Food Stories Nomination

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

We would love to thank Shelby at Everyday Vegan Girl for the Food Stories Award nomination. We are thrilled to be included with so many other wonderful bloggers.

Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling

Food Stories is pleased to present the Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling, a fabulous nomination that anyone can bestow on their fellow bloggers.

Here’s how it works:

1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way our judges will know who is being considered for the monthly award).
2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting on their own blog & including a link to their blog.
3. The Nominee should include a courtesy link back to the official award site ( in their blog post.
4. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
5. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their stories and nominate them for the award. Include these nominees in your blog post.
6. Notify your  nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (


The 5 bloggers that we are nominating are:

  1. Shannon at Healthful Balance
  2. Fran At Broken Cookies Don’t Count
  3. Hannah at Mind Running Wild
  4. Rebecca at Blueberry Smiles
  5. Maria at Sinfully Nutritious
The award rules require us to share a random thing about ourselves.
Jennifer (the student): I am embarrassing in love with “Pretty Little Liars”.
Jennifer (the RD):I crave hummus so much sometimes that I eat nothing but different varieties and nothing else all day.
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Benefits of Pumpkin

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

Last week, my dog Kasper, that I truly believe has an eating disorder ate almost an entire loaf of whole wheat bread.  He was so sick that he had  to get a pain injection,  x-rays twice, and was on Reglan and antibiotics.  He was in such pain that he could hardly move.  He is just shy of 16 lbs. so you can imagine what a whole loaf of bread felt like in his gut!  Luckily, he was able to pass most of the bread, but became extremely constipated.  Because my dog is a repeat offender, I knew the drill.  Give him lots of pumpkin since it is a natural laxative!  So, I was thinking that my blog entry would be about the benefits of pumpkin.  Here you go:

  • Pumpkin is low in calories, but very nutrient dense
  • It is full of antioxidants
  • It is packed full of vitamin A
  • And of course, we know that it is full of fiber!

Most people think of pumpkin being used in pumpkin pie, but it can also be used in soups, stews, pancakes, etc.  Pumpkin seeds are always yummy too!

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Eggplant and Mushroom Sauce

Posted by Jennifer (the student)



This dish is the result of wanting to make eggplant without breading or frying it. I usually serve it with pasta, quinoa or polenta and it is a dish we really enjoy.

  • 2 large eggplants, sliced to ½” to ¼” thick
  • 2 cups of mushrooms, sliced (any type you like)
  • ¼ onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream (I use vegan sour cream or fat-free will work)
  • fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  • salt
  1. Spread eggplant on cookie sheets and salt. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes then wipe water and excess salt from eggplant.
  2. In a large stockpot on medium heat, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and onion. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  3. Next add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and eggplant. Sauté for about 20 minutes until eggplant in almost cooked.
  4. Then add the last Tbsp of olive oil and the mushrooms. Sauté for about 10 minutes until mushrooms are cooked.
  5. Finally, add sour cream, tomato paste and pepper and combine.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

*This dish actually tastes better the next day.

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My 7th WIAW & Our 100th Post!

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

Hello Everyone. Happy “What I Ate Wednesday”! This is an exciting post because it is my 7th WIAW and it is also jenmijenmi’s 100th post. Last fall, my friend Jennifer and I thought of starting a blog that would share our perspective on healthy food and lifestyle from a registered dietitian and a dietetic student. We are having fun so far and we are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for our next 100 posts.🙂  Thank you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting.

This is what I ate:
Breakfast (6:30 am)

Coffee with hazelnut milk and stevia.

A blueberry and banana smoothie.

Blueberry and Banana Smoothie Recipe

1 frozen banana

½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (any milk)

1 heaping tablespoon almond butter (any nut butter)

1 generous sprinkle of cinnamon

  1. In a blender, blend banana and milk until blended.
  2. Add blueberries, almond butter and cinnamon and blend until smooth about 1 minute.

*Options: Add 1 heaping teaspoon of spirulina. And/or add ½ cup frozen peaches or mango.

AM Snack (10:00am)

Cubed Watermelon.

Lunch (1:00pm)

Garlic mushroom flatbread from Green Bliss in Fullerton again.

After Lunch Treat (2:00pm)

Half of a vegan cookie dough brownie from the Gypsy Den that I picked up a couple of days ago.

PM Snack (4:00pm)

Roasted carrots. On the weekends, I roast up a bunch of different vegetables so we can snack on them through out the week.

Dinner (6:00pm)

A large green salad from Kentro in Fullerton. This salad is called Three Chromo and I love it. It came with beautiful bread that I did not eat because once I start it is hard to stop.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day was full of healthy meals.🙂

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What is Agar Agar?

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

Agar agar is a non animal alternative to gelatin.  It is a combination of different sea vegetables and is used to stabilize/firm pies, puddings, jellies, etc.  Just like gelatin, it needs to be dissolved in hot liquid, but firms up and thickens at room temperature.  I bought a package at the Chinese supermarket and noticed that it was at least 50% cheaper than it was at Whole foods! :)

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May 27th – Exercise Log

 Posted by Jennifer (the student) 

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest


5/27/12            Walk/Hike 6 miles √

5/28/12            Walk/Jog 2 miles, Weight Train Arms 15 min √

5/29/12            Piyo 1-hour class √

5/30/12            Walk/Jog 2 miles √ Weight Train Arms 15 min √
                            Yoga 1-hour class X
5/31/12            Yoga 1-hour class √

6/01/12            Walk/Jog 2 miles, Weight Train Arms 15 min √

6/02/12            Off √