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5 Veggies You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

By: Kristen Castillo

Adding a new vegetable into the mix, whether sweet or savory, can inspire your taste buds. Soon you may find yourself lingering a little longer in the produce section to find something new.
 
Still, some veggies are lesser-known or unknown altogether! Check out these picks for five veggies you’ve probably never heard of and then challenge yourself to find, prepare and enjoy some exotic selections.
 
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A Guide to Healthy Portion Control from Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

A well balanced meal consists of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy and lean proteins. When eating out, it can be a guessing game as to how big or small of a portion you’re eating of these food groups. But at restaurants like Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes where you can craft your own meal from self-serve salad bars of fresh produce and buffets of scratch-made soups, pastas, focaccia, and desserts, you can be in control of the portion sizes of the foods that make up a healthy meal more...

Veggie Burger Benefits (With Recipes!)

One tasty way to get more plants into your diet is with veggie burgers. Made with beans, soy, nuts vegetables, whole grains and similar ingredients, veggie burgers can be a smart way to add more fiber and nutrients to your day.  At restaurants, follow these tips to order the best veggie burger, and search for dietitian-recommended menu choices like those below.

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Omega-3s for the Non-Fish-Lover: Why You Need Them and How to Get Them

By Amy Magill

Omega-3s and your health
There seems to be a link between omega-3s, particularly those found in seafood, and better heart health. Foods rich in omega-3s may reduce triglyceride levels (a type of fat in the blood) and blood pressure (slightly). They may also lower the risk of heart disease, heart failure, and arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). Plus, if you already have heart disease, omega-3s may reduce your chance of fatal heart events.
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Dinner and a Show: Pairing Food with Your Theater Experience

Date Night
What you’re seeing: You scored tickets to see Hamilton and can’t wait to surprise your girlfriend with them over dinner. The smash hit musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, through hip-hop, blues and so much more. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical depiction of Hamilton’s life is famous all over the world—it’s no wonder the show has won 11 Tony Awards.

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The Top Choice is the Taco Trio at R Taco

The menu choice includes one grilled chicken fajita taco topped with pico de gallo and cilantro; one grilled fish taco topped with red cabbage, cilantro and chipotle crema; one grilled baja shrimp taco topped with red cabbage, cilantro and creamy baja sauce. All served on corn tortillas.

If you’re a taco-lover like us, R Taco is the restaurant for you. R Taco, formerly known as Rusty Taco, knows how to build more...

Good Grains for a Good Cause

Whole Grains Month, celebrated every September, is designed to showcase the flavor and health benefits of whole grains. If you’re new to the variety of grains and whole grain products now available, be on the lookout throughout the month for tips and recipes that can get you started more...

What We’re Reading: Fresh New Recipe, Menu Labeling, HIIT

Menu Labeling
Menu labeling is once again making news.  While New York was announcing a delay in enforcing their labeling rules, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., was outlining the agency’s commitment to ensuring more...

Mediterranean Diet Linked to Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes

By Rebecca Brundidge

For much of the last 30 years, U.S. dietary guidelines have emphasized low-fat diets in an effort to decrease obesity rates and create a healthier population. This paradigm has changed, and in 2015, the previous restriction on percentage of calories from total fat was discontinued. With cardiovascular disease still on the rise (now accounting for about 1 in 3 deaths in the United States[1]), researchers continue to more...

Smooth Move! 10 Smoothie Recipes to Try This Summer

By: Kristen Castillo

Enjoy a smoothie for breakfast or a snack. Just be careful about drinking too many of your day’s calories, as beverage versions of food are generally less filling than their whole food counterparts. Also keep in mind – these tasty drinks don’t have to be loaded with sugar to taste good and be good-for-you, too.
 
Smoothies are easy to like and can be a good way to pack a lot of healthful ingredients into one nutrient-dense more...

The Top Choice is Tilapia Piccata at Olive Garden

Grilled Tilapia is topped with a tantilizing lemon garlic butter sauce, richly-flavored sun-dried tomatoes and capers. Request Parmesan Garlic Broccoli instead of zucchini served on the side to make this a Healthy Dining choice with lean protein and fiber-packed veggies.

Olive Garden restaurants want to bring the family to the table to talk, to laugh, to celebrate and maybe even to cry or yell a little over good food and a glass of wine. These flavorful dishes blend tradition with more...

Celebrating Healthy Men: June is Men’s Health Month

By: Kristen Castillo

Men’s Health Network, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to share health awareness messages with boys, men and their families, spearheads the men’s health movement.

Here are some tips to help men get and stay healthy all year round.

Go to the Doctor
Staying healthy entails regular doctor visits. Men make half as many preventive doctors’ visits as women. Yet checkups more...

Healthy Dining Tips for Country Singer Clayton Anderson

Anderson, who doesn’t have any allergies, says he “loves pretty much everything except relish and butter pickles.”
 
He enjoys eating fast food including sandwiches, chicken, burgers and Mexican food. Healthy Dining dietitians have made some healthy and savory meal suggestions.
 
Fast Food
When he hits up his favorite chicken restaurant, Anderson typically orders grilled nuggets or grilled chicken strips with more...

The Top Choice Tabouli & Melon Salad at Karl Strauss Brewing Company

This crisp and refreshing salad is anything but average.  Organic spring mix, crumbled goat cheese, melon, strawberries, toasted almonds and whole-wheat tabouli are combined with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, mint, and raspberry-hazelnut vinaigrette for a savory sweet choice.  Fruit, veggies and whole grains make this a nutritious choice that could be habit-forming.  Healthy Dining’s dietitians recommend requesting less goat cheese (3/4 oz.) and dressing on the side.  more...

The Top Choice is… Wonton Happiness Salad at Sweet Tomatoes

One of several dietitian-recommended choices at the popular buffet restaurant, the Wonton Happiness choice does not disappoint! With nutritious leafy greens, sweet mandarin oranges, crisp wontons and tangy dressing, one cup of this top pick clocks in at just 100 calories and overflows with flavor.

Sweet Tomatoes restaurant, along with sister concept Souplantation, prides itself on “providing guests with the freedom to create their own wholesome meals with freshly prepared more...

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