Weekly Wisdom and Wedding Weekend Top 5 Nutrition Noshes

Nosh One. Wisdom.

Quote above love.

I haven't been to a wedding in quite some time and I was fortunate to be a part of my dear friend Amanda and her husband, Andy's wedding last weekend. I am not sure if you are like me or anyone else who attends a wedding, but you get all the feels for everything love. Of course I am talking about the love between a couple, but more importantly, all the other love. 

The love that creates a special moment like this. The love of Amanda and Andy's parents for each other, the love of siblings, the love of extended family and the love of friends. All of these different kinds of love help create and shape our lives. Love is just a word, until all of these relationships so graciously happen in our lives.  

I exist because of the love of my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and all of those who came before me. I exist because of the love of my sister, the love of my friends, the love of my mentors. We exist because someone came along and gave the word love true meaning. 

Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation. 

Photo of podcast guest Sarah Gotch, Owner of Gnarly Pepper

My conversation today is with boss babe and product entrepreneur, Sara Gotch

It is a blast to be connected to new people through friends you have met along the way and this is exactly how Sara and I met. Sara is a fellow Iowan who loved to eat dips as a kid, realized the serving size of dips, took a leap of faith, quit her job  and created dip mixes she loved to eat and was proud to share with the rest of the world. Sara and I talk about what it is like to create  a product and all there is involved to get the product to the people. If you are someone thinking about making your own product, this podcast is for you!

Connect with Sara:  Gnarly Pepper and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest

Nosh Three. Week in Review. 

After the start of 2018, it was fun to be a part of wedding the first week in January. MINUS, the extremely cold weather. It was in the single digit for degrees, but it didn't stop a thing. WEDDING POST ALERT, for those of you not into weddings, totally understand, it is not everyones jam. But like I said above in my wisdom, weddings are so much more than just a couple pledging forever. 

Photo of a bride getting her makeup done before her wedding.

The day was started at the salon and Amanda got all pretty with hair and makeup. 

Photo of Mom and Daughter with the bridal bouquet.

 While we were there, her bouquet got delivered because right after, she was heading to see the groom for their first look. First looks are an important part of weddings, which I never knew. Way back in the years of my friends getting married and myself (yes, I was married-I will save that for another time), it wasn't really a thing. Amanda got a little delayed at the salon...but the schedule got adjusted and everything went great!

Photo of a bridesmaid before a wedding.

This was the second time I was a bridesmaid and I will have to say, Amanda's picked out beautiful dresses. They were comfy and flattering. This is the photo I took so my mom could see the dress. 

Photo of bridesmaid bouquets made of winter flowers and white roses

The flowers were sooo pretty. The white roses did pretty well holding up in the cold temps, a few petals bit the dust in our bouquets and Amanda's. Mine is still in a vase on my mantel and it still looks beautiful. There were 7 bridesmaids in all and unfortunately, I didn't get a photo with all of us!  She had a mix of childhood friends, college friends and dietitian friends. 

Bride, maid of honor and personal attendant.

Amanda had her sister Kristine as her maid of honor and her rockstar personal attendant, her cousin Abigail. There were a few moments we had to calm Kristine because she became overwhelmed with emotion. That is the kind of love I am talking about. The love of a sister...there is nothing like it. I remember at my wedding, my sister did the same thing...emotional, but happy tears. It brought back such sweet memories of my beautiful maid of honor. 

Photo of the Bride and Groom after the wedding.

The happy couple made it through the vows without a hitch and Amanda was ready to relax!  This is my favorite photo I got of them that day. Look at how Andy is looking at Amanda...now that is pure love. 

The bride and bridesmaid

Photo of the Bride and her friends at the wedding reception.

Tired bridesmaid

We had a lovely dinner, a plethora of cocktails, a lot of amazing conversations and danced the night away. The Iowa Taproom was a beautiful venue and I will have to share more of the formal photos at a later date.  I am proud to say I kept my heels on all night (thanks to Clark shoes creating an adorable black patent leather peep toe) and cut a rug in them until the last song. And then I was done...thank you to my friend Jason for taking this photo, just lovely (ha). 

It was a day to remember and I know Andy and Amanda will continue to give love meaning during a long, happy life together. Happy 1 week anniversary you two!

Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week. 

How could there be a wedding without a wedding workout playlist of the week? Again, this kind of music may not be your jam but it was a blast to put together. Some of the songs were in the wedding, so it will be a fun week to workout to it and remember the weekend. Playlist is available on Apple Music and Spotify

Workout Playlist of the Week

Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now.

I am pretty excited about Gnarly Pepper dip mixes. These tear packets are the perfect size for a small container of plain yogurt (which of course I had to mix with my favorite Siggi's) and is portable when packing your lunch. These are something not available on the market. I am so glad I got the opportunity to connect with Sara to experience this handy and healthy way to dip. Most of the time I pack cold veggies in my lunch and now I can get some extra protein and flavor. My favorite is the Onion Dip mix, it is the best!

Gnarly Pepper Dip Mix

Sara has a bunch of great recipes on her website and you can also order the mixes on the Gnarly Pepper website and Amazon.  This past week, I made the Gnarly Zucchini Fries and I ate them so fast, I forgot to take a photo. Whoopss!  Here is the recipe from the Gnarly Pepper website. 

Gnarly Zucchini Fries
Serves 4 • Appetizer Style
2 medium zucchinis – quartered lengthwise
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
3 t Gnarly Pepper Onion Dip Blend
1/2 T fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
2 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 350˚F. In a bowl, lightly toss and coat the zucchini with olive oil.  In another bowl combine grated Parmesan, panko, 1 teaspoon Gnarly Pepper Onion Dip Blend, and pepper.
Lay zucchini out on a flat stone and sprinkle Gnarly Mix on top.  Bake for 15 minutes, then broil for 2-5 minutes. While the zucchini is cooking, mix 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt with 2 teaspoons of Gnarly Pepper Onion Dip Blend.  Get your gnarly zucchini dip on!

I just got hungry...off to snack!



Weekly Wisdom and Saying Goodbye to 2017 Top 5 Nutrition Noshes

Nosh One. Wisdom.

Inspirational quote

There is always a place or places you call home.  The place you always go back to and never forget the sounds, the smells, the nooks and crannies and the feelings you get when you arrive.  It may cosmetically and physically change over the years; the size, the color, the location. When all those things change, it remains home because of the people who reside there. 

Those people who sit and share food and conversation with at the kitchen table, who tell you stories at bedtime, who you have cocktails on the patio with, who covers you over when you are sick on the couch and who hugs you when you cry. 

Don't ever take for granted the place you call home. It is where your story began and continues. 

 Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation.

Podcast about Registered Dietitians, nutrition, health and wellness.

My conversation today is with Gisela Bouvier, a registered dietitian with the most sincere passion in helping others practice body kindness and mindful eating. 

I feel Instagram is the social media matchmaker for like-minded people by connecting us with each other. Enter Gisela Bouvier. Connecting with Gisela through Instagram lead to a quick but intimate meeting at FNCE and this amazing conversation. This was a gift to me. As she told me before, she is an open book and shares her own personal journey through an eating disorder, being in jobs that didn’t bring her joy and leading her to the passionate and purposeful life she leads today. Each time I have listened to our conversation, I get happy tears in my eyes. 

Connect with Gisela:  B Nutrition and Wellness and follow her on Instagram and Facebook 

Nosh Three. Last Weeks of 2017 in Review. 

What to do when you have a toothache

The last few weeks of 2017 were interesting to say the least. Which now I can look back upon and be soooo grateful for so much. Over the past year, I have kind of had an aching on my right side of my mouth, which I kind of thought was TMJ. It would be a dull pain in the morning at times and then sometimes not at all. One evening, the pain was unbearable. It was seriously nothing I ever experienced in my entire life. It did not go away. I was popping ibuprofen like it was my job all day and sleeping with frozen corn on my face sitting up at night. I made an appointment to see my dentist and discovered I had a cracked tooth and needed a root canal. I had no idea that is what would cause such pain and I had never had a root canal either. I will be perfectly fine if I never experience either one again. 3 appointments, a root canal and a crown later, my pain is gone and I am a whole new woman. Here is my PSA for you, never mess around with teeth pain. It is only going to get worse and it is worth every penny to take care of your pearly whites. 

Photo of a sick kitty

On the morning of December 23rd, I was heading to work and realize Lil g was feeling a little under the weather. She seemed ok when I left. I was going to head to my moms right after work for the holiday and when I called home, Mom really recommended me to stop at home just to check in. Reluctantly, I did and Lil g was VERY under the weather. I couldn't believe I had to delay my holiday plans for a sick kitty but I stayed home, got her feeling better and headed home on Christmas Eve. 

Photo of cracked crab legs, coffee with Irish Cream

Mom and I had a simple and relaxes holiday planned:  eat a little food, attend Mass, drink a few cocktails, watch a few movies and just be together. We have always talked about making homemade macaroni and cheese for a holiday and this was the year. The last few year, we had crab legs for Christmas Eve and I thought it would be fun to continue the tradition and I brought some home to be part of the fun (and some Bailey's and coffee). 

Photo of ingredients of butter and cheese for recipe on a cutting board

Mom had all the cheese and butter for days to make our creamy, gooey goodness. We decided on Gruyere, Havarti and White Cheddar. 

Photo of cheese melting in cream

We also used half and half for our roux with unsalted butter, white pepper and cayenne pepper. 

Photo of macaroni and cheese getting ready to bake

Once we melted and mixed everything together, we topped it with Italian seasoned bread crumbs and it was ready to bake and eat. However, we snacked during the whole process and got so full we couldn't even fathom eating it that night, so we saved it for Christmas Day. 

Photo of homemade macaroni and cheese with fresh crab on a white plate

And it was worth the wait. The breadcrumbs are a necessity, to add a little crunch and the sweet crab paired well with the cheese choices. We already decided we are going to try a different cheese in the threesome next year, so around this time next year, the recipe may change a little. This recipe is courtesy of Chef Stacey Wertzberger and we altered it a little bit by substituting the gnocchi with macaroni, half and half for whole milk and added 4 ounces of white cheddar cheese and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. 

Three Cheese Crab Macaroni and Cheese
Makes one 9x13 pan ~serves 12

Crab Gnocchi Recipe photo

Photo of red dish towel, spatula and homemade jam

I was also very grateful for the gifts I received over the month of December. My favorite people from Midwest Dairy sent this adorable cow towel and spatula from Williams Sonoma (which I have already used both at least each week since I received it) and one of my customers made me the most delicious jam. 

Photo of large box of chocolates in bed

Photo of pearl necklace in a box with a gold bow

When I went to bed on Christmas Eve, there was a big beautiful red box of chocolate laying on my pillow with a box tied in a pretty gold bow from my mom. Chocolate and pearls might be the sweetest bedtime gift I have ever gotten. When I woke up on Christmas Day I may have sat in bed wearing my pearls and eating chocolate.....

Photo of homemade pot holder, pillow cases and white holiday ornaments

Later in the day, my Gramma Alice joined us for our Crab Mac and Cheese and brought Mom and I potholders and pillowcases. Two things I can never have enough of!  I chose the pink and polka dots because that is my favorite. My cousins Christine and Denis brought me an adorable glass ice bucket to perfect pair with all of our 2018 Cocktail Clubs and her traditional gift of ornaments of white and silver. I hope this time next year, I will actually put my tree up to celebrate all the beautiful ornaments I have. To be continued on that one....

Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week.

Each time I am home, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, something I am sure you can all relate with. I also make sure when I am home, I try to keep being active as part of the trip. These are a few of my songs that remind me of home. Find the playlist on Apple Music and Spotify.

Photo of music playlists on Apple Music and Spotify

Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now. 

Photo of a white rose

It has been 2 years since my sister passed away over the holiday season and I very lovingly received a beautiful flower from an anonymous person on December 22nd. I was speechless. To whomever so thoughtfully sent this to me, I thank you. It was a very special way to remember my sweet Kate and was like receiving a big hug that day. 

Photo of a large Christmas Cactus

I also forget how much I love my Grandma's Christmas cactus in my dining room. This year it actually bloomed on Christmas and it has been blooming ever since. 

It has been extremely cold here and these beautiful flowers were just what I needed to feel warm and cozy as 2018 begins. 

I hope you had a great end to your 2017 and a great beginning to your 2018...



Weekly Wisdom and 'Tis the Season Top 5 Nutrition Noshes

Nosh One. Wisdom. 

'Tis the Season for Stretchy Pants by Anne Elizabeth RD

Stretchy pants on and I am ready!  

Tis the season to really invest in yourself, your family and friends and be present in what this time of year really means to you. Think of all the things that have changed over the past year and how you view the year to come differently. Think of all the great people in your life and be excited for the ones you haven't met yet. Be grateful for the little things, like a warm car to get you where you where you are going, blankets to be cozy under, and clean water to drink. Practice kindness as much as possible. Smile brighter than you ever have at everyone and say hello. Open a door for someone. Tell someone they look beautiful or handsome in that sweater.  Eat the treats (because Stacey makes great treats) drink the hot chocolate, skip the gym and don't give it a second thought. Tell your parents and siblings you truly and deeply love them. Take a moment to breathe and focus on your breath going through your body. Hug your favorite weirdo so tight that they know how much you love them without saying a word. Be a part of something that is greater than you and continue it all year long. 

Find the joy in each and every day, 'Tis the Season. 

Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation.

Conversations with Anne Elizabeth Podcast with Nicole Rodriguez, RD

My conversation today is with my strength training girl crush and Registered Dietitian
Nicole Rodriguez

I love the space of instagram because I feel this is the social media place for all kinds of people sharing great things, including glimpses into one's personal life. I started following Nicole on Instagram because her videos and explanation of strength training was something I wanted to incorporate more into my life. It is so awesome to see strong women lifting heavy weight and she inspired me from day one. I actually got to meet her in person at FNCE this year and my girl crush is even greater. Nicole is a kindred spirit and everything about her passions and philosophies is something you will want to hear more about. 

Connect with on her beautiful website: http://enjoyfoodenjoylife.com/ and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @nrodriguezrdn

Nosh Three. Week in Review.

This will be my last blog post of 2017 and it is going to kind of be a list of all the things I have been grateful for over the past year. With my thought provoking wisdom today, the thoughts may be as random but there is true meaning behind all of them. 'Tis the season of my life to be paying attention to the shit that really matters. 

RINGR Podcasting Software for Conversations with Anne Elizabeth Podcast

I am grateful for communication and conversations. I learn more than I have have from the conversations I have. I have become a better communicator myself and it is something I work on purposefully. My podcast has opened up a whole new world of conversations and I am really excited about my new phone capabilities to chat all over the world. 

Mole checks twice a year to prevent skin cancer.

I am grateful for another year of mole checks and no presence of skin cancer. I am also very grateful for pretty pink Hello Kitty bandaids that are still cool 35 years after my original childhood obsession. 

#bestofnine 2017 on Instagram

I am grateful for new relationships coming from a surprise source, Instagram. I would have never guessed I would have encountered as much authenticity as I do on a social media platform. I generated #2017bestnine on Instagram and going back to each of those posts are where some life long introductions to new friends were made. I will never take for granted the power of energy and how it brings certain people together. 

Goodies from Food and Nutrition Magazine and Stone Soup Blog

I am always grateful for the abundance of food I get to try, cook, experiment in meal planning and use in educating others. Food and nutrition is the lifeline to my profession. Food has also connected me with some amazing groups of like-minded individuals like Food and Nutrition Magazine and Midwest Dairy Association. These groups have not only given me opportunity to make new friends but to share one of the things I love to do and that is write. 

Mercy West Medical Center Women's Imaging, Clive, Iowa

I am thankful for technology and healthcare, as well as not passing out at my 2nd ever mammogram.(woo hoo). I know healthcare gets a bad rap, it's expensive, people are living without it and I cannot imagine the hardship it brings to those people without it. I am grateful to have it and I am also grateful for the people who take care of me when I am not well.  A special shout out to the kind imaging expert who made sure I didn't end up on the floor topless this time. We all take our health for granted and not one single day is ever promised to us. You have nothing if you don't have your health. 

Dietitian Holiday Party

I am grateful for smiles and laughter. Whenever the day is crap or I feel down, if I can find something to smile or laugh about, all will be right with the world. Sometimes all I need to do is head over to Facebook and find a fond memory as this to bring the smile out. There is no reason to smile, everyday, all day. If you catch yourself wearing your grumpy pants, it is the quickest way to snap yourself out of it. Besides, smile lines are beautiful and good laughter works my abs. 

Cocktail Club Snacks

I am grateful for the kitchen table. Meals are where people conjugate, talk and connect. When we gather together over good food with good people, nothing can stop us. We are like the strongest fortress, even fire-breathing dragons couldn't bring down. It is also the place we can share our joys, our passions and our purpose in life with people who really care and want to listen. Some of my most memorable and impactful conversations happened at the kitchen table, that have lead me to who I am today. 

Holiday 2017 Cocktail Club French 75

And finally, I am thankful for fun. Fun is a definition you can create yourself. For me, I make fun happen everywhere. Fun happens at work, it happens at the gym, it happens at home, it happens at the grocery store and of course it happens at cocktail club. When things are lighthearted, encouraging smiles and laughter, this is what sets your soul aglow. But it's not always going to find you, you have to seek it out and make it happen. Life is too short to not have fun and you need to celebrate everyday. 

Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week. 

'Tis the season to blast some fun holiday tunes, sing at the top of your lungs and shake your booty.  Find my favorite holiday tunes on Spotify and Apple Music

Happy Holidays Workout Playlist of the Week by Anne Elizabeth on Spotify and Apple Music

Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now (and ALWAYS). 

And finally, what I love right now and what I love ALWAYS is my heartbeats. 2017 was another fantastics and wildly awesome year because these people are "present" in my everyday life. There are no words that can express my love for each and every one of them. I am seriously the luckiest gal in all the land and I look forward to creating a pretty damn amazing 2018 with this wild and crazy tribe. 

My Heartbeats and Always What I Love Right Now.

Happiest of Holidays to all of you and your heartbeats....