Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tommorow is Pi Day

Tomorrow is Pi Day & my son's teacher asked the kids to bring in a treat that is related to Pi. I thought, what could he bring in that is round and healthy? apple slices, cucumber slices, vegetable pie. Nutritious but not a treat. How about a cookie? Throw in some dark chocolate chips, oatmeal & walnuts, & you have a tasty cookie with some healthfulness inside. Yum!

Here's a tasty chocolate chip, walnut, oatmeal cookie recipe:

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fight chronic diseases with curcumin

Cook with tumeric tonight and take advantage of curcumin's anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and anti-oxidant properties that reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. How about curry vegetables with tofu?

Here is a link to a summary of a recent study that found that curcumin reduces the risk of cancer: Fight cancer with curcumin

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gain weight healthfully

The question of the day is "how can I gain weight healthfully?" I don't get this question often, but when I do, it needs to be taken seriously. The answer is usually not eat a pint of ice cream. Instead, we want to add healthy foods that are calorically and nutrient dense (meaning many calories and healthy nutrients). Here are some tips:

  • Make sure you eat 3 meals a day plus healthy snacks between meals.
  • Enjoy nuts and nut butters at meals and snacks. These contain good monounsaturated fats.
  • Add avocado to salads and sandwiches. This is another good monounsaturated fat.
  • Add olive oil to salads and use canola oil with cooking.
  • Add flaxseed to yogurt, cereal, salads, pasta and rice.
  • Add dried milk powder to foods for additional protein, calories and calcium.
  • Before bed, have a scoop of whey protein with water.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Happy Registered Dietitian Day

Here's a shout out to all my RD colleagues and friends.  Isn't it wonderful sharing healthy and fun eating and exercise?  Keep on fueling right and take your exercise to the next level.