Lauren’s favorite nutrition advice? Think healthy, not skinny. She helps her clients get into that mindset with plenty of healthy eating tips, like adding beans to her meals for more protein and fiber.
In fact, she loves using beans so much that she said she can’t pick a favorite: “It would be like choosing a favorite child!” she says.
The variety she chooses depends on the cuisine she is preparing. She likes chickpeas roasted for protein and fiber-rich snacks. She adds black beans to salads, breakfast burritos, and baked goods. She tosses white beans into chili and salads and mashes them into soups.
Lauren’s private practice in the New York/New Jersey area, where she has practiced for the last 20 years, focuses on patients who need help with weight management and prediabetes. Beans are an integral part of her patients’ meal plans because they are an excellent source of protein and fiber.
Beans help manage blood sugar and provide satiety and are delicious and filling for lunch or dinner. Since beans are high in iron, zinc, folate, and potassium, they are ideal for people who struggle to consume non-fortified foods. Lauren especially loves the iron content because vegetarians have an added challenge meeting their iron needs.
Her website Nutrition Starring You has delicious, healthy recipes and great nutritional advice.
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