Posted on: April 6, 2015
Healthy snack products to look for on your next grocery trip
By Elisa Bremner, RD
This is the first edition of a series of nutritionist-approved food products on the market.
Snacks are an important and useful way to stave off hunger, bolster nutrient intake, keep energy up and satisfy the occasional craving (for emotional health!). But the best food is always the whole food. For snacks, I recommend fruit, vegetables and “mini meals” like a bowl of soup or ½ sandwich.
Processed, packaged food can fit into your balanced diet, but should never become the basis of your diet. Unfortunately, it’s just not possible for most of us to prepare fresh, whole-food snacks every time we get hungry. Practically speaking, when we’re running around all day, a packaged snack food may be the only option. We have choices. Here are five of my faves:
Posted on: October 24, 2014
Deciphering the Yogurt Aisle: Get cultured!
By Elisa Bremner & Amy Rosenfeld
It’s official! Governor Andrew Cuomo named yogurt New York’s official state snack on October 15. The Governor expects to raise public awareness of the health benefits of yogurt and economic benefits of supporting local yogurt industry. New York has become the nation’s top yogurt producer (making 741 million pounds of the dairy product last year), and health-conscious New Yorkers are literally eating it up. Here are some of the great health benefits of consuming (the right kind of) yogurt.
Posted on: June 25, 2014
Empower Your Child to Eat Healthy…For Life
By Elisa Bremner
Your child loves ice cream (who doesn’t?). You love your child. So how do you limit junk food or sweets to help them maintain a healthy weight? In this age of sedentary video game play and easy availability of high-calorie snacks, the challenge for busy parents is finding practical ways to help kids make good food choices.
Posted on: April 22, 2013
Food: The Body’s Fuel
by Elisa Bremner, RD, Northern Westchester Hospital
Good nutrition can help athletes attain optimal performance. Fitness fanatics, school athletes and weekend warriors alike want to get the most out of their fitness regime. What are the dangers of making the wrong diet choices? Apart from suboptimal performance, poor nutrition puts you at risk for loss of muscle mass or bone density, fatigue, injury, illness and a longer recovery process when injuries do occur.
It is important to keep in mind that all three macronutrients are crucial to the athlete’s diet:
Posted on: November 6, 2012
Get to Know Your Roots!
by Elisa Bremner, RD
It’s time to get back to your roots. As cool weather crops, root vegetables such as beets, carrots, radishes and rutabagas are coming to fruition right about now. And the timing is perfect – being naturally high in Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants, root vegetables can help boost your immune system just as we head into cold and flu season. All roots provide sustained energy in the form of complex carbohydrates. As very good sources of fiber, they also help with the natural flow of your digestive system. Nutritionally speaking, root vegetables are like buried treasure.