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Health Eating on Game Day!

by Nikole Gavriilidis, MS, RD, CDE

Posted on January 29, 2019

It’s February and another football season is coming to an end.  The teams have been picked and the players are prepped. Sunday, February 3 means game day, and for you that may mean you are hosting or possibly attending a Super Bowl party. If you are doing either, remember that you can still make healthy choices even on a day known for its famously greasy grub. The key to success is all in the preparation. Just as professional athletes follow a game plan, you too can manage your game day - play by play! All you need are a few tips to help you stay on track.  
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Winter Weight Gain Solutions

by Janet Brancato, MS, RDN

Posted on January 7, 2019

What is it about winter that can lead to excess pounds? Is it the darkness, cold temperatures or the desire to hibernate? It can actually be all of the above! The shorter, darker days definitely make us sleepier and more sedentary. The lack of exercise due to weather or darkness can definitely put a damper on our exercise routines. Depending on where you live, the lack of vitamin D from the sun can increase weight gain by hindering fat breakdown and increasing fat storage.  Also, more indoor time may lead to increased snacking or over-eating.

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Nutrition: Fitting in Your Holiday Favorites

by Jaclyn Murphy, RDN, Dietitian

Posted on November 16, 2018

“It’s impossible to eat well during the holiday season” is a phrase we may all hear far too often. And while we may be tempted to overindulge in our seasonal favorites, we can all develop a healthy approach to food and eating pattern using the simple tips below to give a bigger reason to enjoy the holidays guilt-free and stick to your health goals year-round!
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Fall Into Pumpkin: A Healthy Food Choice

by Nikole Gavriilidis, MS, RD, CDE

Posted on October 17, 2018

As the summer sun fades and the leaves start to change, a familiar flavor returns to our vocabulary – pumpkin! The fall has arrived and the Valley nutrition team is looking for ways to incorporate all things pumpkin into our routines.  We will, of course, suggest enjoying the outdoors while pumpkin picking and pumpkin carving, but we also want to give you ways to enjoy pumpkin in your own kitchen.
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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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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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