I‘m a Southern raised, food-loving Registered Dietitian who wants you to see all the flavorful, good-for-you possibilities that are within your reach. I have found that many people I come across think DIEt is a four letter word and commonly misconcieve living a healthy lifestyle means eating (very little) bland and boring food- i.e., plain chicken, empty salads and cutting out our favorite things, like chocolate or ice cream.
My goal here is to encourage you to get back in the kitchen and lose the crazy thought that taste and nutrition can’t happily coexist. No food is considered off-limits. I want to encourage you to avoid a diet mentality and learn to appreciate real food. This fast paced lifestyle we all live in has found us landed in front of drive thru windows, oversized platters and all-you-can-eat buffets. We have, in turn, forgotten about the importance of fresh produce, lean proteins, and hearty whole grains in our everyday lives. I want people to know how darn easy it is to eat and cook in a healthy way. I’m not talking about completely changing your entire lifestyle-dropping all that we learned from our up-bringing to go ‘all organic’ from specialty designer grocery stores (but by all means go ahead do so if you choose so!). I am as not talking about going crazy with calorie counting, measuring portions, or giving up all your favorite foods- I just request..eat well. And I’m not talking about becoming Top Chef or the Next Food Network Star. What I am talking about is learning to incorporate a few healthy staples into your everyday diet and cooking and eating at home. That’s all. For most people, their diets generally maintain go good track record. Just some simple tweaks in stride to help win with healthy living. It is so much easier than it looks, and I am here to help make it clear! As a dietetic practitioner this is my place to experiment, educate and provide great resources to promote these beneficial practices.
Why Chocolate Broccoli?
My love for nutrition and the culinary world is unlimited- SO Chocolate Broccoli is my place for all things food- from Sweet (chocolate) to Savory (broccoli). Chocolate Broccoli is also my way of saying that absolutely anything–from chocolate to broccoli–can be incorporated into a healthy diet, all in moderation. Can’t live without chocolate? Sure, go ahead, savor 1 or two Hershey’s kisses, or some dark chocolate for added health benefit. Ice cream your thing? Eat up- Limit it to 1/2 cup servings.. What about those Salt & Vinegar chips (oh, yea, my fav!) Dig in- slowly, and try not to eat the entire bag. These changes are small, simple, and life changing.
Eat Right.Taste Well.
Amber Massey, RD, LD is an intern graduate from Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Texas. She completed her Undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Institutional Administration at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas and is currently seeking to complete her Masters in Nutrition. Amber is an active member of the Dallas Dietetics Association, serving as 2011-2012 Secretary as well as being apart of the 2010-2011 strategic planning committee. Amber is also a member of the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics , and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ADA). Amber stays busy with her memberships of Dietetic Practice Groups (DPGs) within the Academy, and these include: The Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE), and Food & Culinary Professionals (FCP).
Amber can be seen in multiple magazine publications for her culinary creations, including Taste of Home, Healthy Cooking, Simple and Delicous, and Country Women’s Magazine and recently became apart of the Bloggers Connection with Cooking Light Magazine.
Search for her healthy living tips on YouTube, too!