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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

Could You Benefit from Breakfast?

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Jun 22, 2018 8:45:00 AM

You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So if you’re someone who typically doesn’t eat breakfast, you may be feeling like you’re doing something wrong. The truth is, there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to nutrition, and eating breakfast is no exception. Research shows that eating breakfast will not cause weight loss or weight gain. With these facts in mind you may be wondering, is breakfast right for me?

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Five Steps to End a Smoking Habit

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Feb 16, 2018 10:37:00 AM

Heart disease is a largely preventable disease because many of the risk factors such as obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and lack of physical activity are within a person’s power to change.  Another controllable risk factor for heart disease is smoking.  If you are considering becoming a non-smoker, keep reading below for helpful ways to get started.

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Topics: About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, Health and Wellness

Five Tips for Getting Back on Track after the Holidays

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Jan 12, 2018 9:32:00 AM

Even with motivating goals and the best of intentions, keeping up with your healthy eating and exercise routine over the holidays is hard.  With all the parties come foods and drinks you wouldn’t normally have around, not to mention limited time to fit in your exercise routine.  If you feel you’ve gotten off track this last month, don’t worry!  Check out these five tips for getting back on track after the holidays.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Boston Heart Coaches' Corner—Make your New Year's Goals 'SMART' [info-graphic]

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Jan 5, 2018 10:50:00 AM

It’s the New Year, and you may be thinking about making some changes to improve your health and wellbeing. Check out this [info-graphic] to help you achieve your goals this year by making them SMART. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness, Coaches Corner

In the Kitchen with Caitlin—Chickpea Creations

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Oct 20, 2017 12:09:00 PM

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. Today, I am going to show you how to make two delicious snack recipes that use the same ingredient in two very different ways. The featured ingredient is the garbanzo bean. You may already be familiar with garbanzo beans, but perhaps you aren’t aware of the many different ways you could use them. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

In the Kitchen with Caitlin—Batch Cooking Part 2

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Sep 15, 2017 11:07:00 AM

For those of you unfamiliar with the process, roasting vegetables is when you take your favorite variety of vegetables, spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet, lightly drizzle them with oil, and season to taste. The roasting process brings out the natural flavors of the vegetables and makes them slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. (A great mouth-feel!) I have yet to come across a vegetable I haven’t enjoyed roasted. From root veggies like sweet potatoes and parsnip to summer veggies like zucchini and tomatoes; you really can’t go wrong. Because there are so many options, an added bonus to roasting vegetables is that is can be pretty economical. You can purchase what’s on sale and be confident that you’ll enjoy the taste. 

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Topics: Health and Wellness

In the Kitchen with Caitlin—Batch Cooking

Posted by Caitlin Quinn Dunn, MS, RD, LDN on Sep 8, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Like most people, I need every minute I can spare, and batch cooking allows me to significantly cut down on the time it takes to prepare meals.  Instead of dinner prep taking anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, I can have a nutritious and delicious dinner on the table in 15 minutes or less!  Batch cooking can also help you to stay on track with your health goals.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

In the Kitchen with Caitlin—Incorporating Frozen Fruit

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: Health and Wellness

In the Kitchen with Caitlin—Cooking with Chia and Flaxseeds

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: Health and Wellness

In the Kitchen with Caitlin—Cooking with Thanksgiving Leftovers

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: Health and Wellness