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Dietitians of the Week
Check our Facebook page every weekday for our RD of the Day, as we put a much-deserved spotlight on a dietitian who's either making headlines or writing them and delivering their expertise through the media. Here are this week's featured RDs.

Kaitlin Bennett, RD, CDN  
Monday's RD of the Day is using her position at the ShopRite to teach kids in her community about healthy snacks and showing families that it's easy to eat green.

Featured in The Day (New London), Kaitlin Bennett, RD, CDN, explains how she grew up in a household that emphasized healthy eating, and she started considering it as a career when she ran cross-country in high school.

She says she loves working at ShopRite, because she gets to help people make lifestyle changes while they're making their food choices. On a given day, she may be leading a class, hosting healthy food demonstrations in the store or providing one-on-one counseling.

"Most of what I do is from a preventative standpoint. We're teaching people how to make changes now," she said. Whereas a hospital dietitian is advising a patient on what they should eat when they're already sick, Bennett is able to reach people before they get to that point, she said.

For the classes she teaches like the all-green class on St. Patrick's Day, Bennett said she tries to pick recipes related to events such as the Super Bowl or National Nutrition Month. It's all hands-on to get everyone involved.

"Sometimes parents who have pickier eaters like to come to the classes because maybe we're cooking with something they wouldn't try at home," she said. "But if they're more engaged in it and feeling like they're involved in creating it, they're more likely to give it a try."

For sharing her expertise in the community, starting with the youngest, Kaitlin was Monday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: It's Easy Eating Green

Karen Smith, RD  
Of course, drinking water is key to staying health and hydrated. However, our Tuesday RD of the Day reports on WJLA-TV (ABC) Good Morning Washington that there's discrepancy over the ideal amount of water consumption.

Karen Smith, RD, senior manager of clinical dietetics at Barnard Medical Center, says hydration needs vary for everyone. "A child may require eight cups a day, whereas an active teenager or adult might need 15 glasses."

She then explains that the best way to know if you're drinking enough water is to use the "pee test." Urine should be very pale in color and not cloudy, Karen says, although there are certain medications foods that can change urine's appearance. If the urine is dark and cloudy, it could be a sign that you need to drink more water.

In the segment, Karen also reminds viewers that drinking water isn't the only way to stay hydrated. Twenty percent of the average person's water supply comes from food and Karen explains that fruits and vegetables can keep you hydrated, while also providing more nutrients than a glass of water. She recommends H2O-filled foods, like cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, berries, broccoli and grapefruit.

For her focus on the importance of hydration on health, Karen was our Tuesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Debunking Hydration Myths With Karen Smith, RD

Jennifer McDaniel MS, RDN, CSSD, LD Facebook Twitter
Many of us suffer from the effects of spring allergies and the warm winter we just had has brought them on early this year. Our Wednesday RD of the Day took to the airwaves on Fox 2 St. Louis STLMoms program to discuss foods that help battle those spring allergies.

"These foods are not going to cure your allergies," says Jen McDaniel of McDaniel Nutrition Therapy in Clayton, MO. "but they're going to help ease the symptoms."

Jen goes on to explain that all of the runny noses, sore throats, and itchy eyes that come in the spring to sufferers are "a matter of inflammation and the idea is to arm your body with anti-inflammatory foods".

The segment Jen does covers recommendations for allergies such as eating at least two servings of fatty fish like salmon and tuna a week and at least 100-200 calories of nuts like walnuts and dark chocolate per day. Also, fruits and vegetables containing high concentrations of quercetin, such as apples, berries, cabbage and cauliflower, are known to reduce inflammation.

Jen then goes on to discuss the professional studies begin done of good strains of bacteria that provide the most relief to spring allergies, recommending a variety of probiotic rich foods such as yogurt and kefir milk.

For providing her community with nutritional knowledge on how to ease the effects of spring allergies, Jen was Wednesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Local Dietitian Suggests Foods To Battle Spring Allergies

Terri L. Umscheid, RD  
Sometimes, people need to hear basic, common sense nutrition information from an expert, just to be reminded of HOW to think about food. For nutrition month, Thursday's RD of the Day went on the KSNT News morning show in Topeka, KS to discuss the basics of good nutrition.

In the first segment, Terri L. Umscheid, RD, of St. Francis Health offers give some advice on finding a daily routine to get into a healthy lifestyle. Terri gives viewers a refresher course on MyPlate and its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, as well as portion control, and the importance of meal planning.

"We want to include as much variety as possible in our meals and the size of our plate makes a difference," Terri says in the interview. "If we have a larger plate, we feel the need to fill it and that's not always what we should be doing."

The second part of the interview has Terri breaking down the new changes in food labels, explaining serving sizes and what to look for.

For getting back to basics and helping her community navigate the changes in food labels, Terri was Thursday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Getting Into A Healthy Lifestyle

Elise Deming, RDN  
Of course, added sugar is one of the main ingredients RDs advise clients to remove from their diet. Today's RD of the Day has 4 good answers when you're asked "how can I satisfy my sweet tooth?"

In her piece for, Elise Deming, RDN, Retail Nutritionist at @ShopRite in Philadelphia, showcases "4 healthy sugar replacements you need to try".

With each of her recommendations, Elise provides nutritional and scientific reasons why these are health and beneficial replacements for sugar.

Without giving them all away here, Elise starts with the underrated date, which she says provides "an overwhelming natural sweetness". By replacing either sugar or artificial sweetener with dates, Elise says "this delicious fruit will not only reduce inflammation caused by sugar, but also increase the nutrient content of your diet! They contain potassium, magnesium, and fiber that can aid in proper digestion."

As a bonus, in addition to these detailed recommendations, Elise shares her own recipes for Avocado Date Zoodles and Mint Banana "Nice" Cream, featuring another of the four, fruit.

For promoting the replacement of added sugar with healthier replacements, Elise is our Friday RD of the Day.

Read the article: 4 Healthy Sugar Replacements You Need To Try