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Skinny Dipping: Increasing Fruit & Veggie Consumption with Dip >

On 10.17.2014 by Katie Clay

You may remember, like I do, being told repeatedly as a child to “eat your fruits and vegetables.” Some of us might remember sitting at the dinner table until our eyes closed and we fell asleep with our face in the Brussel sprouts. Long gone are those days but the goal of getting children to eat their vegetables is still an important one. Today only one in five US children get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. So how do we change that? I think there might be an opportunity in the fact that snacking among children has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. Today snacks make up a quarter of kids’ daily calorie consumption, but their snack foods of choice are Read More >

Happy, Healthy “Plate” for National Nutrition Month® >

On 03.20.2014 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

March is National Nutrition Month®, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages all of us to enjoy the taste of eating right. One way to do that is to choose healthful fruits and veggies as half of your plate, according to the USDA website. It’s time to try new foods! There’s nothing like fresh color and unique shapes to complement the egg dishes on your plate. Here are some to try!  And check out these accompanying recipe links featuring Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs: Baked Eggs with Kale, Mushrooms, and Tomato How to Make an Omelet How to Make Soft Scrambled Eggs Safe Caesar Salad Sunshine Berry Smoothies What are your favorite fruit-and-veggie complements for safe eggs?

Stomach Flu or Foodborne Illness? >

On 01.20.2014 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

Stomach flu…again? The grip of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, aches, and an all-over crummy feeling is an unwelcome event for anyone. But what many people commonly call “stomach flu” may in fact be foodborne illness. Orange County Environmental Health officials explain why it’s so easy for us to mistake foodborne illness for a stomach flu: "Many of the symptoms are similar. Depending on the bacteria or virus causing the illness, symptoms can include one or more of the following: nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, fever, headache or fatigue.”  That explains why… Foodborne illness is vastly underreported. Experts are certain we’re missing the boat on nailing foodborne illness. According to the CDC: For every reported case of Salmonellosis (foodborne illness caused by Salmonella), there are Read More >

Egg Nutrition >

On 08.15.2013 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

6 Things You Might Not Know About Egg Nutrition Nutrition is on nearly everyone’s mind these days. Every stage of life defines unique nutrient needs, and nearly every aspect of nutrition has been linked to health and wellness. Whatever your personal nutrition goals may be, here are some little-known egg nutrition facts you can put to work. How many have you heard? Egg nutrition nugget #1: The choline in eggs is good for your memory. Egg yolks are rich in a nutrient you won’t see listed on the nutrition facts label—choline. At 126 mg per large egg yolk, eggs provide this key to nutrition that is crucial for the young and old. During pregnancy, two eggs provide more than half the recommended daily choline intake Read More >

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 >

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 >

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 >