A healthy twist on chocolateBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-chocolate/MY01683
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Jennifer Nelson, M.S., R.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D.read biographyclose window
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Jennifer K. Nelson, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.N.S.D.
Jennifer Nelson is your link to a better diet. As specialty editor of the nutrition and healthy eating guide, she plays a vital role in bringing you healthy recipes and meal planning.
"Nutrition is one way people have direct control over the quality of their lives," she says. "I hope to translate the science of nutrition into ways that people can select and prepare great-tasting foods that help maintain health and treat disease."
A St. Paul, Minn., native, she has been with Mayo Clinic since 1978, and is director of clinical dietetics and an associate professor of nutrition at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
She leads clinical nutrition efforts for a staff of more than 60 clinical dietitians and nine dietetic technicians and oversees nutrition services, staffing, strategic and financial planning, and quality improvement. Nelson was co-editor of the "Mayo Clinic Diet" and the James Beard Foundation Award-winning "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook." She has been a contributing author to and reviewer of many other Mayo Clinic books, including "Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight for EveryBody," "The Mayo Clinic Family Health Book" and "The Mayo Clinic/Williams Sonoma Cookbook." She contributes to the strategic direction of the Food & Nutrition Center, which includes creating recipes and menus, reviewing nutrition content of various articles, and providing expert answers to nutrition questions.
Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
As a specialty editor of the nutrition and healthy eating guide, Katherine Zeratsky helps you sort through the facts and figures, the fads and the hype to learn more about nutrition and diet.
A Marinette, Wis., native, she is certified in dietetics by the state of Minnesota and the American Dietetic Association. She has been with Mayo Clinic since 1999.
She's active in nutrition-related curriculum and course development in wellness nutrition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and nutrition related to weight management and practical applications of nutrition-related lifestyle changes.
Other areas of interest include food and nutrition for all life stages, active lifestyles and the culinary arts.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, served a dietetic internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and worked as a registered dietitian and health risk counselor at ThedaCare of Appleton, Wis., before joining the Mayo Clinic staff.
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Feb. 3, 2011
A healthy twist on chocolate
By Jennifer Nelson, M.S., R.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D.
February is the month for chocolate. I can roll with that. I like chocolate as much as the next person. This year, however, I'm trying to think outside the heart-shaped box.
I'm lucky enough to work with some talented chefs and we put our heads together to come up with healthier ways to enjoy our beloved chocolate. Here's a recipe by Executive Chef Nick Weimer that uses cocoa, which delivers intense chocolate flavor without loads of fat and sugar.
Quinoa pudding with cocoa
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1/4 cup assorted nuts
1/3 cup assorted dried fruit
1/2 cup assorted berries
2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup plain or vanilla low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Place ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Now it's your turn. I'm challenging your creativity and culinary skills. Share your ideas and recipes for getting your chocolate fix in healthier ways.
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