Robin Barrie Kaiden, MS, RD, CDN, CSSD is one of the nation’s leading experts in personal wellness, nutrition, physical fitness, and weight loss. As the founder of Robin Barrie™, her Manhattan-based practice and consulting group, she has cultivated a following for developing individualized, realistic, and results-oriented plans that ensure diet and fitness goals are achieved and maintained for a lifetime.
Welcome to the first edition of Robin Recommends! With fall here and winter swiftly approaching, I thought all of us could use a little inspiration when it comes to self-care, snacks, and more. So, every week, I’ll be compiling a list of some of the things I recommend in my daily life, for my clients, and for you – from local finds to self-care hacks, wellness products, snack brands, and much more!
PS: All of these items are now shoppable on my Amazon storefront!
I love nutritional yeast – not just for its flavor but because it’s a high source of B vitamins, making it great for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone else who may need a boost (ideal for hair, nail, and skin health with all of those B vitamins). Some of my favorite applications are on popcorn, on a salad, or on top of soup or chili! What is nutritional yeast? It’s a strain of inactive dry yeast (funghi) used in baking, brewing, and winemaking! It is typically sold in a dry, flaky format, and has a nutty, cheesy, umani flavor that makes it ideal for use on just about any savory dish you can think up (my favorites are popcorn, soups and turkey chili)! Nutritional yeast (or “nooch”) has been shown to help lower cholesterol and protect the body from free radicals. It is high in vitamin B2, B6, B12, and B1, with 2 TB containing about 30 kcal, 4 grams of protein, and 1.5 grams of fiber. Add it to popcorn with a little melted coconut oil for a cheesy-tasting dairy-free snack!
This is the magic face wash I LOVE, which I got at Nefaire, a local spa in Westport, CT on Post Road. It melts off all my waterproof mascara and makeup and doesn’t dry out my skin. You can even leave it on for a bit as a little treatment! Healthy skin does indeed come from within: Eating the right foods will improve skin texture and tone (Some clients come to me JUST to clear up skin, but what you put ON your face is important too). I still laugh a little to myself when I am admired for my complexion: I had breakouts as a kid and full blown Accutane-needed acne in my 20’s. Since then I’ve worked very hard with dermatologists and on my own to find all the right products that work for me.
I LOVE that Supernola is a nutrient-dense recipe with all-natural ingredients sweetened only with pure honey and natural coconut sugar. I love it on top of yogurt, or with milk! This is NOT simply granola but rather SUPER clusters made of superfoods, such as nuts, fruit, chia seeds, and goji berries. There is no refined sugar, additives, fillers or bad oils. These snacks are organic, vegan, and gluten free. Most important: they taste great and are super satisfying for adults AND kids. My kids love them! They are individually packed so great on the go and work well in recipes too! Chocolate is MY favorite flavor! YUM. So good for those sweet cravings too! I know you will enjoy these. Don’t forget to use my code ROBINBARRIE for a 20% discount if you shop directly from their site!
I think everyone should own one of these – it makes it so easy to whip up an at home latte, or make recipes like turmeric lattes, matcha, and more. One of my favorites is to add a tablespoon of cacao powder and a teaspoon of maple syrup to a cup of your favorite milk. Heat over the stove or in the microwave until just warmed through, and then use the milk frother to make it into a steamy, frothy, better-for-you hot chocolate!
These are a super healthy version of packaged ramen noodles. They are so quick and easy to make because they only require a few minutes of boiling! My kids love them and even think it’s super fun to try all the different colors and #eattherainbow , which means more variety and increased nutrient intake too. The products are gluten-free, organic, and vegan. I serve with Rao’s or Otamot sauce and pamesan or tossed with Soy Vey sauce, broccoli, and shrimp for a more Asian-style dish. You can try yours with bok choi and an egg for a balanced meal OR make your own creation. Make sure to share and tag me on Instagram! This brand also makes rice crackers, pad thai noodles (which we often buy as well), and soup cups that make for more quick, easy meals and snacks. Check them out!
That’s all for this edition! Check back next week for more of what I recommend.