Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Segment: Trader Joes Treasures!!



One of my absolute favorite places to food shop is Trader Joes, and I'm sure I'm not alone!! Who doesn't love the place, right?  It has all the great basics- meats, dairy, produce, breads and staples but also a lot of fun specialty food products as well.  Almost every time that I am there it seems that I discover something new (unless I on a super rushed trip to grab just a few things!!).  So I thought I'd start a new segment to share some of my favorite finds with all of you.

First up....Trader Joes Chili Lime Seasoning. I found this yummy flavoring in the spice isle a few months ago and couldn't resist picking one up-  now I am hooked!  It takes chili powder up a notch by combining it with lime, red bell pepper and sea salt.  It's great on chicken, fish, ground turkey and even helps liven up cooked veggies too.  If you are feeling adventurous try sprinkling some on fruit like oranges or apples to give them some major zest.  I have also mixed some in ranch dressing or dips to add spicy flair.

1/4 teaspoon has 0 calories, 0 carbs/protein/fat and just 180 mg of sodium, so the nutritional stats are very reasonable too.

I hope you will give it a try and you may just see it turn up in some of my future recipes!

Disclamer: I was not contacted or paid by Trader Joes to write this post, all of the opinions are my own.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year and 8th Birthday to My Blog!

2016 went by in a flash and I am JUST now getting to write my annual yearly recap and blog birthday celebratory post!

My blog is now 8 years running strong and I am still excited to develop yummy recipes to share with you as well as post about important nutrition topics and the latest diet-related research.  I have continued to enjoy posting on behalf of the Cranberry Institute, teaming up with brands as Skinny Pop and Chobani for fun segments and still love taking part in the monthly Recipe Redux challenges, which are always great motivators to develop new and fun recipes to share.

Gabby and I have worked hard to carve out time in the kitchen to continue to bring you Gabby's Eats posts and we were featured again in our local magazine this past Fall to showcase some of our seasonal recipes.  Another collaboration I was lucky to be a part of was contributing recipes to a cookbook released by one of my registered dietitian colleagues too.

This coming year I hope to continue to bring you more recipes, research,  Cranberry Institute and Recipe ReDux posts for sure. Gabby and I also plan to create and cook many more yummy recipes this year and I will see what great sponsors and organizations I can team up with for a variety of fun posts too. I also have plans for some new segments as well, so stay tuned and thank you so much as always for your readership and support.  Here's to a great 2017!!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

In The News, More Updates on Cranberries and Health, and Added Sugar Info




Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!! Just wanted pass along some great updates on current issues and conversations impacting cranberries and health sent to me by the Cranberry Institute, enjoy! 

The Complexities of Added Sugar
As you know, beginning on July 26, 2018, the Nutrition Facts Panel will require a specific call out for "added sugars." With the announcement of the new label, experts encourage consumers to consider all of the information on a food label when making diet choices. In addition, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize that nutrient dense foods that have added sugar to make them more palatable, such as cranberries, fit in a healthy diet. 

To better understand added sugars, the  Cranberry Institute is excited to share new resources for health experts and consumers.

The result of an expert dietetic panel hosted by Today's Dietitianand the Cranberry Institute, the "How to Talk to Consumers About Added Sugars" statement was developed by dietitians, for dietitians, offering guidance for RDs counseling and speaking to media about added sugar.
Help consumers understand the importance of looking at the complete nutritional value of a product by demonstrating that many foods with added sugars also offer important added benefits. 
·         The Added Sugars Fact Sheet
The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation's new fact sheet, "Making Sense of Sugars; The Role of Sugars and Added Sugars in Food," sheds light on the limitations of focusing on "added sugar" and provides recommendations on choosing the right foods based on the new Nutrition Facts Panel.

Cranberries and UTIs
In addition, as you may have seen, the Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study and editorial piece regarding the efficacy of cranberry products in urinary tract health. Despite the methodological limitations, the study and editorial received widespread national media coverage discounting decades of peer-reviewed, promising cranberry research.

·         The Cranberry Institute’s Response to JAMA Cranberry and UTI Research
The Cranberry Institute maintains its confidence in the decades of scientific studies from independent research demonstrating that regular consumption of cranberry products helps promote a healthy urinary tract; especially in individuals suffering from recurrent UTIs.
The investigation, "Effect of Cranberry Capsules on Bacteriuria Plus Pyuria Among Older Women in Nursing Homes," cannot make a conclusion about the efficacy of cranberries in the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) as they treated individuals that did NOT suffer from UTIs (only five of 185 participants had a history of UTIs). In addition, as an endpoint measure, asymptomatic bacteriuria and pyuria is unfortunately common in this population and treatment is not recommended by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.  The study was also confounded because uncontaminated, reliable urine samples in this population is a globally recognized challenge especially given that 78% of the subjects had dementia, 68% had urinary incontinence and 44% had bowel incontinence.
Identifying alternative remedies to help control worldwide antibiotic resistance from overuse remains a shared goal of the medical community, and the Cranberry Institute strongly supports staying the course. 
To read our full statement addressing this research, please clickhere.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Recipe ReDux Post # 53 Cheerio Treats



The December Recipe ReDux challenge centers around bidding a fond farewell to 2016.  We were encouraged to pick a page in a cookbook that was any combo of the digits 2016 and put our own healthy spin on it. I grabbed a gluten-free cookbook I was recently given titled “Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking” by Kelly Bronski and Peter Bronski and flipped to page 216, which had a recipe for rice cereal treats. It seemed lie a perfect recipe for this time of year, when treats and desserts are high in demand.  The recipe was a pretty classic combo of rice cereal, marshmallows and butter.  I happened to have a box of Cheerios in my pantry so I decided to use those in place of the rice cereal, and try a combo of peanut butter and honey for the base instead of marshmallows. They were so delicious and had a great texture. Substituting PB for marshmallows creates a surprisingly tasty treat and makes them all natural with less sugar and a bit more protein too! Plus they are SUPER easy to make which is a big plus during this busy holiday season.  I hope you will give them a try and check out all the other awesome recipes from the amazing Recipe ReDux group!! Click HERE to check out the recipes from the group.

Ingredients:

1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2.5 cups cheerios
pinch of salt (optional)

Directions:

In a medium bowl combine the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract and mix well.  Stir in the cheerios and continue to mix until well incorporated. . Press mixture into an 8 by 8 inch pan. (Lining the pan with a large rectangular piece of parchment paper, placing the mixture on one side and then folding the paper over to press down works nicely since the dough is so sticky.)   Refrigerate for at least one hour until very firm and then cut into 16 squares.   Store in the fridge in an airtight container

Makes 16 squares, 16 servings

Serving size: 1 square Calories 140 Protein 4 g Carb 16 g Fiber 1 g Sugars 10 g Fat 7 g Saturated fat 1.5 g Sodium  88 mg

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Favorite Holiday Treats From 2016

Wow, it's been almost a month since my last post- the holidays are in full swing and things have been SO busy!  I promise there will be lots of fun (and yummy) things to come in the New Year...but for now, here are a few of my favorite holiday friendly recipes from 2016.....

Sweet  Treats:














Savory Bites:





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Monday, November 28, 2016

In The News: Upcoming Presentation on Healthy Holiday Eating!



Now that the holidays are in full swing, I thought I'd mention to all my followers in Los Angeles that I will be doing a presentation this Saturday about healthy holiday eating! Check out the details below:

"Unstuffed- How to Eat Healthy During the Holidays" presented by Marie Feldman RD CDE CHC

This 1 hour discussion with a registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator will include tips on how to eat healthy during but also enjoy the holidays.  Come learn some great strategies to create a sensible holiday eating plan, survive parties and other gatherings with ease, get helpful cooking tips and recipe modifications for holiday favorites and even take home ideas for delicious and festive recipes!

Saturday December 3rd 10-11 am at Elements Pharmacy
12602 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Recipe ReDux Post # 52 Double Chocolate Macaroons






November's Recipe ReDux is "Trimming the Table" and the challenge was to create a healthy dessert that we would be sharing with family and friends this season.  I happened to have family visiting this weekend and A LOT of shredded coconut in my cupboard so that combo led to the development of this delicious macaroni recipe for everyone to enjoy.  I "doubled" the chocolate factor by adding cocoa powder AND mini chocolate chips to give them a nice chocolatey kick.  These macaroons are gluten free, dairy free and nut free, so they are a great dessert for people with allergies. They are also reasonably low in sugar, carbs and calories so you you can keep the holiday eating guilt factor on low.  I hope you will give them a try and trim your table with some of these other yummy recipes from the awesome Recipe ReDux crew.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour (or oat flour if you are on a gluten free diet)
1-2 teaspoons cocoa powder 
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup liquid egg whites 
 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips ( I used Enjoy Life, which are soy and dairy free)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, coconut and cocoa powder in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, beat together the honey and egg whites   Slowly add the flour/coconut/cocoa mixture to the larger bowl with the egg whites and honey until thoroughly mixed. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop in small spoonfuls (using a scooper is helpful) onto greased cookie sheets and bake 15-17 minutes, until tops are firm and they are very lightly browned.

Makes about 15-16 cookies

Serving size: 1 cookie Calories 80 Protein 1 g Carb 8 g Fiber 1 g Sugars 6 g Fat 5 g Saturated fat 4.5 g Sodium 10 mg 

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