My Favorite Summer Recipes as Seen on WHJL’s Daytime Tri-Cities!

Looking for fresh and easy summer meals?
With the summer months so full of on-the-go outdoor activities, get-togethers, and socializing with friends and families, it can be hard to slow down and spend time cooking in […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Food and Nutrition, Media|0 Comments

My Favorite Healthy & Quick Smoothies as Seen on WHJL’s Daytime Tri-Cities Good Eats!

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Looking for some go-to smoothies to give your mornings an extra […]

By |June 11th, 2017|Food and Nutrition, Videos|0 Comments

Is PMS Cramping Your Style? Try These Diet and Lifestyle Hacks

Is your menstrual cycle taking over your life?
You may have noticed that your menstrual cycle influences your mood, energy levels, appetite, digestion, and sleep throughout the month. Using the principles of integrative and functional medicine, […]

Health Benefits of Tea with Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

Globally, tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages–with its rich history and a vast number of different varieties, tea has earned its reputation as a tasty, refreshing, stimulating, and health promoting beverage for […]

By |December 11th, 2016|Food and Nutrition|0 Comments

Taking a Moment to Give Thanks for Good Nutrition with Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

Good nutrition and health are the foundation for…just about everything!

Anyone that has been sick or has had to manage a health condition themselves or with a family member can appreciate the importance of health in […]

By |November 19th, 2016|Food and Nutrition|0 Comments

Treat Yourself to a Healthier Halloween

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the spooky spectacle that is Halloween! But if you’re concerned about going overboard with the treats this year, have no fear! 
 

While snacking on Halloween candy can […]

By |October 27th, 2016|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eating Breakfast: One Step Towards Preventing Childhood Obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and with the school year ahead it’s the perfect time for parents to reflect on and work towards solutions to the health crisis facing the children of our […]

By |September 8th, 2016|Energy and Excercise, Food and Nutrition|0 Comments

Food Safety Tips for Summer Fun

Summer is in full-swing and it’s the perfect time for outdoor cookouts, dinner parties, and picnics. But without taking the proper precautions, the combination of leisurely summer get-togethers and the hot weather can create the […]

By |July 10th, 2016|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sweet Sabotage: The Hidden Health Costs of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

With the beginning of the summer heat upon us, you may find yourself reaching for more and more of those sweet iced-teas, coffee drinks, or cold sodas–drinks known as Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the […]

National High Blood Pressure Education Month with Monique Richard, MS, RDN

The month of May marks High Blood Pressure Education Month, brought to you by the CDC to launch awareness of the importance of high blood pressure prevention and control.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, […]

By |May 12th, 2016|Food and Nutrition|Comments Off on National High Blood Pressure Education Month with Monique Richard, MS, RDN

Beans, Peas, Lentils, Oh My! It’s 2016, The Year of The Pulse with Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

Beans, peas, and lentils (which includes peanuts and soybeans) belong to the pulse family, more commonly known as legumes. Though once frequently present at the dinner table, the use of most beans in the United […]

By |April 24th, 2016|Food and Nutrition|Comments Off on Beans, Peas, Lentils, Oh My! It’s 2016, The Year of The Pulse with Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): A Diet and Lifestyle Approach with Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is often mistakenly confused for a condition restricted to the female ovaries, is in fact a metabolic disorder that is under-diagnosed and under-treated.

A diagnosis for PCOS is made by meeting […]

Water: Drink to Your Health!

This week brings us both National Public Health Week and World Health Day. In honor of this week focused on health, let’s talk about water: an essential nutrient which too many of us often do […]

By |April 3rd, 2016|Food and Nutrition|0 Comments

Debunking the “High Cost of Healthy” Myth with Monique Richard, MS, RDN

Today I’m devoting some time to do a bit of myth busting about the cost of healthy eating. You’ve probably frequently heard that eating well is expensive. Plant-based, vegetarian and Mediterranean style diets can be […]

Keeping Up with Your Commitments: Maintaining your Healthy Habits with Monique Richard, MS, RDN

It is almost March of 2016, and you may be noticing that those healthy habits and lifestyle changes you resolved to make for the New Year (like eating more plants!) may quickly be falling by […]

By |February 27th, 2016|Energy and Excercise, Food and Nutrition|0 Comments

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week with Monique Richard, MS, RDN

Tomorrow marks the start of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

In honor of this, I’d like to take a moment to highlight the work of the Tri-Cities’ first and only Eating Disorder Resource Center, A Place […]

A Closer Look at the 2015 Dietary Guidelines with Monique Richard, RDN

Have you been keeping up with all the buzz about the newly released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (8th edition) are developed every five years. They are geared towards American consumers, […]

By |January 18th, 2016|Food and Nutrition|0 Comments

Kickstart Your Health for the New Year

This year we have heard a lot of news about the downsides of eating meat, and the health benefits of moving towards a plant-based diet.
In October, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report in […]

By |December 30th, 2015|Food and Nutrition|Comments Off on Kickstart Your Health for the New Year

Food for Thought This Holiday Season

Remember, you don’t have to skimp on flavor to enjoy your holiday and New Year celebrations with peace of mind! If you are cooking at home, try experimenting with new herbs, spices, and flavorful side […]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Energy and Excercise, Food and Nutrition|Comments Off on Food for Thought This Holiday Season

Make 2016 Your Year of Mindful Eating

How about adding some mindfulness into your new year’s resolutions for 2016? Being mindful and present, especially with the food you eat, can help you alter habits, perceptions, and attitudes. Research has shown even our […]

By |December 12th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Make 2016 Your Year of Mindful Eating

Share the “First Wealth of Health” for #GivingTuesday

We are now in the throes of the holiday season and all of the excess eating, shopping, drinking that comes with it!

Today, Tuesday December 1, 2015 is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back […]

By |December 1st, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Media, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Healthy Eating During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is nearly upon us! With all the joy, warmth, and family and friends this brings, for many people the holidays can also be a time of stress and anxiety. Holiday meals and […]

By |November 15th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Healthy Eating During the Holiday Season

“Eat Well America!” It’s American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month, and the American Diabetes Association has declared this year’s theme “Eat Well, America!”
Did you know every 19 seconds someone in this country is diagnosed with Type II Diabetes? Nearly 10% […]

By |November 8th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Eat Well America!” It’s American Diabetes Month

A Happily Healthy Halloween

For healthy, well-nourished kids and adults, eating candy is okay–in moderation. While our favorite Halloween trick-or-treats should not be an everyday part of the diet, Halloween time and holiday seasons do involve special sugary treats […]

By |October 31st, 2015|Food and Nutrition|Comments Off on A Happily Healthy Halloween

Addressing Hunger and Malnutrition

Hunger and food security are issues close to my heart—they are SOLVABLE problems that affect us both here in the United States and throughout the world. While globally we produce enough food to feed all people, […]

By |October 17th, 2015|Food and Nutrition|Comments Off on Addressing Hunger and Malnutrition

The Importance of Integrative Nutrition to the Future of Dietetics

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE). I came back inspired and re-energized by all of the […]

By |October 11th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Videos|Comments Off on The Importance of Integrative Nutrition to the Future of Dietetics

Wholesome Goodness with Whole Grains

Fall has officially knocked on our door with its crisp air and all the goodness that comes with it—can you say pumpkin spiced everything? When I think of Fall, I think of apple picking, the […]

By |September 26th, 2015|Food and Nutrition|Comments Off on Wholesome Goodness with Whole Grains

The Benefits of Yoga

As an integrative registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), I think it is critical to be well-versed in three areas: the clinical/medical nutrition therapy aspect, practical culinary/cooking/shopping/preparation application, and the physical activity wellness/life balance component.
I have been practicing yoga for nearly […]

By |September 17th, 2015|Energy and Excercise, Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized, YOGA|Comments Off on The Benefits of Yoga

Fad Diets: What’s Next?

I keep a journal of the questions I am asked daily (to be turned into a book one day, stay tuned!)
Often dietitians encounter assumptions about nutrition and topic-related questions that may not have a factual […]

By |September 10th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fad Diets: What’s Next?

Beat the Bloat!

Are you experiencing bloating, abdominal discomfort or water retention that seems to keep returning?
Several contributing factors may be involved in bloating: food sensitivities, dietary choices, and lifestyle factors.
Common possible sources of bloating are:
•    Carbonated beverages […]

By |September 4th, 2015|Energy and Excercise, Food and Nutrition|Comments Off on Beat the Bloat!

The Power of Small Gestures: Reflections on a Recent Trip to Haiti

As part of my work with the Azil Foundation, a small not-for profit organization focused on medical, nutrition and educational support in northern Haiti, a couple weeks ago I traveled, for the second time, to Cap […]

By |August 28th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Power of Small Gestures: Reflections on a Recent Trip to Haiti

“Brown-Bag” Lunches: A Simple Way to Good Nutrition

It’s time once again for the yellow buses to fire up their engines and backpacks to be loaded with all the goodness that school brings!

While parents are either crying tears of joy or sadness at […]

By |August 21st, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Brown-Bag” Lunches: A Simple Way to Good Nutrition

So-y Confusing:

The Low-Down on the Safety of Soy Foods
In the last couple of years, the soybean and soy foods have been greeted with a health halo. Yet, the public often worries that this nutrient-rich plant is dangerous and […]

By |August 7th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on So-y Confusing:

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean Diet is really a testament to eating local, fresh, and proportionate to nutritional needs.
The geographical areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea (think Italy, France, Spain, Morocco) were difficult to farm due to challenging terrain […]

By |August 4th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What is the Mediterranean Diet?

Sumptuous Summer Smoothies for Joint Health

Are you suffering from joint pain?
Smoothies can be a convenient and tasty way to “up the ante” nutrition-wise in your diet, and may provide nutrients to support the health of your bones and joints.
This month […]

By |August 4th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sumptuous Summer Smoothies for Joint Health

Top 5 Reasons to See an Integrative RDN

But first check out my previous post What Do Integrative Dietitian Nutritionists Do?

1.)    We’re here to help and listen. We don’t judge you for the choices you make, we work to educate you, find interventions, […]

By |July 24th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized, YOGA|Comments Off on Top 5 Reasons to See an Integrative RDN

What do Integrative Dietitian Nutritionists do?

Before addressing this common question ” What do integrative dietitian nutritionists do?”, let’s first clarify that while all dietitians are nutritionists, not all nutritionists are dietitians!
The three steps required to become a nationally credentialed registered […]

By |July 18th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, YOGA|Comments Off on What do Integrative Dietitian Nutritionists do?

Do Physicians Need Nutrition Education?

Why Dietitians and Doctors Must Work Together
The state of nutrition education in medical schools is pretty grim, and several recent news stories have brought to light the reality of how little nutrition training med students […]

By |July 11th, 2015|Food and Nutrition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Do Physicians Need Nutrition Education?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Workshop

I traveled to DC recently with more than 350 colleagues to take part in the  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Workshop June 7-9th 2015.

This workshop focuses on advocating for legislation regarding nutrition-related policies, […]

By |June 22nd, 2015|Food and Nutrition|Comments Off on The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Workshop

5 Reasons to Shop at a Farmer’s Market

It’ the perfect time of year to enjoy putting those reusable grocery bags and beautiful Saturday mornings to use while ramping up your nutrition and checking off grocery shopping from the ‘to-do’ list.
When fruits and […]

By |June 15th, 2015|Food and Nutrition|Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Shop at a Farmer’s Market

Do you actually get your daily supply of vitamins and minerals?

Supplements 101: Vitamins, Minerals, and You! PART I
What are Vitamins and Minerals? We have all read the definition of vitamins and minerals in general health class or anatomy and physiology. Maybe they don’t mean a […]

By |May 20th, 2015|Food and Nutrition|0 Comments

Learn the benefits of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine

Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN believes that given the right “tools” the body can heal itself. This is a Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine approach.

By |April 1st, 2015|Food and Nutrition|0 Comments

Increase your Nutrition IQ one bite at a time.

The benefits of working with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is having the ability to collaborate on a healthy, clear-cut plan that works best for you and your individual nutrition needs.

It’s about understanding what nutrition looks […]

By |March 25th, 2015|Food and Nutrition|0 Comments