Author Archives: Grace Derocha

About Grace Derocha

Grace Derocha is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and certified health coach. She loves helping others learn how to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. Grace was born and raised in Michigan. She is a wife, mommy, Spartan, and avid Detroit sports fan. She loves food, music, dancing, shopping, reading, and smiling.


Think Outside the Basket: Creative Easter Ideas

Easter is not only a celebrated religious holiday, it’s also been known as a time for chocolate, candy, jelly beans and Easter basket treats. Trust me, I am not against chocolate or candy, but you want to be careful and…


For Healthy Meal Planning and Help Losing Weight, Try Cooking in Batches

I know that batching recipes — preparing food in large quantities to last more than one meal — is something you might usually do in the winter or fall, but really you can batch recipes all year long. There are a…


Know Which Foods to Limit or Avoid When You are Pregnant

As a registered dietitian, I have discussed the “proper” diet with many a pregnant woman. This includes the standard advice to eat well-balanced, nutrient-dense foods with lots of color throughout the day, making sure to include whole grains, lean proteins and plenty of water…


St. Patrick’s Day: Get Your Plate in Shape with these Healthy Green Food Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day can mean more than green beer. Think going green as a benefit to your body and your health. This week’s National Nutrition Month post includes a few recipes that you and your family can enjoy for breakfast, lunch and…


Win by Losing: Kale chips recipe (with video)

Easy to make and healthy? Sign us up! The trending snack, kale chips, not only is delicious but is packed with nutrients and low in calories. One cup of these chips only cost you about 150 calories – whereas your…


Zucchini pie, another way to enjoy this versatile summer vegetable

Zucchini is definitely in season right now. Our garden is full of them! There is many ways to prepare zucchini; on the grill, in a salad and part of a stir fry. Of course, I can’t forget about the traditional…


Brown Bag Blues: How to prepare quick and healthy lunches that your kids will actually eat

Here are some great ideas to add healthy variety to get kids out of a lunch rut: “Leftover” Lettuce Wraps: Wash a few pieces of romaine lettuce and put whatever leftovers you had from dinner onto the greens.  This is…


Motor City Movement: A Collaboration of Choreographers in Michigan – You don’t want to miss it!

I love, love, love everything about dance and music. Growing up as a dancer has made me passionate about dancing, not only as an art form but also as a fun way to exercise. That is why I am happy…


Professional race car driver Helio Castroneves dishes on his healthy lifestyle

Two words: Helio Castroneves! The Brazil native is a three-time Indy 500 winner and the driver of the No. 3 Team Penske IndyCar. Not to mention — this is one of my favorite fun facts about him — he is the season…