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Healthy Habits Start at Home

by: Jillian Ouhrabka, MS ,RD, LDN, CHC

Attention Parents! Do you have a picky eater or worry what your child is or is not eating? Well, help your child learn how to eat right, you are your child’s first teacher and they follow your example. This means your child picks up on all your habits and behaviors (good and bad)! 

 You are their role model and they want to be like you

 They will copy what they see you (the parent) do

 If you do or don’t try a food, they likely will too

 If you eat healthily, they will too!

Set a Good Example

  • Try new foods: If you try it, your child is more likely to too!
  • Keep introducing new foods: It often takes children about 11 times of seeing a new food before he/she will even attempt to try it. Don’t make a fuss if your child does not try it, just offer it and let them do the rest! 
  • Eat meals together and SIT down:
    • Use meal time to catch up on everyone’s day and be a family
    • Even if your child does not want to eat, have them sit at the table until everyone else is done and the meal is over (often times kids think if they don’t eat they can go play, breaking that notion will help them realize meal time is important)
  • Turn off distractions
    • This means television, cell phones, and video games
  • Shop, Cook, and Bake together
    • At the store, let your child pick out some new fruit or vegetables to try
    • Your child will be more likely to try new foods if they are involved in making them
  • Keep it positive
    • Avoid making faces at food or judging it before you eat it
    • If your child does not want to eat it, don’t force it-then food starts to become about control or lack there of

Your job is to provide healthy, nutritious food for your child, their job is to listen to their body and determine what they want and how much!

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Why I love Bananas

Composed of about 93% carbohydrate and about 100 calories, a medium size banana is a versatile, nutrient dense, delicious snack at any time!

A banana will provide you with essential nutrition including:

  • Carbohydrates for energy
  • Vitamin A, and C, a whole bunch of B vitamins
  • 2 to 3 grams protein
  • Prebiotics: Prebiotics are needed to help probiotics (the good kind of bacteria) grow and promote a healthy digestive system
  • Potassium to help protect against high blood pressure
  • Tryptophan, serotonin, norepinephrine each of which cab help prevent and improve depression
  • Bananas can also help alleviate heart burn by suppressing acid in digestion

How can you add more banana into your day?

  • Add a banana to:
    • A fruit smoothie
    • Pancakes
    • Salad
    • Peanut butter sandwich
    • Bowl of cereal or Greek Yogurt
  • Add a little peanut butter to a banana to give you essential protein and energy prior to your workout

    • This is an easily digestible snack
    • With less fiber than other fruits, bananas will not cause you intestinal distress during your workout

Do you have a creative way to incorporate more fruit into your diet? Let us know at info@restorativenutritionri.com .

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Open Faced Hummus and Turkey Sandwich

Use your thanksgiving leftovers in a creative, healthy, delicious way!

Servings: 4, Preparation: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

  1. ½ cup hummus
  2. 1 avocado sliced
  3. 4 slices multigrain bread toasted
  4. 1 large tomato, cut into 8 slices
  5. 4 romaine lettuce leaves
  6. 8 strips of sliced turkey
  7. Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Toast multigrain bread
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of hummus to each slice of bread
  3. Layer 1 lettuce leave on top of hummus on each slice of bread
  4. Top each lettuce leave with 2 slices of turkey
  5. Top the turkey with 2 slices of avocado and tomato, and a pinch of pepper to taste
  6. Enjoy!
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Take advantage of berries this summer!

Berries are a delicious, low calorie, high fiber snack that contains many vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body’s healthy function. With such a variety of berries there is a type for everyone to enjoy- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and blackberries to name a few!

 Health Benefits of Berries

Berries are a good source of antioxidants and offer a variety of health benefits.

  • Berries contain phytochemicals and flavonoids which have been shown to help prevent some types of cancer
  • Cranberries can help prevent bladder infections
  • Blueberries help promote healthy vision with the lutein they contain

Where can I get berries?

Summer is a great time to enjoy berries- they are in season and so taste very fresh! They are widely available during summer months:

  • Berries are typically less expensive at the supermarket since they are in sease
  • If you can’t afford to buy fresh berries look in the frozen food section and buy frozen berries (just avoid added sugar and/or syrups)
  • Local farmers markets are a great place to buy berries and get to know your farmers!

How can I eat more berries?

Simply start adding them to foods you already enjoy eating, or get creative with new healthy dessert ideas:

  • Add blueberries to cereal and oatmeal
  • Slice raspberries and strawberries into yogurt
  • Blueberry pancakes and muffins are always a hit!
  • Serve mixed berries (pick whichever combination you like) as dessert with a little low fat whip cream instead of sweets
  • Add some raspberries to your favorite white wine
  • Dress up a salad with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries (add some walnuts to your salad to get more heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid)
  • Offer berries as a snack to your kids- get them involved with picking berries at a local farm or try growing some yourself!

 Nutrition Information for berries:

  • 1 cup of strawberries has only 54 calories and contains vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, folate and potassium
  • 1 cup of blueberries has only 83 calories and contains vitamin C, minerals and phytochemicals
  •  1 cup of raspberries has only about 64 calories and contains vitamin C and potassium
  • 1 cup of cranberries has only 44 calories and contains vitamin C, minerals and phytochemicals

 With so many reasons to eat berries, which is your favorite?

glutenfree

How to be Gluten Free

There are many reason’s people are going gluten free including many health related reasons.

What is gluten free?

A gluten-free diet is one that excludes gluten.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in grains and grain products including wheat, barley, rye, and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). If you have Celiac’s disease, eating gluten causes the small intestines to become inflamed thus eating a gluten-free diet will help with symptoms associated with inflammation of the small intestine.

How do I eat gluten free?

When you start eating gluten free it can be difficult but the more you follow the diet, read food labels, and learn the foods you can eat the easier the diet will be. A gluten free diet should include:

  • All fruits and vegetables
  • Fresh meat and protein including beef, poultry, fresh eggs, fish, and nuts in their natural unprocessed form
  • Most low fat dairy products
  •  Beans, and seeds
  • Grains: There are many grains that are allowed on a gluten free diet including: Amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn and cornmeal, flax, gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean), hominy (corn), millet, quinoa, rice, sorghum, soy, tapioca, and teff.

Tips for eating gluten free:

  • Make sure to get enough vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, calcium, fiber, and B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate) you will want to eat a variety of different foods
  • Start to read food labels, and ingredient lists to make sure those foods are not processed or mixed with gluten containing grains, additives, or preservatives
  • Start trying and comparing products to see which ones you like and will fit into your diet the best!
  • Take this new diet as a way to find new foods you never would have tried, get creative!
  • When cooking, baking, or ordering out do not bread foods or order breaded items as these may have gluten in them
  • Look for gluten free foods in your supermarket, and talk to your grocer about which gluten-free grains they offer
  • Most of the grain cereals and containers have recipes on them- try to incorporate a new recipe into your meal planning!

How do I avoid gluten?

To avoid gluten, avoid eating:

  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Triticale
  • Wheat
  • Bulgur
  • Durum flour
  • Semolina

Unless the following products are labeled “gluten-free” and you verify this by checking the ingredient label you will want to avoid:

  • Beer
  • Bread
  • Cakes and pies
  • Candy
  • Certain cereals
  • Cookies
  • Crackers, and croutons
  • Gravy, soy sauce, and food cooked in sauces
  • Pasta
  • Seasoned snack foods including potato and tortilla chips
  • Oats: You can eat oats however they are often times contaminated with wheat during growing and processing and for this reason it is safest to avoid oats

Maintaining a healthy weight

Many people struggle to maintain a healthy weight when on a gluten free diet. To help promote a healthy weight:

  • Eat regular meals and snacks
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Watch portion sizes
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Stay within your calorie goal
  • Stay hydrated

The bottom line with weight gain is that if you are eating more calories than you need/ use, you will gain weight.

Following a gluten-free diet should not cause you to gain weight; you just can’t eat a lot of the high fiber foods that are typically recommended for weight management. Fruits and vegetables are gluten free and low calorie so enjoy these often!  Focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet and living an active lifestyle!

How can I get help or learn more?

If you have recently been diagnosed with Celiac’s disease, gluten intolerance, or have been told to follow a gluten free diet, contact us today! We will give you the nutrition education needed to follow this diet, meal plans, and make recommendations specific to your individual needs. Contact us today: info@restorativenutritionri.com

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The Importance of Snacking

Many people confuse snacks with treats but they are very different!

  • Snacks should be eaten regularly to help you get in your daily nutrition
  • Treats are part of a healthy, well balanced diet but should be consumed less frequently than snacks- eaten in moderation

Ideally you should start each day with breakfast, then have a snack, eat lunch, have a snack, eat dinner, and have a snack.

Benefits of snacking

There are many nutrition and health related benefits associated with snacking. Snacking benefits adults as well as children.  Some great benefits of snacking include:

  • Eat more to weight less:Eating small, frequent meals will help you eat less throughout the day which helps promote a healthy weight
  • Eat every 2-3 hours: Eating every few hours helps keep blood sugar stable which helps you avoid extreme hunger and helps you stay in control so you can make healthy choices and avoid sugar cravings from getting too hungry
  • Increase energy: If you are eating every 2-3 hours you are also keeping your blood sugar levels stable.  Stable blood sugar means your energy level will stay steady. If you don’t eat your energy level falls and you get tired, snacking helps keep you energized
  • Increase nutrition: Snacking is a great opportunity to get more essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrition into your diet! Since you are eating more often you can include a greater variety of healthy foods into your diet
  • Improved concentration: Snacking between meals improves concentration, focus, and performance at work and at school.

What is a healthy snack?

A healthy snack should ideally consist of a carbohydrate, protein, and healthy fat. Don’t be afraid of eating fat! Fat is what helps us feel full and satisfied after eating so we are less likely to overeat. You do want to choose healthy fats such as those found in olive oil, fish, nuts, and low fat dairy products. Choose a snack that is about 100 to 200 calories (depending on your specific needs) and aim to eat it between bigger meals.

What are some examples of healthy snacks?

  • Low fat cottage cheese (protein and fat source) with cubed melon (carbohydrate source)
  • Peanut butter (protein and fat source) on whole wheat crackers (carbohydrate source) or a sliced apple (carbohydrate source)
  • Low fat Greek yogurt (protein and fat source) with high fiber cereal (carbohydrate source) sprinkled in
  • Mixed berries (carbohydrate source) with sliced almonds (protein and fat source)

The bottom line:

  • Snacking improves overall nutrition status, energy levels and concentration, and helps you eat less!
  • The ideal snack should be about 150 calories (depending on your individual needs) and composed of a carbohydrate, protein, and healthy fat!