All Posts By Dana Angelo White

6 Healthier Treats for Halloween

by in Healthy Tips, October 27, 2015

Want to dish out some healthier Halloween treats? Here are six smart ideas that the kiddos won’t egg your house over.

Popcorn

Give out a whole-grain snack that all kids adore. Make or buy small bags of air-popped popcorn that’s plain or lightly seasoned. If you really want to get creative, give out tiny sachets of popcorn kernels tied to paper bags for DIY microwave popcorn goodie bags.

Fruit Juice Gummies

Look for brands of gummy candy made without high-fructose corn syrup. Some are even made with a small amount of fruit juice. Don’t get too excited; these chewy treats still aren’t great for teeth and should be consumed in moderation. Check out brands like YumEarth Organics, Surf Sweets and Annie’s.

Homemade Lollipops

Make your own lollipops with 100 percent fruit juice. Here’s a quick and easy recipe.

Pretzel Dippers

Justin’s brand recently came out with single-serving packs of gluten-free pretzel sticks with chocolate hazelnut spread or almond butter for dipping. They also make a line of decadent organic peanut butter cups. Since these products are made with nuts, consider an alternative for trick-or-treaters with nut allergies.

Dark Chocolate

For a more traditional option, give out bite-sized pieces of dark chocolate; they are often smaller and lower in sugar than typical Halloween-sized candy bars. Dove Promises come individually wrapped and portion controlled, with fewer than 45 calories per piece.

Skip Food Altogether

Kid favorites like stickers, cookie cutters and temporary tattoos are always popular, and any leftovers will keep well for next year. Consider replacing some or all of the edible items with these types of treats.

 

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

The (New) Science Behind Protein Intake

by in Healthy Tips, October 22, 2015

As a sports dietitian, I am often asked by athletes and exercise enthusiasts, “How much protein do I need?” But simply suggesting a daily total number of grams of protein per day is not enough. Plus, it’s hard to make sense of the all the conflicting info out there on protein intake and muscle protein synthesis (aka muscle building).

At the recent Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Nashville, Blake Rasmussen, Ph.D., from the University of Texas discussed some of the latest science on protein. Here is some insight on how much protein you should be eating, which foods are best, and guidelines for when to eat them.

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Beyond Apple Pie Desserts

by in Healthy Recipes, October 21, 2015

Baked Apples

There’s certainly nothing wrong with this classic American dessert, but if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, here are eight apple-rific ideas.

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Budget-Friendly Shopping: Bulk vs. Packaged Grains

by in Healthy Tips, October 14, 2015

Whole-grain options have come a long way! Now some of the more obscure varieties are easier to find in stores and online. Many of these grains are available for purchase in bulk and packaged, but which is a better deal? We did some investigating. Read more

Homemade Fast-Food Alternatives for Kids

by in Healthy Recipes, October 12, 2015

French Fries

Are your kids big fans of fast food? Try these healthy, homemade and kid-friendly alternatives. Read more

Managing Food Allergies at School

by in Healthy Tips, October 5, 2015

Do you struggle with what to pack for snacks and lunches in a nut-free school zone? Here are some practical tips to help make it easier. Read more

Order This, Not That: Olive Garden

by in Dining Out, October 4, 2015

Are you a fan of this Italian chain? Find out which menus item to choose and which ones you should say arrivederci to! Read more

Do You Need a High-Speed Blender?

by in Healthy Tips, September 28, 2015

Are you tempted to buy a high-speed blender but apprehensive about making the financial commitment? We don’t blame you. Here are five questions to ask yourself before you make the investment. Read more

Order This, Not That: The Melting Pot

by in Dining Out, September 27, 2015

Got fondue on your mind? Check out our list of do’s and don’ts before your next trip to this ever-popular chain. Read more

The Wild Side of Blueberries

by in Healthy Tips, September 20, 2015

 On a recent sponsored trip to coastal Maine, I was fortunate enough to tour the magnificent wild blueberry barrens and get down and dirty with this native North American berry. Read more