When I am around a table with local people who are passionate about trying to make the place they live healthier, we share a truly unique pride. When a community comes together and agrees that change is needed, then it is likely to happen. Even if it happens slowly, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that change is, indeed, happening.
The best part of summer is the chance to get out of town, visit interesting new places, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Eating well on the go can be a challenge. This list of healthful snack ideas and tips will help you make summer snacking choices that won’t slow you down.
Recently I was invited to present to the parents and administrators of two local NY school districts. I genuinely enjoy the opportunity to speak to parents and caregivers about their child’s nutrition. As a sidebar, to be able to speak directly with a group like this is unique, noteworthy and a clear illustration of a […]
Balancing everything that we need to balance in life is not innate… It takes time and effort to find your secret weapon that makes it all “work.” …We all know it is important to take care of our bodies, exercise and eat well. Yet everyday many of us partake in a risky experiment that challenges this… Take a moment to make space in your day for better balance.
When I’m not helping someone learn how to choose healthier foods, I’m usually assisting them in figuring out how to fit healthier foods into their day. It is a struggle I deeply and personally understand. Since not providing my family with wholesome meals wasn’t an option for me I had to find a happy medium on how to fit those healthier foods into my day.
The theme of National Nutrition Month 2011, “Eat Right with Color”, offers a fantastic shopping tip! Together with Guiding Stars, you can use color to guide you toward the most healthful foods in the store! Look for deep rich colors in your produce for more anti-aging, immune boosting antioxidants! Let color guide you toward better cuts of meat- bright red meat in the package means less fat on your plate (and look for Guiding Stars on the sticker). Think brown when shopping for your starches- brown rice, whole wheat pasta and whole grain breads. Don’t forget that white is a color too- low fat milk and yogurt round out a perfect shopping list!
I fed my kids a plate of nachos for dinner last night. No really, I did. We had a busy afternoon and we needed to be at a school function by 7 p.m. We were short on time and that is what my kids said they would eat. So nachos it was. You may be (happily) thinking, even a dietitian has “those nights” (and yes, I do). But, here’s the thing about these nachos. All but one ingredient on the plate earned at least one Guiding Star!
Editors Note: We’re happy to welcome Allison Stowell, MS, RD, CDN as our new Consulting Dietitian. For her first post on the Guiding Stars blog we asked her to speak about what perspective she hopes to bring to the program. We’re excited to have her on board!
As a working mom of two, I know how hard it is to get it all done.
There are a few things you should know about me. While I am a dietitian, I am not a chef; but I’m a master at creating uncomplicated, go-to options for busy nights. You see, I spend a lot of time at the grocery store, something I know you don’t have time to do. Consider me your personal shopper.