June 2018 Food of the Month - Strawberries

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STRAWBERRIES

Now that June is upon us it is officially strawberry season!  Fresh local strawberries at great prices will soon start popping up everywhere you shop, from farmers markets to grocery stores, so now is a great time to add some of this colorful fruit to your diet.  

These red gems have over half your daily needs of Vitamin C in just one cup and make delicious additions to oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, smoothies, and salads.   Whether in a mixed dish or just washed and eaten straight out of the carton, the flavor this time of year will not disappoint!  

Image: https://pixabay.com/en/strawberries-frisch-ripe-sweet-1330459/

 

Written by Spectrum nutritionist Christina LiPuma, RDN, LDN

May 2018 Food of the Month - Collard Greens

 
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Collard greens can be an incredibly nutritious dish, but how they are prepared is important.  Collards are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and, as part of the cruciferous vegetable family, can help your body produce compounds that cleanse your liver!  However, when greens are cooked in leftover animal grease or stewed with ham hocks, bacon, or turkey necks, they become a significant source of unhealthy saturated fat.  Try sautéing greens in oil instead of animal grease or butter and adding leaner cuts of meat such as skinless chicken or turkey.  Small changes to traditional preparation will allow your body to enjoy collard greens as much as you do!  Click here for a healthier collard green recipe (try it with low sodium vegetable broth for healthiest option).

Sources:

https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/301821?manu=&fgcd=&ds=&q=Collards,%20cooked,%20boiled,%20drained,%20without%20salt

 

 

Written by Spectrum nutritionist Christina LiPuma, RDN, LDN

 

April 2018 Food of the Month - Spinach

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Did you know that more than 80% of American’s don’t meet the recommendations for vegetable intake?  It’s recommended that adults eat a minimum of 2-3 cups of vegetables each day and spinach is a great way to meet this goal.  Spinach is high in Vitamins A and C and also contains fiber and iron.  This versatile green can be used in salads, stir fry’s, smoothies, side dishes and more! 

Try the spinach containing green smoothie recipe below as a way to get vegetables some greens in at breakfast!

Basic Green Smoothie
(makes 2 servings)

  • 2 cups spinach
  • ¾ cup frozen berries, apples, or peaches
  • 1 cup chunks of frozen bananas or mangoes
  • 1 ½ cups liquid (i.e. 1% milk, almond milk, water)

 Directions: Blend all ingredients together.   If too thick, add water to thin.

For more information or to suggest other complementing recipes, please contact our nutritionist at 215.471.2761 or send us a message!

Sources:

https://pixabay.com/en/top-view-closeup-vegetarianism-1248955/

 

 

Written by Spectrum nutritionist Christina LiPuma, RDN, LDN

 

February 2018 Food of the Month: Walnuts

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With 16 grams of heart healthy unsaturated fat per ounce, walnuts are a great food to eat in celebration of American Heart Health month.  They also contain twice the recommended daily amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) for females and over one and a half times the recommended amount for males.  ALA is an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid that can help protect against heart attack and stroke.  Have a small handful as a snack, toss them into a trail mix or try them chopped up in a bowl of salad, yogurt, or oatmeal!

Sources:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/

December 2017 Food of the Month: Clementines

Photo courtesy of @snapfitness

Photo courtesy of @snapfitness

 

Season: November through February

Clementines may be small, but they pack a powerful nutritious punch.  On top of other vitamins and minerals, a single clementine has only 35 calories and contains 36 mg of Vitamin C.  That’s over half of what is recommended for you to get in a day! 

While there is no evidence that Vitamin C can help cure a cold, research shows that if taken before symptoms of a cold begin, then it may shorten the duration and severity of a cold.  Include clementines in your diet for a low calorie source of Vitamin C.  They make convenient snacks and go great in salads!  Delicious and nutritious, consistent intake of clementines and other Vitamin C-containing foods may help you get over your next cold a little faster.

Christina LiPuma, RDN, LDN
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/in-depth/cold-remedies/art-20046403?pg=2

https://cutiescitrus.com/faq/

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD000980.pub4/full

https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2434?manu=&fgcd=&ds=