by Mary R. Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N.
Tis the season to have many more items on the “to do” list then we possibly can ever accomplish. We may find ourselves rushing to shop for and visit family and friends.
Unfortunately, when we are in a rush, we inevitably making poor food choices.
Many holidays get together or those quick stops to pick up are missing one or more ingredients for that healthy food item. Be choosey this holiday season; choose foods that include some nutrients for the calories.
By Rayna Cooper, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
The holidays offer many opportunities for eating with friends and family: parties, restaurant get-togethers, fast food pick-ups and more! Here are ideas to expand culinary options without expanding waistlines! Guess the test below for calories saved using these eating tips!
By Lynn James, MS, RD, LDN
With the holiday hoopla surrounding us, you may think the gift-giving will soon be over. To have a really successful new year, why not give yourself and your family the best gift of all- good health? Listed below are some guaranteed ways to improve and maintain good health:
The holiday season is upon us! That means family gatherings, holiday parties and community events centered around delicious seasonal foods. The last thing anyone wants is to have a loved one develop a foodborne illness because of a favorite food they ate. Unfortunately, if you are not careful foodborne illness can be an uninvited guest during the holidays.
If you have been shopping in the local grocery or bakery stores lately, you may be seeing the growing crop of special foods labeled gluten-free. How do you know if this is useful for your health or more dietary hype?
Vitamins, minerals, and supplementation are hot topics in today’s marketplace. It seems you cannot go anywhere without being bombarded with advertisements claiming to have a “secret recipe” for good health. With so much misinformation out there, it is hard to remain a savvy consumer when it comes to these claims.
In today’s ever-changing marketplace, choosing foods to nourish your family while maintaining a budget can be both difficult and confusing. It seems there are so many foods touting health claims these days, which makes it harder to decode what will be a good choice for your family’s dinner table. “Organic”, “all-natural”, “fresh”, “antibiotic-free”, “cage-free”, “free-range” - what does all this mean and is it worth the price?
This school year, the nutrition guidelines have changed for school lunches. The United State Department of Agriculture oversees the nutrition of school lunches. This year USDA is focusing more on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables along with low-fat or non-fat milk; and less sodium and fat.
I noticed the first bins of pumpkins at a local farm market the other day, a sure sign that fall is on the way! If you think mainly of pumpkins when you think about fall and fall foods you are missing out on the wide array of winter squash that will be coming to market in the next few weeks.
Shorter days, cooler nights, clothes shopping, new back-packs; it must be back-to-school time. As the days become filled with hectic mornings, baseball and soccer practice after school in addition to the normal daily routine, finding time to pack a healthy lunch for your children may seem like an impossible feat. How can we rethink the standard bologna on white bread with mayo?
Gluten is a protein found in grains. It is a combination of two proteins, liadin and glutenin and is found in barley, rye, and wheat. We hear a lot about eliminating wheat from the diet to reduce gluten from the diet, but not too much about reducing barley and rye
Were you ever enticed by a new diet fad? Ever heard a new trendy nutrition term and wondered what it meant? Every year, new food and nutrition trends sweep our nation from fad diets to super foods. What are some current trends, what’s their terminology, and what’s driving their popularity?
Remember when your parents advised you to eat carrots for healthy eyesight? New advances in eye health are singling out a color other than orange. Green is the new hue for optimal eye health – and, for many of us, “It’s not easy being green!” in the words of Kermit the Frog.
Going greener… does that mean more green for me to spend or that I am saving the planet? I think you will find that the suggestions in this article will help put more green back into your wallet, and help our wonderful planet at the same time.
According to a new survey by the International Food and Information Council, who recently completed a survey of Americans and their thoughts on diet, over 60% thought it is still simply too expensive to eat healthfully. What are your thoughts? Check yourself below to see if you are one of the many thinking this myth is true.
While it is almost impossible to predict the weather, we can expect some hot days, some wet ones and a large amount of humidity here in Pennsylvania. In the same way, while it is almost impossible to predict our health as we age, we can expect fish and seafood to help us along the way.
Have you noticed the growing numbers of people who are faced with allergies to food? I don’t seem to recall many friends with food allergies growing up – perhaps we just weren’t very good about detecting them back then. If you suffer from a food allergy you may be apprehensive about whether you should eat out or not. Good news -eating out today is a lot easier - and safer – for those who suffer with a mild, moderate, or even a severe food allergy. One reason: Restaurants are more aware and more prepared.
Reaching for the corn syrup for a holiday dish prompted questions about corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup – corn cousins so to speak! Corn syrup is produced by treating corn starch with enzymes to break it down to glucose, which is easily absorbed and utilized by the body for energy. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), on the other hand, is produced by more specific processing of corn starch with enzymes to yield syrup with a mixture of glucose and fructose. Fructose is a naturally occurring sugar that is present in small amounts in fruits (fruit sugar).