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Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional

Specialty: registered dietitian (RD)
Garden City, New York
I am a Registered Dietitian (RD) and certified Food Snob. I love discovering healthy, natural, great-tasting foods and sharing my nutri-knowledge. I'm so tired of people worrying about what they SHOULD NOT eat and listening to bad nutrition advice. Let me stroll the food store aisles for you and... Full Bio
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Food Review: Natural Peanut Butter by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating As long as you don't suffer from a peanut allergy, peanut butter is amazingly tasty, a rock-solid partner in weight management, and extremely versatile. Today I will focus ... Read on »
Smother Inflammation with Blueberries (from my Food Chat blog) by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Berry season is in full swing. Summer is the time of year to get berries at their tastiest and best price. Today I will focus on blueberries, which have a tart yet sweet flavo ... Read on »
Q & A: Quick, Light Dinner Ideas by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Ann M. from Cherry Hill, NJ, wrote to me in need of some 'light dinner' advice: "My husband and I are in our mid-60's, both still working, work out at the gym and try t ... Read on »
Smother Inflammation with Blueberries by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Berry season is in full swing. Summer is the time of year to get berries at their tastiest and best price. Today I will focus on blueberries, which have a tart yet sweet ... Read on »
Don't Show Up Hungry Today! by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Yesterday I discussed ways you can healthfully navigate a summer barbecue. Today, I want to review what to do before the barbecue. How can you avoid shoveling it all in ... Read on »
Pass the Margarita & Burger!! by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Tomorrow is the 4th of July. This kicks off the official start to summer BBQs. When trying to eat healthy, a backyard barbecue can seem more daunting than a night out at dinn ... Read on »
Smoothie Tips Recipes by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Smoothies are a summertime favorite. But many can pack in more calories, mostly from sugar, than you expect. Check out this great article on how to do smoothies smartly by a f ... Read on »
Barbara's Bakery Ultima Organic Flax & Granola Cereal by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating My summertime breakfast favorite is yogurt, berries, cereal and milk all mixed together. I blogged previously about my fave yogurt and another cereal. Here's a newer one fo ... Read on »
Recent News Reports of Sweetener Reformulations Raise Questions About Motivations by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating The sweetener battle over sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners marches on. Click link above for article. Read on »
Dark Chocolate Fanatic! by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Dark chocolate hits the spot. You may need to eat an entire milk chocolate bar to satisfy your chocolate craving, whereas just 1-2 squares of dark chocolate can really do the ... Read on »
Stonyfield Farms Lowfat Plain Yogurt by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Creamy, smooth and delicious! I know what you're thinking. It's plain. You can jazz it up with berries, a VERY ripe banana for extra NATURAL sweetness, maybe a teaspoon of hon ... Read on »
Food Highlight: Arnold's Natural Flax & Fiber Bread by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Yet another product to emerge in the bread aisle. Arnold's has a fairly new line of breads called "Natural Breads". There are several types of breads under this "natural brea ... Read on »
3 Tactics to Prevent Overeating by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating 3 Tactics to Prevent Overeating Click on the link above to access this WebMD weight loss clinic feature article by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD. This is a great article demons ... Read on »
My Favorite Post-Long Run Meal by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating After a long training run, it's imperative to fuel up shortly after with the right amount of carbohydrates and protein. The carbs help replenish your glycogen stores used up ... Read on »
Intuitive Eating by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional 5 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Weight loss For everyone struggling with chronic dieting, I urge you to consider the "intuitive eating" concept. I'm currently writing my Masters thesis on this topic. Two dietitians, Ev ... Read on »
Favorite Pre-Long Run Meal? by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Running I've had years to experiment with what does and absolutely DOES NOT settle well in my gut before a long run. I've found a toasted bagel with a little bit of jelly is best, may ... Read on »
Food Highlight: Pepperidge Farm Breakfast Breads by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating In the winter months, I eat oatmeal practically every morning for breakfast. As an alternative, I'd have a Thomas' English Muffin or some Kashi Frozen Waffles. Then my sister ... Read on »
Blogging Hiatus by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating It's been a while since I "blogged". I started with good intentions a few years ago. Last I wrote, I was training for the NYC 2005 marathon! Gosh, it's been over two years and ... Read on »
Shooting pain down leg ?? by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Running Have any runners experienced this? Years ago I noticed after a run of any distance, or even a spin class, I get shooting pains from my groin down my left leg. It comes and goe ... Read on »
A healthy cooking tip by Alison Barkman, MS, RD Healthy Living Professional 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Cooking When trying to cut calories and fat, use low-sodium V8 tomato or vegetable juice. You can use 1/4-1/2 cup in a pan, drop in some diced onions, then add seasoned chicken breast ... Read on »