#FoodLabelFriday: BBQ Sauce

I love barbecue sauce! One of my favorite quick meals is to throw boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crock-pot with some BBQ sauce to make a super easy pulled BBQ chicken. I try to keep a jar of BBQ sauce on hand a jar for the days that I’m relying on convenience and don’t have a time to whip up homemade BBQ sauce.

For this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Sensuous Slathering Sauce.
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Tips for a Healthier Barbecue

Summer barbecues do not need to be synonymous with overeating. To survive the season without gaining weight here are some tips for a healthier barbecue.

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Guilt Free Portioning- Eat Everything on Your Plate:

This blog post was written by Amanda Clark, an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 25 years experience. She is the creator of Portion Perfection, a set of innovative visual tools that make portion control easier!

Eat everything on your plate – guilt free

“I’m so full, I should’ve stopped eating 5 minutes ago”. We’ve all been there at one time or another. Despite your meal looking a little too large when it arrived, everything has been eaten and you’re left with a rising sense of guilt and a promise to make up for it by only eating celery sticks the next day.
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Healthy Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo!

In anticipation for Cinco de Mayo, I am dedicating this post to the topic of healthier festive drinks. When I think of Cinco de Mayo celebrations, margaritas definitely come to mind. However, anytime that I am drinking a beverage other than water, I can’t help but to be mindful of how the calories and sugars add up. And they can add up very quickly. When it comes to liquor I try to stick with the clears. Luckily, margaritas can be made with silver tequila, which is clear! Clear liquors like silver tequila, vodka, gin and clear or white rum have less sugar compared to the darker liquors. So remember, the darker the liquor, the bigger the hangover. One serving of clear liquor will contain about 96-110 calories and no carbohydrates, but that’s just for the liquor without any mixers.
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Eat Green for Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!  To celebrate, I challenge you to incorporate greener, plant-based foods into your diet.  Eating greens is not only good for your health, but is also better for our environment.  Double bonus!  Here are five easy ways to be greener and eat greener:

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Valentine’s Day Menu

This Valentine’s Day have a romantic meal at home!  I have come up with a Valentine’s Day menu that is filled with love and the color red!  This will not only save you money, but since you are in control of the ingredients, your home-cooked meal has the potential to be the healthier option.

You can never go wrong with breakfast in bed!  While pancakes and waffles are a nice treat, eggs are a super quick breakfast option.  I used a heart shape template to shape the egg in an attempt to make breakfast more festive.  Add a slice of wheat toast, Greek yogurt, and raspberries for a well balanced meal.  Yum! Continue reading →

The Most Delicious Spicy Peanut Veggie Noodles

Today is Meatless Monday and I have a super tasty protein and veggie-packed recipe!  This dish is the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spicy deliciousness! With such an amazing flavor you almost forget you are eating vegetables.

INGREDIENTS:

Spicy Peanut Noodle Ingredients

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp Sriacha Sauce (less if desire less spiciness)
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp Fresh Grated Ginger
14oz Extra-Firm Tofu
1 Zucchini
1 Squash
3 Carrots, peeled
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Super Bowl Food Touchdowns

Whether you are a football fanatic or a once-a-year football fan, there’s one tradition that nearly everyone looks forward to: the Super Bowl! Super Bowl parties often are fueled by food, booze and fun commercials. If you’re not a superfan, then you are probably most excited about the experience of sharing game-day food and drink with your friends.

Mindless snacking during game time leads to the excessive consumption of calories from Super Bowl party must-haves, like eight-layer dip, buffalo wings, pizza and beer. It is not uncommon for a fan to consume an entire day’s worth of calories during the game. And forget about the after party— calories galore! While professional football players may need the energy provided by higher-calorie foods, football fans watching the game can’t compare their sporadic jumping for joy (or frustration) to the non-stop intense workout that players get on the field. Continue reading →

18 Cholesterol Lowering Foods!

In honor of National Cholesterol Education Month my last blog post, Cholesterol: The Facts, was dedicated to cholesterol.  Now I want to talk about cholesterol lowering foods.

The best way to improve your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease is to change your diet and lifestyle. Eat a whole foods, plant-based diet and incorporate exercise and stress-relieving activities into your daily routine.  Here is my list of 18 great cholesterol lowering foods! Continue reading →

Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam

photo (5)Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam has become a must-have in my refrigerator!  As I mentioned in my last post, Refrigerator Chia Seed Jam is a much healthier alternative to store-bought jam.

I love chia seed jam because it is so easy to make and it’s also healthy!  There is no cooking, no canning, no pectin and only natural ingredients!

In this post I will show you have to make Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Jam!  The combination of strawberries and rhubarb pack this jam full of powerful nutrients. Continue reading →

About Gina
Gina Consalvo-Hassick, MA, RD, LDN, CDE, NCC is a registered dietitian and is actively involved in various food and nutrition communities. She has counseled and assessed a wide range of patients and has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and consulting. Areas of specialization include weight management, eating disorders, and wellness nutrition.
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