restaurant: bona vietnamese

I was long overdue for a pho trip. Close to withdrawals actually.

So when I spent a weekend on campus for yoga sculpt training, there just happened to be a Vietnamese restaurant right down the street that I had heard had delicious pho. Fate, right?

So the Taster and I headed to a local watering hole for a pre-dinner drink (no wine or cocktails at Bona) and then it was time to get serious. We both ordered the usual – pho with beef for me; pork noodle salad + shrimp for the Taster – for comparisons sake of course. We take this quest very seriously, you know.

Bona was pretty empty, but it was pretty early on a Saturday evening and we were probably there right when those crazy college kids are just waking up from afternoon naps. ;) I will tell you that being back on campus (U of M graduate!) for a weekend was wonderful. I love it there.

My pho was delicious. Thankfully our server steered me away from getting pho and sauteed veggies and suggested that I just add the vegetables to my pho. You can add veggies to pho?! Yes please!  The large pho which was $7.50 + veggies ($1.50). I only ate about 1/3-1/2 of it, the bowl was that HUGE! I’ll definitely get a small next time and be sure to add veggies from now on.

The Tasters salad was pretty blah and the shrimp that he had added for $1.50 were 2 mini ones. I think he would probably order something else next time – and with a menu of 5 pages, he’ll have no problem finding something.

Bona Vietnamese Restaurant

815 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 331-5011

daily eats: 4.1.11

After a quick twitter poll (love Twitter.) I decided that I would do some “daily eats” posts from time to time. I’ve done them a few times, but I think it will give a better and closer look on how I actually eat, day to day, boring food and all. It’s not all exciting eats here at A Nutritionist Eats. ;)

This is also a great example of how random things come up and can totally change your day/what you eat – I was planning on staying home Friday night but the Taster’s game friend couldn’t make it so I decided to go to the Timberwolves game with him at the last minute. Life. It’s always getting in the way of things. ;)

Friday 4.1.11

Morning Workout: 20 minutes on the elliptical

Fresh Juice: cucumber + celery + romaine + pineapple

Coffee + Coconut Creamer

Breakfast: French Meadow Bakery Sprouted Cinnamon Raisin Bagel + Earth Balance Spread

Lunch: Sauteed Kale and Chipotle Salad: lettuce + chicken + black beans + fajita veggies + mild & medium salsa + little sour cream + extra lettuce with guacamole and chips from home (Normally I LOVE Chipotle’s guac – but this batch was just ok)

60 Minute Yoga Sculpt Class: I typically don’t work out on Friday afternoons, but this class worked perfectly for an errand the Taster had to run and it was so nice to start the weekend with a workout!

Dinner: Buffalo Wontons + Veggie Panini & Sweet Potato Fries + Wine (Since I needed food hours ago at this point, I ordered the buffalo wontons immediately and then we split the sandwich – the wontons were pretty good but the sandwich was below average.)

Random Snackage: Brownie Bite (it happens when you work in a bakery) + Raw Macaroon (after yoga)

Wine & Toasted Seaweed at the game (the guys sitting behind us were pretty interested in the seaweed snacks and sampled them :) )

Let me know what you think of these – like, dislike, want more, etc.!

ask the nutritionist: eating for clear skin

I received this email:

…I was just wondering if you have any thoughts/advice on how diet effects skin? I have real problems with my skin, and I often experience dryness in some places on my face at the same time as oiliness and acne breakouts along my T-zone. (I’m 24, so I feel like I should have grown out of this by now!)…

There are many things that go into clear skin: rest, cleanliness and a varied and balanced diet. Then there are the things you can’t control like heredity, your body, etc. In terms of what goes into your body, there are a few things you can do to promote clear skin.

  • Whole Grains – full of fiber, zinc and Vitamin B6
  • Fruits & Veggies – full of antioxidants *focus on green, purple and deep red
  • Fish – specifically for omega 3’s
  • Green Tea
  • Probiotics – all about balancing good bacteria
  • Low Glycemic eating is thought to help – high glycemic foods increase insulin secretion which increases sebum production, which can then block pores
  • Lay off the milk – many think that because milk is so full of hormones (even organic) that it is best to avoid

I never had much acne as child (I’m very grateful for that) but I’ve also gone through bouts of breakouts as an adult. I know that I’m more likely to breakout during particular times of the month (if you know what I mean) and I take a number of preventative measures, instead of waiting until I actually breakout. (Then if I do breakout, I panic, stress and apply a ridiculous amount of pimple creams.) It happens. There are a few products that I have found work pretty well for me. Of course, everyone is different, so that is something to keep in mind. These products are also ones that are found in Target, Walgreens, etc. so are not super pricey. I’ve probably tried just about everything and these are some of my favorites and what I currently use:

Hope this can help someone out there!

Please feel free to email me ( with your “ask the nutritionist” questions!

smoked salmon butter

Perhaps I was a little low in Vitamin D or omega 3’s because I found myself with a very intense smoked salmon craving kind of out of nowhere.  Smoked salmon is so versatile and can be flaked into egg scrambles, served with crackers or nibbled straight. I will say freshly smoked salmon, still warm, needs absolutely nothing and literally melts in your mouth. Time to get a smoker, I’m now craving freshly smoked salmon.

I decided to start on my cravings with a smoked salmon butter. I found a recipe from Bon Appétit (1998!) and it is definitely my style – simple, real, quality ingredients turned into something delicious.

Smoked Salmon Butter is a smoky, rich spread – perfect for baguette slices and/or crackers. Be sure to let the spread sit out for an hour or two before serving so it is soft.

Smoked Salmon Butter - recipe adapted from Bon Appétit

  • 8 oz butter (high quality), softened
  • 8 oz smoked salmon (not lox!)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Remove skin from salmon. Roughly chop and slightly crumble the salmon.

Combine butter, salmon, dill and lemon juice. Stir until smooth.

Serve with baguette slices and crackers.