Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Trim Down Tip

NuVal


Recently, I began working as a consultant for Price Chopper supermarkets. The company is in the middle of a HUGE push for nutrition education and advocacy among its customers. Part of the campaign (and an enormous undertaking) involves the implementation of NuVal, a nutrition scoring system.

NuVal scores food items between 1 and 100. A panel of health experts developed an algorithm that considers over 30 nutrients both good and bad. The end product is a simple number. The higher the score, the better it is for you. Which granola bar should you buy. The one with the higher number. Cookies? The higher number. It really is that easy. Use it to choose between healthy items and less than healthy items. Typically, the score is hanging below a food along with the price making it easy to find. NuVal is available in several other supermarkets across the country. Click here for locations.

The goal is to have every food item scored, and although this may take a while, I can already see the benefits.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Delicious Discovery

Nestle Toll House Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


Helllooo! I know...it's been a while. Let's say I just say I went into hibernation mode. Now that the sun is starting to get warmer (a little?)...I'm starting to function a little bit better. What did I do during my break...find you lots of delicious treats. My favorite of which is Nestle Toll House Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


I know, I'm obsessed with chocolate chip cookies. So I needed to do something about it. I don't have time to make fresh ones weekly (or biweekly, perhaps...), so thank goodness I stumbled upon these! Just 50 calories each--they are a mini piece of heaven. I suggest overcooking them a little bit. Cookies taste better a few days later when they are crispy, in my opinion. 


Only hesitate to purchase these if you have  little to no self control. Believe me, they are addicting and you may find yourself eating several or 10 at once. Don't do that! Stick with the recommended 3 per serving and you'll be good to go!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Delicious Discovery

Flatout FOLDit Artesian Flatbread


I am a big fan of sandwiches. This is a recent development for me. I think the bread is crucial. It makes or breaks the sandwich. But most delicious bread has a lot of calories...and that's before you add in your fillings!


Step in Flatout Flatbread, the creators of the FOLDit Artesian Flatbread. They are fabulous. The bread is a thicker version of a wrap ( the company also makes wraps) that fold into a "taco like" (yes, I made up that word) sandwich. There are three varieties, Traditional Country, Rosemary and Olive Oil and 5 Grain Flax that range from 100 to 140 calories and 3 to 8 grams of fiber per FOLDit. Click here to find them at a location near you. They are a great thing to try --especially with New Year's Resolution's fast approaching!!!


Happy Holiday's to everyone!


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Foods to Ponder

Roast Chicken


I love chicken. Who doesn't (aside from all of you vegetarians/vegans)? It's delicious and incredibly versatile. I have come across hundreds of recipes for chicken...some good...some bad. However, I decided recently to become a much better cook. So I made my first attempt at roasting a chicken myself. 


Who else to turn to but the Barefoot Contessa? Her Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken seemed really simple on TV and on paper. It is. It took 10-15 minutes to prepare and then just pop it in the oven for an hour and a half. I will say--I left out the bacon portion and didn't do the gravy. I didn't think it was necessary but if you want to try it..go for it. 


Lastly--if you don't have the time just pick up a roaster chicken at your local grocery store. They are amazing, inexpensive, healthy and the quickest dinner you will ever make. It's much better for you than any local takeout and just as easy. 


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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Delicious Discovery

Dunkin' Donuts Wake-Up Wraps


Just about every Wednesday, my Mom comes over to watch my daughter so I can work. Hallie looks forward to munchkins and I look forward to a breakfast treat. This week--she brought a Dunkin' Donuts Wake-Up Wrap. Yummy.


I had the ham, cheese and egg white version which is just 160 calories and 7 grams of fat. It isn't very big...probably a 6 inch wrap with half a slice of cheese, egg whites and ham (or Canadian bacon?). My Mom had ham and egg white which she said was delicious as well. There are also bacon and sausage varieties that are higher in calories (210 and 280 respectively). 


I highly recommend them. Have one (or two!)  when you need breakfast fast or just have the munchies. Good work Dunkin' Donuts. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Delicious Discovery

Amy's Organics Chocolate Cake


I am incredibly picky about dessert. It's not that I like fancy treats...they just have to be really really good to be worth the extra calories, in my opinion. So when I stumbled upon Amy's Organics desserts, I was highly skeptical. The Chocolate Cake is to die for. Hands down. So delicious you could eat the entire cake in one sitting...it's that dangerous. 


Amy's Chocolate Cake Organic, 11-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)You may be skeptical too. The cake is vegan, dairy free, cholesterol free, trans fat free, soy free and nut free. I was pretty sure nothing with those ingredients (or lack thereof) is good. Clearly, I was wrong.  One slice has 170 calories, 6 grams of unsaturated fat and 1 gram of fiber. There are six slices per cake and it comes frozen. Just heat and enjoy. Believe me, it is worth every single calorie.


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Trim Down Tip

To Detox or Not to Detox


Over the weekend, I went to FNCE, a national food and nutrition conference that happened to be in Boston this year. It was fabulous and really informative. I have lots of new Delicious Discoveries for all of you but those will have to wait for another day!


The best lecture I went to had to do with fad diets, specifically detox diets. Detox diets have become increasingly trendy and glamorized by Hollywood. There are a plethora of detox diets out there. From the Master Cleanse to the Cabbage Soup Diet -- they all have one thing in common--cutting out lots of food and being super low in calories. Do they work?


The short answer: No. The long answer: No. Detox diets are a dietitian's nightmare. Here's why. As a nutritionist you are taught, you believe and know for a fact that a healthy diet can include everything in moderation. It's true. Losing weight is hard work--there is no way around it. Detox diets provide a quick solution to weight loss--you lose lots of water weight and maybe a bit more than that because calories are cut drastically. However, once a cleanse is over...weight begins to come back. 


Plus, detox diets are built around the idea that the body is incapable of detoxifying itself. Also untrue! The human body is incredibly efficient and capable of so much more than we know. We have built-in bodily features and functions that rid the us of toxins constantly each day. 


So does that mean you can load up on sugar, alcohol or caffeine and leave it to your body to detoxify itself--no. But as with all things--in moderation you can enjoy all of your favorite treats. If you are looking for a long term weight loss solution the answer is easy: commitment, a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. 


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