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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, April 24, 2014

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In this week’s news: Mondays are the new January 1; “sad desk lunch” is no way to live; and salt gets a sprinkling of controversy.

T.G.I. … Monday?
New Year’s Day is notorious for being the time for all kinds of resolutions we know we’ll break (or simply ignore). Now, a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that we treat Monday like a weekly January first. Cue Twilight Zone music. When researchers looked at health-related Google queries from 2004 to 2012, they found a consistent spike on Mondays and Tuesdays, followed by a steady decline through the rest of the week — and finished off with a big plunge on Saturday. Enter the Monday Campaigns, an initiative put forth by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. To date, they’ve been keeping the Internet abuzz with Meatless Monday, now practiced in 31 countries worldwide. But there’s more to come, say the seize-the-Monday folks. Expect to see campaigns like Monday 2000, which encourages people to balance out their daily calorie counts, and a child-friendly Kids Cook Monday.

Step. Away. From. Your. Desk.
Did you know that 65 percent of Americans eat lunch at their desks or don’t take a break? Or that people who eat at their desks tend to eat more calories and snacks than those who eat out? Probably. Or you could have guessed. But don’t let that stop you from watching the hilarious new video from James Hamblin, MD, The Atlantic’s online health editor: “Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die?” The title speaks for itself, and if you like the video, check out Buzzfeed’s take. They made “the most delightful MD ever” into a gif.

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Make Your Own Lunch Kit

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, August 31, 2013

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Say sayonara to store-bought lunch kits! These DIY versions will make your kid the envy of the lunchroom.

Nutrition Facts
Pre-packaged lunch kits sure seem convenient, but the quality of the food is subpar at best. Popular options include crackers and processed meats and cheeses, coupled with sugary drinks and cookies. The calorie counts vary from 300 to 450 per serving, with 8 to 20 grams and fat, plus 30 to 40 percent of an adult’s sodium needs for the entire day. What’s even more disturbing is the staggeringly long list of ingredients, usually chock-full of preservatives.

Packing Up
Bento-style containers make homemade lunch kits a breeze. Compartments keep food fresh and allow little fingers to snatch up and assemble their favorites. Most set-ups retail for $15 to $25 each at Pottery Barn Kids and Laptop Lunches. Resealable plastic bags and small plastic containers can also get the job done.

Getting Fresh
Here are 5 fresh lunch combos that keep the menu fun and healthy.

  • Thick-sliced roasted turkey, cheese cubes, edamame and yogurt-dipped pretzels (above)
  • Greek yogurt, fresh berries, granola and carrot sticks
  • Grilled chicken, tortilla chips, black bean salsa and broccoli florets
  • Mini PB &J, whole wheat pretzels and grapes
  • Pasta salad, green beans and apple

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. See Dana’s full bio »

Mini Quinoa and Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

by in Uncategorized, September 10, 2012

stuffed mushrooms
These tender mushrooms and their protein-packed quinoa stuffing aren’t just for grown ups, kids will love them too — those with adventurous palates anyway.  They’re the perfect on-the-go snack for when you’re stuck on the soccer field watching games or running errands. And the best part? They’ll last up to 4 days in your fridge in a sealed container so make a batch early in the week and keep them on-hand for busy times when you need a snack. Either way your family is sure to enjoy these bite-sized nibbles.

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Modernize Your Bagged Lunch

by in Back to School, September 7, 2012

lentil quinoa salad
With back-to-school season in full swing, talk of bagged lunches is a regular most mom-groups. As many of us do, we put more time into our kids and what they are eating and let our own diets fall by the wayside. Well, bagged lunches are not just for little ones. Planning and packing your own lunch is a sure-fire way to control the types of foods you are eating and the portion size. If you’re like me, you might need a little motivation. When my work-out gets dull a new sports bra or pair of sneaks often does the trick. Next thing you know I go from barely running a block to feeling like I could run a marathon with my new kicks on.

So, here are some really fun lunch-packing goodies to get you motivated to join the brown-bag movement. Hey, a few of these items may appeal to your kids as well and get them psyched about that extra piece of fruit or healthier snack you packed for them!

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10 Fresh Brown-Bag Lunches for Kids

by in Back to School, August 27, 2012

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Don’t let packing back-to-school lunches stress you out; we’ve got 10 fun and fresh ideas the kiddies will gobble up.

Safety First
Start by ensuring your little ones’ lunches are safe from food germs. Here are our food safety tips for packing kids’ lunches.

1.) Yogurt Parfait
Pack up yogurt, with small containers of fresh fruit and granola for crunch, and let kids layer them at lunchtime. Or try making the parfait ahead of time in a screw-top jar for a fun and healthy on-the-go lunch.

Regular or Greek? Find out which yogurt wins our Food Fight

2.) Quesadillas
Give grilled cheese a makeover! Combine whole-grain tortillas, veggies and cheese. Melt in the microwave, slice, and voila – excellent finger food hot or cold.

Get more quesadilla recipe ideas

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Get Your Plate in Shape: Lunch

by in Healthy Recipes, March 15, 2012
peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Pack a lunch that meets the MyPlate guidelines.

We’re continuing our celebration of National Nutrition Month; last week we gave you breakfast options that follow the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines; now on to lunch.

The Guidelines
The guidelines for lunch are pretty similar to breakfast. You want to make sure half of your plate is filled with fruit and veggies, ¼ with grains and ¼ with lean protein. Although the MyPlate photo shows milk as a side beverage, it’s not a must at every meal. You can get in your dairy in the form of low-fat or nonfat cheese or yogurt too.

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Whole-Grain Wrap Taste Test

by in Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, February 4, 2012

whole grain wraps
Wraps are a fun alternative to sandwiches. Curious to which are the healthiest and tastiest? Find out how 5 popular flour tortillas (a.k.a. wraps) fared in our taste test.

Seek and You’ll Find
After asking our Facebook fans their favorite brands, we sought out to add them to our taste test. However, finding popular brands was not as easy as we originally thought—and we learned that wraps are found in MANY locations throughout the market. When looking for wraps, check the deli counter, commercial bread aisle and the Mexican food aisle. If that doesn’t work, ask the store manager. At one supermarket, they stored some wraps next to the raw meat (that just screams food safety issue to me).

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Brown-Bag Challenge: Hot Food Containers

by in Uncategorized, September 26, 2011

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Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

A few weeks ago, we brought you a list of the latest and greatest lunchboxes so those of you participating in the Brown-Bag Challenge could bring your lunch to work in style. But with the arrival of cool fall temperatures, soups and hot dishes are going to start making appearances. We’ve got the best in hot food containers so you can plan for warm meals with no worries.

Bringing fresh vegetables to work just got easier thanks to the Aladdin Collapsible Steamer Set (above). No need to reheat soggy veggies when you can steam fresh ones at work instead. Just add three tablespoons of water and your raw vegetables microwave for three minutes and viola you’ve got a fresh, delicious lunch. Clean-up is just as easy: wash, collapse and store.

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Brown-Bag Challenge Day 16: Burritos

by in Uncategorized, September 23, 2011
burrito
Burrito, unwrapped.

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

There’s a Chipotle right near my office. I could walk over there, order a vegetarian burrito and be back at work, ready to eat in under a half-hour. For $8.50, I could have myself one tortilla, filled with rice, beans, salsa, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. Then the next day, I’d have to go back, there or someplace else, to spend another few dollars on another lunch. Over the course of a week or a month, dining out like this gets pretty expensive. But I really like burritos.

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5 Ways to Cut 100 Calories: Sandwiches

by in Cut 100 Calories, September 20, 2011
making a sandwich
Cut (at least!) 100 calories from your lunch by making some easy sandwich swaps.

Packing your own lunch can save money and calories. Here are 5 ways to cut 100 calories when you pack up sandwiches.

Sandwich 1Tuna, Chicken or Egg Salad
Pitfall: Too much mayo
Smarter Sandwiches: Each tablespoon of mayo has 90 calories. These salad options can be nutritious and high in protein, but you need to watch the fat. Trim these salads by down-sizing the scoops of mayo or replacing half with nonfat Greek yogurt like in this recipe for 5-ingredient chicken salad.

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