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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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Heart-Healthy Soup for Valentine’s Day

by Nikole Gavriilidis, MS, RD, CDE

Posted on February 14, 2018

Do you need some ideas on how to warm your Valentine’s heart this February? Why not try this heart-healthy soup in honor of American Heart Month! Simmering with flavor and packed with vegetables, this soup will become your sweetheart’s winter favorite. The featured ingredient is butternut squash, a seasonal vegetable that is a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an essential role in immune function, which is crucial during these cold winter months. Butternut squash is also a good source of fiber. A half-cup serving of butternut squash has three grams of fiber, which helps keep you full longer.  
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Meal Planning Made Easy

by Janet Brancato, MS, RDN, Valley Dining

Posted on January 23, 2018

We all know that cooking is much healthier than frequent eating out or take out because a home cook is more in control of the ingredients and portions. Unfortunately, it can be much easier with a busy schedule to do the latter. I have many clients that struggle with planning, shopping, and cooking during the week, when the schedule is fast paced and time is limited.
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Healthy Eating — Tips for the Holiday Season

by Janet Brancato, MS, RD, Outpatient Registered Dietitian

Posted on December 1, 2017

This holiday season is a great time to try new recipes and make healthy recipe substitutions to continue your wellness goals.
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Are You Guilty of Overeating During the Holidays? Check Out These Simple Ways to Beat Weight Gain

by Meredith Urban, MS, RD, CDN, The Center for Metabolic Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, The Valley Hospital

Posted on January 10, 2017

As we look forward to the fresh start that a new year brings, many of us will also be struggling with the addition of the unwanted pounds we’ve gained during the holidays. In my role as a bariatric nutritionist, I have acquired a few tips and tools that can help you get back on track—and, hopefully, back to your goal weight!
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Tips for Dealing with Candy Overload

by Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar, M.D., Director, Center for Pediatric Wellness and Weight Management, Valley Medical Group

Posted on October 30, 2016

While many kids wait all year for Halloween to come, their parents dread the annual sugar overload! But there are ways to let your kids enjoy their trick-or-treating loot without overindulging.
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