Recipes for Wellness

Attend a Cook’s Warehouse Class taught by an Emory Healthcare Registered Dietitian!

Meagan Moyer, RD/LD Emory Bariatric Center

Adapting a healthy lifestyle and enjoying tasty food can go hand-in-hand. Meagan Moyer, RD, LD, a Clinical Dietitian at the Emory Bariatric Center is here to show you how with solutions to your New Year’s resolutions!  Meagan will take crowd pleasing recipes and give them a makeover to cut out fat, calories and sodium without taking away any of the things that make them taste delicious.

Join her and find out how to:

  • Lower fat and calories without sacrificing flavor
  • “Sneak in” vegetables
  • Make your baked goods and desserts healthier

In addition to these tips and tricks, Meagan will also be passing out free recipe idea cards and Emory Healthcare measuring cups to take home with you! The class will be held January 15, 2014 from 7-9 pm at the Midtown location.  Visit www.cookswarehouse.com for more information and to register!

Infused Water Recipes: Hydrate & Improve Health!

Infused Water RecipesOne of the keys to preventing dehydration is drinking plenty of fluids, including water. This is especially important as the temperature and humidity rise in the summer months. While water is almost always the best drink choice, a lot of people complain that they get bored drinking plain water. While you can add purchased flavored drink mixes to water, you can also make your own flavored water by infusing it with different fruits and herbs.

Infusing water with a little flavor is really simple. Fill a pitcher with water, add thinly sliced fruits, herbs or spices, and chill in the refrigerator. You also can add sliced fresh fruit to a reusable water bottle. The combinations are endless. Some fruits work better than others. Berries tend to break down faster than hardier citrus fruits like lemons or limes. For stronger flavored water, prepare it a day ahead and keep it in the fridge overnight before drinking.

A great benefit of infusing water with fresh fruits, herbs, and spices is that you can get some added nutritional benefit. Lemons, lime, oranges, grapefruit and berries all are excellent sources of vitamin C. Fresh ginger and fresh mint are both refreshing flavorings as well as being good for upset stomachs.

Making your own flavored water is also a good way to avoid the unnecessary added sugars, preservatives or chemicals that often are added to drink mixes or commercially available flavored waters. Eager to get started? Check out the simple infused water recipes below!

Cucumber Infused Water

What you will need:

  • 1 cucumber
  • A strainer or cheese cloth
  • Water and ice

For a slightly flavored infused cucumber water, cut a cucumber up into small slices or chunks, add it to your water and cover and let sit in the fridge overnight. Strain the mixture before drinking.

For a more flavorful cucumber infused water, blend the cucumber and pour it into a strainer and let drip overnight. In the morning, mix the cucumber juice with a pitcher of water.

Grapefruit, Orange, and Lime Infused Water

What you will need:

  • 1/2 a grapefruit thinly sliced
  • 1 Orange thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a lime thinly sliced
  • A few mint sprigs (optional)
  • Water and Ice (1 quart)

Chill for a stronger flavor or serve right away for a nice light refreshment

Pineapple, Ginger and Mint Infused Water

Ingredients:

  • Pineapple slices (6-10)
  • Thinly sliced ginger (5 slices)
  • Mint leaves (14)
  • Ice and water (1 quart)

Chill for a stronger flavor or serve right away for a nice light refreshment

Fruit Infused Iced Tea

What you will need:

  • Fruit flavored herbal tea such as Celestial Seasonings Red or Lemon Zinger or Tazo Passion
  • Cubed Pineapple
  • Sliced Tangerines

Some infused water recipes sourced from: http://www.infusedwaterrecipes.com/

Super foods for a Super Diet!

Super foods are foods that are professed to help with weight maintenance, fight disease and live longer. Blueberries, kale, tomatoes, spinach, salmon, walnuts and tea have all topped the list of super foods.

It may seem overwhelming to include super foods in your everyday diet, but from looking at the list above, you might already be consuming super foods without knowing it. Many super foods—which have similar characteristics to those found in a variety of whole and fresh foods—are super rich in nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.

But be wary of foods labeled as “super foods.” Many health bars or energy bars that make such claims have instead been highly processed and fortified. Other items often have added sugars, saturated fat or sodium to make them taste better. As a general rule of thumb, if it’s processed, it’s not a super food.

Rather than focusing on increasing your intake of individual foods, focus instead on your total diet. Replace your breads and pasta with plenty of whole grains (high in fiber such as whole wheat bread, brown rice, and quinoa). Eat fruits and vegetables with most meals and for snacks because they are high in antioxidants and fiber. Eating foods that are naturally high in beneficial nutrients will help you have a Super Diet!

Below, we have provided one of our favorite recipes which includes a super food: salmon. We searched through several easy super food recipes and chose a baked salmon recipe to modify and help you kick start your Super Diet!

Super Food Recipe: Baked Salmon (adapted from allrecipes.com)
Parchment Baked Salmon Recipe
Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 25 mins
Serving size: ½ of recipe Makes 2 servings

Ingredients
1 (8 ounce) salmon filet olive oil cooking spray
¼ cup chopped basil leaves 1 lemon, thinly sliced
Pinch of salt & ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions

  1. Place an oven rack in the lowest position in oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Place salmon fillet with skin side down in the middle of a large piece of parchment paper; season with salt and black pepper. Cut 2 3-inch slits into the fish with a sharp knife. Stuff chopped basil leaves into the slits. Spray fillet with cooking spray and arrange lemon slices on top.
  3. Fold edges of parchment paper over the fish several times to seal into an airtight packet. Place sealed packet onto a baking sheet.
  4. Bake fish on the bottom rack of oven until salmon flakes easily and meat is pink and opaque with an interior of slightly darker pink color, about 25 minutes. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the fillet should read at least 145 degrees F. To serve, cut the parchment paper open and remove lemon slices before plating fish.

What’s your favorite super food? If you know of any super foods recipes that you love, or if you have a super food recipe of your own that you would like to share with us, feel free to leave it in the comment section below.

Author: Cecilia Batchelor, Emory Dietetic Intern

Diabetic-Friendly Recipes for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Diabetic Thanksgiving Recipes

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and with the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, Meagan Mohammadione, RD/LD of the Emory Bariatric Center has put together some tasty diabetic-friendly Thanksgiving recipes and menu items. After you check out her cranberry sauce and casserole recipes, make sure you take a look at the diabetic-friendly Crustless Pumpkin Pie recipe we shared earlier this week!

Diabetic Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Casserole Ingredients

- 4 medium sweet potatoes (approximately 2.5 pounds)
- 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
- ½ cup skim milk
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons orange zest
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt

Topping Ingredients

- ½ cup whole-wheat flour
- ½ cup Splenda®, granulated
- ¼ cup orange juice (100% juice)
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans

Directions

    Diabetic Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

  1. Peel sweet potatoes and place them in a large saucepan of boiling water. Cover and cook the sweet potatoes over medium heat for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. You will know that they are done when they are tender and soft to touch. Drain sweet potatoes and return them to the saucepan. Mash the sweet potatoes until smooth with a masher or electric mixer.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Use cooking spray to coat a 2-quart (approximately 8-inch) square baking dish.
  3. In a medium size bowl, whisk eggs, oil, and agave nectar. Mix in the mashed sweet potatoes. Stir in the milk, orange zest, vanilla extract and salt. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl, mix flour, Splenda®, orange juice, melted butter and pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potatoes in the baking dish.
  5. Bake uncovered for approximately 30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are heated through and the topping is golden brown in color. The casserole is best when served warm.

Diabetic Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

Diabetic Cranberry Sauce Recipe

- 1 cup Splenda®, granulated
- ½ cup water
- 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Directions

  1. Combine cornstarch and water in a medium saucepan until the cornstarch dissolves.
  2. Stir in cranberries, ginger, and orange zest and bring the mixture to a boil. Continue to stir constantly over medium-high heat.
  3. Once well mixed, reduce the heat to a simmer and add Splenda®. Let mixture simmer for five minutes or until cranberry skins begin to pop. You will know the sauce is done cooking when it is thick and appears gelatinous.
  4. Set the sauce aside to cool. Once it has cooled down, cover and chill the sauce for approximately 3 hours.

Diabetic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

Diabetic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

- 1 ½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 ½ cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 3 tablespoons of whole-wheat flour
- 1 can of fat-free low-sodium vegetable broth (approx. 15 ounces)
- ½ cup skim milk
- ¼ teaspoon of ground white pepper
- ½ cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
- Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the green beans in boiling water (it is best to cook them in a large saucepan) You will know that they are done when they are crisp and tender. Drain and set the green beans aside.
  3. Heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium heat in a nonstick saucepan. Sauté the mushrooms oil for approximately five minutes. They should be tender.
  4. Stir in the whole wheat flour and gradually add the vegetable broth. Continue to stir the mixture until it is thick.
  5. Gradually stir in the skim milk
  6. Once the mixture begins to bubble add the green beans, ground white pepper and salt.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quate baking dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  8. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the bread crumbs are golden brown.

 

If you give any of the recipes a try, or if you have other tasty diabetic-friendly Thanksgiving recipes to share, let us know in the comments below!

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Healthy Tailgating with 2 Better-for-You Superbowl Recipes

Meagan Mohammadione, RD/LD Emory Bariatric CenterNo matter which team you cheer for, there is one thing most of us will share in common — the traditional tailgating party grub. While a football game is a great time to spend time with loved ones and share in fun competitive camaraderie, the chances of overindulging from a nutritional standpoint are fairly good. Chips and dip, loaded baked potatoes, burgers and fries, you name it and it will probably be somewhere in the room on Sunday.

To help you steer your team of party goers in a healthy direction, below you’ll find two fantastic Super Bowl party recipes to incorporate into your festivities this weekend:

Healthier Buffalo Chicken Strips

This recipe packs in all that Buffalo wing flavor without the traditional Buffalo wing fat. Try these spicy chicken tenders marinated in buttermilk and hot sauce for a tasty, low fat crowd pleaser.

Buffalo Chicken Tenders Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips.
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together hot sauce and buttermilk until combined. In a large shallow dish, arrange chicken tenders in one layer. Top with hot sauce mixture and toss to coat chicken evenly. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • In a shallow dish, whisk egg whites until frothy. In another shallow bowl, combine flour, bread crumbs, paprika, cayenne and black pepper.
  • Dip chicken tenders in egg whites, then roll in bread crumb mixture to coat evenly, shaking off the excess. Arrange coated chicken tenders on wire rack on baking sheet. Lightly spray with canola oil cooking spray.
  • Bake for approximately 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, or until juices run clear. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 189
  • Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 66mg
  • Sodium: 365mg
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 34g

Healthier Veggie & Fruit Dip

Here’s a healthy dip alternative for your chips or veggies that can be turned into a fruit dip too!

Ingredients

  • 2 containers (16 oz. each) low fat cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped chives
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped basil
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • Black pepper, to taste

Preparation
Combine the first six ingredients and mix well. Add black pepper to taste.

Variation: Substitute the herbs and garlic for honey and cinnamon for a tasty fruit dip

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: ¼ cup
  • Calories: 70
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 6 mg
  • Sodium: 308 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Protein: 10 g

Enjoy football season this year! And whether or not your team wins, if you try out these recipes and think they’re winners, please let us know using the comments below!

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Cut Empty Calories from Your Thanksgiving Holiday Recipes

Holiday Recipe Nutrition Cutting CaloriesLet’s be honest. We all know we can overindulge during the holidays. Around Thanksgiving, especially, we’re so enticed by the variety of dishes and their endless quantities that we often forget what we’re really focusing on, our loved ones. In the spirit of the health and wellness of you and your family, we’re sharing with you a few ways you can cut unnecessary calories from your Thanksgiving menu, without cutting the flavor or fun!

Cutting Calories from Turkey & Meat Recipes

Your turkey doesn’t need a coating in a full tub of butter to be moist, nor does it require brining days in advance for flavor. The traditional turkey recipe packs in about 400 calories per serving.

If you swap out the brining process for a bit of white miso paste, and use a rub made mostly of olive oil, lemon juice and garlic, you’re looking to save about half the calories, but still maintain that savory depth of flavor.

The Web is full of tons of great recipes, try searching for thanksgiving turkey recipes with miso for some good ideas to start.

Cutting Calories from Mashed Potatoes & Side Recipes

In preparation for our healthy holiday eating web chat, we shared with you a post on modifying your mashed potato recipe with cauliflower. (Check out the post & recipe for more). If you don’t like the idea of mashed cauliflower, we have a few more options for you:

  • use your normal mashed potato recipe, but swap half the potatoes for cauliflower. With this method, you’ll keep that potato taste, but lighten up the recipe from both a texture and calorie standpoint.
  • cut extra fat by cutting half the butter. If you swap out at least half the butter of your normal recipe and swap it instead for low-fat sour cream, plain yogurt, or a combination of the two, you’ll eliminate extra fat and calories but keep that creamy texture you love!

Other Thanksgiving meal sides have room for substitution as well. Try incorporating long grain rice, nuts, and dried fruit into your stuffing recipe in exchange for some of its bread base. This is a great way to make the texture and flavor of your stuffing more interesting.

Cutting Calories from Pumpkin Pie & Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving favorite, and rightfully so. It’s a great seasonal recipe and a go-to Thanksgiving comfort food. What’s not so comforting, however, is the amount of bad fat in most pie crusts. Whether you’re using a store bought crust or a “standard” recipe, you can cut calories with just a few modifications to your pie crust.

There are lots of pie crust recipes online (like this one) that you can use, but try searching for crusts that replace the butter with low fat plain or vanilla yogurt instead of butter. You can also try adding some extra cinnamon to the mix for added flavor.

Beverages

Our best advice when it comes to Thanksgiving and your beverage selection? Unless it’s millk, don’t drink your calories. Eggnog and other similar heavy seasonal drinks add hundreds of calories to your menu. If you want room for dessert, skip the fancy drinks.

Chat with Us!

Holiday Nutrition Web Chat
Join Registered Dietitian from the Emory Bariatric Center, Meagan Mohammadione, on Thursday, November 10th, for an online chat about healthy holiday eating. She’ll be sharing lots of substitution ideas, recipe tips and ideas to help you enjoy your holiday favorites without all the guilt. You can ask Meagan as many or as few questions as you’d like and participation in the chat is completely free!

Practical Goals for Weight Loss

5 Tips for Practical Weight Loss

Weight-loss scams, crazed fashion diets, and countless pills have promised fast and simple ways to lose weight. In reality, the true foundation to successfully losing weight is developing a realistic and healthy program that fits your body and lifestyle. Here are five simple tips that can help you create practical weight loss goals for yourself.

1.   Commit to Your New Lifestyle

In order for you to successfully lose weight, you must be willing to devote your time as well as your effort. Changing your daily habits and sticking to a set plan takes a significant amount of energy, so make sure you are willing to commit yourself. Once you feel prepared and motivated, choose a date to start your program, and then begin!

2.   Establish Realistic Goals

One of the most important parts of dieting is to create attainable goals. First, determine a realistic target weight that you want to reach. According to Jennifer A. Linde, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Most clinicians would say goals of losing five to 10 percent [of your start weight] are achievable”. Second, be sensible about the frame of time you have given yourself. Linde states that, “A realistic goal is losing 1 to 2 pounds a week to stay healthy”. By planning to lose weight slowly and healthily, you will develop new lifestyle habits and be more likely to maintain them.

3.   Make Healthier Food Choices

Now that you have set realistic goals for yourself, you can begin your weight loss program. Start by evaluating your style of eating and determine what you can change. As you begin to alter your eating habits, keep in mind that you should lower your daily caloric intake, but still eat foods that you find satisfying. One tip is to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and make sure to eat a hearty breakfast every morning.

4.   Get Active!

Along with eating right, exercising is another key component to weight loss. In order to effectively shed pounds, you must burn more calories than you consume. While it is possible to lose weight without physical activity, exercising can burn some calories that simply can’t be dissolved by dieting. The amount of calories burned through exercise depends on the intensity, frequency and duration of the physical activity. Try thinking of new ways to be active rather than just hitting the gym. Creativity counts!

5.   Stay Motivated

Losing weight can be a long process, but the most important thing is to stick with your new lifestyle. Find different ways to motivate yourself, whether it is through a supportive group of friends or an exciting reward at weight loss checkpoints. Staying positive is essential, and having compassion for yourself is key. Tell yourself you can, and will, obtain your weight loss goals and create a new lifestyle for yourself through hard work and perseverance.

 

Choose My Plate – A Better Guide to Eating Well

Does the original, triangular food guide pyramid confuse you? Do you find its design to be archaic and unhelpful in maintaining a healthy diet? If so, you’re in luck! This past June, the United States Department of Agriculture along with Michelle Obama, created a new nutritional guide. They abandoned the outdated pyramid model, and introduced the modernized, circular “MyPlate”. In hopes of further combating obesity, Mrs. Obama stated that the MyPlate is a “quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating”.

The MyPlate design is significantly different than those of past food guides. Split into four sections, the MyPlate provides a space for fruits, vegetables, grains and protein. At the top corner of the plate sits a smaller circle, providing a space for dairy products. The concept is simply this: If a plate of food resembles the circular MyPlate symbol, then it is a healthy, acceptable meal.

According to officials, the plan to introduce and explain the new dietary guidelines to consumers will involve numerous campaigns. The first half of the campaign will push consumers to consume “half-a-plate size” portions of fruits and vegetables, and to enjoy their meals but eat less. As time progresses, officials will slowly begin to educate people about the negatives of oversized portions, and the importance of drinking water.

Only time will tell how consumers will receive the MyPlate campaign and the nutritional values that support it. With a refined model that is more straightforward and easy to understand, MyPlate will hopefully encourage people to think about the food they are eating, and improve their diet. While the new guidelines are not perfect, they are a significant improvement to the past two food pyramids. So next time you are struggling to find a healthy meal, think back to the new food chart, and make yourself a MyPlate.

Interested in learning more about MyPlate? Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more information.

 

Join Emory Bariatric Surgeon in Recipes for Wellness


Board-certified Emory bariatric surgeon Jahnavi Srinivasan, M.D., joins New York Times best-selling author Carolyn O’Neil in Emory’s Recipes for Wellness nutrition series.

Each Recipes for Wellness cooking segment focuses on a nutritious, delicious recipe that is as good to eat as it is good for you. In this segment, bariatric surgeon Dr. Srinivasan helps prepare super simple No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bars. These easy-to-make bars can be combined with milk and fruit for a quick breakfast or by themselves as an afternoon snack.