Nathan Slinkard MS, RD, LD
May 2021


Healthy Choices Made Easy

When it comes to making healthy food choices, registered dietitians (RDs) are the ultimate experts at providing trusted, evidenced-based advice. Meeting with a registered dietitian can be pretty expensive, but did you know that students can schedule FREE one-on-one visits with the campus RD? Email me at or call 501-852-0185 to set up a consultation or get support achieving your goals. I am in office year round and look forward to meeting you!

Avocado Berry Breakfast Smoothie
A sweet berry packed smoothie (yes avocados are a berry too!) that can be made in just 5 minutes!
Makes 4 servings

1 each avocado ripe, pitted, and peeled
1 pkg frozen raspberries 10 oz, no sugar added
1 ¼ c orange juice
1 c ice cubes

1. Place avocado, raspberries, orange juice, and ice in blender. Cover and blend until smooth.
2. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Click here for full nutrition facts.

Mental Health Month

May is mental health awareness month! Mental health refers to our psychological and emotional well-being, and it is important at every life stage and affects how individuals feel, think, and act. Mental health also relates to how we cope with stress, make choices, and communicate with others.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness:

More than 51 million adults in the U.S. mange a mental illness daily.
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental health issues every year.
1 in 6 U.S. youth experience a mental health condition each year.

Unsure if someone is dealing with a mental health issue? Some early warning signs include:
Having low energy
Sleeping/eating in excess
Feeling hopeless
Harming yourself or others

Research suggests that what we eat may affect our mental health. A balanced diet with nutritious foods, such as avocados and berries, can be beneficial (see awesome recipe above!) for physical and mental health. Reach out to a registered dietitian for more help optimizing food intake for health and well-being.

Read more about mental health here.


Expert Tips to Help You Get Through Stressful Times:

1. Get enough sleep. A good night’s sleep helps your body recover from stress. “Try for at least seven hours a night, though some people may need more,” Chris recommends. For most people, this means hitting the hay earlier and cutting back on nighttime distractions, such as watching TV or scrolling on your phone in bed.

2. Mind your media. Is screen time part of your routine throughout the day? It is for almost all of us. TV and social media can help you relax during stressful times, but too much screen time and stressful TV and social media can be a major contributor to stress. If you find yourself drawn to frequent news updates or stressful social media sites, Chris suggests checking a reliable news source only once or twice a day at a scheduled time.

3. Eat (and drink!) well. Following a healthy, balanced diet is one of the best things you can do for your overall wellness. Chris describes this as “eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meats and seafood, and whole grains, while eating less saturated fats, sodium and sugar.” Sip lots of water and watch your caffeine intake (a few cups of coffee a day is OK for most people).

Read more about expert tips for stress

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Nathan Slinkard MS, RD, LD
Have questions? Interested in a nutrition consultation?
Contact Nathan at or 501-852-0185.