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Building a Balanced #Girldinner: A Registered Dietitian's Guide


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Hey there! Last week, I shared with you all about the new food trend #GirlDinner; you can read about it here.


Today, I'm excited to share with you how I build a delicious and nutrient-packed #Girldinner that not only satisfies my hunger but also supports my overall well-being. As a registered dietitian, I firmly believe that eating healthy should not be complicated or time-consuming. This is key for developing long-lasting and sustainable healthy eating habits.





Ingredients for this Dietitian Girldinner :

  • 2 oz goat cheese. Currently obsessed with Vermont Creamery

  • 2 oz marinated Syrian white cheese. I Love Ziyad brand for everything Middle Eastern Cuisine.

  • 1/2 cup Lupini beans ( Also Ziyad, this is available on Amazon since it is non -perishable)

  • 1/2 pocket Whole Wheat Pita. currently obsessed with Joseph's Pita Bread. They contain flax, oat, bran, and whole wheat!

  • 1/4 cup Walnuts

  • Cherry Tomatoes

  • Cucumbers

  • Kalamata olives. I used Pearls Olives To Go. The brand was kind enough to send me a variety of their products, and I was beyond impressed with the flavor! I love the To Go container size because it's super convenient and helps reduce food waste.

  • 5 Green olives

  • 3 Heart of Palm



Directions:


Registered Dietitian giving step by step guide on how to build a healthy and balanced girldinner

Step 1: Protein Power:


When it comes to creating a balanced meal, protein plays a crucial role. I always make sure to incorporate a variety of sources including plant-based ones into my Girldinner. For this particular meal, I've chosen a delightful combination of goat cheese & mint, marinated white cheese, and cumin lupini beans. Not only do these choices offer a burst of flavors, but they also contribute about 30g of protein, helping to keep me feeling full and energized.




Registered Dietitian giving step by step guide on how to build a healthy and balanced girldinner



Step 2: Starching it Right:


For the starch component, I aim for whole grains whenever possible. In this case, I've opted for whole wheat pita. Whole grains provide essential nutrients and fiber, ensuring a slow release of energy and supporting digestive health. The whole wheat pita complements the protein sources perfectly, adding a hearty and satisfying element to the meal.







Registered Dietitian giving step by step guide on how to build a healthy and balanced girldinner







Step 3: Embracing Healthy Fats:


Healthy fats are an important part of a balanced diet, and I never miss the chance to include them in my #Girldinner. For this meal, I've chosen walnuts as my source of healthy fats. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, walnuts not only add a delightful crunch but also support heart health and brain function.








Registered Dietitian giving step by step guide on how to build a healthy and balanced girldinner

Step 4: Veggies and Fruits Galore:


To complete the meal, I fill the rest of my plate with an array of vibrant vegetables and fruits. In my pantry/fridge, I found cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, heart of palm, Kalamata olives, and green olives. These colorful and nutrient-packed additions not only enhance the overall taste but also provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, promoting optimal health.








Registered Dietitian giving step by step guide on how to build a healthy and balanced girldinner

Building a balanced Girldinner is all about making thoughtful and nourishing choices. As a registered dietitian, I prioritize the inclusion of diverse nutrients and flavors in my meals. By combining protein-rich plant sources, whole grains, healthy fats, and a rainbow of veggies and fruits, I create a meal that supports my body's needs and delights my taste buds.


Remember, a balanced Girldinner doesn't have to be complicated; it's about enjoying a variety of wholesome foods that contribute to your overall well-being. So, next time you're planning your dinner, follow these steps and have fun experimenting with different ingredients to create your own nutritious and delicious masterpiece!





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