Heart Healthy Blog by Boston Heart

Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN

I was only ten years old when my Grandfather died of heart disease. It was then that I realized there was a connection between health and food that I wanted to explore. Through this pursuit I stumbled upon a job I love as a Registered Dietitian – where I can meet people I would not otherwise meet and learn new things from them each day. I approach my work with a laid-back attitude, by appreciating the fun in life and not taking things too seriously. In my experience, I have worked with individuals ranging in ages from 15 to 106! I encourage each person to tell me their full story before I offer my advice, in the hope that I can understand them better. Looking back, when I visited a dietitian for horrible migraines I was having as a kid, I wasn’t given a chance to explain myself and was instead given a food list and sent on my way. To this day I remember how disappointed I was. Now that I am an RD, I always make sure that my sessions benefit each person. I mirror my coaching off what I learn from individuals, and work to implement slow and steady changes to achieve the best and longest lasting results. In addition to lifestyle coaching, I enjoy interior decorating and making unhealthy recipes healthier by substituting ingredients.

Recent Posts

Incorporating Frozen Fruits – In the Kitchen with Caitlin

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Mar 10, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Hi Everyone!  Welcome back to In the Kitchen with Caitlin, a blog series where I feature some lesser known ingredients and highlight ways to use them in delicious and healthy recipes.  Did you know March is National Frozen Food Month?  No?  Well, don’t feel bad, I didn’t either until just recently.  In honor of National Frozen Food Month, I’m going to blog about how to build a nutritious and delicious smoothie.  Smoothies are a great way to save some money on fruit by buying frozen.  I love having frozen fruit on hand because unlike fresh, it is picked in season and flash frozen so the flavors are great any time of year.  Also, frozen fruit, unlike canned, is typically frozen without any added sugar or juice so you’re just getting the fruit itself.  Lastly, keeping frozen fruit on hand means you don’t have to worry about it spoiling.  If you live alone, you may be deterred from buying fruit because it tends to spoil before you get a chance to eat it all, with frozen fruit you don’t have to worry about that!

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Topics: Food and Nutrition, Expert Support

Cooking with Chia and Flaxseeds – In the Kitchen with Caitlin

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Jan 19, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Today I am introducing two special ingredients, chia and flaxseeds.  While small in size, these seeds pack a big nutritional punch. You may have heard of these seeds before—maybe you even have some deep inside your pantry or freezer.  Well, now’s the time to pull them out and learn a little more about why they are so good for you!

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Topics: Food and Nutrition

Cooking with Thanksgiving Leftovers- In the Kitchen with Caitlin

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Nov 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Welcome to In the Kitchen with Caitlin, a blog where I take you through ways to use ingredients to create healthy and delicious meals.  With the holiday season fast approaching, I wanted to write a Thanksgiving blog, but with a twist.  I could write about ways to make a healthier dinner, but we’ve done that before!  What I haven’t ever done is explored healthier ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers.  So that’s what I’m doing today!  While many people view Thanksgiving as an unhealthy holiday filled with rich gravy, starchy vegetables, and creamy casseroles, the basics of the meal are lean protein and vegetables.  My intention for this blog is to highlight the healthy portions of the meal and walk you through two ways to use those ingredients to create satisfying meals to get you back on track after the big day has passed.  The recipes featured today are shepherd’s pie and turkey and wild rice soup.  

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Topics: Food and Nutrition