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Ask the Dietitians: Your Nutrition Questions, Answered

With Anika Christ, RD & Samantha McKinney, RD
Season 7, Episode 9   October 17, 2023

Is there an ideal diet? Do I need to be taking supplements? What should I eat before and after exercising? Life Time dietitians Anika Christ, RD, and Samantha McKinney, RD, join us to answer the most common nutrition questions they hear from members — including these and more

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meal prepped meals

3 Meal-Prep Styles to Suit Every Personality

By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT

Life Time dietitians share three approaches to meal planning that can set you up to eat healthily most of the time.

5-ingredient pulled chicken

13 Packable Lunches for the Entire Family

By Callie Fredrickson

Peruse this list of lunch ideas for back-to-school or workdays.

A bowl of tzatziki.

3 Homemade Sauces to Flavor Grilled Chicken

By The Life Time Training Team

Grill your chicken using basic seasonings and then use these sauces on top or as dips.

a quick guide to build your own grain bowl

How to Build Your Own Grain Bowl

By Maddie Augustin

Use this template to create your own grain bowl with your favorite ingredients. Amounts listed will yield one large or two small servings.

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10 Strategies to Save Money on Healthy Groceries

By Jon Spayde

Buying healthy groceries certainly seems to make more of a dent in the budget than it used to. One expert offers advice for taking a fresh look at your food expenses.

high protein snack ideas

Fuel Your Busy Days With These High-Protein Snacks

By Robin Asbell

Keep some of these whole-food options on hand for when you need a high-protein snack.

Samantha McKinney

Why 1-2-12?

With Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT
Season 6, Episode 4   January 17, 2023

While many are tempted by the latest eating fad or trendy diet, the team at Life Time has long maintained that sustainable, healthy food habits are based on a few foundational practices. In this mini episode, Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT, introduces us to 1-2-12, Life Time’s new nutrition system that offers a framework nearly anyone can use to improve their eating behaviors.

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Four glasses of different types of protein shakes.

Shake School With Coach Anika

By Anika Christ, RD, CPT

Anika Christ, RD, CPT, walks through how to make a healthy, tasty protein shake.

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1-2-12: The Nutrition System to Sustain You for Life

By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT

Learn about this dietitian-developed, step-by-step system designed to make healthy eating easy and practical for the long-term.

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What Are Good Snacks to Pack When Traveling?

By Mo Perry

These are some healthy, portable, and easy items to pack anytime you travel.

Demi Church in her kitchen and after a race

Demi Church’s Success Story

By Demi Church

A woman struggling with three autoimmune diseases discovers the healing power of food and lifestyle changes.

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5 Reasons to Opt for a CSA This Summer

By Laurel Kallenbach

Buying a share of a local farm’s harvest offers more than fresh, seasonal produce. It supports your community.

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Advice From a Trainer: 5 Tips for a Successful D.TOX

By The Life Time Training Team

The top strategies for success this trainer learned after going through the Life Time D.TOX program multiple times.

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

5 Post-Holiday Meals Our Trainers and Nutrition Coaches Are Eating

By The Life Time Training Team

Here are the healthy meals our experts plan to prepare for a boost in nutrition following the holiday season.

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How to Build a Healthy Plate

By Molly Schelper

This template can help you assemble nutritious and flavorful meals — and prevent mealtime indecision and boredom — using key ingredients as building blocks.

a bento box lunch filled with easy to prepare recipes

7 Make-Ahead Plant-Based Recipes to Up Your Lunch Game

By Maddie Augustin

Try these creative make-ahead recipes to level up your plant-based-lunch game.

An illustration of a bowl of veggies and guacamole.

7 No-Prep Convenient Snack Ideas

By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT

Next time hunger hits and you’re short on time, try grabbing one of these healthy options.

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18 Ideas for Easy Meal-Planning        

By Experience Life Staff

Experience Life readers share tips and tricks for making meal-prep and planning easier.

A mason jar salad.

3 Cold Summer Salad Recipes

By The Life Time Training Team

Layered in mason jars for tasty and transportable warm-weather meals.

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