This week we interviewed nutritionist Melanie Brede from the Elson Student Health Center here at the University of Virginia. Here is her helpful advice! Our final question was collaboration from Melanie and one of her colleaguesAmy Chestnutt with the Eating Disorders Education Initiative at the UVA Women’s Center.
Sautéed vegetables can be a great addition to rice, pasta, wraps, salads, meat dishes or even by themselves! They can also be very healthy and flavorful if you use olive oil as opposed to butter or vegetable oil. This is a simple recipe that only takes a few steps, but be sure to use appropriate kitchen tools! A shallow frying pan works best so there is more surface area for the vegetables to brown, and a wooden spoon or spatula is all you need to turn your sautéed ingredients.
Three ingredients, one bottle and you’ve got your own homemade balsamic vinaigrette. This is much healthier than what you’d find in the grocery store and it will dress approximately four salads! Spruce up your lettuce or dip some sliced raw veggies in it. I love sliced apples and carrots with a balsamic drizzle, it’s the epitome of sweet and salty!
Fresh herbs are versatile ingredients in the kitchen as they are often very important to achieve a flavorful dish. Dried herbs are always available in the spice section, but here we are going to touch on some tips for fresh herb upkeep so that you don’t waste money on a fairly common and costly ingredient.
Did you know that you can use finely ground almonds, pistachios, etc. instead of flour when you’re baking? This is great if you want to reduce your gluten intake, are aiming for a lighter flavor, or just want to give your dessert a slightly nutty flavor to whatever it is you are baking. And hey, it helps you get some protein in as well!
I am not ashamed to admit it: I am 100% on the Chobani train. As someone who’s always looking for healthy food substitutions, I was elated to find out that Chobani can be a great alternative to many unhealthy options. Here’s an infographic explaining just how to substitute Chobani’s 0% Plain Yogurt in some of your favorite baked items. Enjoy!