The Iowa Academy, an affiliate of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is a not-for-profit professional organization of over 900 members including registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, and dietetic students.

We promote and enhance our profession through various activities and help to improve the lives of Iowa citizens through evidence-based practices.


The month of June means summer is here and at the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics we are celebrating National Fruit and Vegetable month! To celebrate a rainbow of colors that fruit and vegetables provide, spend time outside by visiting your local farmers’ market.

Throughout June, be on the lookout for in-season fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, strawberries, onions, broccoli, cherries, cabbage, kale and lettuce. In July certain varieties of apples, blackberries, peaches, cucumbers, summer squash, and tomatoes will be readily available. August, on the other hand, will have a harvest of pears, string beans, cauliflower,
corn, eggplant, and hot peppers (

If you shop at your local farmers’ market, you are not only benefiting yourself by buying nutritious food, but also supporting your community and local farmers. One of the most popular fruit this time of year is strawberries. The best way to tell they are ripe is by feeling them to make sure they are not firm. A dark red, slightly soft texture is one of the best characteristics for quality strawberries ( Fruit is an excellent source of carbohydrates and natural sugars to provide us with lasting energy. Vegetables, on the other hand, provide us with essential nutrients such as folic acid, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Folic acid promotes lower blood pressure and less of a risk of having anemia. Vitamins A and C are essential for a healthy immune system, good vision, and cellular growth. Both fruits and vegetables also add fiber to our daily diets, which promotes a well-functioning digestive system!

It is recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture that adults should eat 1 ½ – 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ – 3 cups of vegetables each day ( Adding a variety of color to our diets can help improve our overall health and makes it more fun to get in our fruits and veggies!


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  • Media Spokesperson: Caroline Weeks on KCCI News 8

    Beat Heart Disease with this Breakfast Food Hack

    Men’s Health Week is scheduled for June 11-17 and there is no better way to show gratitude for the beloved men in our lives by encouraging them to live healthy lifestyles. A recent report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the leading cause for all men of all ages and races is cardiovascular disease.

    New research focuses on the benefits of incorporating anti-inflammatory foods and minimally processed whole grains to prevent the onset of chronic disease. Oatmeal is a healthy and inexpensive breakfast option that can be easily customized for the perfect breakfast in bed this Father’s Day. In addition to being rich in B vitamins, the soluble fiber found in oatmeal naturally lowers blood cholesterol, in turn lowering risk for cardiovascular disease. In this segment, we will feature an oatmeal bar with anti-inflammatory superfood toppings like chia and flax seed, pepitas, berries, turmeric, etc.

  • Tips

    Nutrition Benefits of “Superfood” Turmeric

    • Promotes anti-inflammatory processes in the body
    • One 2012 study showed turmeric to decrease the number of heart attacks in patients post-bypass surgery compared to placebo
    • Has shown to delay onset of Type 2 Diabetes and improve brain function


    Steel Cut Oat Benefits

    • Processing technique of steel cut retains greater nutrient content (e.g. fiber, protein, B vitamins) compared to rolled oats
    • High in beta-glucan, a type of fiber that naturally reduces cholesterol
    • Lower glycemic index compared to rolled oats, therefore improving overall blood sugars.
  • Recipies

    Heart Healthy Breakfast Cookies


    • 1 cup rolled oats
    • ½ cup natural peanut butter
    •  1 extra ripe banana, mashed
    •  ¼ cup maple syrup
    • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
    • Optional: ¼ cup flax seed



    1.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick coating.
    2.  Combine all above ingredients and roll into balls.
    3.  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for breakfast throughout the week!


    Recipe Developed by
    Caroline Weeks, RDN, LD


    Oatmeal Bar will Feature

    • Rolled Oats versus steel -cut (Irish) oats
    • Chia seed
    • Flax Seed
    • Hemp Seed
    • Cacao and Turmeric
    • Coconut flakes
    • Fresh berries



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