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Team Nutrition Genius needs an intern!

tng logo attempt5We have been ridiculously busy over here at Team Nutrition Genius. So much so that we are looking for an intern to join our team!

Ideally, we would like our intern to be an undergraduate or masters nutrition student on a RD tract but we are happy to accept applications from other real food enthusiasts. We are looking for someone who is passionate about health & wellness, a real food lifestyle, and who has an entrepreneurial spirit. The ideal intern will be self-motivated, hard working and have knowledge of social media platforms especially Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook & Twitter. Blogging and wordpress background a plus! Opportunities include content and educational material creation, research on current nutrition topics, social media planning, recipe testing, and more. We are asking for a commitment of 5-10 hours per week (will be variable depending on work load).

If you are interested in applying please send an email to with your resume and the following information:

1. Tell us about yourself.

2. What does “real food nutrition” mean to you? (200 words or less)

3. Why do you think you will be a good fit for Team Nutrition Genius?

4. If you could be a fruit what kind of fruit would you be and why?

*Bonus* if you live in Rochester or Albany you can meet with us weekly to learn the ropes.

We are super excited to be able to pass on our nutrition knowledge bombs and can’t wait to have a new team member join us! Let us know if you have any questions or would like any additional information.

#35 No Coffee, No Workie with Kao Jai Coffee


Is #nocoffeenoworkie your motto too? If you have listened to us AT ALL you know how much we love coffee here at Team Nutrition Genius. So we decided to bring Megan Armstrong, founder and owner of Kao Jai Coffee, on to Nutrition Genius Radio to talk answer all the questions we’ve always wanted to know. 

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Iron Deficiency (Q&A18)


Need some IRON!? Want to get it from REAL FOOD sources instead of supplements? Check out how you can get all them iron gainzzz with real food on this short and sweet (but not too sweet) episode of Nutrition Genius Radio.

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Spaghetti Squash Alla Carbonara


Hold the Spaghetti, Add the Squash??


You may not know it by my married last name but if you knew me before, you know I am pretty Italian as they come! When my mom (also a Celiac) sent me THIS recipe asking for me to re-create it (allergen free) I jumped for joy at the opportunity. Now, some of you may say that my interpretation is not doing the Italians justice but if you have digestive and health issues you will understand that sometimes we have to be lax on the interpretation of the recipe and make it both delicious and nutritious without harming our bodies. (more…)

#34 Homegrown Paleo with Diana Rodgers, NTP

The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook

Today we welcome special guest Diana Rodgers to discuss how we need to focus on a more sustainable way of eating and it all starts with real food! We gush over Diana’s new and GORGEOUS cookbook The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook and also discuss why Diana decided to hunker down and become a REAL FOOD Registered Dietitian. Enjoy!

Welcome to Today’s Special Guest Diana Rodgers, NTP

1kZM-hEOSeMw2iP8YyQ83AQXYuheokiU3J4YQyUEJuoDiana’s Bio: “Diana is a farmer and a nutritionist and the best-selling author of Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On The Go. On her blog Sustainable Dish, and local television show of the same name, she explores which foods are optimal for both human nutrition and the environment. Diana also co-produces the podcast Modern Farm Girls with Liz Wolfe and produces video about farming, cooking, nutrition and life on her farm that can be found on her YouTube channel, Sustainable Dish. Diana lives on Clark Organic Farm, a working organic farm in Massachusetts, with her husband Andrew, and two children. “ – The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook



Diana just released (March 11th) her brand new cookbook “The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook – Over 100 Delicious, Gluten-Free, Farm-To-Table Recipes, and A complete Guide to Growing Your Own Healthy Food.” She is also currently working towards become a RD!


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Paleo Takeout Review: Mongolian Beef


 Mongolian Beef, Why Yes, Thank You!


Just some of the delicious ingredients!


So the other day on Facebook Russ Crandall, The Domestic Man, posted that he is coming out with a new cookbook called “Paleo Takeout” and he was looking for a few recipe testers. I gladly joined his Facebook group and signed up as quick as my internet speed would let me!  I decided I would love to try out the Mongolian Beef as I have not had this Chinese American dish in YEARS. I have Russ’s first cookbook The Ancestral Table and absolutely love everything I’ve made from there so I knew not only would I get to try a new recipe but I was also guaranteed a delicious one to boot. (more…)

St. Patty’s Spinach Shamrock Shake


St. Patty’s Spinach Shamrock Shake

Well we all know that St. Patty’s Day is right around the corner. How do we know? Because McDonald’s (sorry bad word!) has released their seasonal SUGAR BOMB that is their Shamrock Shake. For a small you get 530 calories with 86g of carbs which increases to 135g for their LARGE, ugh! I have never actually had one of these bad boys because I avoid McDonald’s at all cost 1) because I’m a dietitian and 2) their food always made me sick when I was a little kid and 3) JUST SAY NO! (more…)

#33 FODMAPs with Aglaee Jacob, MS, RD


Do you have an irritable gut?! Do you wish that you could eat food without fear? Are you willing to make short term changes to see long term results?! Just want to learn what a FODMAP is?! This week Sassy and Pearl team up with Real Food Registered Dietitian Aglaee Jacob to discuss what FODMAPs are, who needs to avoid them, what you can eat and so much more! Get your gut in check and start feeling like a rockstar again. Aglaee is a wealth of knowledge and she even has a special guest star with her :-)

Welcome to Today’s Special Guest Aglaee Jacob, MS, RD



Aglaée graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Laval University (Québec City, Canada) and then worked as a dietitian diabetes educator in Ottawa for 3 years before realizing that the training she had received wasn’t allowing her to help people as much as she had hoped. She then decided to open her mind to other schools of thought and started digging into the scientific literature to explore alternative options. Since then, she developed an evidence-based, holistic approach that not only allows her to get better results with her clients, but that also helped her heal herself.

She recently published a book called “Digestive Health with REAL Food: a practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, low-irritant, nutrient-dense diet for IBS & other digestive issues” in 2013 and a companion cookbook of the same name in 2014. She blogs at Aglaée is passionate about health, but she also loves food, traveling and walking in nature. She is currently studying naturopathic medicine in Toronto where she lives with her husband and 6-month old baby. She also recently started the podcast Real Food Mamas with another Real Food Dietitians.

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Rethinking The Restaurant (Q&A #17)


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22 Random Acts of Kindness

kindnessI want to tell you about a friend of mine. She is intelligent, hilarious, and beautiful inside and out. My friend has experienced some very hard times lately. I feel floored on a daily basis that despite her current struggles her generosity and kindness never waivers. My friend had this idea that she wanted to complete 22 random acts of kindness in one day. Incredible, right? She is a daily inspiration for me. Unfortunately for reasons beyond her control she was unable to complete her goal and she got pretty down about it. I don’t want her to be down and I want to show her that her kindness matters. I want her to know that the love and generosity she is putting into this world is having an impact. A big impact.

On March 28th I will be completing 22 random acts of kindness in the Rochester New York area in honor of this wonderful human and I am asking you to join me in your respective area of the country and complete your own random acts of kindness. None of these things have to be expensive or incredibly time consuming, they just have to be kind. And lets be honest, the world could always use more kindness, no matter where you are.

If you happen to be in Rochester and would like to join me for 1 or all 22 acts, I would love to have you! No matter how many acts you can complete please, please, please help us spread some love on March 28th. Even joining us for 1 act will be so appreciated. Leave a message in the comments section letting us know if you plan on joining us and what you plan to do! Our list is below…

1. Make chili for local firehouse
2. Donate blood
3. Buy coffee for person behind in line
4. Help someone with their groceries
5. Leave inspirational message on 22 cars in a parking lot
6. Donate clothes
7. Visit and animal shelter (with treats!)
8. Leave quarters on parking meters/laundry machines
9. Volunteer at soup kitchen or food bank
10. Bring apples/oranges to police station
11. Visit a nursing home and bring flowers to the residents
12. Leave thank you notes on cars at local VA
13. Call a friend who needs someone to listen
14. Call parents/grandparents to say thank you and I love you
15. Shovel a driveway/mow a lawn/rake leaves
16. Give a homeless person a hot meal
17. Deliver canned goods to a food bank
18. Send a hand-written thank you note to someone who has helped you in the past
19. Send a card to a friend just because
20. Buy lottery ticket for a stranger
21. Invite a new person to join the fun
22. Buy a drink for a stranger.

Please help me show this girl her kindness has made an incredible impact on this world. If you will be participating on March 28th please join our Facebook Event and share with your friends so we can spread the love further!!

Team Nutrition Genius