Weekly Wisdom – Food label health claims primer (Part 2)

May 15, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Food Label Health Claims Primer...
making sense of the nonsense (Part 2)

  • “Immunity Boosting”: Bottom line, the foods most likely to support immunity - fresh, whole ones - don’t have any labels at all.
  • “Made with Real Fruit ”: Some seemingly fruity foods may contain as little as 2 % real fruit.  Check the label to see how far down the “real” fruit falls on the list.
  • “Trans Fat Free”: Foods making this claim can contain up to ½ gram of trans fat for each serving.  Avoid foods with partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients list.

Trash Talk – Make your own notepads

May 14, 2012
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

Make Your Own Notepads.. easy, sustainable!

  1. Use the backs of old flyers, print-outs, school notes, recipes, etc.
  2. Cut to size (5x7, 4x6) if preferred; staple at the top
  3. Use these instead of purchasing notepads

Do something to help the Earth today!
Thanks to MG staff at Duke Diet & Fitness for leading the way in this initiative!

Weekly Wisdom – Food label health claims primer

May 7, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Food Label Health Claims Primer... making sense of the nonsense

  • “Added Fiber”: fiber added to yogurt & ice cream don’t yet have proven benefits (such as fiber found naturally in foods like whole grain, beans, fruit)
  • “Natural”: there is no formal definition, so this could mean anything. Scan the ingredients for additives.
  • “Made with whole grains”: does not mean “made exclusively with whole grains”.  No specific % is mandated which means most of the ingredients could be refined flour



April showers bring May flowers

May 1, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

“April showers bring May showers” is what my son Oliver has recently declared…which seems fitting on this official May Day morning of rain.   What he really meant was “May flowers” but that is only part of what makes May such an exciting month.  This month kicks of the start of our local CSA- Horse & Buggy Produce and boy did they start off with a bang.  Our first visit includes local asparagus & strawberries, 2 of my personal favorites.  Not in season for long I get my overload of asparagus via eggs, soup or just simply grilled or roasted. Strawberries taste best to me when you just pop them in your mouth (after you wash them of course) and since their season is so short lived I am enjoying the overload.   This is what I love best about spring, the season of new flavors and new sights.

May recipe: Mini BLT’s

Makes 32 bites

8 slices bacon
8 slices bread
3T basil mayo
32 slices ripe roma tomatoes (or grape tomato 1/2)
32 small pieces arugula

  1. Cook bacon, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
  2. Cut crust from bread
  3. Cut bread into 4 pieces: triangles, squares or rounds
  4. Brush bread w/ melted butter or olive oil
  5. Toast at 350° until golden brown, about 8 minutes
  6. Top with: 1/4t mayo; arugula, bacon piece & tomato slice

Basil Mayo:
1/3c good quality mayonnaise
1T heaping, chopped fresh basil 1/3t each red wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, sea salt pinch black pepper & splash Tabasco sauce

Trash Talk – Make your own compost tea

April 30, 2012
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

Make Your Own Compost Tea
Nutritionally rich, organic liquid fertilizer

  1. Fill a bucket 1/3 full of quality finished compost
  2. Add water to the top of the bucket
  3. Let mixture steep for 3 – 4 days; stir now & then
  4. Strain through cheesecloth or burlap into fresh bucket. Add solids back into garden.
  5. Dilute remaining liquid with water until it is the color of weak tea.
  6. For best results, use immediately around root systems or as foliage spray.

Do something to help the Earth today!
For more information go to  http://www.homecompostingmadeeasy.com/composttea.html



Weekly Wisdom – What’s in store

April 30, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

What’s in store…Use these tips to shop for the healthiest convenience foods

  • Go whole: the first ingredients in packaged bread products should be “whole wheat” not “wheat flour”
  • Stay pure: ideally the only ingredient in frozen produce should be the fruits or vegetables, no added sauces
  • Hold the salt: look for “low in sodium” label, which means a products has 140mg or fewer per serving

Weekly Wisdom – Spring power salad

April 23, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Spring Power Salad…Use these nutrition “superstars” to build a healthy, heart salad.

  • Pine Nuts: contain fatty acids that help you feel full
  • Cucumber: keeps you hydrated & provides fiber
  • Salmon: gives you protein, Vitamin D & Omega 3’s.
  • Romaine: adds a hint of Vitamin A.
  • Orange: juicy and provides Vitamin C
  • Buttermilk: boosts calcium & adds tangy flavor

Weekly Wisdom – Want to improve the quality of your sleep?

April 16, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Want to improve the quality of your sleep?exercise regularly!

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 90 minutes of vigorous exercise a week may result in fewer
    sleep woes
  • People who exercise were less likely to have trouble
    falling asleep, wake up too early, & experience less
    sleepiness during the day
  • Aim for a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise daily

Earth Day – How it all began

April 16, 2012
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

In doing research for this post, I came across this article.  It gives a detailed history of how Earth Day came to be.  I found it fascinating, and learned a great deal.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Read more about the history of Earth Day here: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement

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