Friday, April 29, 2016

Reader Favorites: April Edition

Thank you for all of the love this month! April is one of my favorite months; there is usually the beginning of cool, Spring weather in the South. This month, I tested and photographed some recipes for a consultation job. It was so fun! It is a great creative outlet for me to use my nutrition knowledge, help others, and make beautiful food. Stay tuned for some of those pictures and recipes. 

If you missed any of the posts this month, here are the top favorite posts you visited in the month of April. Enjoy!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

RDtipoftheday Favorites: April Edition

Welcome to RDtipoftheday's favorites April edition. This is my blog series that highlights some of the best things I've been watching, reading, listening to, cooking, and eating. These are a few of my favorite things this month.

I've been loving my new cookbooks. I received several cookbooks as Christmas and birthday gifts (thanks family!). I've also found cookbooks at the library! Can you believe it?!? Here's what I checked out this month.

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As the name suggests, the New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook features recipes made in cast iron pans. It has recipes ranging for sweet to savory. It includes dishes that can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. As always, I'm excited to try some new recipes and find new ways to cook in my cast iron pan.

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One of my 2016 resolutions is to read more. This month, I've read Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst and the cookbook mentioned above. Unglued is a nonfiction book about how people react to situations. I love this book for anyone that want to improve interpersonal skills and better handling different reactions. This book can be used for personal application, work or professional applications, and is great for relating to patients and their families. It teaches you about the different ways individuals react to emotions and how you can respond in a healthy way. I think it is a great read for everyone.

I'm working on more recipes for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), so I've been cooking and baking quite a bit. Stay tuned for those recipes.

I recently read Julia Child's memoir and enjoyed learning more about her life. This link popped up the other day on social media, and I thought I would share it with you. Here are five things we can learn from Julia Child's Kitchen.


I have been listening to a new-to-me podcast. It's called The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. I have been listening to about 1-2 episodes per week to catch up. I usually listen on my commute or while cleaning house. I've started at the beginning, and I'm on episode 70ish. I'm loving it! Check it out. It's free. She posts one episode per week, but sometime weeks there are bonus episodes!

The newest podcast I've found is That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs. She is fun and funny, she has 10 podcast episodes. She is an author, blogger, and speaker. She talks a lot about writing in the podcasts I've listened to because of her recently published books. Her books are on my list to read. I'll let you know what I think in my future favorites!

I hope you enjoyed these tips, recipes, and all of my favorites. Let me know if this is a feature that you would like me to continue by commenting below. And, let me know if you have something you want to be featured. Thanks! Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Shrimp Poboy Recipe from a Louisiana Registered Dietitian

We have some new readers to the blog, so I thought I'd reintroduce myself and tell you a little about how I became a dietitian. My name is Denon Stacy, MS, RD, CSP, LD. I am a Registered Dietitian (RD) at a pediatric hospital. I’ve enjoyed teaching children and their families about health and nutrition for 8 years. As a pediatric dietitian, my goal is to help children develop healthy eating habits and to fuel strong, healthy kids.

Nutrition is important because it fuels our body. I first learned about nutrition in 4th grade science class. I had an excellent teacher (Hey Mrs. McLin!) who explained how healthy eating involves eating a variety of foods and food groups. I learned the importance of eating different colors. Eating foods with different colors helps us get the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to growth tall, strong, and be healthy. For example, the orange color in carrots is caused by beta-carotene, which is also known as vitamin A. Vitamin A helps keep our eyes healthy. So, listen to your parents when they say “eat your carrots; they’re good for your eyes.” It’s true. That’s good nutrition!

Since I’m from a coastal state, I had access to plenty of seafood. I developed a love of seafood. We had crawfish boils in the Spring, which were always fun, family gatherings. Since crawfish is not available year-round, the recipe I’m sharing is a take on a shrimp dish that is commonly found in Louisiana. This recipe is a quick dinner. It’s a fancier sandwich that is approachable for most children . . . even children who may not love seafood.

Grilled Shrimp Po’boy
4 whole wheat baguettes
1 pound large shrimp (31-35 count per pound)
1 cup romaine lettuce, shredded
1 tomato
½ cup cucumber, thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
½ onion, sliced into rings

Remoulade sauce
1 cup light mayonnaise
2 Tablespoon whole grain or Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons ketchup
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

To make remoulade sauce, combine mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, garlic, black pepper, paprika, onion powder, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, and Worcestershire sauce. If you prefer spicy foods, you can adjust the hot sauce and cayenne to taste. Refrigerate sauce until needed.

Peel and devein shrimp. Add 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon garlic to marinate shrimp in a large bowl.

Prepare vegetables for sandwich assembly. Wash and dry all vegetables. Shred lettuce. Slice cucumber, tomato, and onion. Now that you have your mis en place (French for put in place), it's time to cook!

Heat grill pan over medium. Add shrimp and cook 4-5 minutes per side until opaque and internal temperature reaches 145*F.

To build the po’boy or sandwich, spread ~1-2 Tablespoons remoulade on bread. Add lettuce, tomato, onion, and cucumber. Top with shrimp.

You can serve this dish with a side salad, coleslaw, or raw vegetables. You can use extra remoulade for dipping or as a salad dressing. Enjoy!


  • Crawfish are commonly used in Louisiana cuisine, but shrimp is a good substitute as it is more readily available than crawfish.
  • Increase your fiber intake by switching grains. Choose whole grains like whole wheat bread, brown rice, or whole grain tortillas. Look for > or = 3 grams of fiber per serving on the Nutrition Facts Label to ensure you're choosing a whole grain. You’ll get more fiber which promotes satiety, the feeling of fullness. Fiber also helps lower cholesterol.
  • Many poboys feature fried meats. According to the American Heart Association, you should limit fried foods to three servings per week. This is an easy switch. Instead of frying meats, try grilling, baking, or roasting. This decreases the fat added to foods from the cooking method.
My nutrition philosophy is everything in moderation. There are no “bad foods.” I encourage age-appropriate amounts of fruits and vegetables per day; I’ve never met anyone that eats too many fruits and vegetables.

I encourage nutrition plans that include a variety food groups. Don’t be afraid to try new foods. Be brave! Have an adventurous palate! We need a balance of all of the food groups to provide adequate nutrients to fuel our bodies, maintain our health, and prevent diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, and elevated blood pressure. I also support the balance of eating well and including physical activity into our everyday lifestyle. We need to fuel our body in a healthy way and be physically activity to maintain good health.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting a peak into the life of a RD from Louisiana. Try the recipe!

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Reader Favorites: March 2016 Edition

Thank you for all of the love this month! March is one of my favorite months; there is so much celebrating. We celebrate birthdays in my family, National Kidney Month, and National Nutrition Month! If you missed any of the posts last month, here are the top favorite posts you visited in the month of March. Enjoy!

P.s. Happy National Nutrition Month!

Let me know if there are any nutrition-related topics you would like me to write about. You can comment below. 

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