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Light & Healthy Recipes with Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs >

On 07.25.2013 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

If you’re a fan of nutrition for health, you may want to check out the new Light & Healthy recipes in the Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs Recipe Center. Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, the Safest Choice team has developed this special group of safe egg recipes especially for your healthy diet. Nutrition Guidance The USDA has been releasing nutrition guidance for Americans in the form of Dietary Guidelines since 1980. “Poor diet and physical inactivity are the most important factors contributing to an epidemic of overweight and obesity in this country,” according to the USDA. They say, “Diet and physical inactivity are associated with major causes of morbidity and mortality. These include cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some types Read More >

A Great Year for Nutrition >

On 03.25.2013 by Susan Burke March

What a great time it is to be a registered dietitian!  As of March 13th, which was the 6th Annual Registered Dietitian Day, we can also add the word “Nutritionist” to our title, to reflect the emphasis on how registered dietitians, in addition to the providers of medical nutrition therapy, are fundamentally involved in promoting wellness and teaching Americans how to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. National Nutrition Month® is the yearly celebration of our profession as well as our passion.  Each March our parent organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, chooses a theme that emphasizes the importance that food plays in our lives and our health.  Some of my favorite previous themes were 1991’s “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle”, 2007’s “100% Fad Free”, Read More >

An Egg a Day – Safe for Your Health >

On 02.26.2013 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

Does eating eggs increase your risk for heart disease or stroke? The answer from a large-scale analysis of decades’ worth of data is: No. "Higher consumption of eggs (up to one egg per day) is not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease or stroke," explain researchers in a study just published in the British Medical Journal. Public confusion about eggs and heart disease may stem from the fact that an egg contains cholesterol. However, research continues to demonstrate that diet does not necessarily raise blood cholesterol or lead to heart disease. Explain the researchers, "Dietary cholesterol has only a modest contribution to plasma concentrations of LDL [‘bad’] cholesterol." Why this egg study is unique Unlike individual, small-scale studies about eggs and cardiac wellness, Read More >

It’s February: Love Your Heart >

On 02.05.2013 by Susan Burke March

February is American Heart Month As usual, when beginning to write my blog for Safest Choice Eggs, I spend some time just thinking about my topic.  It’s so interesting to examine some cultural habits and understand the how and why we take some things for granted.  So, why is February designated as American Heart Month?  Some have suggested that Valentine’s Day is on February 14th, and this holiday is associated with romance and “affairs of the heart.” The American Heart Month is a National Observance created in 1986, when the American Heart Association first worked with Congress to address the growing epidemic of heart disease and to “urge the people of the United States to recognize the nationwide problem of heart disease and blood vessel Read More >

Trying To Lose Weight? Lighten Up With Eggs! >

On 01.23.2013 by Susan Burke March

When you think eggs, think satiety, and feeling satiated helps you achieve your weight loss goal.  As usual, I like to explore the meaning of words, and this month, satiety provokes my interest.  To be satiated means to be full, to be satisfied completely, usually related to food, and eating eggs are a smart strategy to achieve that goal. Weight is just a number on the scale, but how you get to weight loss makes a big difference in whether or not you can stay at your goal permanently.  I always like to say that all “diets’ work”…in terms of reducing calories and increasing activity. But, what you do to reduce those calories can make a big difference in maintaining your goal weight. If you Read More >

Snack Swap >

On 01.14.2013 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

Swap sneaky snacks for smart ones, and balance your breakfast, too! If, like many, you’re into a low-calorie eating routine for the New Year, you’re probably on the hunt for healthy breakfasts and snacks. Something you can graze on without the guilt. The tick list? Low-calorie, high in protein, and satisfying. Certain power foods come to mind: Instant oatmeal. Protein bars. 100-calorie snack packs. What’s the tradeoff? Sometimes it’s sugar. Or sodium. Sometimes you have to dilute the protein and forgo the wholesome flavor of natural foods. Instant oatmeal A typical instant oatmeal snack is only 150 calories. But it’s also 15 grams of sugar. Try microwaving 1/3 cup of old-fashioned oats with water for the same convenience — 4 minutes for one serving — Read More >

Four Egg Myths Cracked by a Registered Dietitian >

On 11.26.2012 by Susan Burke March

It’s great to look at myths about food, and learn truths! When I have to come up with a solution to a problem, I first deconstruct the question carefully. Sometimes just thinking about the meaning of words serves to uncover my own preconceived notions that may be interfering with my progress toward resolution. When speaking with my clients about making positive weight-wise changes, I often find this same type of thinking. Often, it’s grounded in tradition. Traditions are nice, but they’re not always healthy, right?  For example, my grandmother, a wonderful woman…generous to a fault, but everything she cooked she finished with a chunk of butter.  She’d steam green beans…fresh, crisp, brightly colored, just perfectly done. They’d be marvelous all on their own, with a Read More >

Breakfast: Boost Your Second Meal Effect >

On 11.26.2012 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

Mom’s longstanding advice to eat breakfast just got a little more punch. It seems a healthy breakfast optimizes metabolism and health in even more ways than we knew. We’ve always recognized that breakfast enhances concentration and energy levels. And, we already know eggs in the morning can help you lose weight by reducing the hunger hormone, ghrelin. Breakfast-skippers overeat Now, there’s even more breakfast news. Brain scans of people who skip breakfast—compared with those who eat it—show that breakfast-skippers are more likely to succumb to high-calorie foods. It all happens in the orbitofrontal cortex, a part of the brain that processes the reward value of food. The upshot: Skipping breakfast triggers the brain to make you overeat. One more reason to eat breakfast. The second Read More >

You Can’t Eggs-aggerate the Benefits of Eggs! >

On 11.09.2012 by Susan Burke March

I love to think about words.  Changing how you interpret common words offers insight into a new way of thinking.  Exaggerate means to represent (something) as being larger, greater, better, or worse than it really is. As a registered dietitian and one who’s radar is always in the ‘on’ position in terms of food marketing awareness, I rarely say “bad” or “good” when discussing food.  Don’t give human characteristics to food: label food factually and take the emotional quotient off the table.  A food can be high in fat, or low in sugar, etc. People definitely may be ‘bad’ or ‘good’ but food…well, food consists of nutrients…protein, carbohydrate, fat.  There are good and bad choices to be made in terms of health.  Refined carbs from Read More >

Five Convenient, Fast and Healthy Snack Ideas >

On 08.20.2012 by Debbie Rayhab

In my last post I mentioned that snacks mean different things to different people.  Snacking is paramount in my house, as a working mother of four that needs to juggle multiple sporting events, three words fit in my vocabulary of snacks: Convenient, Fast and Healthy!  A healthy snack is a win-win situation for everyone. Here are a couple of my personal favorites: Hard Cooked Eggs or Hard-boiled – True, we offer hard-boiled eggs but how you can you argue? Packed with protein, over 13 vitamins and minerals.  And here is the biggie; one hard cooked egg is only 70 calories. Wow. This puts the 100 calorie snack into perspective. Check out our smoky deviled egg recipe for a great way to spice up your hard Read More >