Sunday, November 18, 2012
Ways to make your Thanksgiving meal a little bit healthier.
While Thanksgiving is still a few days away, you are hopefully thinking about your menu and preparing your grocery list. As you put together the meal, take some time to think about how healthier food choices fit within your plan. The traditional Thanksgiving meal revolves around the lower fat turkey but some of the accompaniments can boost calories, salt and sugar. Making recipe medications is one way to manage the calories and shifting some preparation techniques can lower salt and sugar. As you put together your menu plan consider the following tips. In addition to these recipe changes, consider smaller portion sizes for pies and desserts so that people can enjoy them without having to eat large portions – they can always go back for …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Registered dietitian and certified personal trainer at Des Peres Hospital shares easy ways to eat healthy this summer.
A popular way to beat the heat is by noshing on ice cream, snow cones and frozen treats (not to mention the hot dogs, potato chips and hamburgers that frequent summer cookouts). While sugar-packed snacks and foods high in fat are often the treat of choice, try a “summer swap out” to help your family have a more balanced diet. Abby Herrick, registered dietitian and certified personal trainer on staff at Des Peres Hospital's MyNewSelf Surgical Weight Loss Program, shared some tips and recipes. “At the grocery store, fill you cart with fruits like bananas, apples, watermelon, grapes and berries,” Herrick said. “You can freeze the grapes, dip the bananas and apples in low-fat caramel, make a watermelon fruit salad and use the berries in yogurt…
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Stick to your New Year's resolutions, and cut the fat and sodium with these easy-to-make alternatives to your usual carry-outs.
According to time management experts, Franklin Covey, most New Year’s resolutions are broken well before the end of January. “Eating healthy” surfaces to the top of the list of usual resolutions year after year. Making healthy food does not have to be boring or expensive. With a few simple ingredients found locally, you can stick to your resolutions without breaking the bank. The following recipes are a great alternative to Asian carry-out, minus the sodium and fat that typically accompanies restaurant food. The Asian Chicken Wrap recipe is loosely based on a recipe clipped from Cooking Light years ago. For the quinoa, you can add any vegetables that you would find in fried rice. Add leftover chicken breast or roasted pork, to turn the …
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Here are some tips to navigate the diet pitfalls of holiday parties.
As the holiday season goes into full gear, you’re probably making decisions about food choices and activities based on “Do I have the time or does it really matter?” Fortunately, you can pull a little bit of healthy into your holiday routine with the following tips. Parties are meant to be enjoyed, so food will always be a big part of them but you can manage how you eat to ensure that the food doesn’t become the biggest part of the party. If you overindulge during the next three weeks, remember that there are 49 weeks in the year, and you can easily use that time to make healthy a part of what you do. Remember to enjoy the season and the time you have with family and friends! Happy Holidays!