Dr. Julia: Back to Basics

As a doctor, I read a lot of medical journals and attend a lot of conferences.  I love keeping current on nutrition research and hearing about trends. What diet is best? Low fat? No fat? Low sugar? Low carb? But this information can often be conflicting and confusing.  And is not helpful when it comes to planning snacks for my boys!

You can imagine my delight in the past year to read so many articles about the benefits of getting back to basics. Keeping food simple, and whole. Eating more plant-based foods.  Eating more like we did in generations past, before highly processed foods were so engrained in our culture.

This not only resonates with what I know as a doctor, but how I treat my own family. Whatever I make for them is better than what I can take out of a package.  But I also don’t have time to make elaborate meals and snacks every day.  So a strategy that keeps it simple, and keeps foods whole, works for me.

When my kids tumble off the school bus, they need a simple, wholesome snack to keep them satisfied until dinner.  And their growing bodies need nutrients at every possible opportunity.

And of course, they need to love it. Our current go to is a classic:

Apples with Peanut Butter
Sliced apples with all-natural peanut butter.

I love that this snack is so simple, whole, and nutritious. It suits what I know as a doctor, and keeps things easy on busy afternoons.  And gives them protein and nutrients to grow on.

Everyone is happy!

Try Dr. Julia’s other recipes and advice for you and your family, here.

Julia Nordgren, MD has the unique distinction of being a physician and a trained chef. Her years of treating patients for cholesterol disorders and childhood obesity motivated her to inspire people to make healthy eating part of their daily lives. Dr. Nordgren received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and graduated in 2013 from the Culinary Institute of America with honors. She currently lives on the Connecticut Shoreline and tests many of her recipes on her husband and two boys, who luckily have adventurous appetites and honest opinions.

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