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In February we celebrated Heart Month. March is another month that is near and dear to the Kansas City Dietitian; it is National Nutrition Month! Each year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics selects a theme and this year the theme is “bite into a healthy lifestyle.” So today we are going to bite into BREAKFAST. We all know that we should eat breakfast but sometimes life gets in the way. Our little angel was born 8 weeks ago and it seems like we are constantly on the go. This week was one of our first lazy Saturday mornings and I was craving pancakes.
I know you are all thinking, “how could this possibly be a Kansas City Dietitian sanctioned recipe?” I promise not only is this Kansas City Dietitian approved, but it also has the family stamp of approval for being delicious. I love this recipe because it has such simple ingredients, it is gluten-free (as long as you purchase certified gluten-free oats) and sugar free. Cottage cheese, eggs, oats, and vanilla are all you need to make this simple recipe. That’s right no flour! I often tell my clients about this recipe when they have visitors that follow a gluten-free diet because it doesn’t require purchasing any unfamiliar ingredients. All you have to do is add all the ingredients to a blender. I do have two secret ingredients. Shhhh!!! don’t tell my husband! I usually add 1-2 Tbsp of ground flax seed and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. The flax seed boosts the fiber and the cinnamon adds a nice flavor without the need for sugar. After you have blended it all together if it is too thick then I will sometimes add about a tablespoon of milk or water to thin the batter a bit. Then you can drop them into a hot pan and cook them like normal pancakes. I always serve ours with fresh fruit and a little bit of natural maple syrup.
So, people keep asking me where I have been lately and more importantly, “Why are you back bugging us again?”
I have learned that work is good for the soul. I have also learned that too much work is bad for the soul. So I have cut back and streamlined my work.
Because I have cut back I am free to send thousands of emails to brighten your day.
People have also asked “What is the deal with the old songs lately?” Answer: my curse of tangential thinking- it just happens, like suddenly you find a potato chip in your mouth and you wonder how it got there-you can blame it on the curse of tangential eating. It’s good to be able to share the blame…
Staying with this theme (Hmmm- I suddenly have the urge for a potato chip) Anyway back to the theme of “oldies” I am here to Help! (Help me Rhonda, Help Help me Rhonda- name the year and group.)
I am beginning a new Concierge service. I am still ironing out the wrinkles but I think you are going to like it, wrinkles and all. (No comment about wrinkles!)
You can purchase a variety of services from us for a variety of prices. The services include a daily health tip text, a quick afternoon phone call to get past the munchies, or even a phone coaching session. You choose what level of Help you need. (Help, you know I need somebody, Help, not just any body, Help you know I need someone like a Dietitian….)
I am here to provide The Help!…hmm…book titles- there are some great book titles out there…..
Just send me an email if you need The Help that I can provide. I will be happy to share the details with you
Luv, Tangential WD
So it appears I was wrong when I blamed the Archies entirely for our love affair with sugar. Astute readers were quick to point out that we had other influences. How could I have forgotten Sugar Shack by the Fireballs? But probably the most onerous omission is none other than Mary Poppins and “A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down.” And, if you consume plenty of sugar you are going to be buying lots of expensive of medicine for sure.
My patients always complain I am such a negative Nellie. I guess I need to stop reading research and going to medical meetings.
Remember the “Fat Meeting?”??
It appears that sugars such as fructose, high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are truly evil. And these sugars are found in almost all of our foods so we are continuously consuming them.
Here are the facts Ma’am: (Just the facts.)
Sucrose, Fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup cause:
Let me make it simple.
And once again I am reminded of a song to hum while you read this.
Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. When you read you begin with ABC. When you sing you begin with Do, Re, Mi.
When you gain weight you begin with fructose, HFCS and sucrose.
Yes Maria Von Trapp aka Julie Andrews aka Mary Poppins,
Sugar makes you fat and sick.
So, once again WD is here to rain on your parade.
No, even though I want to sing “raindrops on kittens” I am going to refrain. No, I am not going to sing the refrain. But, “these are a few of our favorite things,” aren’t they?
And thus we have the “Sound of Obesity” in America.
In future Blogs I will provide”Hints from Heloise” on how to clean the sugars out of your house and body.
Luv (without sugar on it),
Blog by Glenna Moe Kansas City Dietitian
Every day we see BREAKING NEWS research, (Have you noticed that everything these days is BREAKING NEWS? Breaking news… gas prices going up….breaking news….gas prices going down….breaking news…..gas prices unchanged. When are they going to start scrolling across the bottom of the screen… same news as yesterday…veggies are the key to health….veggies seen in reducing diabetes …..veggies seen in reducing Alzheimer’s….)
This is the same old news that your Grandmother told you 50 years ago is: Eat your veggies to stay healthy!
Today we are going to learn how to treat your veggies to a day at the spa so …BREAKING NEWS…veggies can taste great!
Pick your favorite root vegetable. (Root root root for the home team. If they don’t win it’s a shame… for its 1, 2, 3 strikes you’re out at the old health game…)
Root veggies include beets, sweet potatoes, onions, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and others.
Today we will take our Sexy Beet to the Spa.
Set the Mood: Turn the lights down. Start a CD with ocean sounds. Light a sandalwood candle.
Start with an entire beet, root and all.
Gently rub the beet with a soft brush to exfoliate the dead skin cells. Rinse under warm pure mountain stream water.
Pat dry with a fluffy Turkish towel.
Mix fresh Italian extra virgin organic olive oil with freshly dried organic herbs deprovence. Using a mortar and pestle gently press the virgin herbs into the oil while humming a soft Italian melody.
Rub the oil gently into the beet in a circular motion to work the oil deep into the beet’s tissues.
After the beet is well oiled place in a lightly oiled pan. Tell him that he is getting ready for the tanning bed. We don’t want to stress him. Place the pan into an oven pre-heated to a toasty 350 degrees. Do not cover. Leave him naked. Roast for about 30 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the beet’s freshly oiled skin. Plug your ears so you don’t hear the tiny blood curdling scream coming from the roasting beet.
When tender remove from oven.
Serve whole to your eager guests. They can slice the beet in half and eat like a baked potato. The skin is optional.
Any root vegetable will love this spa experience. And your guests will love the results.
(This whole veggie Spa thing is creeping me out. If it makes you feel less squeamish follow this: Take a beet, scrub it under some water, dry it off, rub olive oil on it, throw it in the oven at 350 degrees for about ½ hour, take out when tender and eat.)
Another hint: add delicious sexy roasted beets to hummus for a terrific treat.
Sexy Veggie Spa Blog written by Glenna Moe, Kansas City Dietitian
Have you noticed that life happens when you least expect it? And when it does all of your self discipline vanishes? Over the last two weeks I have spent much of my time in hospital rooms. (I know, you are saying, “duh, you are a dietitian and you work in a hospital.” This is true but this is not why I have been in hospital rooms.) Anyway, during this time I have discovered 3 important truths.
1. Hospital food is pretty good these days. Except Salisbury steak. Who in their right mind would eat Salisbury steak? What is Salisbury steak anyway?
B. Fast food tastes better than hospital food when you are pacing in waiting rooms and stressed to the max. So do donuts, ice-cream, chocolate and other assorted junk foods.
D. Getting back to regular exercise, Greek yogurt, almonds and salads makes one feel absolutely wonderful.
So, I suggest you apply these proven steps during this holiday season when your schedule is thrown totally off:
3 Steps for Success:
A. Do not despair. Life happens. Normalcy does return. (I hope.)
4. Carry almonds in your bag at all times. A handful takes the edge off and can save you from wild uncontrollable fast food binges.
1. Grab exercise minutes wherever and whenever possible. Take the stairs. Do crunches while sitting in a chair. (the person sitting next to you will quietly move away leaving you more room to spread out.) Fidget. (This also encourages people to move away from you.) Move whenever possible.
3. Keep hydrated. Carry a bottle of water with you and take swigs regularly.
I have had my little pea pickin heart blessed the last couple of weeks. But I am looking forward to the return of my healthy routine. Be sure to return to your healthy routine as quickly as possible.
And last but not least we only have 7,467 more days left to vote. (I seem to be having trouble with my numbering skills. Do you think it could be the donuts and fast food? NAW…)