Ahhh… Easter; the time to celebrate the rising of Christ, but also celebrate the abundance that follows the signs of spring. The Easter meal is a great time to showcase all the vibrant, beautiful colors of spring. You might stick with the traditional ham, potato dish & hot cross buns. But maybe you should choose to go for a “lighter” Easter meal. How does cedar plank salmon, asparagus, fire roasted tomatoes, and tri-colored pepper quinoa sound? Of course, finished off with a beautiful bounty of berries. Keep Reading
Did you know only 5-10% of our daily sodium comes from the salt shaker? In an attempt to be raise awareness that salt consumption is linked to many chronic diseases, the week of March 16th- 22nd has been identified as salt awareness week (also known as World Salt Awareness Week (WASH)).
Here are some common questions asked when looking at sodium: Keep Reading
Muscles are a hot trend in fitness & fashion not only for men but now women and even the elderly. Maintaining or building muscle can be beneficial for almost any chronic disease and is key for a well running metabolism. Keep Reading
Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”. The Chinese New Year has many food-related symbols and rituals that are meant to lead to prosperity for the coming year. This year the New Year is celebrated February 19, 2015. Keep Reading
While perusing Pinterest, it is apparent that baked goodies are a popular gift – especially for Valentine’s Day. Nothing says “I Love You” like a homemade treat, however some might find these tasty temptations hard on the heart. If so, try these substitutions for a healthier alternative and impress your loved ones with how “heart smart” you are. Begin by reviewing your recipe to determine which ingredient you want to alter: flour, fat, sugar or moisture. Keep Reading
The Big Bowl Game is known for the finale of the football season, hilarious commercials and those foods that provide comfort for the fans mourning that it wasn’t their team this year. Top foods generally served during the big game are: Buffalo wings, jalapeno poppers, 7-layer dip, Rotel dip, lil’ smokies, meatballs, Chili, and chips & dips in every flavor imaginable. I asked a few of our very own Chiefs what were their favorite foods they associated with The Big Bowl Game are and this is what they had to say:
One of my favorite sayings is “There is no time like the present.” New Year’s resolutions are a great time to start the year off with a fresh start. Take a look at areas that impact your health or that may have taken a backseat such as cooking meals at home or areas needing tweaking such as the snacks you take to work. Most have great resolutions but never come through with the actions. Here are some specific substitutions or actions to take in 2015. The key is to take action!
As you are cleaning up from the aftermath of the holidays why not take the time to clean out and start fresh in the kitchen and pantry? Many set New Year’s resolutions addressing the outcomes and not the problems. For example, losing weight is a common resolution but very seldom is the reason that individual struggles with their weight addressed: stress, lack of exercise due to time constraints or a pantry lacking in convenient yet healthy meals & snacks.
The best gifts are homemade gifts! As a dietitian but also an avid Christmas lover, I enjoy the array of treats that accompany the holidays. However, I also understand the struggle that many go through trying not to drown in this sea of temptations. Some may actually find that these temptations are bad for their health due to conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. What if you could give out the gift of health instead by creating home-made healthy baskets that say “I wish you a year full of health & wellness”? These gifts can range anywhere from soups in a jar (see recipe below), infused oils/vinegars, fruit of the month club or even a meal in minutes.
Have you ever wondered why we eat particular dishes during the holidays? These seasonal foods frequently find their way into Christmas carols, decorations and on to Christmas tables, yet we don’t take the time to found out why! This blog is dedicated to the history of the foods that surrounds us this holiday season.