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Experts Offer Easiest Ways to Add More Plants to Your Plate

As healthcare professionals, we strive to keep our choices based on evidence-based practice. What’s holding you back from applying what we know about nutrition to your life?  While June is national fresh fruit and vegetable month, any way that you can make your diet more plant based all year is a good move for health. Fresh or not, we asked Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for the easiest ways to get those five recommended cups of valuable plants into your daily routine. First Things First Opting for vegetables at breakfast is a favorite of many nutrition experts.  Kate Chury, RD, of Thinkybites.com suggests keeping a good supply of frozen vegetables on hand for both convenience and their nutritional value. “My personal favorites for frozen vegetables are broccoli, spinach and asparagus,” Chury said. “I often use these frozen veggies in my scrambled eggs at breakfast. It can be hard to eat vegetables at breakfast time, and I've found this is an excellent way to get some in the morning. Frozen vegetables are also great to add to soups, pastas, curries or just to have as a simple, quick side.” Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, of Kellyjonesnutrition.com agreed. “I always have frozen vegetables on hand, especially broccoli and cauliflower, which I’ll roast on the convection setting in my oven, and in 15 minutes they’re ready to go with any protein or starch for dinner,” she said. “Any leftovers can be added to omelettes or used with lunch the next day.” The rest of your day will probably take a turn for the healthier when you start off with some good choices. EA Stewart, MBA, RD, of the The Spicy RD Blog recommends, “Start your day with leafy greens, like [...]

Where have the sterols and stanols gone?

I need help. Today I was putting the final touches on the update of Functional Foods Part 2: Fermented Foods and Macronutrients (RD86). While I was double checking a list of foods with added stanols and sterols to make sure they are still available from the manufacturer, I found many in the list were not. So I searched the internet for a list of foods that have added sterols and stanols and to my disbelief, I could not find one. What I did find was information on the heart health benefits, which are many. When it came to the foods containing stanols and sterols, websites were vauge, saying you can find stanols and sterols added to margarines, oils, salad dressings, breads, yogurts but no specific food name nor a manufacturer. That got me wondering if the addition of stanols and sterols to food was just a fad or if food companies found they could not make money off of these products. I am not sure of the answer to that question. What do you think? Here is how you can help. If you know of a product that contains added sterols and stanols, please post the name of the food and the manufacturer below in the comments. I will take your input, compile the list and post it on NutritionDimension.com for anyone looking for something to share with clients. Thanks for your help!

By |February 27th, 2014|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: , , |3 Comments