What is FNCE?

December 30, 2014
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What is FNCE? FNCE stands for “Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo” (http://www.eatright.org/FNCE) and is an annual event organized by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (http://www.eatright.org). I had not attended this conference since I was a dietetic intern (back in 2002!) and I was very excited to go in my first year of business ownership. During the event I split my time between networking and speaking with business owners, attending seminars and cooking demonstrations, and trying out new food products! I have SO much info to share, and I wanted to dedicate this blog post to education on what FNCE is and information about some of new food products. I am only posting info about products that I believe in.

New Protein Ready-to-DrinkConsumers are learning about the benefits of consuming protein throughout the day, and now more and more high protein products are popping up on your grocer’s shelves.  I was lucky to sample several high protein ready-to-drink beverages, and wanted to share my thoughts. Organic Valley – Organic Fuel is probably the most delicious high protein ready-to-drink beverage that I have ever tried.  And I have tried a lot of them!  In addition to being made from organic dairy proteins, the beverage is lactose free.  Love this!  Orgain – Organic Protein is an awesome organic, no added sugar, vegetarian, non-gmo yummy beverage!  I loved how it was plant based, and the packaging is really convenient for anyone on-the-go.  To be honest, the beverage was a little gritty.  However, I still recommend the product, and will buy it myself.  V8 – Protein Shake is a great option for a snack.  The V8 protein shake provides 12 grams of protein, and is also vegetarian.  The shake is also delicious! 

When your blood sugar starts to get low in the afternoon, make sure you have a healthy snack option on hand.  Joy Bauer has launched a line of delicious snack products called “Nourish Snacks” I had the opportunity to try all of the varieties and I am truly impressed.  The snacks taste great, really satisfy, and you can feel good about your snack choice with Nourish Snacks.

Amy’s Kitchen brings you natural and organic foods, with many gluten-free options, that are super convenient and better for you versus some of the non-organic competition. I had a chance to try both the Mushroom Bisque and the Brownies. The next time I need a convenient meal or desert option, I will look for an option from Amy’s.  

Savory dip, decadent dessert, filling for lasagna… the options are endless for using Greek yogurt! Chobani featured plain Greek yogurt as a base for a Beet Tzatsiki dip, and also a sweet pumpkin pudding. This just makes me love Chobani, even more. You can find all types of recipes using Greek yogurt here.

Sweet DropsEveryone knows that water is good for you, and it’s great to “drink more water.” But, what about the times when plain water just isn’t going to cut it, and you want some added flavor!? One way is to cut up fruit and add to your water. If that isn’t available to you, another great option to try are Sweet Drops. Brought to you by Sweet Leaf Stevia products, sweet drops are an all-natural way to get added flavor without calories.

go liveYou may have heard about some of the benefits of probiotics, and you may even take a probiotic. Did you know that probiotics that would be typically found in certain foods, are often not available to us when we eat that food after it has been processed? For example, when yogurt is pasteurized the probiotics are significantly reduced (if not completely eliminated). This product from Go Live keeps the probiotics intact by keeping them in a sealed pouch until you are you are ready to consume it.

Kind and Strong BarsThe beloved Kind brand has come out with another product to keep you fuller for longer! Strong and Kind bars provide 10 grams of protein, in a savory flavor! The bars are made with non GMO ingredients, and are gluten free and low in sugar. I tried the Hickory Smoked variety, and really enjoyed the savory taste.

hardest working nutIn between the product tastings, seminars, demonstrations, and networking, I was able to have some fun at the California Walnut Booth! The California Walnut organization sponsored the RDN engagement of, “Who is the hardest working RDN?” We had a chance to use funny props, pose in any way, and get some fun pictures. It is always nice when organizations and individuals recognize how hard RDN’s work, in trying to make the world a healthier place, one person at a time.

hardest working nut 2B.inspired, B.educated, B.komplete!


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An Inflammation-Free Cleanse

April 1, 2014
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You have probably heard about, or even tried, some type of body detox or “cleanse” diet. Some of these ideas and programs are not based in fact or science, and some are actually dangerous. However, there are cleanse programs that may actually benefit you. I have used the Advocare Herbal Cleanse before, and liked that it was a program based in balance with real food and beneficial supplements. This spring, my boyfriend and I agreed to do the Advocare Herbal Cleanse together. I added in a B.Komplete bonus, and actually created an “Inflammation Free Cleanse Diet.” The Advocare Cleanse advises people to eat 8 – 10 servings of fruits/vegetables, at least 8 glasses of water, whole grains, low fat, no fried foods and no sugar. These are suggestions that will certainly help some people to lose weight. However, even if you are consuming a healthy diet – you may still be consuming foods that cause inflammation in your body. I thought, if we are going to have the diligence to do a cleansing diet, we may as well do the absolute best for our bodies and reduce the inflammation that is caused by food. I created meal plans based on both the cleanse rationale and foods to help reduce inflammation. This was quite challenging and took a lot of thought and effort. And it was completely worth it. Some of the benefits we saw were; a steady level of energy throughout the day, reduced desire to eat sugar, a higher desire to drink water, improvements in our skin, and an overall happy feeling. I lost weight also. For more information about what we ate on the cleanse, please view the album on the B.Komplete Facebook page. If you are interested in learning more about reducing your dietary related inflammation and how to achieve the best results on a cleanse program, contact b.komplete@gmail.com and I would be happy to develop a program tailored to meet your individual needs.

B.inspired. B.educated. B.komplete!


Breakfast Option on the B.Komplete & Advocare Inflammation-Free Cleanse

colorful lunch

Lunch Option on the B.Komplete & Advocare Inflammation-Free Cleanse


Dinner Option on the B.Komplete & Advocare Inflammation-Free Cleanse


Snacks too!


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So You Think You Know Nutrition? Details behind the Fact and the Fiction

March 1, 2014
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Why is nutrition so confusing? To start, there is a plethora of conflicting information available on the subject. Many people *think* they know how to eat right. There are individuals giving advice to the public without the proper nutrition knowledge or credentials (Registered Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts). And the diet industry continues to come out with the next best supplement/pill/meal replacement, etc. There are roughly 100 million dieters and it’s a 20 billion a year industry. Can you guess what percentage of those who lose the weight gain it back (and more)? Researchers debate this, however the number can be stated at over 90%.

B.Komplete wants to help dispel some of these nutrition myths.  Here are a few common nutrition misconceptions, with the truth.

Misconception 1: Diets are the best way to improve your health.

Research has studied popular diets and found that the diets don’t provide enough or the right macro (protein, carbohydrate and fat) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals). People who stay on these diets for an extended time period may face health risks. So, what is the best way to lose weight? A healthy lifestyle that includes a variety of foods and is abundant in fruits and vegetables along with regular physical activity can help most people manage and maintain weight loss. Take into account other factors in your life such as stress, sleep, support and time, that all impact your overall health, weight and wellness.

Truth 1: Realistic, holistic, improvements are the best way to improve your health.

Misconception 2: Don’t eat or exercise later than 6 PM.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Weight Control Information Network, “it does not matter what time of day you eat. It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight.” In terms of timing for exercise, a study from the Arizona State University in Phoenix found that it was entirely appropriate to exercise at any time during the day or evening.

Truth 2: This is highly individualized, and it is possible to eat and exercise past 6 PM for optimal health.

Misconception 3: A healthy weight is your lowest weight.

A healthy weight is one that is right for your body type and height and is based on your body mass index (BMI) and the size of your waist (waist circumference). Your BMI is only one measure of your health. A person who is not at a “normal” weight according to their BMI may be healthy if she has healthy eating habits and exercises regularly. People who are thin but don’t exercise or eat nutritious foods aren’t necessarily healthy just because they are thin.

Truth 3: A healthy weight is based on numerous factors including your BMI and waist circumference.

Misconception 4: The internet is the source for reliable nutrition information.

The internet has been compared to the Wild West. There are no rules, and anyone who is a little computer savvy can put up a website and write whatever she thinks sounds good/will sell/interest people. In general, be cautious of any website telling you that you must never do something or you must buy their products to achieve the nutrition result you are looking for. Some useful websites that B.Komplete will reference in research include: WebMD (http://www.webmd.com/), The Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition (http://www.eatright.org/Public/), PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed), The American Heart Association (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/), USDA (http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome), FDA (http://www.fda.gov/Food/default.htm), and the Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.org/). All of these websites are from accredited sources and/or agencies and reference clinical research.

Truth 4: Certain accredited websites and Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the source for reliable nutrition information.

Misconception 5: Avoid ‘processed’ food.

It is impossible to avoid processed food, because a food has been processed after it has been harvested. There is a very wide spectrum of processed food; from minimally processed (bagged spinach) to highly processed (shelf stable meat). Processed food can be beneficial to your diet – it is all about choosing wisely. Milk can be fortified with calcium, vitamin D and omega-3, and breakfast cereal may have added fiber. Frozen fruits and vegetables can have even more micro-nutrients than fresh. Meals created from your local markets can be a nutritious option. Eating processed food is unavoidable, and be aware of hidden sugar, sodium and fat.

Truth 5: Processed food can offer nutritious and well-balanced options AND select wisely.

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