Health Tips by Tasneem Legohn, RD

Choose Your Cheese Wisely

Cheese is a good source of protein, and as delicious as it may be, a small amount packs a lot of fat and calories (refer to the table below). Here are some tricks you can do to enjoy the taste of cheese while limiting your intake of excess calories: - Choose cheese naturally lower in fat (mozzarella, feta, queso fresco), or choose cheese made with part-skim or low fat milk. - Purchase pre-packaged cheese as a snack (so you know the exact amount of calories/fat/protein you are consuming). - Top your dishes with flavorful cheese like feta, blue, goat, or sharp flavored cheese; a little goes a long way. Indulge consciously! Essential nutrition information for popular cheeses *Amount is equivale

Tis The Season(ing)

Use fresh seasonings and spices to bring out bold and colorful flavors to your holiday dishes! Seasonings like fresh ginger, orange zest, cranberry, garlic, grated nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon (canela) sticks, and herbs ( sage, rosemary, mint and thyme) may not only have antioxidant properties, but they are what create the aromas that fill our homes during this joyous time of year! Happy Holidays! Read more about the benefits of holiday seasonings by clicking the image

Just Squash It!

Whether it is butternut squash, spaghetti squash, or pumpkin, tis the season to get creative with squash! Squash can be roasted (like acorn or sweet dumpling squash), stewed (like butternut or kabocha squash), or it can be a creative alternative to spaghetti pasta (hello!? Spaghetti squash!). Squash are generally a great source of vitamins, like A & C, and are low in calories. Squash are also versatile in the way they can be prepared and the flavors it can be paired with; try these squash recipes: Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/211210/wild-rice-stuffed-acorn-squash/?internalSource=rr_recipe_a&referringId=25294&referringContentType=recipe&clickId=cardslot%203 But

Craving Junk Food?

Junk food (aka "empty calories" or foods high in saturated fats/added sugar/simple carbohydrates) can truly be addicting, and eating these foods can often lead to unwanted consequences like weight gain or diabetes. Here are some healthier alternatives when craving those "empty calorie" foods: Want something salty or savory? Choose a handful of lightly salted nuts of your choice, cheese and vegetables, popcorn, lightly seasoned baked sweet potato fries, or a serving of baked chips or vegetable chips. Want something sweet? Choose dry or regular fruit, yogurt with fruit or granola, a fruit and vegetable smoothie, a few graham crackers and peanut butter, or dark chocolate (less fat and sugar t

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