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Healthy Lunch Ideas to Energize Your Day!

by Janet Brancato, MS, RD, The Valley Hospital

Posted on August 2, 2018

Do you bring or buy your lunch most days? Planning for lunch is a better move with long-term, positive health results. Give yourself 10 minutes at night to prep the night before. Even a mini-meal can count towards keeping our energy up, appetites controlled and improve concentration for the busiest part of the day. Buying lunches daily can add up with costs ranging from $5 to $15 at the end of the month buying lunch daily can run you approximately $100 to $200. Bringing your lunch or eating at home is a real money saver, with the average brown bag lunch costing $2 to $4 on average.
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Building a Balanced Burger

by Jaclyn Murphy, RDN, Dietitian

Posted on July 17, 2018

Summer’s in full swing, which means it's time for cookouts, celebrations and healthy choices. Why not start with building a better burger? With MyPlate’s nutrition recommendations to vary your protein, make half your grains whole and half your plate fruits and vegetables. The simple tips set forth below can help you keep your health goals on track at your next cookout.
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Summer Salad: Apple, Walnut and Blue Cheese with Arugula

by John Graziano, Executive Chef, Valley Dining

Posted on June 28, 2018

This is a super easy and super healthy salad. The peppery arugula balances against the sweetness of the apples and honey. The blue cheese adds a salty creaminess and the toasted walnuts povide a nice crunch. Serves four!
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Summer Healthy Eats

by Nikole Gavriilidis, MS, RD, CDE

Posted on June 26, 2018

The warm weather has finally reached New Jersey, and around this time of the year patients usually ask me for tips on how to make healthy choices at outdoor get-togethers.  I know that it can be hard to avoid overindulging at these events, but being prepared can definitely help.  If you have tips, tricks, and recipes to help you along the way, it will not only help you reach your nutrition goals, but it can also allow you to enjoy these get-togethers with confidence. 
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Get on the Fast Track to Colonoscopy!

by Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care

Posted on June 25, 2018

We’ve made getting your colonoscopy a snap!  We understand that a colonoscopy is not on anyone’s list of favorite activities. But we also know that undergoing the procedure may be one of the smartest things you can do for your overall health. 
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Tags: colon cancer

Saffron Idaho Russet Potato and Red Quinoa Cake

by John Graziano, Executive Chef, Valley Dining

Posted on June 20, 2018

John Graziano, our Executive Chef, shares a delicious recipe for a saffron Idaho russet potato and red quinoa cake. 
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Spaghetti and Meatballs Goes Plant-based

by John Graziano, Executive Chef, Valley Dining

Posted on June 4, 2018

Spaghetti and meatballs go meatless--a new twist on the traditional dish! Using whole grain Barilla pasta and whole ingredients like butternut squash, almonds, olive oil, chick peas and quinoa, this make-over dish is rich in vitamin A, folate, riboflavin, niacin and is a good source of fiber while providing no cholesterol or saturated fats. 
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Healthy Smoothie Ideas

by Andrea Collins, MS, RD, CDE, Dietitian, The Valley Hospital

Posted on May 29, 2018

Smoothies can be a delicious and healthy part of your food plan. Include the ingredients below to boost your phytonutrient, protein, omega 3 and fiber intake. 
 
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Do You Eat with Color in Mind?

by Janet Brancato, MS, RD, The Valley Hospital

Posted on April 24, 2018

When you look down at your plate at meal times do you see a variety of colors?  If the answer is yes, then you are probably eating very nutritious food. If not, then you may be missing important nutrients during your day. More color usually indicates more nutrition.  
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From My Heart To Yours: A Personal Story

by Deborah Rath, BSN, R.N., Program Director, Valley Thrive!

Posted on April 19, 2018

About five months ago, I lost my best girlfriend and life’s biggest cheerleader. My mom enjoyed 93 years of life...I miss her every day. She was an inspiration to all she came in contact with.
 
As Mom approached her later years of life, she asked me to take on the big responsibility of being her health proxy. As an R.N., I pondered the clinical, emotional and psychological task.
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