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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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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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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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Do You Know How to Go Further With Food?

by Julia S. Buckley, MS, RD

Posted on March 20, 2018

March marks the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign focused on the importance of making informed food choices and promoting healthy eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food” and it encourages us to not only start our day with a healthy breakfast, but to be mindful of our food choices, meal planning and meal preparation in an effort to reduce food loss and waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home and how to cut back on your food waste will help us all to “Go Further with Food” while also saving nutrients and money. 
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