This one is a winner….easy Indian Lentil Soup in the Instant Pot!

Prep Time:5 minutes|Cook Time:11 minutes|Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Servings: 3

Calories: 120kcal, Healthy. Dietitian Approved


1/2 Cup Chana Dal or Sambar (Toor) Taal

1.25 Cups Water

1 tbsp Oil (any oil of your choice)

1 tsp Cumin (jeera)

1 tsp Ginger grated or minced

3–4 Cloves Garlic Chopped. *NOTE: (can also use ginger garlic paste mix)

1 Green chilli or jalapeno (optional)

1 Small or Medium Onion -Chopped about 1/2 cup

2 Medium Tomatoes about 1 cup

1/4 Cup Cilantro Leaves for Garnish

1 tbsp Lime…

Many start January with the “New Year. New You” philosophy but then slide off this approach. However, with the pandemic still in place, we have an opportunity this new year to focus on ourselves while social life is still in slow-mo. Here are 10“Dietitian Approved” topics to keep top of mind, to get your year started off right. Take a look at the list below:

1. Eat Breakfast

Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try making a breakfast with a starch and a protein such as scrambled eggs with veggies…

Easy one pot meal recipe to make during quarantine

COVID-19 has changed our daily routines. Cooking is one of them. We have limited trip to restaurants, grocery stores and thus many have been forced to “learn how to cook.” As a Registered Dietitian, I encourage my patients to make small changes daily to add up to make sustainable life long changes.

Cooking is a life skill that each of us should ideally grasp at a baseline. As I tell my patients, “cooking does not have to be fancy but eating out often can be both unhealthy as well as expensive!”. …

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The disruptions in our daily schedule has caused many to feel lost and confused about eating patterns; including what to eat, when to eat and how to eat. Many of my patients are reporting weight gain during quarantine. The “freshman 15” has now been replaced with “the COVID-19”. Below are 5 tips I share to keep you focused with food habits during the time of quarantine.

  1. Stick to a eating schedule. Have a morning routine which includes time to sit down and have breakfast. This sets the pace for you to have lunch and dinner at the right time. DO…

The truth about carbs, how does eating carbs turn into excess pounds…

You’ve heard people saying less carbs means less weight but how exactly does it work? THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT, explained simply…

Carbohydrates provide the body with energy. They are an important macro-nutrient needed for daily functioning. The majority of carbohydrates in foods are digested and broken down into glucose before they enter the bloodstream.

If the body has excess glucose after fulfilling its needs, the remaining glucose is stored in the liver and muscle in the form of glycogen for later use. …

Blog post written by Sharon Priya Banta, MS, RD, CDN originally on

As an Indian RD, I field many questions about recommendations for Indian recipes. To the typical American client, traditional Indian food can appear difficult and time-consuming to cook and involve long lists of unfamiliar spices and other ingredients. This isn’t surprising, as Indian cuisine comprises the traditions of nearly 30 regions, each with their own cooking styles and ingredients. Luckily, with gadgets like slow cookers and the Instant Pot, Indian cooking is easier today than ever before.

Eating out is both a social and relaxing activity. In the fall, eating more of our meals out is especially tempting due to the crisp, clean weather! (The summer humidity is out of sight!). However, if not careful…eating out can turn into an expensive habit which can change the size of our waistline.

Here are my simple #DietitianApproved tips to make the best choices for your dining out experience:

  • Offer to pick the restaurant. We all have friends or family who may opt for places with greasy foods. …

Yoga done regularly can help save trips to the doctor’s office for a few good health reasons!! Did you know….Yoga can improve sleep by activating your parasympathetic nervous system (“rest and digest”) and thus can help you fall asleep and stay asleep (i.e forget the restless nights and head into sweet dreams). Here are some other amazing health benefits of this ancient Indian mind body practice:

1.Improves Digestion

Yoga can promote healthy bowel movements by increasing blood flow, oxygen delivery and improves the wavelike flow of food through the intestine, a movement called peristalsis. …

Subject Line: Your mother and your Registered Dietitian told you so…

Oatmeal made with low-fat milk, topped with fresh fruit. #SIMPLE healthy breakfast that looks fancy

I hate to say, “I told you so,” so I’ll turn to Mom, who has said it countless times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the meal that’s designed to supply a third of the macro and micronutrients your body needs to run without a hitch.

So what are YOU eating each morning to do all these things? The majority of my patients who come to me for weight loss all have one thing in common, they ALL SKIP BREAKFAST or have an inadaquate one…

Simple Practical Balanced Nutrition

“Eat Well. Live Well.” Posts written by a Registered Dietitian and Doctoral candidate, sharing nutrition information in a simple way. Visit

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