Guiding Stars Consulting Dietitian, Allison Stowell, talks about how to keep your barbecue healthy this summer. The trick is to remember that potatoes, breads and pasta salads are all starches, so try to balance them with enough fruits, vegetables and protein.
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Here at Guiding Stars, we have a lot of passion around healthy food and helping people make more nutritious choices. It is what we do. The messaging of healthy, good-for-you food to others is a team effort and we spend a lot of time focusing on getting the word out.
Any food that serves a nutritional function is a functional food. That encompasses most all food we eat, with the possible exception of Twinkies and their ilk–they do more damage than good. Manufacturers are working hard to put function in all their foods. There are even “whole grain” toaster pastries now. But has consuming fortified and enriched foods like we have in recent decades done us any good? If you look at the recent statistics finding that 69% of Americans are fat and obese, I think not. And despite repeated issues of the Dietary Guidelines set forth by the USDA, only 7% of us are eating our vegetables.
Oh June…an emotional month of gearing up for summer while saying goodbye to another school year and all of its chaos. If you have school age children, you probably see June as another symbol–another mark on their growth chart. It is both thrilling and a little sad to see them grow.
Along with the many end-of-year emotions comes the never ending series of activities, parties and attempts to dodge the ice cream truck at the park. Before you know it, every day is filled with one “sometimes” food after another. Add to it the pressure of not wanting to be the parent that continually brings unhealthful foods to parties (try being the “dietitian mom”!).
While most of what you put on the grill itself is, of course, gluten-free, so often the pasta sides and burger buns are off limits to anyone dealing with gluten sensitivity. These recipes will get you back into the party without feeling like you have to compromise to enjoy a gluten-free barbecue.
A few weeks ago, Jen, a teacher friend of mine posted a photo to her Facebook wall depicting four cartons of milk from her school’s lunch room, and the incredulous comments began to fly. It seems that Jen has been working with her class on healthy eating, and she had a real big problem with the fact that not only was chocolate milk offered, so too were strawberry and coffee (a regional favorite) varieties. According to her, these items were offered to increase the chance that the kids would take a milk at lunch, and the sugar levels contained within them–27 grams per 8 oz. in the coffee one!–was, in essence, irrelevant. Well geez, that’s an interesting way to look at it, considering the sugar content is equivalent to a can of Red Bull. In fact, eating two standard Reese’s cups will actually save you almost two teaspoons of sugar over the flavored milk.
It seems that everyone—including government, the private sector and consumers—has finally woken up to the healthcare crisis facing our country. As we are all now painfully aware, healthcare costs are spiraling out of control due to many factors, but certainly in large measure because of the worsening health status of the average American.