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Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD

Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian and wellness manager for the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

5 Worst Breakfast Foods for You

The best breakfast foods give you fuel in the tank for energy that lasts. They boost your metabolism, fight disease and help you keep your weight down. The worst breakfast foods do the opposite. They lead to mid-morning crashes, wreak havoc on your metabolism, encourage disease and cause weight gain. You shouldn’t skip breakfast — … Read More

Avoid These 10 Foods Full of Trans Fats

In three years, you won’t find foods with artificial trans fats on your grocery store shelves. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stated that manufacturers have to remove all trans fat from their products in that time frame. Why wait? With a little smart shopping, you can avoid the worst type of fat now. … Read More

5 Foods You Should Eat This Summer

Summer comes with plenty of adventures, from road trips on sunny days to campouts on starry nights. Why not add a little adventure to your diet for the upcoming summer, too? Below are a few fresh summertime foods — some staples, some surprises. They’ll add flavors to your life and benefits for your health. 1. … Read More

5 Strategies to Help You Stop Emotional Eating

You stand at the freezer, steaming over something that happened at work and searching for a bowl of ice cream to cool your emotions. You sit on the couch and mindlessly munch through a whole bag of chips after a fight with a loved one. This is emotional eating. You’ve probably heard it called “stress … Read More

How to Turn a Smoothie Into a Hearty, Healthy Bowl

For on-the go meals, smoothies have been an option for years. From the franchises you see around town to the make-at-home versions you’ve tried in your own blender, these thick drinks — when made properly and enjoyed in appropriate portions — provide a healthy meal alternative. But lately the trend is shifting from portable glasses … Read More

Recipe: Go Green Smoothie Bowl

Ready to trade the smoothie glass for a bowl? Try this recipe, which is packed with the leafy green goodness of spinach. Use the topping recommendations below, or experiment with your own.  Ingredients Smoothie base ½ frozen banana ¼ cup seedless green grapes ¼ cup fresh or frozen mango chunks 1 cup fresh baby spinach, packed … Read More

Recipe: Berry Smoothie Bowl

Ready to dip your spoon into the smoothie bowl trend? Get your fill of creamy smoothie goodness with a healthy heaping of crunchy, healthy toppings including slivered almonds and chia seeds. Ingredients Smoothie base 1½ cups plain yogurt 1 banana, frozen ½ cup orange juice 1 cup berries of your choice 1 tablespoon flaxseeds 1 … Read More

7 “Unsexy” Foods You Should Be Eating

Somehow, kale has become sexy. Credit the amazing power of food trends. Kale is not alone, either. Quinoa, coconut oil, chia seeds, kefir — food trends abound. In most cases, that’s a good thing. Kale and other foods that are “hot” right now are chock full of nutrients you need. But when you’re browsing the … Read More

6 Tips to Make Calories Count — Instead of Counting Calories

When it comes to dieting, it’s easy to wish for a magic number. But I’ve seen too many patients rely on calorie count as the answer. Sure, it matters how many calories you eat in a day. But fixating on that number can cause problems, too. It can become like a game: “If I eat … Read More