Susie’s Birthday Blog – Favorite Foods

Good Morning!  Today is my birthday – YAY, planning a long run this morning.

I used this fun ice breaker/introduction when I taught nutrition and food safety at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena and recently also for classes, workshops and networking.

Each person introduces themselves and then names a favorite food that starts with the first letter of their first name.  So, “my name is Gary and I’m from LA and I like Grapes,” “I’m Connie and I love gardening and I like Cheese, ” etc….  then as each person goes they have to say everyone that was ahead of them and at the end I would repeat the whole class!!  It helps with remembering names!

With that in mind I thought I’d share some of my favorite healthy foods that start with “S”!

Sushi – My favorites are himachi and salmon; it’s so pleasing to enjoy super fresh and tasty sushi for a great lean protein source.  (I don’t like the fried or creamy or super sweet stuff)

Strawberries – I love to put strawberries with greek yogurt and granola or enjoy by themselves.  Low in calories and high in nutrients and delicious.

Salad – Well, I suppose you were expecting this from a Dietitian-Nutritionist, but I really do love salads and trying different flavor combinations when dining out.  One of my favorites at home is very simple – Baby mixed greens, tomato, avocado, beets and pine nuts with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  Perfect meal starter!  

Salmon – Not only do I like salmon raw for Sushi but it is a favorite meal – whether it is on top of a salad or the main dish; rich in healthy fats it is a winner.  My easy prep at home is to sprinkle with artisan smoked salt, squeeze of lemon and bake! Mmmm.

Spinach – I eat spinach almost everyday.  It is the FASTEST veggie for me to add to a meal; just grab a handful, put it in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute.  Done.  Add a dash of salt and pepper and I’ve added amazing phytonutrients to my meal!

Sparkling Water – I like to call it Bubbly Water; and love drinking it as a change from regular water or tea.  I like it plain, with lemon or lime essence or with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime.  I’ll also sometimes take 1/2 of an orange and squeeze the juice in a tall glass add ice and fill the rest with sparkling water – it is so refreshing and the hint of orange is delicious!


Reply with My Name is ___________, something about yourself, and I Like _________.

Let me know if you try this as an icebreaker!!


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