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Packing a Healthy School Lunch (Lunch Menus Included!)

Is one of your biggest back-to-school struggles with the kids figuring out what to pack for lunch? You’re not alone. A recent survey found that 61 percent of parents say packing their child’s lunch is the most stressful part of heading back to school. From adding to the morning-time crunch, to nighttime arguments over which healthy foods will go in the brown bag, it’s easy to turn to convenience foods that can be loaded with sodium and fat to avoid an argument.

There is a better way.

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Topics: Children's Health, Nutrition

Seven Tips to Fall Back Into a Healthy Routine

Posted by Tahli Adler MS, RD, LDN, South Shore Medical Center on Aug 8, 2017 8:18:00 AM

While the winter holidays have a reputation for challenging the resolve of healthy eaters, many people find themselves more likely to overindulge during the summer months. We all feel like letting our responsibilities go when temperatures warm—so we visit a favorite seasonal ice cream shop frequently, or load our plate with rich food at cookouts. By August, our clothes fit tighter than they did on Memorial Day and our energy is lagging.

If you’ve let your healthy routine lapse, now’s the time to use that “back to school” energy to refocus—even if you don’t have kids. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Topics: Nutrition, Primary Care, Exercise & Fitness

Light & Fresh Potato Salad

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jul 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

We all look forward to cookouts and barbecues during the long, cold months of winter. But it can be easy to overindulge during your summer celebrations. Typical offerings like cheeseburgers, sauce-soaked ribs and mayonnaise-based side salads can sabotage your healthy eating habits.

Potato salad is a favorite side, but can have more than 300 calories per serving. South Shore Medical Center nutritionists offer this healthier take on potato salad, which has only 180 calories per serving and has loads of fresh veggies for flavor—without all the fat. Give it a try at your next cookout! 

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Topics: Nutrition

Ten Healthy Alternatives to Popular Summer Staples

It’s that time of year that all of us in New England have been looking forward to for so long: summer! Barbecues and cookouts are one of the most beloved traditions of summer, but they can derail your healthy eating goals. Most barbeques include lots of unhealthy, high calorie foods. Some of the most popular staples include greasy and loaded-with-fat entrées and sides and super-sweet desserts that are chockfull of sugar.

The good news is that by taking a few simple steps, you can make the traditional, not-so-healthy cookout cuisine a thing of the past.  And summer makes it easy to incorporate a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as many are at the peak of freshness this time of year.

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Topics: Nutrition

Spring Salad Greek-Style (recipe)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 28, 2017 9:16:16 AM

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.

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Topics: Nutrition

Nutrition to Fuel Your Spring Workouts

 

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:

 

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Topics: Nutrition

Four Easy Steps to Start Eating Healthier

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.

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Topics: Nutrition

Spaghetti-Squash Spaghetti (recipe)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Feb 28, 2017 10:54:39 AM

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. 

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Topics: Nutrition, Heart Health

Five Healthy Ways to Boost Your Energy Level in the New Year


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. 

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Topics: Nutrition

Low-Calorie Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Biscotti (recipe)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Dec 14, 2016 1:50:52 PM

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!

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Topics: Nutrition

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 

 

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