Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Recipe Round Up



Being that Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I thought I'd share some of my favorite recipes that make delicious treats for this special day... try one of them as a yummy and healthy alternative for your loved one!






























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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

In the News: The Mediterranean Diet May Protective Developing ADHD



It seems like the more and more research exploring the benefits of the Mediterranean diet is released daily!!  And now a new study has indicated that lower adherence to this diet may be positively associated with an increase in ADHD diagnosis amongst children and adolescents.

It was a case controlled study which involved 120 children and adolescents (60 were controls and 60 were previously diagnosed with ADHD). "Energy, dietary intake, adherence to a Mediterranean diet, and familial background were measured. Logistic regression was used to determine associations between the adherence to a Mediterranean diet and ADHD" per the research published in Pediatrics.  Lower adherence to a Mediterranean diet was associated with ADHD diagnosis and remained significant after adjusting for potential confounders. The factors that were associated with a ADHD diagnosis were less consumption of fruit, vegetables, pasta, and rice and higher frequency of skipping breakfast and eating at fast-food restaurants, along with high consumption of sugar, candy, cola beverages, and noncola soft drinks as well as low consumption of fatty fish. The researchers admitted that although this study does not establish causation it does warrant more research looking into the potential effects of consuming the Mediterranean diet with respect to development of ADHD.

Check out the study HERE

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Creative Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies




Check out this article I wrote for the Fit4D blog about ways to get more fruit and veggies in your daily diet!! Click HERE to read.


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Recipe Redux Post # 54: Kicked Up Tomato Soup



My challenge for Recipe ReDux this January was to create a “budget friendly” entrĂ©e that costs less than $3.00/serving.  I thought this was a great idea and brought Gabby in on the task so she could learn about the cost of ingredients in addition to helping me in the kitchen.  When I think of cost friendly, I think of canned ingredients so we looked in our pantry to see what we had.  Being that’s its been cold and rainy lately we thought a soup recipe would be in order and got to work combining what staples we had on hand.  We decided to do a kicked up tomato soup that actually included adding refried beans, corn, chili powder and cumin for some flair.  It was super easy to make and…..costs only roughly $ 1.00 per serving!!  You can add left over chicken or more beans  (like whole pinto or black) if you want to increase the protein and can garnish it with low fat cheese or sour cream as well. We hope you will try it along with the other budget friendly recipes from the Recipe ReDux group.



Ingredients:

32 ounces of vegetable broth
One 16 ounce can of corn  
One 16 ounce can of refried beans
One 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin


Directions:

Add all ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer (stirring occasionally) until warmed though and beans are uniformly mixed in, about 10 minutes. 

Makes about 12 cups, six servings

Serving size: 2 cups Calories 140 Protein 6 g Carb 24 g Fiber 7 g Sugars 19 g Fat 4.5 g Saturated fat 0.5 g Sodium 800 mg


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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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