What a Registered Dietitian Can Do for You

What a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Can Do for You

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Date Posted:
July 24, 2014

When you need food and nutrition information based on fact or need to know how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease—rely on qualified professionals in the field.

  • Planning and Prep

    Julienne Vegetables

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    Finding fun and new ways to serve vegetables – like julienning – can make it easier to get the two and a half cups we need every day. View Item

  • Multimedia

    Food Safety When Dining Outdoors

    Picnics, campouts and tailgates are a few of the great reasons to eat outdoors. Just follow these tips from Torey Armul, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, to make sure your next cookout adventure doesn't come with a case of food poisoning. View Item

  • Multimedia

    Safely Pack Your Lunch

    A packed lunch can be a great way to eat healthfully when you're away from home. Whether you are packing your child's lunch for school or your own lunch for work, there are important food safety practices you must remember. Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT, provides tips on how to keep bacteria away while packing lunch. View Item

  • Multimedia

    Food Safety When Hosting a Party

    Hosting a party is a fun way to bring food, friends and family together. Whether you're hosting a sit-down dinner or buffet-style reception, it's important to serve food that is not only delicious but safe, too. Watch as Nancy Farrell, MS, RDN, offers tips to keep your party safe from food poisoning. View Item

  • Multimedia

    Jerk Chicken Kebabs Recipe Video

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    Ready to head outside and grill up nutritious Jerk Chicken Kebabs? Watch Angela Ginn, RDN, LDN, CDE, make this hassle-free dish, featuring proper food preparation techniques so you can see how it's done each step of the way.

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  • Multimedia

    Chicken and Plantain Stew Recipe Video

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    Want to make a simple yet delicious Chicken and Plantain Stew in a snap? Watch Ximena Jimenez, MS, RDN, LD, make this nutritious dish, featuring proper food preparation techniques so you can see how it’s done each step of the way.

    View the recipe here.

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  • Multimedia

    How to Grill Safely Video

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    Love to grill? Registered dietitian nutritionist Jim White offers tips to grill safely and avoid common mistakes that might result in food poisoning. View Item

  • Weight Loss

    "Negative-Calorie Foods" Still Count

    Christy Wilson, RD

    Diet myths have come and gone, but some manage to stand the test of time. Although foods such as celery, lettuce and cucumbers may have negligible calories, make no mistake, they still count towards a day's worth of calories. View Item

  • Planning and Prep

    Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    If you are one of the millions of Americans who regularly skip breakfast, you probably have a reason such as oversleeping. Try these nutritious breakfast ideas for the mornings when you keep hitting the "snooze." View Item

  • Nutrition

    How to Find Gluten-Free Options

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    When considering a gluten-free diet, it is not necessary to avoid dining out. But, before you go, visit the restaurant's website for a menu to see what options are available. View Item

  • Diseases and Conditions

    Can I Exercise if I Have Diabetes?

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Yes, you can be physically active with diabetes. In fact, it is recommended. Physical activity alone, even without weight loss, can improve your diabetes. View Item

  • Weight Loss

    4 Ways to Shed the Weight for Good

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    What are the crucial behavior differences between those who keep weight off and those who put it back on? Here are four key behaviors that separate the maintainers from the gainers. View Item

  • Diseases and Conditions

    Treating Diabetes with Medical Nutrition Therapy

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Research shows that medical nutrition therapy has its greatest impact when first diagnosed with diabetes. MNT, the nutrition-based treatment provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist, includes a nutrition diagnosis as well as therapeutic and counseling services to help manage diabetes. View Item

  • Allergies and Intolerances

    How to Create a PKU-Friendly Diet

    Monique Ryan, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

    Phenylketonuria, or PKU, is a genetically inherited birth defect that causes an unwanted buildup of the amino acid phenylalanine in the blood, and a strict diet limited in phenylalanine is the main treatment. View Item

  • Nutrition

    Coconut Water: Is It What It's Cracked Up to Be?

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    If you've read about coconut water, you'd think it was a miracle beverage that could cure you of everything from heart disease to obesity. We asked two nutrition experts for their take on this popular drink. View Item

  • Diseases and Conditions

    Kidney Disease: High- and Moderate-Potassium Foods

    Jill Kohn, MS, RDN, LDN

    If you have kidney disease, your doctor or RDN will let you know if you need to avoid foods high in potassium. The following list shows examples of foods that are high and moderate in potassium. View Item

  • Nutrition

    Processed Foods: What's OK, What to Avoid

    Jill Kohn, MS, RDN, LDN

    Processed food has a bad reputation as a diet saboteur, but processed food is more than boxed macaroni and cheese, potato chips and drive-thru hamburgers. Here's how to sort the nutritious from the not-so-nutritious. View Item

  • Wellness

    4 Types of Foods to Help Boost Your Memory

    Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

    The best menu for boosting memory and brain function encourages good blood flow to the brain — much like what you'd eat to nourish and protect your heart. Strengthen recall by adding these foods to your diet. View Item

  • Resources

    National Nutrition Month

    National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. View Item

  • Weight Loss

    4 Metabolism Myths and Facts

    Jill Kohn, MS, RDN, LDN

    Why can one person eat like a growing teenager and not gain a pound, while another person's every indulgence shows up on the scale? Chalk it up to individual differences in metabolism, muscle mass and physical activity. View Item

  • Safety Tips

    Is Raw Seafood Safe To Eat?

    Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN

    People have been eating raw seafood from the beginning of time. But does that mean we should be doing so now? Get expert advice on consuming raw seafood. View Item

  • Weight Loss

    5 Tips to Kick Bad Eating Habits to the Curb

    Jill Kohn, MS, RDN, LDN

    Are you guilty of skipping breakfast, ordering takeout, getting jitters from coffee overload and counting potato chips as part of a viable diet plan? It's time to kick those habits to the curb and start eating right. View Item

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