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Editor's e-Note
Vegetarian Lunchbox Ideas

The 2015-16 school year recently began for children across America. And while kids can choose from a variety of healthful foods in their cafeterias, parents who are vegetarian or vegan will be asking dietitians for creative ideas for lunch and snacks they can pack in their kids’ lunchboxes each day to ensure they adhere to their diets.

In this month’s E-News exclusive, Today’s Dietitian’s Nutrition Editor Sharon Palmer, RDN, shares a wealth of tasty plant-based lunch and snack ideas parents can easily make in minutes—plus a recipe.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the October issue, which includes articles on plant-based diets for the whole family, RDs’ favorite produce recipes, seeds and grains in the dairy aisle, and food photography mastery with a smartphone.

National Conference Wrap-Up

The staff of Today’s Dietitian trusts that some of you had a good learning experience and some down-home fun while dining out and listening to live entertainment in Music City earlier this month at the National Conference. New Academy President Evelyn Crayton, EdD, RDN, LDN, FAND, unveiled her ambitious plans for the upcoming year in a warm, welcoming presentation at the opening session. The conference provided a plethora of educational sessions on clinical, culinary, business, media, public health, retail, environmental, and sports topics related to children and young and older adults. The closing session featured a high-energy, inspiring presentation from award-winning Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, who paced the stage while discussing his humble beginnings, his challenging but rewarding journey to success, and his quest to fight hunger and improve children’s health around the world.

Thank you for stopping by our booth to say hello. We saw many familiar faces and met many of you for the first time. Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
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e-News Exclusive
Back to School Tips for Vegetarian Kids
By Sharon Palmer, RDN

School days are here, and it’s time for parents to get into the habit of packing lunchboxes and preparing after school snacks. While planning healthful lunches and snacks can be challenging for parents, it can be even more so for vegetarian or vegan families. It’s possible to create a nutritionally balanced diet for vegetarian and vegan kids, but the choices may be slightly more limited.

The following are several tips from Today’s Dietitian’s plant-based RD experts to help plant-based families find interesting, wholesome lunch and snack items to fuel healthful eating habits all year long:

Recipe: Crunchy Cherry
Sunflower Seed Wraps
1. The magic formula. Plan a healthful lunch that includes a balance of proteins (plants for vegans; dairy or eggs may be included for vegetarians) + whole grains + vegetables + fruits + healthful fats. This combination will meet kids’ nutritional needs, help them focus on school and perform in sports, and keep them feeling satisfied for hours.

2. Build a better sandwich. Get creative when it comes to bread fillings with the following ideas:

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Other News
Regular Meal Times Make Healthful Eating Seem Easier
A new study, published in the Cambridge Journals, finds students who prepare and consume meals regularly have healthier diets compared to students who fail to follow a regular eating routine, according to The Huffington Post.

FDA Approves Second in New Class of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
The FDA recently approved the new cholesterol-lowering drug Repatha (evolocumab), the second in a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to CNN.
Tech & Tools
All-in-one Diet, Nutrition, and Exercise App
The Nutrino app is a one-stop-shop for those looking to lose weight, improve their diet, or simply get more creative ideas for healthful meals. Nutrino takes into account users’ food preferences, dietary restrictions, health goals, and lifestyle to plan ideal meals and build recommended shopping lists. Nutrino keeps users’ health information up-to-date by syncing with wearables and fitness apps, including FitBit, Withings, Moves, and others. Users can even access a virtual health coach for help with staying on track. Learn more »

Customizable Meal Plans and Dietitian Support
Eat This Much (, the virtual nutritionist and meal planner, recently announced the launch of its first iOS app. Eat This Much, which 180,000 Web users are already utilizing to create fully customizable meal plans they can tailor to any diet, constantly adapts to users’ tastes and budgets by accessing 200,000 foods and more than 1,500 curated recipes. Since the app accounts for gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegetarian diets, and includes suggestions for incorporating leftovers and preferred ingredients, it’s the ideal companion for anyone looking to live a more healthful lifestyle or control weight. Learn more »
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Continuing Education
CPE Monthly: Dietitians in the Health Care Classroom — Developing Effective Lesson Plans Maximizes Student Learning: Part Three of a Three-Part Series
In the third of a three-part series, learn about the importance of developing effective lesson plans for students in the health care classroom setting, and how to refine goals, objectives, and activities that will help learners better apply nutrition information to their daily lives, in this month's issue of Today's Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CPEUs!

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Grain: A Contemporary Look at a Classic Staple

Presented by nationally recognized culinary nutrition expert, Holley Grainger, MS, RD, and Managing Director of Datassential, Jack Li, on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 2-3 pm ET, this webinar will take an exclusive look at the current menu adoption cycle trends of grains—specifically, which grains are popular and how they are being used. The webinar will also dive into an evidence-based and practical discussion of the health benefits and culinary applications of both trending and staple grains.

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Nominate a Dedicated & Deserving Dietitian
Nomination Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2015

Each year, our March issue puts a spotlight on 10 dedicated and deserving dietitians for their work and service within dietetics. The TD10 are professionals who have been nominated by the readers of Today's Dietitian—fellow nutrition professionals.

Once again, we're asking you to let us know about dietitians you believe exemplify the profession and are making a difference for their clients, their communities, and for the field of dietetics.

Who should you nominate this year?
Here are some guidelines to help you choose:

Nomination Criteria:
  1. An RD who has gone above and beyond their job description to make a real difference in the lives of their clients or in their community.
  2. An RD who has overcome significant challenges in their career and risen to new heights of success and influence.
  3. An RD who has achieved a high standard of excellence as a nutrition professional.
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Field Notes
Southern-Style Diet Patterns
Increase Heart Disease Risk

Previous research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has shown that regularly consuming a “Southern-style” diet of fried foods, processed meats, foods high in fat, and sugar-sweetened beverages can lead to an increased risk of both stroke and death for chronic kidney disease patients.

The latest research, published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal, reaffirms that regularly consuming such a diet also could raise the risk of heart disease—including heart attack and heart disease-related death.

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