Jinan Banna - Nutritionist
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By Jinan Banna, PhD, RD

This article was originally published in the Winter 2021 issue of the Ventures newsletter for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Tell us a little about your background?

Growing up, my family always emphasized the importance of eating well, being active, and being open to new experiences. I was exposed to food from around the globe from a young age, as I grew up in California and have parents from different backgrounds. My mother is American, and her side of the family has Italian origins. My father is Lebanese. Both parents loved to explore the…


Breakfast on the go ideas to start your day
Breakfast on the go ideas to start your day

January 23, 2021 /

This article was provided courtesy of Bella Cupcake Couture

There are two types of morning people: Some enjoy breakfast, and some can live without it. But regardless of the side you take, it is a known that breakfast can contribute important nutrients to the diet if foods are chosen carefully. But with the rising demands in lifestyle, people have less and less time to enjoy breakfast. Before you get sucked in this joyless loop, we’ll show you some easy breakfast on-the-go ideas tailor suited to a busy lifestyle.

Healthy Food Choices For Breakfast

Breakfast is important…


is banana bread healthy
is banana bread healthy

December 12 2020/ By Joo Shan Ooi, Dietetic Student at Rutgers University

Reviewed by Jinan Banna, PhD, RD

With the holiday season approaching during isolating times like these, your social media feeds may be filled with all kinds of banana bread recipes to make in the comfort of your home. Banana breads are always a favourite and a classic, as bananas are one of the most popular tropical fruits in the world and are easily integrated as a staple fruit in most households because of their convenience to store and the forgiving amount of time they take to ripen. Moreover…


Black Friday: Pantry Restock
Black Friday: Pantry Restock

Sometimes eating healthfully can feel really challenging, between busy schedules, holiday meals, and cost. That’s why I encourage everyone to focus on their health during the holiday period.

This is a win-win: the extra focus on your health and diet encourages relaxation, reduces stress eating, and allows you to come out of the holiday period rejuvenated and healthy, as it should be but is often hard to achieve.

Today, I want to encourage you to restock your pantry with healthy options! I’ve compiled the best Black Friday nutrition deals so you can get the best deal on high quality pantry…


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We all know it can be tempting to buy more stuff on Black Friday, but my tradition is to instead put my money towards items that enrich my health, vitality and diet.

I’ve scoured the web for the best deals on items I already own and love, so I can share them with you! Today’s theme is all about cookbooks.

Even if you already have some cookbooks at home, the ones I recommend here will definitely add more inspiration, joy and healthy cooking to your kitchen, as these cookbook creators are some of the most imaginative and expressive yet practical…


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By: Stephanie Reyes, dietetics student at California State University Northridge

Reviewed by Jinan Banna, PhD, RD

What is bread?

Bread is a staple food that is made from a dough of water and flour. The dough is placed in the oven to bake, and once it finishes baking, it is ready to be eaten. Bread is a common food consumed in many parts of the world, and there are many different types. These include sourdough, whole wheat, white, and many more. Most people find themselves eating bread daily.

Bread may be tasty, but what are the nutritional benefits?

To begin with, not all bread contains the same nutrients. Below are several different types…


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By: Beatriz Carmona, Dietetics student at Auburn University

It seems like there is a new dairy-free alternative on grocery store shelves or in advertisements every day; grains, nuts, and even legumes are being used to create “milk” that can replace standard dairy milk. Because plant-based milks vary greatly in ingredients, they cannot be considered nutritional substitutes for dairy milk. Regardless, many can benefit from expanding their options outside of cow’s milk, and there are many reasons to try plant-based milk. These are just a few:

Easier digestibility:

Lactose, a sugar found in animal milk, may not be easily digested, as…


How to stick to a healthy diet
How to stick to a healthy diet

Have you started trying to change your diet, just to find that you fall off the wagon? Are you wondering what the problem may be? Eating a healthy diet shouldn’t be torturous, impossible or tedious. Eating healthfully can, with the right mindset, tools and information, be enjoyable, exciting and varied. That’s why I asked registered dietitians for their suggestions to stick with that diet plan, and here are their responses. I would encourage you to read their suggestions and how to apply them, and then take a few minutes after to sketch out how you will apply them starting this…


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Are you wondering about all the different nut butters facing you in the supermarket? Here are some nutritional facts about nut butters.

Below, I provide links to the nutritional information for the various types of nut butters and make some comments about each. The nutrients mentioned are not a comprehensive list of nutrients they contain, but this gives you some idea of the nutritional benefits. I also provide some ideas/recipes as to what to do with each one.

You’ll note that there are some differences, such as the range of calories per tablespoon–just 80 for hazelnut butter and 110 for…


Resources, supplies and kitchen
Resources, supplies and kitchen

Want to know what water bottle I love, what kitchen tool I can’t do without and what’s on my nightstand reading stack? Below I’ve listed each item I love! I highly recommend all of the items for their interesting content, functionality, quality of material and workmanship and/or beauty.

Don’t forget to check back often, as I’ll keep adding to the list on a regular basis! Have an item you’re looking for or want to share what item you love and use all the time in your kitchen and home? Leave a comment so we can all benefit from your share!

Jinan Banna - Nutritionist

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