We all know that eating our greens is important, but who knew it could be this much fun? Combining garden fresh ingredients and a delightful explosion of colors, shapes, textures and tastes—make this Greek indulgence a favorite spring side dish. Best of all: it received a healthy nod from South Shore Health System’s certified dietitians.
Whether it’s feeling the need to get beach-ready for summer or the motivation of watching someone running the Boston Marathon—there is no better time to get moving with a new fitness regimen than Spring. As goes the old adage goes, you are what you eat, so along with the motivation to get back into shape through exercise also fuels questions about eating properly to make your workouts count. Choosing the right snacks before and after your workout combined with proper hydration can make the biggest difference in the world. Here are some great suggestions on what you should consume before, during, and after you exercise:
People often have an all or nothing mentality when it comes to eating healthy. They jump into a strict diet, have one slip up and throw in the towel in frustration soon after.
One of the things I enjoy most about my job as a registered dietitian is helping people get out of this cycle. Eating healthy does not need to mean following strict guidelines. It is about balance. For most of us, we need to focus on choosing foods that nourish our bodies, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.
Celebrate American Heart Month with this tasty Italian “pasta” recipe, without the pasta. This simple dish includes a blend of veggies, herbs, and spices making it both delicious and nutritious. And it's approved as hearth-healthy by South Shore Health System's dietitians.
It’s a new year and you are ready to attack those resolutions. Now all you have to do is find the energy to get started. Fatigue is a major problem for people with busy jobs and busy lives and it can be a barrier to starting a fitness routine or other healthy lifestyle changes that require preparation and energy.
We all know that the holidays can destroy your diet. If you have a sweet tooth, it can be especially hard to avoid the delicious desserts. A great way to stay on track is to bring your own sweet treat to your next holiday party. This recipe, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens and approved by our registered dietitians, is a delicious holiday treat featuring the flavors of winter. And, each piece is only 100 calories!
Just when you may feel you are keeping your weight under control, the holiday season arrives and food is everywhere. Whether it’s at the office or holiday parties, the unhealthy food choices seem to be at your finger tips this time of year.
Add in the stress and anxiety that the holidays tends to bring and maintaining your weight loss efforts may seem impossible.
Although it is hard to do, it’s not impossible. Here are some tips to help you maintain your health and fitness through the New Year.
Globally, Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. An estimated 29.1 million people in the US alone have diabetes—8.1 million of whom may be unaware of their condition.
In the spring of 2014, the startling statistics inspired members of South Shore Hospital’s Diabetes Center to team together with Nutrition and Food Services, Pharmacy, Exercise Physiology, the Center for Wound Healing, Home Care Division and Cardiac Rehabilitation to explore more innovative, thoughtful ways to bring awareness and support to the community. The goal was to not only to reach those individuals living with diabetes, but also to educate those who may be at risk for developing the disease. That is when the very successful, first annual expo—Living WELL with Diabetes was born.
It’s a fact of life for parents—kids love sweets! And it can be tough to say no—especially around special occasions (Birthday Cake!) and holidays (Trick or Treat!) when it seems sugar is everywhere. But the fact is that “added sugar” in everyday foods is the real problem. Studies show excess sugar consumption can increase the risk for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and dental cavities for kids.
Food labels are evolving to more accurately reflect the sugar in foods, but it can still be confusing.
Here are a few tips on spotting the sugar, and ways in which you can reduce your kids’ sugar intake without trading those treats.
It’s that time of year again. The dog days of summer are no longer and getting out of the variable, laissez-fair approach to summer lunches and back into the swing of a nutritious school routine is on the menu.
It has long been understood that smarter nutrition equates to smarter kids, yet one peek in a school cafeteria and you’ll see it’s getting more and more difficult to expose your child to healthier items. I must admit, the very notion of packing upwards of 180 healthy lunches a year seems daunting, especially if you have a picky eater on hand. But the good news is that there are some straightforward solutions to make school mealtime a nutritious success.