#65 All About Poop

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The time has finally come! We are about the clear the room by talking about all things poop! Many people don’t want to talk about toilet habits but it is time we made sure we know what healthy poop is and how to get there. News flash! Everybody poops. There it’s been said. Listen in this week to learn all about what poop is and how we can make sure to have the best bowel movements possible.  Alright, get ready for a poo-tastic episode.

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Team Nutrition Genius Changes!

IMG_3329Dear friends, family and fans,

As the season changes so does our business and blog. As many of our podcast listeners may already know we are planning to split our blogs to better align with our target markets and our passions. Don’t worry it’s not a breakup, we still enjoy giggling over Skype together while recording our podcast (that is still continuing) and will probably be spotted hiking together and/or cooking up a storm together. Sassy and Pearl will still save the world one bacon wrapped avocado at a time.

This website will be for our podcast and any future joint projects so, stay tuned! For more information from the two of us….

 Laura’s Website: www.thesassydietitian.com 
 Marie’s Website: www.pearlsofnutrition.com 

If you have any questions please feel free to ask us. We will have separate newsletters as well so you will receive information separately from us both soon. We understand you signed up for Team Nutrition Genius and if you only want to follow one of us (or neither of us) we understand, but will be sad to see you go!

We are so thankful for all of you and your support. Change can be scary but we are looking forward to the successes that this growth will bring us. See you on our blogs and the podcast!


Sassy & Pearl

#64 Fiber


All Things Fiber

Fiber, fiber, read all about it! Have you ever been told you needed more fiber and proceeded to reach for a Fiber One bar only to feel bloaty and not so good? Let’s educate you on all things fiber and let you know what you should be eating and how much fiber you need daily.

Also, stay tuned for the end of the show where we make an announcement regarding Sassy & Pearl!

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#63 Saving Time While Eating Real Food


Saving Time While Eating Real Food

“Ain’t nobody got time for that” is not an excuse anymore when we advise a real food diet! At first, switching to a real food diet may seem very overwhelming and time consuming, when in fact, it is the opposite! We bring you this episode with tips and tricks for making real food easy and enjoyable
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#62 The Micronutrient Miracle with The Caltons


The Micronutrient Miracle

Today we are so lucky to have Jayson and Mira Calton from Calton Nutrition with us to discuss micronutrients and more! These micronutrient geniuses discuss with us their health journey and teach us how simple it can be to get healthy and stay that way. Join us this week and laugh along with the power couple behind The Micronutrient Miracle and CaltonNutrition.com Continue reading “#62 The Micronutrient Miracle with The Caltons”

#61 Blood Pressure & A Real Food Approach

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Blood Pressure & A Real Food Approach

Ever been told that your blood pressure is too high and that something needs to change? Well, listen today to find out what diet and lifestyle changes you can make to take control of your health We may sound like a broken record but eating real food and making small changes to your lifestyle can make a HUGE impact on your health.

**Remember: we are not doctors and we cannot diagnose or treat, we are here to give you general information for your health to educate and empower you. If you have concerns about your health or have high blood pressure please consult with your doctor and set up an appointment with us!

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Friday Shout Outs #13: Top 10 Pumpkin Favorites



Top 10 Pumpkin Favorites

Happy Friday y’all! Sassy here and I am PUMPED that it has started to cool down this week. I know, call me crazy but I could live in 65 degree weather year round, yes I live in Upstate New York and yes I know I’m crazy, but a gal can dream! I also love that pumpkin is coming back in season, call me a basic girl but I love all things pumpkin and could eat it year round (which not going to lie, I do!). This week’s shout out is going to revolve around the beautiful squash and I would love to hear from you if a) you like pumpkin or not and b) if so, tell your favorite thing about pumpkins. Okay, I’ll go first a) I LOVE pumpkin b) homemade pumpkin pie and/or pumpkin ice cream.

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My top 10 pumpkin things for this fall:

Primal Palate’s Pumpkin Custard This looks simple and delicious, I may have to try this soon. The bloggers Bill & Hayley from Primal Palate create delicious recipes and they like to share recipes of other food bloggers out there. Yours truly made it on their with my Lamb Burgers once! I think I may try this as an alternative to pumpkin pie this fall and see what the response is!

Crockpot Pork and Chili Pumpkin Chili I’ve mentioned this gal before of Primally Inspired but how yummy and fun does this recipe look! I would love to eat my chili out of a pumpkin 🙂 Anyone ever tried it?

Sassy’ Pumpkin Latte I know, I know a shameless plug but I have been sipping on these ALL week and I am one happy girl! Pumpkin adds such a sweet and delicious touch to your coffee and it makes me feel like fall is coming. Want your coffee to taste even more like pumpkin? Add a pumpkin pie spice to the coffee grounds before grinding them up, you’re welcome 🙂

Pumpkin Hummus Oh hello there! This recipe is great for any gatherings you have this fall season. Have a football game gathering? Bring some pumpkin hummus and cut up veggies. Maybe if you are crafty, cut open a small pumpkin and serve the hummus out of the pumpkin, overachieve a bit!

Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites I cannot wait to make these, they look simple and delicious, win-win! I mean who doesn’t want a no-bake treat while getting great nutrition from pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and more.

Pumpkin Seed Recipes When you are making jack-o-lanterns with your kiddos save the seeds, don’t throw them away. Roast them with one of these delicious recipes and never let the pumpkin go to waste.

Pumpkin Cider  Harpoon makes a delicious hard cider for the fall. In general I am not a big hard cider fan as most are loaded with sugar and they are not enjoyable. However, I stumbled upon this cider last fall while visiting my friend Kelsey in Boston and we ventured to the Harpoon Brewery. The tour was awesome but while everyone was sipping on the beer I was enjoying some water, woop! The bar tender suggested I give the pumpkin cider a try, I said sure but figured it would be a cup of sugar in water. Wrong! While still sweet it only has 7 grams of sugar in 12 fl. oz. and is mild in taste. Bottoms Up!

Homemade pumpkin puree by The Healthy Foodie. Do you love to decorate the house with pumpkins but end up throwing all the pumpkins away? Stop! Try this pumpkin puree recipe and freeze any leftovers to use year round for all of your favorite pumpkin recipes.

Twine Pumpkins I totally stumbled upon this blog by accident but this doc did her medical residency in Albany and she has ADORABLE crafts on here. Going to have to try and make some twine pumpkins, who is with me?!  Now that I have a house I suppose I should decorate, who is coming over for craft night?

Teal Pumpkin Project Okay, we may be a month plus out from Halloween but I love the idea behind this project and want you all to be aware of it. This project sheds light on children (and adults) that face food allergies, and unfortunately that number is growing each year. This year pledge to offer non-food related treats for those with food allergies (or heck for those that don’t want all the sugar) and place a teal painted pumpkin outside of your house! Tag  #tealpumpkinproject and join in on the movement. 

Want to pick your own pumpkins this fall? Check out pickyourown.org to find a farm near you! Let me know what pumpkin things top your TOP 10 for ALL THINGS PUMPKIN! #sassyapproved #allthingspumpkin

Ok, that’s my Friday Shout Out to the Pumpkin! I would love to hear from you guys, makes me feel like i’m writing to someone more than my mom, HI MOM!!!!! Keep it real this weekend and enjoy the fall season 🙂

I want to hear from you!!!!

How do like your pumpkin?

What are you goals this fall?


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#60 Allergen Free Baking with Brittany Angell

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Brittany Angell is the author of The Essential Gluten Free Baking Guides Part 1 and 2 published by Triumph Dining and she is the founder of the fast growing allergen free food blog. Brittany has created over 600 diverse and delicious recipes that are primed primarily gluten and dairy free. However, she strives to serve the entire allergen free community by developing creative, unique and hard to find recipes that are also soy, egg, corn, sugar, and grain free. As a worldwide leader in food allergen awareness, Brittany is a sought after author, speaker and consultant to corporations and restaurants seeking to capitalize on the expanding gluten and allergen free market. Brittany’s fore into the food allergy world began in January 2010 after many months of unsuccessfully solving her health issues through traditional means. Once she took her health into her own hands through education and research she was led to several specialists and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease accompanied with various food allergies and intolerances. Her ultimate goal is to connect, engage, and understand the needs of others and to guide them through their journey to health through education and support and recipe development.

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Turmeric Roasted Potatoes

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Gasp! I eat white potatoes?!!? Uh, yes, don’t most of us? I know that these plain ol’ root veggies get a bad reputation in a lot of the clean eating and paleo blogosphere but these buggers are delicious and have nutrients to boot. Not to mention they are easy on the wallet and make for a delicious meal no matter what time of day. Now, i’m not saying to only eat white potatoes, you do need to vary up your veggies and get different nutrients on your plate but as winter (ah I said it) is nearing, we could all use a delicious and healthy comfort food on the table.

Healthy components of Potatoes

  • Potassium // most people are over consuming sodium in the form of processed and packaged foods (aka nutrient poor foods) and thus are not consuming enough potassium to counteract this. When there is too much sodium and not enough potassium we run the risk of having high blood pressure which can lead to all sorts of problems. Upping your REAL FOOD intake tends to help with this balance as most fruits and veggies are higher in potassium and lower in sodium, naturally.
  • Vitamin B6 // Pyridoxine aka Vitamin B6 has many health benefits and is needed for cardiovascular (heart) function, nervous system activity and overall energy production! Want some athletic performance help? Stop looking towards supplements for energy and start looking towards real food, like potatoes.
  • Resistant Starch // this is a form of starch that is not digested in the stomach or small intestine, it is therefore “resistant” to digestion. Potatoes that are cooked and then cooled have a considerable amount of resistant starch. This type of starch has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels and improve overall insulin sensitivity, win-win.

**NOTE: if you have an autoimmune condition and/or are sensitive to nightshade vegetables, potatoes may not be the best option, consider setting up an appointment to discuss if potatoes fit into your health diet. Also, if you have Chronic Kidney Disease you may need to limit potato consumption as your kidneys may not be able to process potassium correctly, consult a doctor and RD before adding potatoes to your diet. **

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is the yellow spice, that comes from a plant of the ginger family and is found in curry dishes and contains the active ingredient curcumin. Turmeric has been used for many years as a medicinal herb in both Chinese and Indian cultures.

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Decreases risk of heart disease
  • Improves brain function
  • May help prevent cancer
  • Improves arthritis 
  • and MORE!

Remember while these foods sound AMAZING (and they are) there is no one “superfood” that is going to cure all ailments. However, by adding real foods and spices to your diet you will decrease your risk of disease and boost your immunity and health and overall just feel better!

Alright, enough RD chat, go ahead and enjoy!


Turmeric Roasted Potatoes

Turmeric Roasted Potatoes


  • 3 white potatoes, washed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Place potatoes in one layer on a greased or lined baking sheet.
  4. Cook in oven for 40-45 minutes, turning once until crisp.


Ok, now it’s time to go clean off the keyboard…there is yellow everywhere #thankyouTurmeric! (I used my coconut oil & sugar scrub to get it off my hands, maybe you want the recipe for that?!) . Talk to you Turmerrow!

I want to hear from you!

How do you cook your potatoes?

What are you looking forward to this fall?


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#59 How To Get Your Kids on the Real Food Bandwagon with Danielle Viola RD, CSP


How to Get Your Kids on the Real Food Bandwagon

Danielle Viola from Mom to Mom Wellness

Danielle Viola, RD, CSP is a pediatric registered dietitian, personal trainer and mom of two boys. She is the found of Mom to Mom Wellness and blogger at Little Mama, Big Life. Danielle is passionate about working with mothers and children to achieve a state of wellness. Her nutrition philosophy is based on a wholesome, real food approach. She works with families looking to improve their overall health and with children with medical conditions requiring nutrition intervention. We welcome Danielle this episode to teach us how to get kids on the real-food bandwagon from infancy and beyond!

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