Tag Archives: Nutrition

Westchester Hospital Dietitian Discusses Healthy Lunches for Back to School

Posted on: August 25, 2013

Packing A Healthy Lunchbag

by Stephanie Perruzza, MS, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital


September is back-to-school month …getting organized around books, supplies and first day back-to-school outfits, etc., etc…  We want to make this one task easier:  Packing the lunch bag.

You know that with a healthy meal, your child gets the energy s/he needs to make it through the day and thrive.  A healthy lunch can allow your child perform and study well, be more attentive in class and even maintain a healthy weight.  Save these tips below and your child will keep that healthy lunch rather than ditch it or swap it for a bag of chips or soda:

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Westchester Hosptial Dietitian Discusses Going Gluten Free

Posted on: August 19, 2013

Going Gluten-Free

by Amy Rosenfeld, MS, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital

gluten free stampIs everyone you know going gluten-free? While a gluten-free diet is trendy, it is less appropriate for weight loss but crucial in the treatment of celiac disease.

A protein found in wheat, rye, barley and most oats (although there are some certified gluten-free oat products), gluten is the base of bread products and works as an emulsifier and thickener in packaged foods. In healthy individuals, gluten is perfectly healthy. For celiac patients, however, gluten damages the small intestines, causing inflammation and malabsorption of nutrients. Over time, nutrient deficiencies and conditions can develop, including osteoporosis or poor growth in children.

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Westchester Hospital Dietician Discusses the Ultimate Picnic Basket

Posted on: July 18, 2013

The Ultimate Healthy Picnic Basket

by Stephanie Perruzza, MS, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital

picnic-basketThe summer heat has picked up and with it the popularity of getting together and enjoying a nice meal outdoors.  Whether you’re planning a romantic, family or company picnic; it’s important to have the right cuisine for the occasion. So grab a blanket (checkered pattern optional), a spot with pleasant view, and these picnic basket goodies below to have the ultimate picnic!

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New York Hospital Dietician Discusses The Power of Spinach

Posted on: July 17, 2013

The Power of Spinach

by Stephanie Perruzza, MS, RD, CDN, Northern Westchester Hospital

Pile of baby spinachWith two holidays dedicated to this green leafy sensation (Fresh Spinach Day on July 16th and National Spinach Day was March 26th), it should be no surprise why it’s so good for you!!  Spinach contains a myriad of nutrient benefits including fiber, folate, calcium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and K. A cup of cooked spinach is a high source of iron with 35.7% the recommended daily value!

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New York Hospital Dietician Discusses Navigating A Farmer’s Market

Posted on: July 16, 2013

Relive the Past and Buy From A Farmer

Farmer’s Market Week – August 4th-10th

Summer is here and so is the celebration of National Farmer’s Market Week! Eating locally and seasonally is good for you and your environment because you’re ensuring fresh, healthy and wholesome ingredients.  Food items at farmer’s markets don’t require excess packaging, extended shelf time or transport, which can affect nutrient quality.  Let’s face it; nothing tastes better than fresh fruits and veggies!! Plus, research shows diets rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent heart disease, stroke, obesity and some types of cancer.

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