Weekly Wisdom - Think beyond milk

Weekly Wisdom – Think beyond milk


January 30, 2012
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, 2012
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, 2012
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, 2012
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, 2012
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: http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/greentips/energy-vampires.html
And you thought vampires were just in the movies!


Weekly Wisdom – Smart heart, helathy mind?


January 16, 2012
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, 2012
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, 2012
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!

Trash Talk – A better use for your old phone


January 9, 2012
Leslie Phillips, President & COO

Every year upgrades or damage make as many as 100 million cell phones obsolete!

  • Up to 75 percent of obsolete phones are stockpiled in drawers, including the battery and the charger.
  • Cell phones in working condition are often donated to people with disabilities or shelters for battered women, as any phone is capable of dialing 911 regardless of its service.
  • Most major providers collect old phones, batteries & chargers to donate.

Click here for more tips