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Haley Lacey

About Haley Lacey

Haley Lacey, MS, RD, of The Delicious Dietitian, believes in promoting health through Real Nutrition using Real Food for Real Life. The Delicious Dietitian, Inc. was founded to educate people and help clients and patients eat healthy, enjoyable meals created by food experts. Its registered dietitians strive to help patients eat right and learn how food affects every aspect of life.

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Make Your July 4 Celebration Pop with Colorful and Healthy Corn Salad

This blend of corn, onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices can be dressed up or down for any summer get-together. Best of all, it serves cold or at room temp—and it travels well!

This Fourth of July, try a new twist on a traditional summertime favorite. Instead of the usual corn on the cob, incorporate this easy, healthy, delicious corn salad into your menu to take advantage of some of the best flavors summer has to offer. The delicious blend of fresh, sweet corn, vine-ripened tomatoes, and fresh basil is light, summery, and sure to please!

For the best flavor, make this easy marinated salad a day ahead to allow the flavors to meld, but it can be made shortly before serving and works well as a dish for an impromptu backyard gathering. This yummy side travels easily and tastes great served cold or room temperature without worry.

As versatile as it is delicious, this dish can be slightly altered to suit whatever style celebration you have planned to mark Independence Day. Serve as a sophisticated salad over a stack of sliced tomatoes for a sit-down dinner, a side dish with grilled chicken or burgers for a neighborhood party, or with tortilla chips as an appetizer by the pool.

Search your local farmer’s market for the season’s best produce—it will be much more flavorful and nutritious than produce that has logged hundreds of miles on the back of a truck!

This dish incorporates The Delicious Dietitian Spice Blends and Wine Vinegars, which were created by dietitians as an alternative to commercially produced spice blends and vinegars. These spice blends and vinegars are hand crafted and contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives, they are salt-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, and are full of flavor!

The Blueberry Wine Vinegar is an unexpected hint of one more summertime favorite, and the Southern All Purpose Blend adds a punch of flavor without adding salt.

Corn Salad Ingredients:

5 ears of white sweet corn, shucked
1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
4 ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
3 tablespoons The Delicious Dietitian Blueberry Wine Vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 Tbsp The Delicious Dietitian Southern All Purpose Spice Blend
1/2 cup julienned fresh basil leaves


In a large pot of boiling water, cook the corn for 3 minutes. Drain and immerse it in ice water to stop the cooking and to set the color. When the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.

Toss the kernels in a large bowl with the red onions, tomato, vinegar, olive oil, and spice blend. Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.

More healthy eating advice and delicious recipes can be found on The Delicious Dietitian blog.


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During Heart Health Month, Try a Lighter Italian Broccoli and Cheese Pasta

February Hearth MonthThe Delicious Dietitian’s Haley Lacey suggests this lighter Italian Broccoli and Cheese Pasta that features whole grains and veggies to show your heart some love this month.

As we are in the middle of American Heart Month, take the time to evaluate your heart health. With a few heart healthy changes, you can prevent heart disease and live a healthier life.

The American Heart Association encourages “The Simple 7” habits that can keep your ticker ticking.

  • Get Active: Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
  • Control Cholesterol: Know your numbers!  If you haven’t had your cholesterol checked recently, call and make an appointment.
  • Eat Better: Fruits and veggies, lean meats, low fat dairy, and whole grains are the basics for a healthy diet.
  • Manage Blood Pressure: Keep sodium intake in check.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight: If you are overweight, a 10% weight loss (20 lbs for someone who weighs 200 lbs) can have numerous health benefits.
  • Control Blood Sugar: Heart disease and diabetes go hand in hand, if you have diabetes, keep blood sugar in a healthy range.
  • Stop Smoking: If you are a smoker, QUIT!  There are wonderful resources available to help you quit, and the health benefits are innumerable.

This yummy pasta dish is a twist on two tried and true family favorites: mac and cheese AND broccoli with cheese sauce—for a fraction of the calories, and with heart healthy ingredients: whole grains, vegetables, and chicken.

The roasted garlic adds a creamy texture and fabulous flavor. Roasted garlic is less pungent than raw garlic; if you’ve never tried it, give it a shot. 

Italian Broccoli and Cheese Pasta

8 oz. whole wheat penne pasta, cooked
1½ Tbsp. olive oil
2 heads roasted garlic*
1½ Tbsp. flour
1 cup no sodium added chicken broth
3/4 cup shredded 2% white cheddar cheese
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets and steamed until crisp-tender
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, grilled and cut into bite-size pieces
1 Tbsp. The Delicious Dietitian Italian Spice Blend


Add olive oil to a large saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk in the roasted garlic paste and cook 30-60 seconds. Whisk the flour into the saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to turn golden brown, 1-2 minutes. Stir the broth into the pan.  Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.  Whisk in the cheddar and stir until melted. Add Italian Spice Blend, and stir until mixed into sauce.

Mix in the broccoli florets and chicken pieces, and cook just until heated through. Mix in the cooked pasta until evenly coated with the sauce. Serve warm.

*To make roasted garlic paste, peel the outer papery skins off two heads of garlic, leaving the heads intact.  Slice about a quarter off the top of each head so that all of the cloves are partly exposed. Wrap the garlic in foil and bake at 350˚ F for one hour. Remove from the oven and let cool.  Once cool enough to touch, squeeze the garlic cloves out of the peels and smash with a fork to make roasted garlic paste.

More healthy eating advice and delicious recipes can be found on The Delicious Dietitian blog.