Healthy Eating with Anne from Fannetastic Food
Can you start off by telling us
a little bit about yourself?
Hi – I’m Anne! I’m a runner, (whole) foodie, occasional yogi, and
lover of photography, healthy recipe creation, travel, and adventure. I write
the food and fitness blog fANNEtastic food, which I
use as a way to motivate others to lead happier, healthier lives through
nutrition and exercise. I aim to show readers that it doesn’t have to be hard
or complicated to be healthy – and in fact, it can even be fun! I spent the
past 2 years at UNC-Chapel Hill (loved it there!) working on a Masters of Public
Health in Nutrition and just moved back up to the Washington D.C. area to
finish my dietetic internships to become a Registered Dietitian.
My blog content changes day to day — I share simple
healthy recipes, quick and easy health
tips, packed lunch ideas, fitness motivation,
and day-to-day and travel-related adventures, too! I also train for running
races pretty frequently so I like including things like my half marathon training plans and training run recapsas well.
Where did you get
your passion for nutrition and healthy eating and how did you decide to become
a registered dietitian?
I actually didn’t really get interested in cooking and
nutrition until after college. It happened slowly – I started reading food
blogs and cookbooks, picking up tips, and was eventually inspired to be more
adventurous in the kitchen. I was surprised to find that not only was cooking
easier than I had thought, but it was fun too! As I got more into cooking and
healthy eating, I started having friends ask for my recipes – and thus,
fANNEtastic food was born! I love writing and photography, as well as cooking,
so a blog just made perfect sense. When I started my blog, I had
just decided to leave my office job and start prerequisites to head back to
graduate school to become a Registered Dietitian (RD), so readers have followed me on that journey as well.
As a future dietitian,
what are your top five tips that anyone could incorporate into their lives to start
getting healthier today?
Drink a lot of water
Take the stairs
Swap mayonnaise and sour cream out for nonfat plain Greek
yogurt (check out my post on how to Make a Meal or Recipe Healthier Using Yogurt)
Create a standing desk for yourself (mine is called my
“perch” – check it out: One Small Change I Made to Improve My Health)
Use whole grains instead of refined grains – e.g. 100% whole
wheat bread instead of white bread, brown rice instead of white rice (you can
usually request brown rice at restaurants, too!), whole wheat pasta instead of
How do you come up
with the recipes on your site, what are some of your favorites, and do you have
any tips for others to get creative in the kitchen?
All my recipes are really simple – I’m by no means a master
chef – and I just try to have fun experimenting and seeing what works and what
doesn’t. Here are some of my favorites:
5-Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars (vegan, gluten free if you use GF
Almond Encrusted Tilapia
Banana & Spinach Smoothie (sounds gross but is AWESOME!)
Carrot Cake Muffins (vegan & whole wheat)
Chicken & White Bean Chili Soup
Corn Flake Encrusted Chicken Fingers (gluten free)
Healthy Chicken Enchiladas (gluten-free and made with yogurt!)
Matt’s Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies (healthy but not
Mexican Black Bean Spinach Burgers (vegan)
Oatmeal Banana Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars
Perfect (Microwave) Banana Oatmeal
Scrambled Egg Muffins
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Veggie Enchiladas (vegan if omit
Potato Lentil Chili (vegan)
Salad with a Healthy Twist
Minestrone Soup (vegan)
Vegan & Gluten Free Granola Bars (vegan,
Whole Wheat Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins
Zesty Lemon Zucchini Muffins
What are some easy
fixes to make our meals healthier?
I actually have a post on my site all about this – and it
includes a downloadable/printable PDF of healthy recipe substitutions! Check it
out: How to Make a Recipe Healthier.
What are some things
readers should keep in mind when planning meals for a day?
My main advice is just to try to incorporate a protein, a
carbohydrate, and a fat into all your meals and snacks. This will help to keep
you full longer and more satisfied in general! In terms of frequency, I do well
eating three meals and two smaller snacks, but everyone is different.
Do you have any
weekly meal planning tips and tricks you could share?
I’m actually horrible at meal planning – I usually just buy
an assortment of healthy ingredients and then see what I can make with them.
Maybe you all can give me your tips for this one, instead! The one thing I
always make sure to do, though, is to keep healthy options easily available and
You have some great
guides in your healthy tips section. Can
you share some of your tips on eating healthy while juggling a busy schedule?
I wrote a whole blog post about this – check it out: How to make time for health when you’re busy.
How do you make sure
you feel satisfied eating healthy foods? Are there any ingredients you use to
help satisfy hunger and keep you feeling full throughout the day?
I wrote a whole blog post about this, as well! And I even
followed it up with another post sharing reader’s tips that were left in the
comments of my original post. Check them out:
Lastly, what is your
advice to others in making health and nutrition a priority in their lives?
Honestly, just DO it! There’s no better time than right now
and you’re never too busy to invest in your own health, whether it’s by making
a healthy meal or squeezing in a workout. And remember you don’t have to be
perfect all the time. Everything in moderation, including moderation!
One other tip? Make exercise fun. Check out my post on How to Love Exercise (or at least not hate it).
For more healthy living tips and simple healthy recipes you can make at home, visit Anne's blog fANNEtasticfood.com!
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