Eating by Season

May 21, 2014 By: office Comments Off

redbluestarsaladSpring is the perfect time to embrace the idea of seasonal eating. Right now there are so many fresh fruits and veggies available, such as asparagus, broccoli, pineapple, mango, collard and mustard greens, snow peas, strawberries, and so much more!

Eating produce based on what is available seasonally has several benefits. First off, it is a great money-saver – when certain produce is in season, prices tend to be much lower for those foods than they are the rest of the year since the availability is so great. These foods will also taste better. Simple concept behind this point: when fruits and vegetables are in their peak season, there is more flavor, and also greater nutritional value. If you’ve ever walked into the produce section during the summer and immediately caught the sweet aroma of the fresh peaches, you’ve experienced the difference of the smell/taste of produce that are in season.

Most of us enjoy a little variety in our eating plan, and changing up foods each season can be just the thing to help stay on track with diet while adding different produces and spices throughout the year can be just the thing to keep your diet interesting and delicious!

Check out this website to find out which fruits and veggies are in season:

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-spring

Happy eating!

Nutritious Recipe Spotlight: Chia Seeds

May 13, 2014 By: office Comments Off

Nutrition Spotlight: Chia Seeds

chia seeds

Chia seeds are tiny black and white seeds that have recently caught the health industry by storm, and with good reason – These little seeds are a nutrition powerhouse. With origins in Mexico and South America, chia seeds were once thought to have supernatural powers. They are in fact excellent sources of several nutrients; just 2 tablespoons (one serving) contains 138 calories, 9 grams of heart- healthy fat (excellent source of omega-3), 5 grams of protein, and 18 percent of the Daily Value for calcium. The taste is very similar to flax seeds, mild and nutty, and chia can be used similar to flax.

If you’re looking for a nutritious recipe and simple ways to boost your eating plan, try sprinkling ground or whole chia seeds over foods like yogurt, cereal, salads, mixing them in smoothies, or even use as a replacement for eggs in baked goods. One very unique property of chia seeds is the ability to form a gel when mixed with liquid. In just a few minutes, a smoothie will thicken into a creamy texture; you can even make jams and pudding out of them.

Info gathered from Food and Nutrition Magazine, Jan/Feb 2014 Issue

Here’s a nutritious recipe to try:

Lemon Chia Pudding
Makes 4 servings
Recipe from Food and Nutrition Magazine, Jan/Feb 2014 issue

Ingredients:
• 1 TBS olive oil
• 2 TBS maple syrup
• 2 TBS granulated sugar
• 1 large lemon, juice and zest
• 1 cup nondairy milk, such as coconut or almond
• ¼ cup chia seeds
Directions:
Blend together the olive oil, maple syrup, sugar, lemon zest and juice, and almond milk. Add the chia seeds, whisk together and let sit for 15 minutes until gelled.

Amber Ketchum, MDS, RD
Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts

Price Match Guarantee

Check out details for Shane's Price Match Guarantee for our New York & Texas Resorts.

Weight Loss Camp For Kids

Weight Loss Camp For Kids

Texas Google Plus

Texas Google Plus

New York Google Plus

New York Google Plus

Award Winning…

Award Winning…

Testimonials

I lost a total of 28 pounds. I am so excited!

I am doing great! I...

Amanda (New York) 21

See Young Adult Testimonials

Got great results

My thanks to each of you for the time you spent with me...

Tracie (Texas) 43

See Adult Testimonials

Staff in Action

Staff in Action