Festival of Sleep Day

By Melissa Smith / January 3, 2018

Today we celebrate a brilliant day that could not come at a better time, the Festival of Sleep Day. The Festival of Sleep Day occurs strategically soon after New Years, annually on January 3rd to help us all reset. You survived Christmas and New Years, but have the holidays left you feeling more drowsy or…

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National Pumpkin Pie Day

By Teresa Frankel / December 25, 2017
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Pumpkin, the fall icon, has taken our stomachs by storm these past few years. From cereals to breakfast bars, ice cream to cookies, and of course, the infamous PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte), this plump, orange fruit offers many nutritional benefits. Now I know you might be thinking, “What is pumpkin pie doing in the December…

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National Chocolate Day

By Anna Veselovsky / December 24, 2017

As the holiday season is among us, it seems like it’s almost impossible to go a day at work without a colleague bringing in a delicious treat or homemade recipe to share. It’s fitting that Christmas Eve has been designated as National Chocolate Day! Chocolate comes from the Cacao tree grown in various areas all…

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National Date Nut Bread Day

By Anna Veselovsky / December 22, 2017
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Although no one knows the true history of the bread itself, many families will often have their own Date Nut Bread recipe passed down from generation to generation. Dates are believed to have originated in Iraq thousands of years ago. As early as 4000 BC, these fruits from the palm family have been cultivated from…

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Look on the Bright Side!

By Jacqueline Winkler / December 21, 2017

Today marks the winter solstice, or “Look on the Bright Side Day!” The seasons are marked by equinoxes and solstices, which relate to the tilt of the Earth. Today is significant because it is the shortest day and longest night of the year, so looking on the bright side may be difficult, quite literally.  With…

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Oatmeal Muffin Day

By Teresa Frankel / December 19, 2017

While some may consider muffins a part of the cupcake family, these tasty treats are an easy way to pack in flavor and nutrients! Today is Oatmeal Muffin Day and it’s time we give these warm treats their much deserved recognition. Oats are a nutrient dense whole-grain option.  This versatile food is a great source…

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Bake Cookies Day

By Melissa Smith / December 18, 2017

Can you smell what the dietitian is cooking? It’s National Bake Cookies Day! What could be a better stress reliever than baking? Okay, I hear you, exercise and bath bombs are pretty great as well, but sweater season and cookie season go hand in hand. With Christmas around the corner, it’s a great time to…

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National Maple Syrup Day

By Amanda Izquierdo / December 17, 2017

It’s National Maple Syrup Day and we’re looking at some facts about this sweet addition to any recipe! Production The thick sap from maple trees is harvested in the spring, when warmer days and colder nights help stimulate the flow of sap. Once the trees start to bud, the sap becomes bitter, so harvest usually…

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National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

By Amanda Hookom / December 16, 2017

If you’re anything like me, chocolate is, arguably, one of your best friends.  It’s the ultimate comfort food.  When the holiday season rolls around, we’re all looking for something decadent, and this healthier twist on chocolate fondue fits the bill. READY IN: 25 min SERVES: 4 (3 tablespoons fondue per serving) INGREDIENTS ½ cup unsweetened…

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National Pastry Day

By Jacqueline Winkler / December 9, 2017

Are we ready for the holidays? With celebrations right around the corner, what better timing than now to celebrate national pastry day! As our calendar fills up this month with holiday parties, it’s time to get prepared for all the sweets coming your way. To help celebrate this day, I’m bringing you pecan tarts, golden…

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2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies

By Kate Egan / December 8, 2017

Hello everyone! With finals week in full swing for my graduate school and dietetic internship program, I can appreciate the realness of stress eating right now. Whenever I’m under stress, I tend to crave sweet things (especially ones that involve chocolate!) Over the last few years, I have tried to find and develop ways to…

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Ginger, Not Just for Gingerbread

By Katrina Christianson / December 7, 2017

Tis the season for merriment, holiday lights, time with family, and ginger! The holiday season is one of my favorites and one of the things I get most excited about is ginger cookies. Ginger has many uses beyond making scrumptious cookies and other baked goods. Below are ways to add this delicious anti-inflammatory root to…

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Feedspot Award

By Michelle Phan / December 1, 2017

Happy December! I’ve got some exciting news to share with you. The Eat Right Chicago blog has been selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 100 Chicago Blogs! These blogs were ranked based on Google reputation, influence and popularity, quality and consistency, and an expert review. Our members represent a wide variety of practice…

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HIV/AIDs and Nutrition Therapy

By Kate Egan / December 1, 2017

Today is World AIDs Day, where we talk about HIV/AIDs prevalence and prevention! As dietitians, our biggest role with patients who have HIV/AIDs is that of support. Nutrition plays a key role in keeping patients healthy and improving quality of life, as well as preventing the progression of HIV into AIDs. Symptoms of the disease…

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