When I helped the first graders at my son’s school with their food group assignment recently, I was amazed at how many were confused about where to place types of food. So many didn’t know what a green bean was, or what strawberries were. Most were completely unaware that fish was a “meat.” It was disheartening and a good glimpse at the nutrition blunders our kids deal with. After hearing this morning’s news, things are going to get much more difficult. According to Congress, pizza will now be placed in the vegetable category.
Surely, I’m not alone in the jaw-drop response to this news. I re-read it just to make sure I was getting this right. But in clear print, the fact that school lunch pizzas contain tomato paste allows Congress to mark it as a vegetable, therefore keeping it on the menu multiple times a month in schools all over the country.
With football season in full swing, odds are you are either watching the games to cheer on your favorite teams…or because you enjoy sipping a cold beer and eating nachos with chorizo.
While some of the writers and staff here at Diets In Review are avid fans of their hometown football teams, others (like myself) are in it purely for the halftime noshes.
Brandi Koskie, Managing Editor Favorite College Team: Oklahoma Sooners Favorite Game Day Eats: “I can’t watch a game without tacos and homemade guacamole. To keep it healthy, I use ground turkey with sauteed onions, green chilies, black beans and corn tortillas.”
This week marks the beginning of the college football season and after a summer of cookouts and picnics, most healthy eaters are tired of grilled vegetables and black bean burgers.
If you want to socialize without blowing your diet during football games this year, stick to fresh, simple recipes to boost your team spirit, whether you’re in the stadium parking lot or watching on your neighbor’s flat screen TV.
As you plan your menu for the next big game, consider some of these healthy tailgating recipes – all just as delicious and crowd-pleasing as their fattening counterparts.
We’ve all been there: Kid #1 has a soccer game in one part of the town, kid #2 has a lacrosse match two cities over at the same time, and somehow, you’ve got to get everyone fed a quick, nutritious meal to fuel them right.
Sure, you could hit a fast food drive thru – if you want a meal full of fat, calories and goodness knows what else. It’s a great idea to have a few tried and true meals that are easy on the wallet and high in both taste and nutrition in your rotation.
Here are some of our favorites here at DietsInReview:
Brandi Koskie, Director of Publishing, loves to make a Pulled Pork BBQ. Place a pork tenderloin – one of the best cuts of pork, as it’s low in fat – in a crock pot for several hours. When it’s finished cooking, shred it, mix in some BBQ sauceand serve on a whole wheat bun. Served with cut up veggies and fruit, this is a meal that can be on the table literally in minutes.
It’s that time of year – time to break out the barbecue and invite your friends and neighbors over for a cookout. Spring and summer are prime time for great food, good friends – and great food to celebrate the warm weather.
Of course, we all know that with summer on the horizon, bathing suit season is just around the corner. Don’t undo all of the hard work you’ve done at the gym this year. To keep your diet balanced, celebrity nutritionist Carl Germano, RD, CDN, shared five simple swaps to keep you eating great tasting foods – and looking and feeling great.
Instead of: Beef Burger or Sliders with Cheese
Try: Turkey Sliders with sliced tomato
Ground turkey breast is leaner than most types of ground beef and sliced tomato will offer a powerful punch of lycopene – without the saturated fat in most cheeses. If you must have cheese, try a sprinkling of feta, which is lower in fat and calories than most varieties.
Imagine getting a second chance at life, how would you use the rare opportunity? It’s something that doesn’t come along for too many people, but it did for Hilary Williams. Hilary’s the author of Sign of Life, a new memoir in which she shares the harrowing tale of her near-death experience after a near-fatal car crash with her sister on the way to their maternal grandfather’s funeral. Hilary rose from the rubble of that wreck to undergo 23 surgeries to repair her broken body. Told she’d be in a wheelchair or on a cane the rest of her life, Hilary refused to let that be her fate. Today, she’s working on building her music career (Download Hilary’s singleSign of Life from iTunes).
The story will give you goosebumps, and you’ll laugh and cry along with this endearing young woman as she regains her life. While her story is a rare one few people will identify with, it is a human story of strength, resilience and perseverance that all of us should identify with.
In our new series “Fit in Five,” Hilary answers five questions.
Was it a therapeutic experience to share your story?
“It was good for me to get it out on paper and then move on.”
What motivated you to keep with it and persevere?
“I didn’t want to be stuck in a wheel chair the rest of my life. I wanted to sing and get back on the stage. I just kept that in mind.”
Favorite healthy food?
Protein shakes – chocolate powder, kale, and fruit. “You can’t taste it when you mix with the fruit.” And almond butter.
Favorite guilty pleasure?
“Pizza. Jet’s Pizza in Nashville, really deep dish and really fattening.” She likes cheese and pepperoni or vegetable.
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When you think of Pizza Hut you probably don’t think “diet” unless it involves the words “going off my” in front of it. But what if you do end up at Pizza Hut, totally ravenous and wanting to eat something that won’t break the calorie or sodium bank? You do the best you can.
We recently trolled the pizza-chain’s menu trying to find meals that had less than 500 calories and less than 500 milligrams of sodium, according to feedback from registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield and the new daily sodium recommendations. The results weren’t plentiful, but when paired with some raw veggies, a piece of fruit or a small salad with no-sodium dressing, you can make a healthy mea!
Once in awhile, it’s nice to hear about a fast food restaurant doing some good in the world.
Gene Wilson of Memphis, Tennessee was actually saved by her habit of ordering a pizza from Domino’s every day. The 82-year-old woman was well known to the staff of the local pizza chain, from whom she ordered a large thin-crust pepperoni pizza and two Diet Cokes. She placed this same order every day for three years.
When Gene’s order didn’t come in over the weekend, her regular delivery driver, Susan Guy, began to worry. “I said, ‘She hasn’t called in three days…I gotta go,’ ” Susan told Today. Susan discovered that Gene had taken a bad fall and had been unable to call for help. As soon as she was discovered, emergency workers rushed Gene to the hospital. “So, she’s just been laying there since Saturday,” said Susan. “That means she hasn’t eaten or anything.”
One of the best parts of Super Bowl Sunday is the traditional bar-food fare that often accompanies any big game. If you’re rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers this year, you might be tempted to indulge in some locally-inspired game day grub.
Because Pittsburgh is a city rich with culinary tradition, its fans are often as loyal to its food as they are to its football team. Whether you’re rooting for the Steelers from your sofa or watching on a big-screen at a bar, you should pay homage to the city itself by splurging on some of Pittsburg’s favorite dishes. In case you’re cooking your game day goodies at home, we dug up some tips on how you can stay on your diet and support the team at the same time.
Look in the newspapers and on television, and you will see that schools nationwide are struggling to make school lunches affordable, nutritious and appealing to children. It’s a tough combination that is tricky to balance, and Domino’s Pizza is trying to fill that void. They’ve debuted a new offering for school lunches named “Smart Slice”. Domino’s recently announced that they plan to double the number of schools serving their pizzas in the next 12 months. They are currently serving the new pizza in more than 120 districts.
A healthier alternative to the traditional pizza offerings, the “Smart Slice” has been specially formulated to meet the newly released federal guidelines for school lunches. While it looks the same as other pizza slices, the “Smart Slice” includes a crust made from 51 percent whole-wheat flour, reduced-fat mozzarella, and sauce that contains 35 percent less sodium than the pizza chain’s traditional sauce.
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