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Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, CSSD, LDN
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Dawn Jackson Blatner is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics. Dawn is the nutrition consultant for the Chicago Cubs, a food and nutrition blogger with Huffington Post and a nutrition expert on the advisory board of Fitness magazine. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet, recently ranked a top plant-based diet by US News & World Report.

Dawn is a trusted expert appearing regularly in media outlets such as The Today Show, Good Morning America Health, Extra, USA Today, People, Time and WebMD. She recently received Lifetime Television’s “Remarkable Woman Award” for her work in the field of nutrition. When she’s not traveling the world sharing her nutrition philosophy, you can find Dawn in her hometown of Chicago…counseling clients in her downtown office, at a farmers market feeling up produce for freshness, in the kitchen testing out new recipes or jogging to pop music.

Dawn has worked as the dietitian for Lifetime Television and with a national healthfood chain, exclusive spas, DePaul University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Institute. Dawn was a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for 9 years and has over 15 years experience working with clients to improve health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.

Entries by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, CSSD, LDN

Interview With a Meal Planner

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 7:56 AM

Let me start by saying, I hate meal planning. Sure, I'm a dietitian/nutritionist and the common perception is that I "should" love planning healthy meals, shopping and stocking my house with all the right stuff. But I truthfully hate it.

When I analyze why I am so against planning,...

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2014: Be Healthier, Happier, Prettier, Richer

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 9:02 AM

As the new year approaches, floods of resolution stories start coming out. I'm personally sick of resolutions because, well, they don't work. They are lofty goals that feel heavy instead of inspiring. So this year I decided to skip the resolutions and instead find some powerful yet simple ideas that...

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Cheap, Thoughtful and Healthy: Super Last-Minute Drugstore Gifts for Under $15!

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 7:36 AM

You may be running out of time, but you are not out of luck. Drugstores (yes, drugstores) are a goldmine for small, but impactful gifts for everyone on your list. When making your usual drugstore pit-stop this week, buy one of these quick $15 gifts to spread holiday cheer and...

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9 Turkey-Free Ways to Get Protein on Thanksgiving

(5) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 7:24 AM

Vegetarians say farewell to fowl and skip the turkey on Thanksgiving. It's usually no big deal because a holiday plate can be truly satisfying with the bounty of meat-free sides. However, when you say bye-bye birdie, your plate is also low in protein, since turkey is a high-protein food. Don't...

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Save 1,000 Calories on Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 3:49 PM

It is estimated that the average American eats 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day, equivalent to eight McDonald's Big Macs! Without sacrificing traditional foods like turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, these simple swaps will trim 1,000 calories from your feast:

TIP: Add club soda...

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4 Healthy Fall Appetizers -- Flexitarian Style

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:52 AM

Next time you are asked to bring something to a party, office potluck or family gathering -- try one of these fast flexitarian recipes. You'll get plenty of compliments on how delish everything is plus you will have a clean conscience knowing you are serving food that's wholesome and nourishing.

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The Great Pumpkin Guide

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 8:05 AM

It's prime pumpkin season. How do I know? Well, the grocery store has entire shelves of canned pumpkin on display and everyone has at least one can in their shopping cart. I know the classic move with canned pumpkin is pie -- and although I am a huge fan of...

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Trend Spotting: 5 Top Food Trends

(39) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 8:57 AM

I recently attended the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), the world's largest annual meeting of food and nutrition professionals. More than 8,000 registered dietitians, nutrition researchers, policy makers, health care providers and industry leaders attend this four-day event. Each day is...

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Give Your Veggies and Dip a Makeover

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 8:36 AM

We've all heard this advice: "Choose healthy snacks like veggies and low-fat dip."

Don't get me wrong, I love baby carrots and hummus, but it's time to give this advice a modern makeover. So my nutrition team and I were put to the test to come up with a healthy,...

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12 Healthy Gifts of Christmas 2012

(7) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 7:18 AM

It's officially holiday shopping season, and you have about three weeks to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Here are 12 great gift ideas, in a variety of price points, for the health-conscious friend or family member in your life.

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20 Things You Didn't Know About Baby Carrots

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 10:10 AM

I've always wondered about baby carrots. Where are they grown? Are they just big carrots cut into small pieces, or are they grown as baby carrots? Why are they so wet in the package? Why do they turn white if I leave them on my veggie tray too long? Well......

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Totally American Ways to Enjoy Healthy World Flavors

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 1:01 PM

All trend reports suggests Americans are eager to satisfy their international cravings and taste food inspired from all parts of the world. Global flavors from Greece, Cuba, Morocco, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Peru, Spain, etc. are showing up on tables, restaurant menus and food trucks all across the U.S.


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Trendspotting: 5 Top Food Trends

(9) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 8:00 PM

I recently attended the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), the world's largest annual meeting of food and nutrition professionals. Over 8,000 registered dietitians, nutrition researchers, policymakers, health-care providers and industry leaders attend this four-day event. Each day is packed with research,...

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The Real Skinny on Snacking

(27) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 8:11 AM

I review food logs for my patients and magazines, and one very common thing I've seen is most people do not know the difference between a treat and a snack. A treat is something that is not filling and has no nutrition, whereas a snack is something that is filling...

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12 Nutrition Swaps for 2012

(38) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 7:20 AM

It's a new year, and plenty of us are resolving to lose weight, exercise more and eat less. I'd like to propose a resolution makeover... Don't just aim to eat less and deprive yourself, instead upgrade what you are currently eating to give your body the wholesome, energizing foods it...

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Holiday Recipes: 5 Simple, Healthy Appetizers

(6) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 6:46 AM

Between gift shopping, getting out holiday cards and decking the halls... Who has time to make wholesome, gourmet appetizers? There's definitely no shortage of holiday recipes online, on TV or in magazines and newspapers... but to find ones that are both simple and healthy often can be elusive.

Luckily, there...

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4 Secrets to Plant-Based Eating: Active People Edition

(19) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 7:43 AM

Every week I have busy, active clients asking me to help them transition into a more plant-based eating style. Below are the four secrets I share with my clients who want to eat more veggie-friendly fare to fuel their fast-paced, fitness-focused lifestyle.

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Fall Food Makeovers

(4) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 8:32 AM

Fall foods are at their peak, and the cooler temperatures have us craving fewer light salads and more heavy comfort foods. This time of year doesn't have to mean getting weighed down by high-cal cravings -- you can save hundreds of calories with a few makeover maneuvers. Here are my...

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Easy Swaps To Shave Calories Off Your Barbecue

(8) Comments | Posted July 3, 2011 | 1:56 AM

If you don't have a smart strategy, summer cookouts can single-handedly sabotage your diet efforts. A few seemingly innocent forkfuls could tally up to a shockingly high calorie count. Learn how to save 1,200 (or more!) calories by swapping the "standard fare" for these "better bargain" or "best bet" choices.

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Healthy Makeovers For Your Favorite Summer Drinks

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 8:25 AM

Summer stirs up the urge to gather with friends and family for picnics and other alfresco fun.
No summertime party would be complete without a refreshing adult cocktail or its alcohol-free cousin, the mocktail. Many fru-fru drink recipes start with a store-bought drink mix such as frozen lemonade...

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