Top 5 Nutrition Noshes and Weekly Wisdom

Nutrition Nosh One. Wisdom.

Inspiration quote

I appreciate my Mom so very much. I appreciate all Moms very much. I cannot imagine how hard it is to be a Mom. Just think of the journey. No journey is the same and no journey is easy. No child is easy. In my eyes, it is the most difficult and challenging job on the market. I know my Mom has had her struggles and I also know she has had many joys. I know I might have been one of her biggest struggles and I hope one of her biggest joys. There is nothing I can do to repay my Mom for all she has done. She has comforted my tears and fears, kept me safe and alive, kept me fed with good nutrition and food, and hugged me when I wasn't so huggable. I know I was (and maybe still am on occasion) a pain in the ass sometimes, but I also know I am loved so very unconditionally. That is the beauty of our relationship. One we only share. I am so glad she chose me to be her daughter and I am so glad she was chosen to be my Mom. 

Nutrition Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation.


My conversation today is with my beautiful Mom, Ruth.  

I was excited to sit down today with my Mom on Mother’s Day, which is a very special day. I always go back and see her every year and just celebrate her being my Mom. In a conversation a couple of months ago, my mom made the sweet comment that she was the “original dietitian.” That is when the light bulb went off and I thought it would be a great idea to do a special Mother’s Day podcast with my Mom (and hopefully more). My Mom is great and I love her with all my heart. She really is the inspiration of me becoming a dietitian and I am very thankful.

Nutrition Nosh Three. Week in Review. 


May is the start of warmer weather here in Iowa. We start to shed some layers of clothing, but sometimes a little too soon. I was fortunate to attend an event put on by the Iowa Food and Family Project with these lovely ladies, Paige and Anne. We started the day bright and early at 4:30 am without realizing how cold it was outside. While we shared information about local food products, we snuggled and drank a lot of coffee. The event's focus was centered around the local farms and food the great state of Iowa has.  We even had the privilege to meet the new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purduehttps://www.usda.gov/. To make the day even more fun, we partnered with the guys behind Tres Mentes Salsa, a delicious and local salsa made right here in Des Moines. If you haven't tried their salsa, you are missing out!  I always have a container of their medium salsa in my fridge for to use as salad dressing, tacos and a great topper for baked proteins. 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

An exciting year of FNCE is approaching in October and I am still trying to figure out if I am going to attend this year. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating 100 years in their hometown, Chicago. It is very close to me this year, so I will be considering it pretty hard. I know it will be the most exciting one yet to see where our profession is headed in the next 100 years. 

breakfast food

I enjoyed a lovely breakfast at my favorite local spot, Cozy Cafe. I can walk to it from my house, so it balances out my latte and enormously delicious portion of hash browns. The food here is homemade, fresh and yummy. You should see their selection of homemade pies and muffins. I am pretty confident a plateful of hash browns and a latte are the way to go for breakfast. Top that off with great company and conversation and I am in weekend heaven. 

snacks Cheetos eat

On Mother's Day, I jotted home to spend the day with my special lady. We really didn't have anything planned so that lead to opening up a bag of Cheetos (which is one of my Mom's and I favorite crunchy snacks). If I haven't shared this before, I like to eat Cheetos with a fork. It prevents the orange, cheesy finger madness and I also can't overdue it on those crunchy suckers. They best part about my weird fork-eating Cheetos habit, is my friends know me so well, they send me pictures of others doing the same thing!  My friends Carlena and Jenny both send me pictures of their littles munching down our favorite snack with a fork. If anyone else shares in this ritual, send me pictures please. I would love to see them!

Food recipe

We did eat something else besides Cheetos. I was trying to think of something easy and fun for a sweet treat for Mom and Gramma on Mother's Day. A yogurt parfait kept coming to mind, but I wanted to mix it up. As I was contemplating a change of dessert and wandering through the ice-cream aisle, I spotted the waffle cones and bowls. What a perfect vessel for a yogurt parfait!  It was fancy, fun, easy and delicious. 

Mother's Day Parfait
Serves 4

4 - 5.3 ounce containers of Dannon Vanilla Light and Fit Greek Yogurt
2 large prepared blueberry muffins, cut into cubes and divided
1 cup of granola, divided
2 cups of fresh fruit, diced and divided
4 waffle bowls

1. Place divided blueberry muffin in each bowl. 
2. Top with container of yogurt.
3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of granola on top of yogurt.
4. Top with 1/2 cup of your favorite fresh fruit. 

Nutrition Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week. 

Of course it is Mom inspired!  Dance party in the living room anyone? 

Workout Playlist Music

Nutrition Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now.

Food, Stroopwafel

Well hello there. 

If you have ever had a morning flight on United Airlines and are in need of much needed travel nutrition, you may have encountered one of these tasty treats. Insert Stroopwafels. Until recently, I have only had them when I was traveling. After posting a picture of a recent Stroopwafel flight on my Instagram, I received confirmation of Stroopwafel retail spottings across Des Moines.  One of those locations was less than 1/2 mile from my house. Since they appear to be infiltrating Walgreens, if you haven't had one of these Dutch delicacies, you must give them a try. (Are you picking up on the waffle obsession this week?). There are many different brands out there, so I cannot speak to any other brand or flavor but the original from Daelamans. My favorite way to enjoy is to place one of the toasted waffles filled with caramel, cinnamon and real bourbon vanilla on top of a piping hot cup of coffee. The waffle and caramel inside starts to soften and the sweetness pairs perfectly with the bitterness of the coffee. I obviously stocked up on a few that day of discovery. Then I went online and realized there is chocolate ones, bags of mini ones and I can even get them by the case. I might be in a little trouble!



Top 5 Nutrition Noshes and Wisdom Wednesday

Nosh One. Wisdom.

Who else out there has the best thoughts and ideas every time their head hits the pillow?  Is it a curse or a blessing?  I don't know sometimes!  I embrace the flow of all the ideas when I am quiet and restful, but then these crazy vibes set in and I cannot go to sleep. I cannot turn my brain off. Until recently, I would let this destroy my time to recharge.  I was torn because my creativity was alive the minute I fell into bed but the next day, I was paying for it with continuous yawns and a foggy mind. When I find myself in this situation, I spend 10 minutes in creative time and follow-up with 10 minutes of meditating and breathing time. It clears my mind, rests my body and turns my brain off to get the much needed sleep my life was lacking. Nighttime has now become my friend, I can work on building blueprints and resting my brain to enjoy my dreams. 

Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation.

6 months ago I did this crazy thing. I started a podcast to tell the impeccable stories about my favorite people: Registered Dietitians! I have met some inspiring people along the way including other health, wellness and food experts. 

If you haven't taken a listen, I would love for you to stop by: Conversations with Anne Elizabeth

For those of you who have listened, what is your favorite episode?!? Please share with me!

I am working on a VERY special one to share with you next week! 

Nosh Three. Week in Review.

I know this is a little late, but I received the loveliest May Day basket at work from my friend Sophia! I loved her artistic decor she put on my red cup with stickers!

And to top off the tasty treat of my favorite two things:  popcorn and Skittles, I received the best sticker surprise on the inside of my cup. Thank you Sophia for this thoughtful and very "Anne" decorated May Day Joy! 

This past week was the infamous Kentucky Derby and my tribe usually has a pretty elaborate and wildly fun party to celebrate. For a variety of reasons, we decided to have a low-key Derby Day. Kevin and Ryan hosted as they usually do, no hats or betting, but just great company and conversation. We couldn't have Derby Day without a signature cocktail, so out came our book and we settled on the Whiskey Smash. This drink was the winner!  Much better than the Mint Julep, but don't tell Churchill Downs. We all decided this will make a repeat appearance next year. The best part was the fresh mint from Kevin and Ryan's garden and I had a blast playing bartender this year. 

Charcuterie and pimento cheese dip made a lovely appearance. 

It felt like we were at the Derby with the neighbors horses in the back yard and a peak at Kevin's stellar topiary skills. 

Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week.

Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now.

If you have been watching my IG, I would not be getting through Spring without sneezing 1000 times a day without MOCU Kombucha. I have tried a variety of Kombucha drinks because I am a huge fan of probiotics and the numerous benefits it has for the body especially improved immune system, improved digestion, prevents constipation/diarrhea and improved nutrient absorption. Most importantly, it is my sneeze saver!  I have gotten a little older (shocker) and allergies have started to tickle my nose a little bit. I am not a fan of taking allergy pills because I get the worst medication hangover. It is awful. I have never felt better and my allergies minimally affect me when I drink this daily. I can grab a handy packet of my favorite flavors (Acai Blueberry Pomegranate Pow is AHHHH-mazing) and have one with me at all time and just mix with water when you are ready. You can even get a little fancy and mix with your favorite seltzer water. I love this stuff so much, I am sharing the love and giving it to my Mom for her special day. Surprise Mom!  I have partnered up with MOCU and if you want to give it a whirl, go to MOCU and upon check out, enter in the code Anne20 for 20% off your order. I promise this will change your life!



Top 5 Nutrition Noshes and Wisdom Wednesday May 3rd, 2017

Nosh One. Wisdom.

I am Type A. I notice everything. Every little detail. Sometimes people forget that about me. Sometimes I pretend to forget about certain details. But I really don't forget. The details, even the littlest ones, is where the most valuable information is. It is like reading the directions to assemble something and quickly skimming over #4 and #5. It does not have a positive outcome. Everything you do, everyone you share your life with, including the person you pass by in the grocery store, deserves the details. Don't half ass things, don't pretend. Don't half ass your words, your work, your food, your kindness, your smile, your hugs, your kisses, your truths, your omissions, your physical activity, your devotion or your appreciation for all you have. The details could all be gone tomorrow. 

Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation.

My conversation today is with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jennifer DeWall

Jen is enthusiastic and open to anything when it comes to being a registered dietitian. In her career, she has placed herself in new positions and welcomed the challenge to create and define those positions. Jen grew up in a home where health and wellness was extremely important. She had an aunt who was a registered dietitian in private practice who in a roundabout way, maybe lead her to her own private practice today. In our conversation we talk about her love for preventative health, sports and athletes, working as a dietary aide, experience with policy, her advice when having your own practice and a new adventure she is a part of called Nourish Mobile Grocery.

Nosh Three. Weekly Nutrition Review.

Well this week was kind of a wash. I was exhausted and totally unmotivated. Anyone else ever feel that way?  I couldn't get enough sleep, therefore I could not wake up in the morning to get myself to work on my fitness. I also could not wait to get home to repeat. I finally got some energy and headed home to see my family to celebrate a special birthday that started off with a delicious treat from New Glaris Brewing Co.  Two Women is one of my favorite "import" beers. 

My family and I took a little road trip to Council Bluffs, Iowa and headed to a long-time favorite restaurant, Pizza King. We used to stop here on special occasions or after a long day of shopping in the city and our parents really did not want to cook dinner. 

Birthday Boy Denis and his wife Christine

We celebrated Denis's birthday!  Woo hoo!  I will not reveal how many candles were on his pie (cake was yet to be made), but my Mom and I had a great time celebrating with some of our favorite foods from this favorite dining establishment. 

Everyone was choosing some delicious dishes and I couldn't take it. I did order a salad with the rest of the clan that included blue cheese dressing AND blue cheese crumbles. I wanted pizza!  Hello?!?!? We are at the Pizza King!  Of course I ordered a large sausage pizza for leftovers (that I strategically left at Mom's so I didn't keep the party going all week long.)

This pizza is very delicious. Everything is made from scratch, the crust, the sauce and the sausage. The best part is they use whole milk mozzarella. There is something very dreamy and creamy about whole milk cheese. If you have never experienced it before or the Pizza King, I highly recommend. There truly is something for every palate. Which leads me into my much needed next nosh....

Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week.

Pizza is leading me to this fun playlist of the week. I am shooting for 5 days of some great sweat sessions. What are your physical activity goals for this week?  What are your favorite songs you are listening to right now?  Share them with me, I love new music!

Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now.

There is the best network of Registered Dietitians out in this world. We are building a community of professionals who support each other and toot each other's horns, which I absolutely love. This is why I am giving some love to Frankie Maderia, RD and follow here on Instagram and Facebook. We met through social media and sharing our stories of passion and purpose (hmmm rings a bell!). She is sharing the love for these Registered Dietitians on her blog A Day in the Life:   Andy De Santis, Kirsten-The Run Lift RD, Becky - The WanabfoodieZeina Khawam and Tracie Blair. Reading all of their stories as well as Frankie's is why I thrive in this network of support. We all need to be supporting each other, we are on the same team!  Frankie has embraced this and wants to share it with as many people as possible. I am very thankful to be part of her series and I am looking forward to Part 2 on her blog. Make sure to check it out and get inspired as well. This network is there for you with open arms!