The One-Day Fresh Food Challenge

5 Jul

I challenge any willing takers to prove to yourself and those around you (I’m looking at all you role models out there!) that eating healthfully is possible, delicious and feels great.

Keep reading for the reasons why a One-Day Fresh Food Challenge is important, and my meal and snack ideas to get you started.

Why am I asking you to focus on just one day? As sure as a journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step, the diet to get to 100 years starts with a single bite.

Most of us need to make changes to the way we eat; many of us want to; and change is hard. So simply getting started is a big part of the battle! Click here to read the complete post at FreshDirect’s MyFD blog.

17 Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Eats

24 Jun

School’s out for summer! For some of us, the change in schedules means more family meals at home. Parents may be looking for new ideas that are healthy and easy to prepare; it certainly was a hot topic among parents last week at a nutrition workshop I hosted, so it’s been on my mind a lot lately!

I’ve gathered some of my favorite ideas to share from MyPlate, USDA, American Dietetic Association, and some of my own from my days teaching nutrition after-school programs in NYC elementary schools. Most of these kid-friendly ideas work just as well for adults looking for simple, healthy solutions. (More…)

5 Highly Effective Health Habits

27 Mar

Maybe you’re convinced that eating right is important, but are unsure of where to start. You’re not alone. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the nutrition news “noise” and lose sight of simple, yet powerful, ways to eat right and feel great.

Over at FreshDirect’s blog, I’m on week four of National Nutrition Month, and the fourth installment of how to use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in real life to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits. This week’s focus is on five highly effective healthy habits. (More…)

Nutrients: What’s Hot, What’s Not

23 Mar

4 Nutrients You Should Know & Love — and 2 to Break Up With

Last week’s National Nutrition Month post on the FreshDirect blog is the third installment of how to use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in real life to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits.

While “everything in moderation” is a mantra you may have heard, like most things — there are exceptions. Nobody likes to be the food police, but truth be told, of course there are good and bad foods (and good and bad habits), and most people know the difference.

I’m not talking about the artisanal champagne truffle or dry-aged steak dinner you enjoy once a year; but I am talking about everyday choices that can make a big impact on your everyday sense of wellbeing.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 feature four superstar nutrients most Americans need to be eating more of, and two that most of us could do with less of — all in the interest of living healthy, vibrant lives. Read the full post here.

Seafood Twice a Week: Easier Than You Think!

10 Mar

Each week during March, aka National Nutrition Month, I’ll be writing on FreshDirect’s blog about how to use the recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in real life to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits. A sampling is below, read the full post (and expert chef ideas for quick seafood dinners at home), here.

Regularly enjoying a variety of seafood is one of the best (and tastiest) ways to benefit from their heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. That’s the main reason health experts from the likes of the American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 all promote eating fish twice a week. There’s also emerging research linking omega-3s to improved mood and brain function.

Maybe you’re convinced that you should eat seafood, but you think fish is a kitchen challenge. You’re not alone!

To help, I talked with our Director of Research and Development, Chef Tina Bourbeau, who knows a thing or two about preparing seafood from her days working in New York’s finest kitchens. She’s also a tried-and-true New Yorker, which means she values a quick, delicious, no-mess dinner as much as the next person.

Read the full post (and expert chef ideas for quick seafood dinners at home), here.

just 2 nice things for winter workouts

13 Dec

It’s holiday season in the frenzy of NYC so I’ll keep this short.

The holidays are here, which means that most of America is heading for a health hangover come New Year’s Day. For those of us who are struggling to balance healthy habits with a bit of indulgence, I just wanted to share two small things that I think make winter workouts enjoyable.

1. Netflix.

2. Hot chocolate.

Yes, you read right: Netflix & hot cocoa, and here’s why:

- Netflix streaming offers a number of workout videos that you can browse through and test out anytime you want without the threat of the elements (from the comfort of your home, or if you’re on the road, from your laptop in your hotel room!) — no more committing to buying another workout DVD you may grow tired of or that might not be a great fit for you, either. For example, I’ve just added a few Pilates videos to my “Instant Queue”, and plan to test drive each one this week. Also, we have a Roku box that makes it easy to navigate the options via the TV, where it’s nice to have the larger screen (compared to my 13″ macbook) for following along with the exercises.

- Hot chocolate after a workout made with dark cocoa powder and low-fat or skim milk is not only a cozy treat on a cold day, it’s a fantastic recovery drink! It’s got potassium, magnesium, and protein for starters, which helps replenish these important nutrients after a workout. You’ll also get a dose of calcium and vitamin D (if the milk you use is fortified, as most are). All good stuff, especially when your body is in recovery mode. Also, just a personal note: I don’t love super-rich hot chocolate, so I mix cocoa powder with 4 ounces of hot water and add 4 ounces of lactose-free organic 1% milk (am just the teensiest bit lactose-sensitive).

Well, that’s it. Nothing Earth-shattering here, but these two things make working out in winter easier for this California girl.

How do you get motivated to workout when it’s cold and unpleasant outside?

My Writing: Salt Talk

30 Jun

July 2010 Issue

Salt Talk — Experts Call for Acceptable Sodium Levels in Foods
By Maggie Moon, MS, RD
Today’s Dietitan
Vol. 12 No. 7 P. 32

As one of the most pervasive ingredients in products today, salt is the subject of much scrutiny. Public health-minded professionals will be interested to learn about strategies to minimize intake. Read more…

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