OneBowl Might Just Change the Way You Cook Forever!

When it comes to eating well, there are many obstacles that seem to get in our way. Most of us know what we should do, but actually doing it… well, that’s a whole different ball game.

Unfortunately, I sort of think most people assume dietitians simply tell you what to eat. To me, that doesn’t seem to cover our full value and fortunately, its not a completely accurate depiction of what we do. Our jobs are really about helping you discover ways to apply nutrition guidelines to your everyday life so that you can be healthy, active, and full of energy every single day. To accomplish this, we often have to rethink how we incorporate food into our day and develop an environment that’s conducive to positive change.

Often when I work with people who want to eat better, time and money are two healthy eating saboteurs that often come into play. So when I talk about eating healthy, I’m often looking for ways to keep meals and snacks simple and affordable. That means I’m always keeping an eye out for new tactics and tools that put a stop to the tyranny time and money can often infer onto our best laid plans.

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A few months ago potentially helpful product came across my radar. It was the OneBowl – a bowl that would allow you to cook, strain, eat, and store your food all in one container. Its multi-functionality alone peaked my interest because if you’re going to pay for a new gadget to go in your kitchen, it can be a real money and space saver if it does more than one task.

The OneBowl is also microwave safe, meaning you could quickly steam up some veggies or reheat leftovers at work for a tasty, homemade lunch. It could also be used to store your favorite produce and, just like our ever popular berry boxes, I would assume you’d be able to extend the shelf-life of your favorite berries because of the ability OneBowl has to strain and store.

OneBowl is currently a project being funded on Kickstarter. The creator of OneBowl is a college student and is hoping to take his idea to the next level. You can be apart of that by supporting his campaign.

Although the OneBowl was envisioned and marketed as a perfect bowl for quick and easy dishes like Ramen and Mac & Cheese, I think you could actually do better by thinking outside the box (or bowl in this case) and creating more healthful dishes that are quick, easy and delicious.

What do you think of the OneBowl? What sort of healthy meals do you think you’d create with it? 

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#002: How to Grill the Right Way with Courtney Stinson, RD

 

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On this episode of the Side Dish with Aaron and Kati Mora, MS, RD, we talk about how you can begin grilling the right way. Okay, so there isn’t exactly a right way to grill, but there are many ways to grill in a way that promotes better health and better flavor.

Today on the show we have a good friend and colleague of ours joining us. Like me, Courtney is a Michigan-based registered dietitian and mom. She’s super creative and full of great ideas and it felt wrong to keep her wisdom all to ourselves.

Recently Courtney shared her grilling knowledge at Polly’s Country Market in Jackson, MI and we took note. We HAD to pick her brain on what she’s been up to and how she’s encourage people to break out their grills and think beyond brats, dogs, and burgers.

In this Episode We’ll Cover:

  • Creative ways to take your meats up a notch – and keep ‘em healthy!
  • How flavor can be an indicator of good nutrition
  • What the best nutrient-rich foods to throw on your grill are
  • The benefits of grilling with beer and wine!

Key Takeaways:

  • Grilling can be a nutritious, healthy cooking style for you and your family.
  • Adding flavor to your grill routine is a great way to increase nutritional value and reduce carcinogen risk.
  • Make sure your grill is clean when you start and that you allow your grill grate has time to heat up before you get started to prevent food from sticking and to keep your food safe!
  • Don’t limit yourself to just the foods you know – think outside the box and keep eating healthy fun!

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Question: What’s your favorite meal to cook on the grill? 

Meet the Unbreakable Kangaroo Cup and the Amazing 11 Year Old Behind It

We’ve all been there; losing grip on a slippery cup, destined to hit the floor – or worse – our lap and spill our delicious beverage everywhere. This happens to me at least once a week. Seriously. This week alone I’ve already spilled coffee on myself TWICE!!

That’s why I had to jump for joy when I stumbled across the Unbreakable Kangaroo Cup. Designed by probably the coolest 11 year old ever, Lily Born, the Kangaroo Cup is quickly topping my list of kitchen must-haves. Thanks to Lily’s ingenuity and practicality, I can sip down beverages all day long with a little more confidence and flair.

Of course, the benefits of the cup go beyond my own needs. In fact, being able to hold a cup is often something many of us take for granted. From Parkinson’s Disease to poor circulation, there are many health conditions that make the simple act of drinking a challenge. For best health, discovering ways to ensure a positive eating or drinking experience is important. Not only does it improve quality of life, but promotes a safe eating and drinking environment. After all, some beverages are really cold while others are scalding hot.

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Lily originally invented the Kangaroo cup with this idea in mind. You see, her grandpa was struggling to hold on to his glass while living with Parkinson’s Disease. Lily dreamed his experience could be better and that’s how the Kangaroo cup was born. By taping legs onto his glasses, the Kangaroo cup took shape. Next came a ceramic model, and now… the unbreakable kind!

But the unbreakable Kangaroo cup can’t become a reality until funding is raised. That’s why she and her dad have gone on to create a Kickstarter campaign. To go from ceramic to plastic, they are ready to take their cup to the next level and make it more versatile and safer for both adults and kids alike.

If you still aren’t convinced that this is probably the coolest cup ever, you also know that in addition to being spill-resistant, the Unbreakable Kangaroo Cup comes in a variety of colors, doesn’t require the use of a coaster, and sits on uneven surfaces! That means you can literally set this cup just about anywhere worry-free. As a spill-prone person, I again rejoice! And as a mom with two spill-prone kids who like to take their cups EVERYWHERE, I’m pretty much ecstatic and might just trade in all my standard, spill-a-lot glasses for multiple sets of these. I’m told they also stack well, so we’re talking easy storage no matter how big or small your kitchen is.

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What do you think? Coolest cup ever!?! 

For more information on the Unbreakable Kangaroo Cup and to help Lily make it a reality, be sure to check out her Kickstarter campaign and consider becoming a backer. For a pledge of just $25, you’ll get your own set of 4 Kangaroo cups!

#001: How to Promote a Healthy Body Image with Bri Luginbill from Go Boldly

 

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The Side Dish LogoOn this episode of the Side Dish with Aaron and Kati Mora, MS, RD, we talk about the importance of feeling good about yourself and your body. Aaron and I welcomed our friend Bri Luginbill to join us too since she is becoming somewhat of an expert in figuring out unique and powerful ways to promote and change the way we view ourselves and the people around us.

Bri is the founder of the Go Boldly campaign, a photo-inspired movement that is taking the West coast of Michigan by storm. We posted recently about this campaign and the impact its having in Michigan; however, we’re excited to have Bri share more details behind the reasons why she started this movement and what she hopes will happen because of it.

And SPOILER ALERT! Bri’s going to be sharing real-life stories from behind the camera with us here on Around the Plate a few times each month. Since feeling good about your body is really a launching point for eating well, it seems like the perfect pairing to us. Actually, I don’t think I could be any more excited!

So after having a few conversations with Bri over the past few months, we knew that she was the perfect first guest for us. Yep, this is podcast #1 for Aaron and I. We hope you enjoy getting to know us a bit better and find our guests as inspiring and motivating as we do.

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In this episode we’ll cover:

  • Some alarming body image statistics
  • Simple ways to begin changing the way you view your body
  • How body image and healthy eating are related
  • How you can get involved in the Go Boldly Campaign and promote a healthy body image in your own community
  • What it’s like to be a model for the Go Boldly Campaign
  • We’ll also answer the question “Is the scale the best way to track changes when it comes to weight loss?”
  • We will also discuss how body image issues aren’t just something women experience, men do too

Key Takeaways: 

  • Almost everyone struggles with body acceptance, you are not alone
  • Body image issues aren’t gender-specific; both men and women can struggle with body acceptance
  • We often change the way we eat to feel better about ourselves, but its not sustaining! Instead, feel good about who you are and then eat to support and maintain that strong, confident version of yourself
  • If you are looking for a way to start promoting healthier body images or are looking for inspiration, the Go Boldly campaign is a great way to do just that!

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Question: We know its a hard one to answer, BUT… what do you love about your body? 

5 Cookbooks I Plan to Read in May: Clean Eating, VB6, Paleo Meals & More!

Its another month of fresh cookbook finds! And with summer getting closer and closer, I’m all about fresh produce and hydrating beverages! You may notice that trend as you check out the 5 cookbooks I plan to read (or at least peruse) the month of May.

Although I’m not a fan of any diet, I do appreciate the creative recipes that often come out of trying to eat a certain way – especially when those recipes are still emphasizing a variety of foods that are loaded with nutrition. That’s why I’m excited to check out Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger, MD. I’m sure we’ll disagree on some points, but I’m sure the 200 clean eating recipes found within its covers will cause me to get more creative with the ingredients I incorporate into my kitchen.

Grab and go lunch ideas? Yes, please! As an added bonus, the recipes in this book all fit into a mason jar. Now we’re talking cute and healthy – my favorite combination. Given that I pack my lunch almost everyday and don’t have access to a microwave or stove, its often my most mundane meal of the day. So thank you Julia Mirabella for sending some inspiration my way in your Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go cookbook!

 

If you don’t already know this about me, you should know that I love Mark Bittman’s cookbooks. Especially his “How to Cook Everything” line. I find them easy to use and love all the great pictures. Although I haven’t read Mark’s VB6 book and can’t say much in regard to his dietary approach with in it, I know that this cookbook will have a lot of produce inspired dishes and I’m always looking for ways to have a little more fun with my veggies.

As the weather heats up, I’m planning on spending a lot more time out on my back patio thumbing-through books and staying well hydrated. So why not read and then create the drinks I find in the Blender Girl cookbook? Get your blender ready – its time to drink! Oh, and this book does have more than drink recipes to feature – it has a wide mix of food options. In fact, you’ll probably be surprised at all you can do with a blender after skimming through this book.

Every year I swear up and down that I’m going to start a garden; well, this year is THE year! I promise!! And as I get ready to plant, I’m going to have the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook with me so that I know how to best use up all the beautiful produce I have sprouting in my backyard.

What books are on your list to read this month? 

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