A dietitian's diet

Nutrition expert shares her go-to foods

By Jodi Mohrmann - Managing Editor of special projects

One way to figure out what foods might be good for your diet is to ask your dietitian what he or she likes to eat.  Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic, says walnuts are one of the staples of her diet.

"They're shaped like a brain and are actually great for brain health. We know from a large randomized study that having walnuts in a diet actually helps to reduce cholesterol and obviously reduce the overall risk for overall heart attack and stroke," she said.

Kirkpatrick says a handful of walnuts is all that you need each day to reap their health benefits. She's also a big fan of kale. She says the dark, leafy vegetable will supply you with an abundance of vitamins C, K, and folate. 

Beans and peas are also a big part of a dietitian's diet. Studies have linked them to improved cholesterol levels and reduced stomach upset.

Kirkpatrick says yogurt or soy yogurt are rich in calcium and vitamins B-2 and B-12.
Yogurt also provides healthy bacteria and improves your gut health.

"That's why I love having a yogurt at least every day because really, my goal is to keep up all of these nutrients, my probiotics and to try to do that without a pill," she added.

Kirkpatrick also says an apple a day really does keep the doctor away. She says the newest researchers finds apples improving cholesterol levels and suppressing weight gain.

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