Cindy’s Corners will begin to routinely feature popular food bloggers who share unique tips that we can all benefit from.
My first blogger is Brooke Zigler. She is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in Austin, TX. She is also has a hugely successful website and blog that other nutritionists and food companies seek to be mentioned on.
I asked Brooke to share her background, tips and some insights into healthy Passover eating and drinking with my audience. Here are her words:
My interest in living a healthy lifestyle developed my senior year of college. I weighed nearly 200 pounds and had very high cholesterol, and eventually had to be put on a statin. My diet consisted of having a bagel for breakfast (if I even ate breakfast that day), the all-you-can-eat buffet in the dining hall at college, and some sort of pasta dish for dinner. I really had no idea how to eat healthy, but I knew I needed to make a change. I eventually enrolled in Weight Watchers and wound up losing over 65 pounds. It changed my life completely and made me fall in love with the field of nutrition. After working for several years in healthcare policy for a non-profit and as a consultant, I eventually quit my full-time job to go back to school to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
After the successful completion of my dietetic internship and passing my exams to become an RDN, I moved to Austin and gave birth to my daughter. I gained 50 pounds during my pregnancy, and knew I would have to lose weight once again. My cholesterol was also very high and I wanted to lower it naturally, without the use of medication. Being a mom is not always easy (hello sleep deprivation!) and you don’t always have time to make yourself a priority, but I knew I needed to make my health a priority. I was able to successfully lose 30 pounds in 7 months by eating a high-fiber diet and using the knowledge I acquired from my background in nutrition.
I documented my most recent weight loss journey on Instagram. I would post what I was eating and eventually gained many followers. This sparked my interest in developing healthy recipes and sharing them online. I’ve now turned it into my profession and I couldn’t be happier!
My favorite products that I use on a regular basis are GG Crackers, F-Factor 20/20 Fiber/ Protein Powder, La Tortilla Factory Low Carb Tortillas, Pure Bites Fruit-a-Peel, and Raw Rev Glo Bars.
Passover can be a hard time for people to get enough fiber, but there are so many foods that as Kosher for Passover that will help them get their daily fiber needs. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with fiber, including berries, apples, pears, artichokes, squash, asparagus, carrots, and sweet potatoes, just to name a few.
If you’re looking for flour alternatives, almond and coconut flour have fiber and are low in carbohydrates.
Chia seeds are also a wonderful addition to the diet during Passover. They are loaded with fiber and can be used in smoothies, yogurts, and in baking recipes.
If you’re missing your regular pizza and pasta during Passover, you could make a homemade cauliflower crust pizza or spiralize a zucchini and turn them into noodles.
While most matzah is very low in fiber, there is a great option on the market that I would recommend: Osem Israeli High Fiber Matzah.
She can be reached through her website:
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