March is a whole month dedicated to promote the profession of Nutrition Services, as well as delivering nutrition education to the public. A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) can help you improve your overall health and wellness.

Fresh Focus #58: Creating food diversity on your plate

This year, for National Nutrition Month®, the team at Fresh Focus Podcast welcome back Yaqutullah Ibraheem Muhammad, an RDN from the Atlanta VA Arcadia Primary Care Women’s Wellness Clinic.

Muhammad discusses tips on embracing cultural cuisines and ways you can diversify your healthy plate. Find out fun recipes to try and easy ways to experiment with new flavors.

Fresh Focus #59: Building cooking confidence with a simple ingredient


Listen in on this episode of Fresh Focus, where VA dietitian Dr. Joel Hamilton talks all about how to spice up your diet with using an ingredient that you already have on hand, a potato! Why potatoes? Potatoes are inexpensive and generally accessible.

Learning several cooking tips using something as simple as a potato can help build our confidence in the kitchen. It can also motivate us into trying our hand at all different kinds of recipes and unique items. They are also fairly neutral in taste and can allow you to practice multiple cooking techniques and seasoning combinations.

Be sure to visit the Healthy Teaching Kitchen YouTube Channel to watch video recipes.

Fresh Focus #60: Mealtime tips from the Healthy Teaching Kitchen

Would you be interested in watching a cooking class demo while being able to be sit in your own kitchen and have the opportunity to cook along with the instructor? That is exactly what the VA Healthy Teaching Kitchen classes involve!

Healthy Teaching Kitchens aim to improve health by teaching Veterans and their families how to make healthy food choices. It also shows them how to prepare foods. Participating in a class or seeing your local VA dietitian can help assist you in planning healthy meals. Check with your local VA for more details on available local classes.

This year’s theme “Celebrate a World of Flavors” encourages everyone to include healthy meals across all cultures and cuisines.  Listen in where RDNs on episode 60 of Fresh Focus provide several easy tips to help you in meal planning today.

By Fresh Focus is a team of registered dietitian nutritionists at the Marion VA collaborating with dietitians nationwide

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Published on Mar. 19, 2022

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  1. Nellie Reeder March 29, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    A lot of people use butter or oil for cooking. My dad was a bridal diabetic. They told me I would be giving myself shots in 6 months. Most people do think not me know the way, and I do not. In time I learned that with a lot of meat that I have to cook in a skillet, if I use a little water, it still was good (I could not tell the difference ) that it helped and made it where most of the fat was gone from the dish. It’s one thing you might try and see for yourself.

  2. Ronald Modawell March 24, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Very Informative

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