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Back To The Basics

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Nov 05, 2013 @ 10:31 AM

Healthy eating is all about balance – eating the right amount to match how active you are, and enjoying a variety of foods, so you get all the nutrients you need.

To function properly, the human body requires over 50 nutrients. No one single food or drink can provide us with all these nutrients at once, which is why eating a variety of foods in the right amounts each day is important to good health.


Use the portion plate to help you choose the right foods

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Tips to Avoid Tempting Halloween Sweets

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 @ 02:54 PM

Tips to Avoid Tempting Halloween Sweets

Keep your weight loss on track during the Halloween season with our simple strategies to enjoy the holiday without sacrificing your diet.

By Cynthia Pearson Reviewed by Melina Jampolis, M.D., 2009

Halloween brings many sweet temptations, each luring you away from heart-healthy eating. Our tips will help you navigate the ghoulish season with confidence -- from treat shopping to dealing with candy leftovers.

Rule No. 1: The basics of healthy eating don't go away during a holiday.

"Eat well," says Joanne Larsen, M.S., R.D., L.D. "Three nutritious meals with no more than four hours between them will keep you sated." Satisfied, with your blood sugar in check, the sight and smells of Halloween temptations -- be they waving from the grocery aisle, your candy-stocked cupboard, or a friend's party -- are less intense.

Most of us do better with healthy snacks between meals, so be sure to include them in your eating plan, Larsen says. Planning (not grabbing) is the key to keeping your overall daily intake of calories, fat, sodium, and cholesterol on track

Another tip: Stay hydrated, because thirst often masquerades as hunger. You may be tempted to eat a Halloween treat when you're really just thirsty.

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    • Buy Candy Late

       

      Having tempting candy around can be a big diet challenge. "There's no logical reason to purchase candy in advance of trick-or-treat night," says Jane Hemminger, R.D., L.D.

      Resist the urge to buy a bag of Skittles a month before the big night. By only storing the goodies for 24 hours, you can save yourself a lot of temptation. Also, you can usually find big discounts on candy sold that late.

       

    • Buy Candy You Don't Like

       

      Keep cravings at bay by purchasing treats that won't interest you. "Select trick-or-treat candy that you don't personally enjoy," says Jane Hemminger, R.D., L.D. "Then you won't be tempted to eat it."

      Not a coconut fan? Buy coconut-filled chocolate candy for your trick-or-treaters. Or maybe nut-filled treats don't tempt you -- Snickers or peanut M&Ms may be a good solution for your candy dish.

       

    • Store Halloween Treats Out of Sight

       

      Joanne Larsen, M.S., R.D., L.D., notes that we're much more likely to dip into food, regardless of whether we're hungry, when it's within view and in 2 yards' reach. So, store treats in drawers, behind doors, on high shelves, or in out-of-the-way pantries.

      Better yet, resist the temptation to open the bag. Once it's open, it's too easy to slip in for a quick bite.

       

      Eat Just the Best Parts of the Treat

       

      Baking Halloween treats at home can be its own temptation. Here's a trick: Don't eat the whole treat, just go for your favorite part. For example, if you love the tops of cupcakes best, eat just them; there's no rule saying you must also eat the base of the cupcake. It's not a free ride -- you're still consuming calories and fat -- but you're slimming down your totals with the smaller portion.

      Also, get rid of additional servings of Halloween candies. It's not budget-conscious, but it is belly-conscious. For example, if you love mellowcrème pumpkins but can't find them in a single-serving pack, set aside your allotted amount, then sit and nibble at each one, slowly, attentively. Then toss what remains

      This may seem wasteful, but in lieu of eating the whole bag during a sweet craving, give yourself permission to let the rest go. Or have a back-up plan like a friend at work who also enjoys the treats and will take the extras off your hands.

       

      Enjoy Parties for the Atmosphere, Not the Food

       

      Attend Halloween parties for the fun and friends, not the food. Note: Parties are full of fun distractions, including fun decor, making it a challenge to fully enjoy food and drink. Why waste allotted indulgences then?

      Joanne Larsen, M.S., R.D., L.D., suggests these Halloween party tips:

      - Have a healthy snack before you go so you arrive sated.
      - Plan ahead what you'll allow for food and drink, then stick to your plan.
      - Choose a small plate, allow yourself one trip to the spread, and sit and savor your food.
      - Position yourself away from food during the Halloween party.

      • Make Your Own Halloween Treats

         

        Halloween party is going to be full of tempting treats. Bring your own dish that you know you can healthfully enjoy.

        Be sure to bake shortly before the party rather than in advance so the dish won't tempt you for days. Divvy up any leftovers right at the party -- don't plan to take any home with you.

         

        Handle Halloween Temptation at the Workplace

         

        In a meeting where treats are served? You're a captive candy audience. "It's really, really difficult to pass up treats when someone brings them to the morning staff meeting and plops them on the table," says Jane Hemminger, R.D., L.D. "If you just can't resist, sample one small goodie or even just a bite-sized piece. Once everyone's had their turn at the offering, say, 'These look so good!' and move them to a side table where anyone wanting more will have to be deliberate about it or wait until the meeting's dismissed."

        This may seem a gutsy move, but most likely others will be grateful.

        If your workplace is a Halloween-treat offender (either before the season when coworkers are shopping or afterward when they dump their extra treats on the office), then hold off people by stocking the communal treat dish yourself. Hemminger suggests stocking the dish with treats you don't like so you won't even be tempted or fill it with healthier choices, such as plain nuts or small portions of these Heart-Healthy-approved candies.

        Another strategy is to reroute your normal walking path if you pass baskets of tempting candy. If you don't see it and aren't reminded of the treats, it's a lot easier to say no.

         

        Pack Sugar-Free Chewing Gum

         

        One simple, cheap strategy that works wherever temptation strikes -- at home, the workplace, or while shopping -- is to keep a stash of sugar-free gum on hand.

        "Faced with a temptation -- say, a sweet-smelling candy aisle or a pan of goodies awaiting departure to a party -- you can pop a piece of gum, deflecting temptation with bit of sweet chewing," says Jane Hemminger, R.D., L.D.

       

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WALK YOUR WAY TO GOOD HEALTH!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

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Walking... It's the simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health.  Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:

  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease

  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels

  • Improve blood lipid profile

  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis

  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer

  • Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

Plus you'll burn on average 250-300 calories!  For more fit tips visit our website at www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com or contact our fitness director Noelle Lusardi at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.

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Recipe Corner: Easy White Bean & Rosemary Dip

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 @ 03:17 PM
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Ingredients:
1/2 cup Plain 2% Chobani Greek yogurt
1 whole garlic clove peeled
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 sprig fresh rosemary
1 15.5 oz can white beans, rinsed
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 ice cube
*Pita chips, vegetable
Prep time: 10 mins. Serves: 8.  Cook time: 1 1/2 minutes
Directions:
1. Place garlic, oil and rosemary in a small, heat-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Cool for five minutes then pour into food processor.
2. Add beans, Chobani, salt, and ice cube then process until smooth.
3. Serve with pita chips, vegetables
Nutritional information
Calories 80, Calories from Fat 30, Total Fat 3.5g, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 330mg, Total Carbohydrate 9g, Dietary fiber 3g, Sugars 1g, Protein 4g.
Adapted from www.chobani.com
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Recipe Corner: Black-Eyed Peas, Tomato & Egg Salad

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 @ 04:00 PM
black eyed peasIf you need an easy recipe for entertaining this Labor Day Weekend, here's a delicious protein & fiber-packed winner. In the South, black-eyed peas, also called cow peas are traditionally eaten as the first food of the New Year to bring good luck and prosperity. The best part is you probably already have all the ingredients on hand in your kitchen! This recipe also serves well for celebrating upcoming Jewish New Year!

Questions/Comments? Email sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

1/2 cup no salt added black-eyed peas, cooked (Rinse and drain canned beans to remove 40 percent of the sodium)

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon reduced-fat feta cheese

1 hard-boiled egg, chopped

 

Mix all ingredients and enjoy. Serves one as a main meal or 4 small appetizers.

1 1/4 cup = 219 calories, 12g protein, 5g fiber

Appetizer serving size: 1/3 cup = 55 calories, 3g protein, 2.5g fiber (serve over mixed greens)

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Recipe Corner: Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 @ 01:43 PM
strawberry salsa ck lHealthy snacking is a great way to combat hunger in between meals. The trick is choosing a snack that is satisfying and under 200 calories. This recipe is the perfect solution for a  sweet & crunchy craving. The fruit-avocado salsa is jam-packed with vitamin C and heart healthy fats. Makes 12 servings (serving size: 6 chips and 3 tablespoons of avocado salsa = 138 calories)

Make the chips in advance, cool completely, and store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Questions/Comment? Email sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com


    • 2 teaspoons canola oil
    • 6 (6-inch) whole-wheat flour tortillas
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped peeled ripe avocado (about 2)
    • 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
    • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
    • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
    • 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
      1. 2. To prepare chips, brush oil evenly over one side of each tortilla. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over oil-coated sides of tortillas. Cut each tortilla into 12 wedges; arrange wedges in a single layer on two baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until crisp.
      2. 3. Combine avocado, 3/4 cup strawberries, cilantro and lime juice; stir gently to combine. Sprinkle salsa with remaining 1/4 cup chopped strawberries. Serve with chips.
      Adapted from cooking light.com
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    Recipe Corner: Easy Italian Shrimp

    Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 @ 04:21 PM
    skillet shrimp oh 1896045 lPreparing shrimp on the stove top creates a fast fabulous ending to a day at the beach or pool. Pair with mixed salad greens lightly dressed with extra-virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Questions/Comments? Email: sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

    Makes 5 servings: (serving size: 5 ounces shrimp and about 1 tablespoon sauce: 161 calories per serving)
    Ingredients
    • 3/4 cup fat-free Italian dressing (such as Wish-Bone)
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire ground black pepper blend (such as McCormick)
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
    • 2 pounds large shrimp with tails intact
    • 5 lemon wedges

    Preparation

    1. 1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large skillet; bring to a boil. Add shrimp; cook 6 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring occasionally. Serve with lemon wedge.

    recipe adapted from cookinglight.com

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    Recipe Corner: Insalata Pizza

    Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 12:42 PM

    insalata pizza ck 630188 lSavor the tastes of Italy by serving individual pita pizzas loaded with fresh vegetables, melted cheese, and a cider vinegar sauce. It's a one-dish meal that's sure to please. Questions/Comments? Email sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

    Makes 4 servings, 319 calories per serving (serving size: 1 topped pita)

    • 4 (7-inch) pitas
    • 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
    • 1 cup (4 ounces) pre-shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese
    • 1/2 cup thinly sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion
    • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    • 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes
    • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
    • 4 cups packaged gourmet salad greens

    Preparation

    1. Preheat oven to 475°.
    2. Place pitas on a baking sheet. Spread 1/2 teaspoon garlic on each pita. Sprinkle each pita with 1/4 cup cheese, and divide onion evenly among pitas. Bake at 475° for 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cheese is bubbly.
    3. While pitas bake, combine vinegar, oil, and pepper in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in tomatoes, olives, and basil. Add salad greens, and toss gently to coat.
    4. Place 1 pita on each of 4 plates; top each pita with about 1 cup salad. Serve immediately. Recipe adapted from cookinglight.com

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    Recipe Corner: Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa

    Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 03:13 PM

    quinoa mushroom pilaf

    Packed with nutrition and a garlicky cheese flavor, this vegetarian recipe will even please carnivores. Questions/Comments? Email Sari Greaves, RDN: sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

    1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

    2 teaspoons vegetable oil

    1 head baby bok choy, chopped

    Handful washed kale leaves, stems removed

    1 cup portabella mushrooms, chopped

    1 (15.5 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

    3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

    3/4 teaspoon coriander

    1/4 cup nutritional yeast* or 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheese

    black pepper to taste

    1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.

    2. In a large wok or pan, add the oil, bok choy, kale, mushrooms, beans, garlic powder, and coriander. Saute over medium heat for several minutes, or until kale is wilted and the mushrooms and bok choy are softened.

    3. Add the cooked quinoa and nutritional yeast into the wok and stir. Add black pepper to taste.

    Serves 6 as a side dish.

    Serving size: 3/4 cup: 165 calories, 10 grams protein

    Adapted from Food & Nutrition Magazine, July/August 2013

    *Nutritional yeast doesn't taste like yeast (you know, that strong, beer-like flavor). It comes in both powdered and flaked forms, and tastes nutty, cheesy and delightfully creamy. Many vegans use it as a cheese flavoring substitute, adding it to gravies, sauces, and mac n' cheese dishes. Vegetarians also take advantage of its great nutritional profile. At 60 calories per 2 Tbsp., nutritional yeast is an excellent source of protein, containing essential amino acids; it's full of vitamins, especially B-complex vitamins. You can find nutritional yeast in most grocery or  health food stores, but if it's not available in your area, there are great online sources: Bob's Red Mill or KAL-Yeast Flakes.

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    RECIPE CORNER: STRAWBERRY HUMMUS PITA SANDWICHES

    Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 @ 11:24 AM

    strawberry hummusDid you know that strawberries are packed with essential vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium, and disease-fighting phytochemicals? One serving- about eight strawberries or one cup- has only 45 calories and more vitamin C than an orange. Step Ahead's Nutrition Director, Sari Greaves R.D.N., says "strawberries are one of the most versatile fruits that pair well with both sweet and savory dishes. Try this easy to assemble sandwich for a refreshing summer meal!

    Bon Appetit! Questions/Comments email sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

    Makes 4 servings, 200 calories per sandwich half.

    Ingredients

    2 whole wheat pitas, cut in half (such as Sahara 150 calorie pita loafs)

    1 cup shredded cooked chicken breast

    1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

    1/2 cup sliced cucumber

    4 medium strawberries, sliced

    1 bunch watercress, arugula or any leafy green

    1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

    4 tablespoons (about 1/4 cup) plain hummus (such as Sabra)

    1. Combine chicken, strawberries and crumbled feta in bowl. To make the sandwiches, spread 1 tablespoon hummus inside each pita half. Fill with chicken mixture. Top with onion, cucumber, and leafy greens.

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    Recipe adapted from www.californiastrawberries.com

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