limiting risk, and promoting healthy development in young exercisers and competitors. Topics include the relationship of motor development to sports activities, assessing nutrient needs, energy production, fluid and electrolytes, weight control and dieting, and much more. To learn more about the Children's Fitness Bundle and take it to receive the appropriate CE credits, pick your profession: Dietetics/Nutrition Fitness Health Education

Continuing Education

Dietetics/Nutrition Continuing Education Fulfill your state CE requirements and other CE needs today with our continuing education courses for dietitians and nutrition professionals! Pick a course below or browse our catalog for the most timely, relevant and compelling online dietetics/nutrition CE courses. Our highly credentialed interdisciplinary team takes great pride in producing the highest quality, unbiased, accredited content available. Your professional development and career advancement are our top priorities! Looking for courses approved through the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition, School Nutrition Association, CBDM, or CDR? View all courses and then choose your organization from the list of categories.

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