• Are you a Nutritionist?

Yes, I am a certified nutritionist and nutrition counselor.  I am not, however, an R.D. I received my education from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition here in New York City with a continuing education degree in Nutrition from SUNY (State University of New York).  I currently work with clients all over the country on their nutritional needs, as well as run Cooking Classes, Workshops, Public Speaking events, Health Food Store Tours, Cooking Parties, etc.  I love my job and I love working with and meeting new people each and every day.  Contact me at thehealthyapple@gmail.com for a free consultation.

  • What magazines do you read?

I used to work at Conde Nast Publications here in New York City, therefore I have a passion for the magazine and publishing world and hope that I can one day return as an editor writing recipes, as well as food and health articles.  I currently subscribe to Body & Soul, Everyday Food, Health, SELF, and Women’s Health.  Those are by far my favorites, however, I also enjoy reading Food & Wine, Cooking Light, and all Martha Stewart publications.

  • What products do you love?

I have created a page especially for this question.  Check out my Favorites page and let me know what you think of my favorite products after trying them.

  • What kind of tea do you drink/recommend?

I love tea; that is an understatement.  I probably have about 40 boxes of tea in my kitchen.  I love Celestial Seasonings teas–they have an amazing line of flavored green teas as well as delicious herbal teas such as red and yellow zinger.  I love Yogi Green tea product line as well for my morning pick me up.  My favorite after dinner tea is “Passion” from Tazo; it’ s divine.

  • What do you purchase on a weekly basis from the food store/health food store?

I spend a ton of money on food shopping at the food store as well as the health food stores in NYC.  Each week I buy a ton of frozen and fresh vegetables, grains, tofu, beans, lean poultry and eggs.

  • Where do you do your food shopping in NYC?

I shop in any food store here in NYC for all of my generic needs, however, I buy all of my meats and fresh fish at Whole Foods and all of my Organic vegetables at the health food stores in my neighborhood.

  • Do you have any ideas for vegetarian dinners?

Yes, many! I am not a vegetarian, however, I definitely have been known to create vegetarian meals and they are quite delicious.  Check out my Recipes page; I am still working on adding new recipes so keep checking for updates.

  • My job is non-stop all day and I barely have time for a break to eat.  Do you have any tips for snacks and meals for my hectic working days?

Yes, I have numerous snack ideas.  Please see my numerous posts titled, “On-the-go-Snacks” where I share various ways to incorporate great snacks into your everyday needs whether it’s a sweet, savory, or salty craving you are looking to satisfy.

  • Do you have a favorite vegetable?

I love Kale, Swiss Chard, Rainbow Chard, Zucchini and Broccoli the best…although I eat every vegetable and love them all…it’s quite hard to pick my favorites.

  • What is the easiest way to cook chicken?

Hmm…I would have to say, the best and easiest way to cook chicken is to put it into a pot with low sodium chicken broth, root vegetables and a bit of olive oil.  Cook on the stove top with a covered lid on medium to low heat and check every 10 minutes until chicken is completely cooked.

  • Any ideas for a healthy dessert?

O, there are so many delicious dessert ideas.  You could choose fruits or rice ice creams, organic sorbets, dark chocolate, candied ginger, a toasted English muffin with peanut butter, dark chocolate chips and honey drizzled on top, apple or banana with nut butter and sprinkled with chopped nuts and coconut.  I have many clients who enjoy bars such as Lara, Luna, Cliff, etc. for their dessert.  Moreover, numerous clients find that a dates stuffed with almond butter does the trick.  You could even make your own trail mix with your cereal, dried fruit, nuts and dark chocolate.

  • What kind of Grains can you recommend?

All grains are wonderful in their own special way; check out my numerous posts on grains where I show how you can easily use grains in your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • I know you are all about unprocessed and natural foods, however, sometimes it is difficult to access these foods.  Can you recommend any good snacks that I can purchase in the store that will not go bad in my desk drawer or gym bag?

Although I do like to stay away from packaged goods, there is always a time and place when you need nourishment and you need it fast! In those cases or when traveling or eating on the run, stash home-made trail mix, bars such as Lara or Luna Bars, dried fruits, nuts, fiber crackers, fruit, etc.  Take a look at my post titled, “On-the-Go Snacks” for more ideas on what to pack when you are on the run.

  • How do you feel about “fake sugars” such as Splenda?

I do not consume “fake sugars” because of the added chemicals and negative press they have received from studies showing how harmful these substances are to our health.  I do use Stevia, which is natural and derived from a plant; it can be found in your health food store.


5 Responses

  1. I just read about your site in an article on lactose intolerance. Do you have a fool proof receipe for soy yogurt made with powdered soy ? Thank you for your attention on this matter.

    • Dorothy,

      Thank you for your comment; I actually do not use powdered soy as I use silken tofu when I am making dairy free desserts. Moreover, I can tollerate Greek yogurt therefore I usually have a dollop of Greek yogurt with my dessert or used as a substitute for mayonaise or sour cream. Sorry, but I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Have a great holiday weekend.

  2. Great list of FAQs! I also loved “what’s in my fridge” section too! Funny, I have mostly same stuff! I don’t know if you heard about it, but since you live in NYC… One of my favorite you may want to try sometime is “yuzu-kosho” (you can buy it at Japanese market.) It’s condiment made of Japanese citrus (yuzu) and Japanese green chilis, and it’s delicious! Great with chicken, mushrooms, pasta, etc etc.

    I look forward to meeting you on Friday! Have a great flight!

  3. I love the site and the recipes. Is there any chance that nutritional information could be added?

    • Thank you so much for your kind words about my site! I’m thrilled to hear you enjoy the recipes and healthy tips…I’m sorry to say that I do not have the program to calculate nutritional information on these recipes. My apologies, but hopefully soon! Thank you, again; have a great day!

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