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What’s Cooking? Sunday, Part 3

1. Spicy Chicken and Spelt Salad

This weekend, I wanted to experiment with some exotic grains.  Exotic grains can be difficult to find, but most health food stores and co-ops have an abundance.  Spelt is the exotic grain featured in this recipe.  It is an ancient grain that is similar to wheat.  Kamut is a similar ancient grain, and I actually substituted kamut in this recipe.  Other substitutions I made to this recipe included toning down the spice and substituting tofu for chicken.  I also used a bagged shredded cabbage for convenience.  The result was very tasty!  I really like kamut; it has a rich, buttery flavor and a chewy texture.  Try it!

2. Swiss oatmeal 

I also started making Swiss oatmeal this week to change up my morning oatmeal routine.  This dish is served cold, making it perfect for a hot summer day. Stir together 2 cups uncooked oats with 1.5 cups low fat milk and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning, add slices of fresh fruit, chopped nuts, and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Serves 4.




The Real Cost of Cheap Food

Americans spend a lower percentage of income on food than any other nation.  As a result, our food system has shifted to low-quality, calorie-dense foods.  See what it is doing to our health… check out the below 2 minute video.

Nitrites, Nitrates, Antioxidants and Their Association with Gastric Cancer

Contest Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the contest. You all helped to make my grad school project a success, and I greatly appreciate it! I wish I could buy you all Amazon gift cards… but unfortunately I can’t afford it!

So, I wrote down the names of everyone who participated, multiple times for people with multiple entries, and used a random number generator from to pick the winner!  And the winner is… Rachel from Congratulations, Rachel!

Contest: Win a Free $20 Amazon Gift Card!

That’s right, I’m giving away a free gift card just in time for the holidays, and you could be the lucky winner! Here’s how:

  1. Read any of the 3 blog posts below, titled “The Free Nutrition Tools You’re Missing Out On”
  2. Answer the 2 quick poll questions at the end of the post
  3. Leave a comment at the end of the blog post about what you learned. (To do this, click “Leave a Comment” at the end of the blog post. If you are a Registered Dietitian, please comment on your evaluation of the tutorial.)

Want to improve your chances of winning? Submit multiple “contest entries” by:

  • Completing the other 2 blog tutorials and posting a comment (each worth 1 entry)
  • Promote this contest on Twitter by posting: RT @Nutrition_Girl Learn about nutrition and win a FREE $20 Amazon Gift Card #contest #nutrition
  • Announce this contest on your own blog and provide a link to this page

The winner will be chosen using an automatic number generator, and he/she will receive an Amazon gift card worth $20 via email. The winner will be notified via email and announced on this blog. The contest begins November 25th, 2009 and ends December 2nd, 2009. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. 

Good luck and thanks for participating!

The Fun Theory

We health professionals are always trying to come up with ways to get people to adopt healthy behaviors. I like this new idea to get people to take the stairs more often:


What other ways could we implement “The Fun Theory” to get people to adopt healthy behaviors?  (Note: If you have a really great idea, enter the contest at to win $3700!)

The Persimmon Post

Until a couple years ago, I had never tried a persimmon. Today, they are one of my favorite fall fruits! Here is everything you need to know about persimmons:

image Fuyu persimmons are squattier than Hachiya persimmons and are flat on the bottom. Fuyus taste great raw, they have a sweet, cinnamon flavor
and a crunchy texture. This is my favorite type of persimmon.

Hachiya persimmons are heart-shaped. imageHachiya persimmons are ripe when they are very soft, and are great for baking! Try adding Hachiya pulp to cookies, muffins and quick breads.

Fun Persimmon Facts:

  • If you cut a persimmon length-wise, there is a star shape in the middle!
  • Persimmons are Japan’s national fruit.
  • Persimmons are a great source of fiber and Vitamin A.

Try my Fall Morning Oatmeal recipe, which is made with Fuyu persimmons!