March is National Nutrition Month® | Tip: Healthy Snacking & Nutrition Apps

Throughout the month of March we have been covering topics on nutrition. According to National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. "Go Further with Food" is the theme for 2018.

Nutrition Tip: Healthy Snacking & Nutrition Apps

Snacks between meals can fit into a healthy diet. Choose snacks that have protein and fiber. Some examples: veggies and hummus, fruit and yogurt, peanut butter on whole grain crackers, cheese, fresh fruit smoothie, trail mix, popcorn. The best tool for weight management is keeping track of foods you are eating. This can be done using a free nutrition app on your phone, such as My Fitness Pal, Lose it, or Fooducate. A journal can do the trick too. It can be surprising to see how much we actually consume when we need to write it down!

  1. Nutrition Services at SCMC:

    Alyssa Thooft, RD, LD is a licensed and registered dietitian. She has been at SCMC for just under 4 years and continues to grow and expand her specialty. A dietitian is trained to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy for prevention and treatment of disease through diet. A dietitian can develop an individualized plan for patients to help them reach their health goals. Alyssa is also certified as a lactation educator. Patients can be seen with or without a doctor’s referral and many insurance companies cover this service.

    Alyssa is trained to assist with care of patients with the following conditions:

    • Overweight/Obesity

    • Diabetes

    • Pre-diabetes

    • Cardiovascular Disorders (hypertension, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, CAD, etc.)

    • Food allergies (gluten, lactose, etc.)

    • Gestational Diabetes

    • Gastrointestinal Disease (Crohn’s, diverticulitis, IBS, etc.)

    • Pregnancy (excess/insufficient weight gain, hyperemesis gravidarum, etc.)

    • Breastfeeding

    • Hypothyroidism, PCOS

    • Iron deficiency anemia

    • Osteoporosis

    • Renal Failure and Kidney Transplant

    • Cancer, chemotherapy and radiation

    • Eating disorders

    • Malnutrition

    • Pediatric weight management


    Alyssa’s Contact Information: 320-589-7623 (ext. 623) Email: