National Nutrition Month Day 19: Total Body Diet for Dummies

National Nutrition Month Day 19: Total Body Diet for Dummies


For day 19 of National Nutrition Month I wanted to include registered dietitian Victoria Shanta Retelny’s newly released book Total Body Diet for Dummies. Victoria developed this book in collaboration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help educate folks how to shed pounds sensibly and safely. Victoria also includes tons of healthy and delicious recipes that can be part of a healthy weight loss plan. Victoria was kind enough to share her recipe for Pea, Cucumber, Cipollini Onion and Mint Salad.

Gena, besides having a ton more recipes to try, this is a great book to keep in your professional collection!

Pea Recipe


Pea, Cucumber, Cipollini Onion and Mint Salad
Makes 2 servings

2 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 Cipollini onions, sliced
2 cups mini cucumbers, sliced
1 cup petite peas, thawed (if frozen)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
A dash of salt and pepper
4 fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
A few shavings of sharp cheddar cheese


Place a small sauté pan over medium heat and add 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil and the onions.  Sauté the onions until golden brown. Set aside.

In a medium bowl toss together the cucumbers and peas.

In a small bowl whisk together the remaining olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.  Drizzle the dressing over the cucumbers and peas and toss; top with onions and mint.  Top with a few shavings of cheddar cheese.  Serve.

Nutrition Information (per serving):  Calories: 259, Total Fat: 18 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 179 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 19 g, Dietary Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 6 g

*Chefs Note: Cipollini onions look like small Vidalia onions.

 Recipe from Total Body Diet for Dummies  by Victoria Shanta Retelny, RDN, The Lifestyle Nutritionist.

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