In honor of National Nutrition Month, read a brief Q&A from Neighborhood Health Center Registered Dietitian, Kaitlin Pellerite, RD, CDN for some healthy tips and tricks.
Q: What is most rewarding about being a Dietitian here at NHC?
A: Although I am fairly new to the organization, the most rewarding part about being a dietitian here at NHC so far has been helping patients have that “aha!” moment when explaining that eating a healthy, balanced diet does not have to be difficult. It is also very rewarding when a patient comes back for a follow up and they feel empowered and so excited that they were able to meet their goals from the previous appointment.
Q: Out of all the work that you do, what is your favorite thing to do as a dietitian?
A: A big part of being a dietitian is education which I love to do! I enjoy teaching patients simple, realistic approaches to healthy, balanced eating.
Q: What’s something about your career that many people may not know?
A: I also have a degree in exercise science from UB and worked as a strength and conditioning trainer for over 6 years before and while I was working on becoming a dietitian. Physical activity and proper nutrition are key for a healthy lifestyle.
Q: What is your favorite healthy snack?
A: My favorite healthy snack is Greek yogurt with Kind granola. It gives me good sources protein and fiber to help keep me feeling satisfied between meals.
Q: What is your National Nutrition Month tip?
A: My tip for National Nutrition Month is to watch portion sizes – use measuring cups or a food scale to see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size. As a quick guide, make ½ of your plate fruits and vegetables, ¼ grains with a focus on whole grains, and ¼ lean protein with a cup of low fat or fat free dairy to complete the meal!