Episode 023: Yogurt, Weight & Exercise…Part 2

In today’s episode we chatted all about our updated feelings on consistent exercise and our current personal fitness goals and progress. We also received some AWESOME advice from top exercise and fitness expert, Dr. Adrian Chavez, on what you can do for exercise even if you are pressed on time, money and energy. He even outlines a one-week guide for listeners to follow. Listen (above) to get the full details! 

For our food segment, we enjoyed a flavored yogurt taste-test! Yogurt has a great blend of carbohydrates, fat, and protein which makes it a perfect recovery snack after exercise. The brands and flavors we tried included Noosa raspberry, Chobani pineapple, Silk non-dairy strawberry, Siggi’s drinkable vanilla, and Oikos Triple Zero peach. Let us know your favorite yogurt in the comments below!

yogurt taste test

Things we discussed in this episode:

Dr. Adrien Chavez, find him on Facebook or Instagram!

Rachel’s favorite spin class (if you visit Tucson, AZ): Revolve Cycle

Erinn’s favorite tennis classes (if you live in Phoenix, AZ): City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation

Episode 020: Nostalgic Potluck, The 90s & Childhood Food Memories

Today’s episode is sponsored by the 1990’s and the color beige! We’re talking all about our childhood food memories. We discuss the biology of taste, why food is so often tied to memories and emotions, share our listener’s favorite childhood foods, and then discuss our favorite, funniest, and even worst food moments we had as kids.

For our food chat portion, we created a nostalgic potluck worthy of an after-school snack time. Thank you to some of our listeners for submitting their childhood foods as well!

Here’s what we sampled:

Honey butter crescent rolls

Salami and mayonnaise on white bread

Tuna salad on white bread

Cool Ranch Doritos

Spaghettios

Beef Ravioli

“Fluffernutter” Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich

Cosmic brownies

Fruity Tootsie rolls

Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal

Rice Krispie treats

Rachel’s favorite recent food memory – Rare Bar & Grill 

Erinn’s favorite recent food memory – Cauliflower Romesco with Roasted Salted Potatoes

P.S Erinn made an error to the cauliflower recipe she discussed in a recent food memory. It was a “cauliflower romesco” NOT “cauliflower romanesco.” Romesco is a red pepper based sauce and romanesco is a type of broccoli. The more you know!

Let us know some of your childhood food memories in the comments below!

Episode 018: Airport Snacks, Senses & Travel

Today’s episode is all about travel: why travel is important to us, upcoming travel plans (camping! cross country bike trip! Asia!), dream travel destinations, easy on-the-go travel snacks, favorite airport restaurants, our favorite travel blogs, how we budget for travel, our top tips for feeling balanced, safe, and your very best, as well as the sense we most value while traveling. Is it smelling? Is it taste? Listen to find out!

Keeping with the theme of travel, we figured we better eat our favorite travel/on-the-go snacks, including but not limited to:

Hardboiled eggs (with pepper and herbs for Rachel! With Cholula hot sauce for Erinn!)

Tabbouleh Salad (Trader Joe’s brand)

Chips and dip (We tried Saffron Road Baked Lentil Chips, Cucumber Dill flavor with Trader Joe’s Tzatziki Garlic Cucumber dip)

Beef jerky (Nick’s Sticks and Oberto brands are Erinn’s favorite)

Vegetarian jerky (Try Primal Strips!)

Triscuit crackers and almond butter (Barney Butter brand)

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Here’s some answers to two of our travel questions!

Favorite Travel blogs:

12 Hours

Beyond the Tent

Nomadic Matt

The Bucketlist Family

Elona Karafin

Essentials for Staying Balanced (and clean!):

Erinn’s favorite face and body lotion

Rachel’s favorite Cucumber Facial Wipes

Episode 014: Blind Taste Test, Doritos & Favorite Things: Food Edition

On today’s episode, we chat, once again, about our faaaaavorite thiiiiiings! This time though, we’re talking all about our food favorites. We have our first BLIND TASTE TEST and feed each other random things and try to guess what they are, like marshmallows, circus cookies, matcha green tea Kit Kats, and Cool Ranch Doritos. It’s a good time. Also, we totally spaced on taking a picture of the food we tested, because we were BLINDFOLDED. Oh well, here’s a reenactment.

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After taste-testing, we chatted the important things like all of our related-to-food favorites including: our favorite local restaurants, favorite food magazines, favorite food-related phone apps, favorite food-themed movies, favorite family recipes, our favorite things about being dietitians, and even our favorite weird food habits. Again, these are great table talk questions if you’re at a party or hanging out with family! We won’t list all of our answers here (listen to the episode above!), but here’s a list of all the questions we asked each other:

Favorite local restaurant?

Erinn – The Stand and St. Francis (both in Phoenix!)

Rachel – Miss Saigon and Takamatsu (both in Tucson!)

Favorite destination restaurant?

Erinn – Ana Lena in Vancouver, B.C and Community Table in Washington, CT

Rachel – FlyinFin Sushi and Seafood in Redondo Beach, CA and The Girl and the Goat in Chicago, IL

Dream restaurant?

Food magazine?

Food commentary/book?

Erinn –
Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.) by Anthony Bourdain

A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain

Driving Hungry: A Delicious Journey, from Buenos Aires to New York to Berlin (Vintage Departures) by Layne Mosler

Rachel –
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss

Favorite food app?

Erinn – Epicurious Recipe & Shopping App 

Rachel – Diners TV

Favorite cookbook?

Erinn – The Silver Palate Cookbook

Rachel – Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

Favorite food podcast?

Favorite celebrity chef?

Erinn – Ina Garten, Eric Ripert, Christina Tosi

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Rachel – Chrissy Teigen, Fabio Viviana, Alex Guarnaschelli

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Favorite food TV show?

Favorite food movie?

Erinn – Waiting, Chef, and The Trip

Rachel – The Hundred-Foot Journey and Julie & Julia

Favorite exotic food?

Favorite weird food pairing?

Favorite weird food habit?

Favorite go-to recipe?

Favorite passed down recipe?

Favorite food type store?

Erinn – Crate & Barrel

Rachel – Sur La Table

Favorite meal of the day?

Favorite fast food?

Erinn – In-N-Out and Chik-fil-A

Rachel – Taco Bell and In-N-Out

Favorite “you caught me being healthy” food

BONUS: Favorite thing about being an RD?

Episode 013: Trader Joe’s Haul, OOTGs & Grocery Store Tour

On today’s episode, we chat about our mutual love for the almighty Trader Joe’s grocery store! We also do another taste-test with 8 of their products. Side note: it was incredibly hard to narrow down products to try. We could (and just might) do an entire episode devoted to more taste-test items.

We also share our recent favorite and least favorite grocery store finds, how we like to shop, and our strategies for navigating the grocery store (even if you hate it) so you can always come home with delicious and balanced foods! Hint: we don’t just shop the perimeter…

Trader Joe's Taste Test

Trader Joe’s Taste-Test Items:

Dill Pickle Popcorn

Bollywood Popcorn

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Snow Leopard Melon

Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower

Vanilla Almond Spiced Chai

Cold Pressed Juice: Yellow

Crispy, Crunchy, Broccoli Florets

Side note: There are a million and one Trader Joe’s fan sites out there simply devoted to product reviews. OMG.  We linked to a few above. You’re welcome.