Welcome!

Hey There! My name is Shalini (SHAH – lin – ee). Welcome to my page! This is my first blog, but I’ve recently come to the realization that I can express my passion about nutrition, advocacy, culture, and health all in one place! I created this page with the hope that I can create a…

Gaples Institute

A few months ago, I was chatting with my medical students and we were talking about what we’d like to do with our futures. I told my students about my dream of integrating nutrition and cardiology, and one of the students told me to listen to a podcast by The Curbsiders. In this podcast, they…

Nutrition Labels

Nutrition labels are literally on everything you buy in a grocery store that is edible, but the problem is that no one really knows how to read them. Sure, you can see how many calories are in a box of Cheez-Its, but how do you know when its too much?  Here’s a quick and dirty…

Overnight Oatmeal

Here’s another recipe! I don’t have a long blurb this time, but it’s pretty straight forward. This recipe is great – lots of nutrients, you can make multiple days-worth, its cheap, and you just warm it up in the morning and head to work! This recipe is only 5 ingredients and takes me less than…

Herb Garden – Day 30

  Check. It. Out! Yes, the plants are still alive! I’ve been following my mom’s instructions, checking on them in the morning and giving them a good amount of water every day. I picked off some of the basil leaves to encourage growth and am going to freeze them or try to use them in…

Breakfast Oatmeal Muffins

I am not a morning person, but this month I’ve needed to get to work around 5:30/6AM. On a daily basis, I sacrifice breakfast for as much sleep as I can get, but I still find a way to eat break fast! Here’s how… I found this awesome website – Sweet Pea and Saffron. It’s…

Herb Garden – Day 0

I definitely do not have a green thumb. In fact, I have killed a cactus before (I forgot I had it, left it on my window sill for 2 months, Oops). Now that I am in residency and live in one of the top 10 expensive cities in the country, I have been paying closer…

Stuffed Pepperz

The other day, my sister accidentally bought too many red and green peppers and we didn’t know what to do with them. What the heck do you do with 8 green or red peppers? Salad sounded pretty boring, to be honest. We could hear our grandma’s voice was in our heads telling us that each…

Spaghetti with Meat & Lentils

This is an easy meal that you can make quickly, in large quantities, and it tastes amazing. What’s even better is that this recipe can be easily tailored to vegetarian needs. I included some substitutions at the end of the recipe that I use at home. Ingredients: 12 oz Dried Whole Wheat Spaghetti 1/4 lb…

How do you walk around your grocery store?

Do you walk to the fruits first? Do you walk around the periphery and then go down the aisles? Do you go down every aisle? Your grocery store habits play a role in the types of food that you buy and ultimately what you eat. So here’s a quick and easy way to get around…

Spinach & Feta Frittata

I’m not a morning person. My daily routine includes setting four alarms on my cell phone and putting my phone on the other side of the room to force myself get out of bed. Most times, I sacrifice breakfast for the sake of getting an extra five minutes of sleep. I learned recently how important…