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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian, mom, wife, and vegetarian in North Texas. She has dedicated Dietitian Jenn to be a source of information, ideas, and inspiration for people like her, vegetarians that live with people with different dietary beliefs and/or needs in a multivore household.

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Chicken flavoring is kind of a weird thing, right?  Is it seasoning meant to flavor chicken, or is it seasoning made from chicken by-products? Essentially, it depends.  Many artificial chicken flavorings are actually vegan, containing mostly mixed, dried vegetables and hydrolyzed vegetable protein, along with some salt and pepper. However, a vegetarian or vegan needs […]

Is Artificial Chicken Flavor Vegetarian? A Dietitian’s Perspective Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Hey there, food lovers! Ready to shake up your meal game? Let me introduce you to the veggie burger quesadilla—a mash-up that’s as delicious as it sounds. This isn’t just any quesadilla; it’s a flavor-packed meal that brings the best of

Veggie Burger Quesadilla: A Delicious and Nutritious Twist Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD As we continue on with our discussion on nutrients that vegetarians should pay attention to, we finish with Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly those often referred to as fish oils.  There’s a lot of conversation around fish oil and its health benefits, and it’s obviously not a nutrient vegetarians come

Vegetarian Nutrients of Concern #6: Fish Oil Read More »

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Burlap and Barrel is a company you may have seen on Shark Tank. They’ve made it their mission to provide high-quality fresh spices in the most ethical manner possible. Their fair trade spices are sourced around the world from small farmers, improving the livelihood of these families and their communities.

Evaluating Burlap and Barrel Spices: A Taste Test of Excellence Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Zinc is a nutrient that you probably never think of.  We don’t learn about it in health class. There’s not a zinc section on MyPlate. This is because deficiency of this mineral is relatively rare.  However, major sources of zinc come from animal sources, mostly meat, so vegetarians and vegans

Zinc: Vegetarian Nutrient of Concern #5 Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Mocktails have become increasingly popular for their ability to offer delicious, alcohol-free alternatives that are just as satisfying and flavorful as their boozy counterparts. Among these delightful concoctions, the Basil Pineapple Refresher stands out for its tropical flair and refreshing herbal twist. Whether you’re hosting a gathering, enjoying a sunny

Refreshing Basil Pineapple Mocktail: Perfect for Every Family Event Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Some of the items mentioned below may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Stuffed peppers are like culinary canvases, ready to be filled with a myriad of flavorful ingredients.  In a world increasingly embracing plant-based eating, vegetarian meals offer health benefits and delicious flavors

Vegetarian Italian Stuffed Peppers: A Delicious and Nutritious Meal Idea Read More »

Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Some links below are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Hey there, fellow food enthusiasts and nutrition aficionados! Today, we’re discussing a nutrient that’s often in the spotlight for vegetarians: iron. Iron plays a crucial role in our bodies, helping with oxygen transport, energy production, and

Iron: Vegetarian Nutrient of Concern #4 Read More »

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Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD Hey there, fellow foodies and vegetarians! Are you craving Dairy Queen but find yourself wondering what options are available for a vegetarian? Well, you’re in luck! In this tasty blog post, we’re exploring the Dairy Queen menu in search of vegetarian-friendly options!  Depending on your location, you may be pleasantly

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