Meet Kayla Anderson! Our Nutrition Columnist

Kayla is an Upstate, South Carolina native. Never venturing far, she achieved a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Clemson University and then went on to complete a yearlong Dietetic Internship through DHEC in Columbia, South Carolina. Since passing her board exam in 2011, Kayla has been working as a Registered Dietitian within the community of Greenville, South Carolina. Passionate about health, wellness and the science behind nutrition, she enjoys helping people learn to prioritize their diet as part of a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. She is available for one-on-one counseling at the Life Center of Greenville Health System.

Be rich… Nutrient rich

Your participation with The Noisy Rabbit is the perfect way to eat more greens for less green, but money isn’t the only currency we want to spend wisely when it comes to our nutrition. You are already getting the best bang for your buck, but what about how you spend your nutrients? We want to budget better there, too.

So many Americans are overfed, but yet definitively malnourished. Calorie needs are often exceeded while nutrient requirements go unmet and lack appropriate attention. The very best way to ensure this isn’t the case is eating nutrient-rich food. For your meals, snacks, at the table and on the go – every bite counts, really. We can easily spend way too much of our diet on the empty, overly processed and refined calories we get from potato chips, baked goods, candy and sugar-sweetened beverages. Sure these treats make our taste buds sing, but they’re devoid of micronutrients. Food manufacturers have to enrich these products with vitamins and minerals only because they’ve first stripped them down through refining and processing. Better spent is our dietary budget on nutrient-rich foods that naturally offer substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients with relatively few calories – brightly-colored fruits, vibrant vegetables, whole and fiber-rich grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy, lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds. Conveniently and perfectly suitable to the weekly contents of your Noisy Rabbit basket!

So swap out a quick, overly sweetened bowl of cereal for breakfast with plain low-fat Greek yogurt with nuts, fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey. Add fresh spinach, sliced tomato and hummus to your lunchtime sandwich. Grab a few baby carrots and dried fruit for a snack when you find yourself raiding the kitchen before dinner. And spruce up your routine weeknight spaghetti sauce with a few extra ingredients – mushrooms, shallots, garlic, onions, carrots, celery, peppers, zucchini, basil and oregano. Your body will surely appreciate the heavy doses of all of those synergistic nutrients – calcium, vitamin D, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, soluble and insoluble fiber and of course carbohydrates, protein and fat. Take your nutrition a step further, eat each day with a focus on nutrient density and your wallet won’t be the only one reaping benefits!

Kayla Anderson, RD, LD
GHS Outpatient/Life Center Registered Dietitian


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