Weekly Wisdom and Right Here, Right Now Top 5 Nutrition Noshes

Nutrition Nosh One. Wisdom.

Weekly Wisdom Quote

Moving to Des Moines has been an adventure from the last look I had of my empty apartment in Omaha. I had many reservations about taking the leap and moving to a brand new city but I knew I would have regrets if I did not go. 10 years later, a lot has changed since that cold February night as I drove out the home I had known for twelve years. 

As I am feeling nostalgic for one of the major decisions I have made, I really had no idea how this move would change my life...for the best. In the past 10 years, I let go of shit that was weighing my whole being down, holding me back and crushing all the greatness inside of me. What gave me strength and the ability to value my worthiness, came from the prettiest and most beautiful souls in the world, my tribe from Des Moines. This place, these people made all the major decisions to follow not any easier, but manageable and hopeful. 

I am not exactly sure what Jack meant with this excerpt from On the Road, but I think it is very similar to my own journey of meeting those "pretty" people I was meant to add to my family and to continue the adventure. 

Nutrition Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation. 

Conversations with Anne Elizabeth Podcast with Stephanie Cundith, RD

My conversation today is with nutrition communicator expert, Stephanie Cundith.

A few years ago, I was invited to attend a nutrition communicator event hosted by Midwest Dairy. Being new to the communication aspect of my job, I was very excited for this opportunity thanks to Stephanie Cundith. Stephanie has a very unique journey in becoming a registered dietitian with communications always being her underlying superpower. For the past 11 years, she has been working for the dairy farmers of the Midwest and has found her professional and personal passions. Stephanie is someone who inspires me and I know she will inspire you too!

Nutrition Nosh Three. Week(s) in Review.

I hope I am always enticing you to visit Des Moines. If you are finding yourself intrigued, hell yeah! I also hope I am encouraging you to get out and really explore the city you live in. I think sometimes we feel we have to get away and travel to new places, when there is so much to discover in your back yard. Since I am a dietitian and I love food, many of my explorations involve the food and these past couple weeks were no different. 

Mad Meatball Des Moines, Iowa

Even a trip to a new place to dine is an adventure to me. It feels like a mini excursion or trip and a Wednesday afternoon venture to Mad Meatball fit the bill. It is a funky local pizzeria with a love for the Chicago Cubs and local flair. Located just outside downtown Des Moines, many bicycle and motorcycle riders stop by for cool vibes and tasty eats. I went 3 of my man friends and we ordered appetizers so of course we had to get the meatballs. I am not a meatball lover, but Mad Meatball changed my mind. The sauce was perfect and the meatballs had the best taste and texture, nothing like the grade school mushy and flavorless meatballs I remember. The next trip with be for the pizza, which they are known for. 

Global Brew Tap House Waukee, Iowa

The following weeks, I found myself wanting to explore the new up and coming dining establishments in suburb I live in. Waukee is booming. There are new homes and strip malls popping up everywhere, exactly what you would expect from suburbia. I hit up Global Brew Tap House a new addition to the hood and a small chain of brew houses, mostly in Illinois and Missouri. There are 50 beers on tap and over 200+ bottled beers available for the craft beer connoisseur. Which is not me, but I do like to enjoy the adventure of different beers. One thing I love to do is flights. Flights let me try a bunch of different things and not have to commit to more than 4 ounces. Since my recent trip to Michigan, I have been all about cider beers and Global had the perfect flight of more sweet beers. My favorite was the Tallgrass Keylime from Kansas. They also have a Brew Club for all you beer die hards. Maybe I will turn into one, I wonder if there is a Brew Flight Club.....

R Taco and Miss Nini's Desserterie Waukee, Iowa

This week, my food stop in my hood was 2 fold:  I wanted tacos and I wanted cake, so I ended up at R Taco and Miss NiNi's Desserterie. R Taco is a chain that touts "Tacos are the most important meal of the day" and yeah, I think I can get down with that. The concept is fun and there are some tasty taco options. I choose to be safe and ordered their basic taco or their #1 and then took a walk on the wild side and ordered their fried chicken taco with a side of chips and queso. The #1 and chips and queso, I liked. Perfect amount of spice to keep wanting to eat more AND they use corn tortillas, a hell yeah in my book. Fried chicken taco was a no but I will go back and maybe try a different one or go in the am for a breakfast taco. Right down the strip mall sidewalk is a Iowa local dessert spot with Miss NiNi's. Right when you walk in, it is warm and cozy and beautiful desserts in a well lit case. I couldn't decide, it was too hard. There were cheesecakes and cakes and dessert breads and cookies and brownies and blondies. I am a sucker for tiramisu, so I ordered that and got 2 free samples of other baked goods. There was also a tiramisu cheesecake, which I wish I would have gotten. I think she is known for her cheesecakes. Miss NiNi is a local celebrity (which I am just learning) and has been featured in Midwest Living and The New York Times. The sample of the lemon raspberry cheesecake made my taste buds smile. I will be coming back for a slice of the cheesecake anddddd maybe a blondie. 

Nutrition Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week. 

Ok, I have been a little off on my "getting buff" workout goals, so as I have been "savoring the flavors" of Des Moines, I am also getting my muscles re-motivated. Does music motivate you? This is why I create these playlist, I get much motivation from music and enjoy putting the weekly themes together. Enjoy this weeks Right Here, Right Now Playlist on Apple Music and Spotify. 

Workout Playlist of the Week on iTunes and Spotify

Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now.

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to be a sous chef for one badass babe and friend, Stacey. She is the author of the blog Embracing My Chaotic Life where she shares her whole life "in the kitchen with humor and a dash of vodka." She concocted this amazing menu for the Iowa Premier Beer, Food and Wine Expo downtown Des Moines. For the past couple years, she has a featured partnered beer or wine pairing dinner and creates a menu that will make you slip on your drool. This year she partnered with Odell Brewing Co from Fort Collins. 

Chef Stacey Wertzberger, Des Moines, Iowa

The entire menu she created was delicious (because of course I ate after I plate). It had this cohesive fall theme and basically is everything I want to make for Thanksgiving instead of the usual fare. 

Iowa's Premier Beer, Food and Wine Expo, Des Moines, Iowa

This started the meal:  Glazed Donut Crostini topped with brie cheese, bacon, cranberries and arugula. Followed by a red pear salad topped with a luxurious dressing, honey goat cheese and maple pecan popcorn. I remember a lady at the dinner saying "this is the best salad I ever had, I mean come on, it has popcorn on it!" I couldn't agree more sister...

Cranberry and Popcorn Salad

I loved it so much, I even kind of tried to create it myself for my TV segment I had the next day. Cranberries and caramel popcorn on a salad. It wasn't as good as Stacey's. But nothing ever is. I love that Stacey inspires me to even try to be a little more creative than I ever have been and to try new things. Another one of the prettiest girls in the world who lives in Des Moines. 



Weekly Wisdom and Top 5 FNCE in Chicago Nutrition Noshes

Nutrition Nosh One. Wisdom.

"Be Scared and Do It Anyway" Inspirational Weekly Wisdom by Anne Elizabeth.

I cannot tell how many times I have heard or read a quote similar to this. It didn't resonate with me until this year when my friend Jen wrote about this in a weekly newsletter she sends out. A whole year after I wrote a book and went to the largest dietitian conference in the United States to debut it. I returned to this same conference in October, I realized I did it all scared. Yesterday, I had this revelation, gave myself a high five because I am so damn proud of myself for doing it regardless of how crazy insane scared I was. 

And I was VERY scared. 

I'm still scared but I am confidently scared. The scare is what fuels the fire in the depths of my soul to prove to myself, not anyone else, I can do anything I put my mind to even if I could easily do nothing  at all. Each time I do the things that scare me or makes me want to hold back, I stand a little taller and my eyes get a little brighter. I have conquered the worst thing I ever face and that is my own consuming fear. My own twisted and delusional scenarios I make up in my head of all the things that could go wrong or the fear of "what will other people think." 
I will always going to choose to do it anyway.

Nutrition Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation. 

Conversations with Anne Elizabeth Podcast with Dr. Felicia Stoler

My conversation today is with America's Health & Wellness Expert, Felicia Stoler.

At the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting’s expo, there was this eye catching booth with tons of pink with a vibrant and interactive woman manning the booth. This is where I met Felicia Stoler, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Exercise Physiologist, Author and Journalist, as well as co-creator of Regular Girl, prebiotc fiber and probiotics for women, which is what brought her to Iowa. As I talked with her more, I quickly realized I needed to do a podcast with her and learn more about her journey, not only with her extensive education background but with the expertise as an on-air talent, as well as other forms of media. I learned a lot during our conversation and I hope you do too. 

Please enjoy my conversation with Felicia. 

Connect with Felicia on her website: http://www.feliciastoler.com/

Nutrition Nosh Three. Week in Review. 

Downtown Chicago

Speaking of a particular dietitian conference, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is celebrating 100th Year Anniversary and the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) took place in the Academy's hometown Chicago. This year I was excited to be confidently scared and attend the conference to make connections and to meet as many Registered Dietitians as possible. Chicago was sunny and beautiful upon arrival. 

Deep Dish Pizza and Beer at Giordanos in Chicago

I went for a stroll around downtown, past Navy Pier and of course down Michigan Ave. From the minute I stepped foot the on the plane, I had already decided I was getting deep dish pizza. I mean why not start the trip to a dietitian conference off with loads of cheese and pepperoni from Giordianos?  Oh and a frosty beer too. I spent the rest of the day, soaking in the hustle and bustle of the city and also reminded myself how much I enjoy the vibe of city life. 

B&W Gym Chicago

I was excited to meet up with a few friends who live in the area and it was must for one of our meet ups to be some gym time (especially after the za!) It was scary and fun to have my first real deal gym experience. B&W Gym is the coolest basement I have ever been in. I was completely intimidated of the gym because I felt like Arnold circa 1977 was going to pop out at any moment. My tris, quads and hands felt it that day and I did it scared, yes!

I'm a Registered Dietitian...Now What? By Anne Elizabeth Cundiff, RD, LD, FAND

One of my evenings I spent with my some of my favorite new friends, the Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE) Dietetics Practice Group for their networking event:  Windy City Mastermind Social. This is the second time I have attended this event and I decided to spotlight my book and my podcast so I could meet new dietitians and potential podcast guests. 

NEDPG Spotlight Table at FNCE

And did I meet some great people!  I am working on getting organized to get back in touch with all of them and start working on my 2018 podcast schedule. It is going to be such an exciting year to feature dietitians from all different areas of practice and expertise. I always want to know who I should meet, so please send me any introductions!

Downtown Chicago

That evening it was time to cocktail and continue the adventure in Chicago. I enjoyed some amazing views of the city from Rebar, a delicious "Berry Irresponsible" cocktail and the tastiest siracha almonds and cracked pepper popcorn. 

Downtown Chicago Billy Goat Tavern

A few cocktails later, we wandered to the legendary and The Original Billy Goat Tavern underneath Michigan Ave. It was great!  Seriously. I got the Cheezborger "Original" with some BBQ chips and a Schlitz. The borger was yum, perfectly toasted bun, melted cheese and I could put as many kosher dill pickle slices on it as I wanted, as well as chopped onions. I know they were for the hot dog on the menu but I cannot pass by chopped onions. The atmosphere was pure nostalgia, which I am pretty sure made the borger taste even better. If you have never gone, it is a must!  I think next time I am going to go all out and get the triple. Why not?

FNCE 2017 Chicago with Jen Haugen and Lynn Dugan

During the conference I got the opportunity to see all the sights of the conference with these lovelies! Jen and Lynn are two of the greatest people I have gotten to meet during my dietitian journey. We shared quite a few laughs while we hit the expo floor. Quite a few might be an understatement, as represented in the photo below. 

FNCE 2017 Chicago with Jen Haugen, Lynn Dugan and Regular Girl Fiber

How can you not laugh hysterically at this photo?  I also got to see Felicia (my amazing podcast guest this week) who is a co-founder of Regular Girl fiber. We learned more about the product and how unique it is. Sun Fiber is a soluble fiber and prebiotic which is complimented by 8 billion probiotics to help you have a healthy gut. I kind of like being No. 1. 

FNCE 2017 Chicago with Jen Haugen, Lynn Dugan, Ocean Spray Cranberries

This was the big hit at the conference, an actual cranberry bog courtesy of Ocean Spray. My favorite part was meeting an actual cranberry farmer, Steven, from Wisconsin and hear how cranberries are grown, farmed and harvested. These are the stories I long to hear as a dietitian. I think it is very important to know the farmers growing and caring for our food supply. After meeting Steven, I am excited to really give fresh cranberries a glowing chance in my kitchen this fall. 

Nutrition Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week. 

I had a blast putting together this workout playlist for my adventures in Chicago. 
A trip by Tiffany's was must and I had to include Frank. Find your weekly workout music motivation on Apple Music and Spotify

Chicago Workout Playlist of the Week on Apple Music and Spotify

Nutrition Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now. 

Core Power Protein Drinks by Fairlife

Ok, so the expo at FNCE is bat shit crazy. There I said it. People are everywhere, food is everywhere and over stimulation is everywhere. I tend not to spend a ton of time on the expo floor because I get worn out and claustrophobic. No kidding. And seriously, a person can only eat so much "dietitian" food before you crave the slice of room temperature leftover pizza sitting in your hotel room. There was one product that really caught my eye and my taste buds. I am always looking for a convenient way to boost my protein without having a bunch of randomness on the nutrition label. Core Power by Fairlife has a new and improved line of protein powered by milk ready-to-drink shakes. My favorite was the Elite Vanilla, described to me as "tastes like melted vanilla ice cream" and it completely does. I am a D-lister meal prepare and sometimes a girl just needs something quick to eat. This fits the bill. And my Regular Girl fiber blends perfectly in it. What did you try on the expo floor that you loved?  Share with me!



Weekly Wisdom and Top 5 I Love Fall Nutrition Noshes

Nutrition Nosh One. Wisdom.

Oh My Gourd, I Love Fall Quote by Anne Elizabeth RD

I love Fall. Everything about it. The cooler temperatures and the brisk rejuvenating air. The smell of crisp foliage from the 12 trees I have in my yard, full of color as the leaves fall upon the ground. The cozy extra blanket I had to put on my bed and the twinkle of the fireplace as I cozy up in my chair at night after work. I love how the earth needs a little break to relax and recharge itself to prepare for another season of growth and thriving. 

It is exactly how we go through our own personal season of Fall. We slow down a bit, wind down sooner as the sunlight dips into the horizon earlier in the day. We decrease our need for the hustle and bustle of getting things done. We pause more, we snuggle more, we cook comfort food, we are cognizant of the time left in this year and we prepare for all the new things that are to come. 

Fall is never long enough but it is just the right amount of time for us to gracefully and gratefully be more present of where time has gone and where time is going dressed up in a warm sweater, a pair of boots, a soft hat and gloves, a cup of something hot and surrounded by the people who will keep you warm all winter. 

Nutrition Nosh Two. Weekly Conversation. 

Conversations with Anne Elizabeth Podcast on iTunes featuring Jill Castle MS, RD, LDN

My conversation today is with America’s Childhood Nutrition Expert and Registered Dietitian, 
Jill Castle

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to listen to Jill provide a presentation to the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Since I currently do not practice in child nutrition, I was interested in learning about how this area of practice has changed.  So much of our thoughts, beliefs and practices around food start as a child and childhood nutrition is more important than ever. With the many different challenges of feeding children, Jill provides a multitude of resources for professional and families. She has always had a passion for pediatric nutrition and has published book on the topic as well as started her own podcast over the past year. 

Connect with Jill on her website: https://jillcastle.com

Nutrition Nosh Three. Week in Review. 

Is there anything better than a caramel apple with crushed Heath bars?  No, no and no. 

National Caramel Apple Day

I am a creature of habit and I enjoy foods that fit each season. It is a guarantee I will be consuming citrus fruits in the Winter, asparagus in the Spring, cherries in the Summer and apples in the Fall. Plain apples AND caramel apples. In the Fall, my Mom would make a lot of baked apples as dessert and we loved them. I have already found myself making them a couple times this fall. The other way I love my apples is a caramel apple dipped in crushed Heath bars. I have one every year and this year was a very special apple. A few weeks ago, on a Sunday, my door bell rang. As I headed over to the front door to see who it was, there was no person but there was a pretty red plate with my favorite Fall food. It was a surprise and it was so kind. It was also the BEST caramel apple I have ever had. Seriously. Thank you Wertzberger's for the sweetest gift of the Fall. 

Apples and Ingredients for Chili

To celebrate my favorite Fall food even more, I got to make apple chili with Chef Andrew (please see below for Nosh Five for the video). 

Caramel Apple Nachos

And how about apple nachos?  2nd best sweet treat next to a caramel apple. All you do is choose your favorite apple, slice and add the toppings you like. Caramel, melted dark chocolate, melted white chocolate, Health bars or crumbled Snickers and caramel popcorn are all the ones topping my list. This is a great idea for a party when you are required to share your caramel apple. 

Boo Banana Treats

Chef Andrew also had this great idea for a Halloween treat this year. I know, I know, lame dietitian treat...but how cute are these Boo Bananas. All you need is gauze and some googly eyes from the craft store and you can dress up your little mummy banana. Keep it in mind for next year and maybe toss in your favorite candy bar, ya know, just for balance. 

Butternut Squash Pasta with Toasted Walnuts and Ricotta Cheese

My other Fall food celebration was another favorite dish, Butternut Squash Ravioli. I purchased the Gustare Vita fresh pasta from Hy-Vee which is found in the refrigerator section. There are many different brands that have a Butternut Squash pasta, so just find your favorite and cook it according to the package directions. I do recommend adding a little olive oil to the pasta water to prevent the pasta from sticking when you drain it. Then, I whipped up an easy and healthier Alfredo sauce. I melted about a tablespoon of butter in a pan, added about a tablespoon of flour (all I had was almond flour and it worked great) and whisked it together until it was lightly brown. I then stirred in about 1 cup of milk until it started to thicken. To that I added half of a block of light cream cheese, chopped into small squares, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper, whisking constantly to melt the cream cheese and incorporate the seasoning. Once it starts to bubble a bit, it should be nice and creamy and ready to drizzle on your pasta. This will serve about 3-4 people. A little bit of the sauce goes a long way! For a fun added touch, roast raw walnuts and sprinkle on top for a Fall inspired crunch. 

Perfect Travel Snacks Apple and Nicks Sticks

As last week ended, I was on a flight home from Chicago and the annual Food and Nutrition Expo or FNCE put on by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It was the 100th year celebration and I had a great experience. I look forward to sharing more of it with you soon but I did feel the need to take a break from the AMAZING food in Chicago for some fruit and protein courtesy of Nicks Sticks

Nutrition Nosh Four. Workout Playlist of the Week. 

This week is all about fall, fallen, falling and any catchy muscle-making song I thought I could bust out a few more reps to. Here is 30 minutes devoted to my love for fall on Spotify and Apple Music

Oh My Gourd, I Love Fall Workout Playlist of the Week on Apple Music and Spotify

Nutrition Nosh Five. What I Love Right Now. 

Over the past year, I have absolutely loved doing these cooking segments with Chef Andrew. I was honored to do the last one of his career with Hy-Vee with a delicious recipe for fall, Apple Chili. Chef Andrew was on a journey in fulfilling his purpose and is pursuing his passion on a new professional adventure. I wish him nothing but the best and look forward to another podcast with him in 2018 for an update on this endeavor while cooking together in my kitchen.