Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2011’

How to make lunch less of a chore

Aug 31, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Well, it is officially back to school time. For those of us who have little ones, it is time to think about what to pack in their lunches. It is easy to get in a daily rut, especially since many children tend to favor foods that we may not consider so healthy. The “Debunking Dietitian” wrote a nice article on ideas for lunch, so if you are not lucky enough to have your child’s lunch meals provided by Meriwether-Godsey, hopefully you will find this information helpful.  Happy eating!


Weekly Wisdom – Fruit imposters!

Aug 16, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Fruit imposters!

Beware of enticing pictures of fruit on packages of cereal & other foods.

They may be nothing more than “gobs” sweetened with sugar, fruit flavorings & other additives.

  • Check labels: “bits” or “crunchlets” are not fruit; “fruit puree” is mostly sugar
  • Instead add fresh fruit to your cereal & other foods…tis the season for fresh fruit!


September featured recipe: Apple, walnut & wild rice salad

12 servings

Apple, walnut & wild rice salad

1 cup raw wild rice blend (or barley)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup granny smith apple, diced to 1/2”
1/2 cup red delicious apple, diced to 1/2”
6T craisins
4T cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp dried sage (1 1/2 T fresh)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
6 T olive oil

  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Drain & cool.
  2. Toast walnuts in 3500F oven until browned (6-8 minutes).
  3. Combine vinegar, sage, red pepper, salt & parsley.
  4. Whisk in oil.
  5. Combine all ingredients together and refrigerate.
    *Note: Toss cut apples in orange juice to prevent browning.

Eat your colors


Grain confusion

Aug 16, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

With all the confusion out there regarding multi grain vs. whole grain, vs. whole wheat I thought this article provided a nice summary of what the term "multi-grain" actually means. Unfortunately marketing claims can get in the way of our making informed decisions about healthy foods.

To read this article click here

Mindful eating

Aug 16, 2011
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

It’s very frustrating to me to hear all the hype about dieting. I’m here to tell you, I’ve tried dieting for 45 years, and it doesn’t work! All it does is make you fat…or fatter! (ok, it works for some, but I don’t consider 3% of the population enough to call it an effective way to lose weight, and keep it off!)

There are so many diets out there, it’s hard to know if anything is truly effective at taking off excess weight, regardless of age or physical condition. Yes, it usually boils down to a mathematical equation: calories in have to be less than calories out. But that equation neglects to factor in the emotional side of eating. By going on a diet and restricting your food intake, you’re really just putting food at the forefront of your mind all the time, which, at least for me, makes me want it even more.  

I’m trying a new approach. Cate Smith, MG director, has been talking about ‘mindful eating’ for years. To me, it’s really just about being aware of what your body wants & needs…not trying to force your body into doing what your mind wants to do. Appreciating every bite you put in your mouth, and how you feel afterwards. Eating anything you want (how scary is THAT!?!?) but only when you’re hungry (hmmm….there’s an interesting concept-eating only because you’re hungry…).  This is a very challenging concept for people, like me, who have spent years riding up & down on the dieting roller coaster…people who have spent a lifetime ignoring what they feel or even worse, trying to self medicate so that they feel nothing. There are lots of forms of self medication out there-drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex -- and food, my current drug of choice.  Of the many drugs I’ve used to self medicate over the years, overcoming my food addiction has been by far the most difficult.

I’ll keep you posted on how I’m doing as I travel down the mindful path…so far I feel much better-mentally, emotionally & physically.

Weekly Wisdom – Energy bars

Aug 8, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Do energy bars really give you energy?
Yes! But only from calories They won’t make you more energetic, smarter or stronger, but they can be a good occasional snack. Some tips:

  • Choose bars with more fiber (minimum of 2 gms.)
  • Choose low calorie & low saturated fat ( 2gm/serving)
  • Skip the high protein (unless you are snacking after strenuous exercise)
  • Get your vitamins from natural foods-your body will utilize them better


Who's going to save the world?

Aug 1, 2011
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

When asked who my food hero’s are, many names come to mind. Paul Prudhomme has been a big favorite for many years, both for his food and for his humility. Others include Alice Waters, Julia Child, Wolfgang Puck and Mario Batali. Chef Dan Barber is a hero of a different sort. He’s talking (loudly) and people are listening, of the link between good farms, delicious food & a greener planet. The article "Can Farms Save the World?" found on below is an example of his musings that makes me proud to be a chef in this era, and want to be an even better steward of this planet.

Here is another piece of the article: "Edible Education" found on

Photo by: On Being on Flickr