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A healthy heart is a happy heart

February 7, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

February is American Heart Month (Go Red, as well as Valentine’s Day.  We don’t often think of heart disease being the # 1 killer of women, especially when we are indulging in our chocolate treats from our loved one(s).  But don’t fret, we don’t have to completely wipe chocolate out of our heart healthy diet.  In fact, incorporating small amounts of dark chocolate in our diet can be beneficial….with the key word being small! Dark chocolate offers heart healthy benefits due to their flavonol content.  Think dark ... skip milk chocolate and pick the darkest chocolate possible to get more flavonols. Bars with a higher percent of cocoa in their ingredient lists generally are the best; many brands have about 50 percent, but some offer more than 80 percent. Along with dark chocolate, treats that contain nuts tend to deliver the biggest benefits where heart health is concerned. Avoid chocolates filled with creams, which are high in fat, or with "fruit" fillings that likely don't feature any real fruit - just extra sugar.  So this month as you indulge in your Valentine treats, take a moment to think about your real "heart."

Weekly Wisdom – Think beyond milk

January 30, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

 Get more calcium…to keep bones strong & reduce fractures. Think beyond milk:

  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Canned salmon with bones (they are edible)
  • Tofu, fortified soymilk & fruit juice

Food reigns

January 25, 2011
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

I came across this article from The Denver Post while searching for blog topics.  It's food critic Tucker Shaw's last post before moving to a different assignment with the paper. I absolutely love what he has to say, from enjoying the simplest of flavors to shaming us for taking for granted how truly blessed we are.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

You never fully appreciate a good thing until it's gone

January 25, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Much to my dismay, Fresh Air Natural Foods, my source for all things “healthy” has closed after 20 years of business. I mourn this loss for (mostly) selfish reasons.

  1. The vast amounts of flours, grains & beans gave me easy access to foods not commonly sold in our local grocery store (quinoa, whole wheat pastry flour, millet, etc).
  2. The prices were reasonable and buying in  gave me the ability to buy smaller amounts of items eaten less frequently.
  3. The most selfish reason-I often gave myself a nice pat on the back when I bypassed Whole Foods in favor of our local store.

Shopping local has it benefits and I admit that skipping the big organic grocer not only saved me time & money, it gave me the rights to boast that I support our local economy.  But alas, my support was not enough and my beloved store closed its doors. This has lead to much discouragement as having a store like this in Lynchburg gave me easy access to cooking healthy & delicious food.  Now my grain & flour purchases are going to take much more careful planning…road trip to Charlottesville anyone?

Weekly Wisdom – Eat 3 food groups at breakfast

January 24, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Eat 3 food groups at breakfast. 
High carbohydrate cereals won’t keep hunger at bay for long. Include lean protein, carbohydrates & fat

  • Whole wheat toast with peanut or almond butter
  • Hard boiled egg with whole grain toast
  • Greek yogurt with fruit  

Trash Talk – Energy Vampires

January 23, 2011
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

Energy Vampires are all over your home, office, dorm room!

  • Take a look around at night to see what is still glowing – that will help you find the culprits!  
  • Microwave or coffee brewer with digital clock; dvd player or cable box; any type of charger, especially cell phone; all computer equipment
  • One easy fix? Plug several of these type items into a power strip that can be switched off when not in use.

For more tips, go to:
And you thought vampires were just in the movies!


Weekly Wisdom – Smart heart, helathy mind?

January 16, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Smart Heart, Healthy Mind?  What is good for the mind is good for the heart.
Plaque buildup can affect the heart & mind.
Some simple solutions to protect both:

  • Pick fish-One to 2 (4 oz) servings of fatty fish per week-salmon, mackerel, rainbow trout, sardines
  • Pour a glass of red wine
  • Eat more produce-increase your intake of fruits & vegetables


DIY mac and cheese recipe

January 12, 2011
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

Love the way this article by The Pioneer Woman is written and how easy it is to follow this delicious and simple mac and cheese recipe... YUMMY!!!

Follow the recipe here

February Recipe: Roasted Edamame “Spoons”

Makes 3 cups

1lb — frozen (or fresh) shelled edamame
1T — olive oil
1/2T — sea salt
1/8T — black pepper
2T — lite soy (optional)

  1. Preheat conventional oven to 350°
  2. Toss edamame with oil, salt, & pepper
  3. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray, spread edamame in single layer
  4. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring beans every 30 minutes
  5. Drizzle with lite soy, if desired

Weekly Wisdom – Get-slim (part 2)

January 9, 2011
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Get-Slim…tips for good health & weight loss, part 2

  • Savor a small treat each day; 2 squares of dark chocolate are under 150 calories
  • Count calories - keep track of what you eat either on paper or online
  • Get enough sleep! 8 hours or more (less can alter hunger hormones)
  • Move more!
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