Anna's Recipe: Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad
I have a friend who is really amazing. We have been friends since 6th grade, the awkward years. It was rough on both of us, but it created a friendship that has lasted (and hopefully the awkward years have not). We went to different colleges with different goals in mind, but both ended up majoring in dietetics and becoming registered dietitians. She also got a culinary degree. Unlike me who just knows how to eat, she knows how to make food taste amazing! She does it effortlessly. And the best part is, she has graciously agreed to share with us a few of her secrets! Also, did I mention she is a superstar in the food industry and a super mom who travels regularly for work bringing her one year old son with her when she travels? Yeah, Anna will get off an 8 hour plane ride from Italy with her one year old in tow and bust out an amazing meal like this:
Belly laughs and cereal flying across the table, my husband asks, "he needs what, when, how much, and it will do what for his IQ?" Before I had a child, feeding an infant sounded like a simple task. I truly imagined it would be much easier than it has been for me. I thought maybe spending all that time studying nutrition, I would just be a natural when it came to feeding my own baby, because it is supposed to be natural, right? Well it was not for me.
So excited for the new year! Here at Abrea, we are going to do something a little different this year. Every week, we will post a new blog to help inspire you throughout 2012. Did you know this year is a leap year? Exciting, it has an extra day!
Whether you want to get in shape, lose some weight, or if you just love food and being healthy, 52 weeks of Abrea is for you. Let's get started!
Healthy weight loss that lasts is only acheived slowly. We recommend anywhere from 1/2 pound to 2 pounds per week. On average, people lose about a pound a week. That could be 52 pounds this year! Let's start by scheduling your goal on a calendar. Say you need to lose 25 pounds. I suggest giving yourself 28 weeks to do it. Now calculate: that puts you somewhere near the 4th of July! Perfect.
Remember the last 10 are always the hardest so you may want a few extra weeks to get through those.
Now tip #1 - Plan your meals. If you just wait for your hunger to overtake you and you have brownies and cookies laying all over your house, self control will not win. It won't, trust me. Plan it, make it, and it will be better than whatever is most convenient at the moment hunger strikes!
Nutrition from the dietitian
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