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National Nutrition Month Dietitian Favorites

Posted on 03/30/2018 at 11:19 AM by IWLS Dietitians

March 2018 | National Nutrition Month

Your Iowa Weight Loss Dietitian’s want to share a few of their favorite’s for National Nutrition Month, 2018.  Whether your journey is weight loss surgery with Dr. Eibes or medical weight loss with Alissa Kruger ARNP or Jody Horstman ARNP, your providers and dietitians encourage you to try these products.

 Spiralizer
A spiralizer is a tool used to make “noodles” out of vegetables. Most commonly zucchini are spiralized to make “zoodles” or zucchini noodles but you can also try carrots and beets. Spiralized vegetables can be used in place of pasta for a low carbohydrate option. 

Power Crunch Bars
Power Crunch bars are a favorite here at IWLS. They come in a variety of flavors (French vanilla, peanut butter crème, red velvet and chocolate mint are our personal favorites  ). They offer 13-14 grams of protein per bar and are low in sugar (5 grams) and carbohydrate (8-10 grams). 

True Lemon/Lime/Orange
These little packets of crystalized lemon, lime and orange are a great way to add a hint of flavor to your water. Each packet offers the same taste as adding a slice of lemon, lime or orange to your drink and does not contain any sweeteners. 

Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame seasoning blend
The same taste as an everything bagel without the actual bagel. This seasoning blend includes sesame seeds, sea salt, garlic and onion and can be sprinkled on many different dishes. We love it simply added to slices of cucumber.

Siggi’s yogurt
Siggi’s isn’t your typical yogurt. It is an Icelandic style yogurt called skyr. Similar to Greek yogurt it is thick and creamy. Siggi’s is high in protein and lower in sugar than traditional yogurts. Siggi’s offers a variety of flavors, from vanilla, peach, raspberry to orange mixed with ginger, strawberry with lingonberry, and mango with jalapeno. *Ask an RD for a coupon if you would like to try it! 

Parmesan Crisps
Parmesan crisps are crunchy discs of parmesan cheese and… that’s it! These are a low carb option that can be added to salads in place of croutons or used as a cracker substitute. Stores offer different brands but they can usually be found by other salad toppings. Another option is to make your own! You can use a mini muffin pan (spray with cooking spray) or parchment paper on a baking sheet. Place a tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese at the bottom of each muffin cup or in small circles on the parchment paper spaced 1 inch apart. Bake at 400 degrees for 3-5 minutes. Remove when edges turn brown.

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