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March is National Nutrition Month

MediLodge of Howell celebrates National Nutrition Month and encourages you to incorporate healthier food in to your diet. Nutrition involves monitoring the food and drink that is necessary for living. Nutrition is important for living a healthy lifestyle. By practicing proper nutrition, you can have a healthy body and long life. There are some things you should know about nutrition and the information in this article can help you with a few tips to show you just how easy it is to incorporate good nutrition into your life.

We eat vegetables both cooked and raw. Which is better? Raw vegetables have their advocates. But current studies show that most vegetables have higher nutritional value and are more digestible when cooked. Carrots and cabbage are tasty eaten raw, but many vegetables are palatable only when cooked. Steaming is the best method to retain food value.

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month

Seniors can live longer, stay sharp mentally longer and maintain a high quality of life longer, with good nutrition every day. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables help keep bones stronger, which reduces the risk of fractures. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables can also reduce recuperation times in the event a fracture occurs.

Introduce food to your young children gradually. If they are small, expect them to want to touch and smell the food first. Don’t chide then for doing this, or they may have a negative impression of the food and refuse to eat it. Help them to get a grasp on the color, texture, and smell of the food.

As stated earlier, nutrition includes monitoring the food and drink that is necessary for living. Nutrition keeps people healthy and proper nutrition is essential for a long life. Using the information in this article, you can practice proper nutrition and live a long and healthy life.

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Tired Of The Same Old Holiday Foods? Give Your Favorites A Facelift!

Every family differs when it comes to holiday dinner traditions. But discover the happy medium between the traditional dishes and the not so customary holiday meals with three quick and convenient recipe twists from MediLodge of Hillman. First, start with a can of shrimp, a little garlic and some dried dill weed and transform your regular mashed potatoes into a delectable seafood side dish. Next, substitute your traditional green-bean casserole with a quick Easy Cheesy Herbed Creamed Spinach dish. Combine a few cans of spinach with a little garlic-and-herb cheese and you’ve created a simple side, packed with flavor and nutrition. Finally, finish the meal with a new twist on an old holiday standby. Try “zesting up” great-grandma’s fruitcake recipe. Don’t forget that the holidays are about spending time with family. While you want your meals to look and taste fantastic, you needn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So try these simple, yet tasty twists on your old classics and your crowd is sure to ask for seconds!

Walnut Coconut Cream Holiday Fruitcake

1 cup candied cherries, halved

1 (4 ounce) container candied pineapple slices,

          cut into thin (about 1/8-inch) wedges

1 cup golden raisins

2 tablespoons brandyfruitcake

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2/3 cup butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs, separated

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

1 cup sweetened cream of coconut (canned)

2 cups coarsely broken walnuts

In large bowl stir together cherries, pineapple slices, raisins and brandy; let stand an hour or longer. In small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla extract; Beat in egg yolks until blended. Stir in lemon rind. Add 1/3 of flour mixture and ½ of coconut cream and stir until smooth. Repeat stir remaining flour until smooth. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold in to batter. Pour over fruit mixture then stir in walnuts. Spoon into well buttered pans and spread to smooth. Set a shallow pan of hot water on lowest oven rack or floor of oven. Bake at 300°F on rack below center of oven until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean – 2 to 2 ½ hours for 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch pan, or 1 1/2 to 2 hours for small pans. Cool on racks. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator. This fruitcake slices beautifully, and tastes good when cold. Makes 2 large loaves or 5 small loaves.

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A summer pig-roast is one of many lovely activities involving lodgers, staff and the community.

The Role of Nutrition in Sarcopenia Prevention

MediLodge of Yale understands the important connection between nutrition and health. Approximately 45% of older adults in the United States are affected by Sarcopenia, a number that will continue to increase as the population ages. Sarcopenia, the Greek term meaning “poverty of the flesh,” is the progressive loss of muscle mass, function, quality, and strength driven by the aging process. This loss of muscle mass often leads to diminished strength and decreased activity levels and can contribute to mobility issues, osteoporosis, falls, and fractures, frailty and loss of physical function and independence.

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Factors that accelerate an older adult’s loss of muscle mass include: decreased physical activity, refusal to consume meals related to restrictive therapeutic diets, decreased ability to eat independently, adverse consequences of medications, and depression. The older adult on average consumes fewer calories and protein than younger adults. Studies illustrate the correlation between protein ingestion and muscle mass. So it is very important to consume proteins in an effort to support good health and to stimulate protein synthesis within the body thus promoting muscle mass. Beneficial proteins are listed below. Try to incorporate and encourage older adults to enjoy these foods and promote good health this holiday season and throughout the year.

Examples of Beneficial Proteins include:

• Pudding

• Cheese / Cottage Cheese / String Cheese

• Peanut Butter / Nuts

• YogurtMediLodge of Yale

• Hearty Soups

• Milk / Dairy Products

• Hard Boiled Eggs

• Hummus

• Granola / Seeds / Nuts

• Tuna / Beef / Pork / Poultry

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November is National Good Nutrition Month

By Chris Burchell, Executive Chef, MediLodge of Monroe

Everyone put away their summer clothes and get out the cold weather gear! It is sad to see temperatures sinking into the 40’s, but there is nothing like the changing of the seasons! One of nature’s greatest accomplishments is the changing of the seasons, and it only last for a brief period, starting right about now. November will find the leaves in their full glory. November also happens to be National Good Nutrition month. A wise theme for what is inevitably the start of the holidays, and so shrewdly placed just after Halloween!

I believe everyone can boost the nutrition of their daily diet without having to make serious significant changes. It is safe to say, however, that getting rid of as many prepared food items from your pantry and refrigerators is paramount to having any real kind of accomplishment in the area of nutrition.

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Simple changes like subbing celery and peanut butter or roasted nuts for chips, can make an immediate impact. Eating multiple small meals, 5 or 6, per day takes a little bit of planning and commitment, but can boost metabolism and have you finding yourself shedding unnecessary ounces of weight without even exercising.

One of the best ways to boost nutrition that I’ve seen the federal government attempt to implement was the idea of incorporating as many different colors on your meal plate as possible. It is simple and brilliant all at the same time…. most of the nutritious components in our food is grouped into certain foods. These groups of foods/nutritional components coincidentally enough fall linearly into certain color groups. Red fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigments called “lycopene.” Lycopene, in tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit, may help reduce risk of several types of cancer, especially prostate cancer. Orange/yellow fruits and vegetables are usually colored by natural plant pigments called “carotenoids.” Beta-carotene in sweet potatoes, pumpkins and carrots is converted to vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and healthy eyes. Green foods get their hue from chlorophyll, a natural blood purifier that increases red blood cell count and helps the liver and kidneys eliminate toxins. The “indoles” in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables may help protect against some types of cancer. Leafy greens such as spinach and broccoli are excellent sources of folate, a B vitamin that helps reduce risk of birth defects.

MediLodge of Monroe invites you to enjoy this delicious recipe!

Pasta Primavera

Ingredients:

3 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips

1 bunch asparagus, woody stem removed, cut into 1 inch peices

2 yellow squash, cut into thin strips

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 lb. mushrooms, sliced

1/4 cup olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1-1/2 tablespoons dried Italian herbs

1 pound short pasta (Penne, Farfalle, Etc.)

1 container grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Asiago

pasta

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  1. On a large heavy baking sheet, toss all of the vegetables with the oil, salt, pepper, and dried herbs to coat. Transfer half of the vegetable mixture to another heavy large baking sheet and arrange evenly over the baking sheets. Bake until the carrots are tender and the vegetables begin to brown, stirring after the first 10 minutes and adding tomatoes, about 20 minutes total.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.

Toss the pasta with the vegetable mixtures in a large bowl to combine. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the cheese and serve immediately.

Bon Appetit!

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The Power Of 10: Taking Advantage Of Highly Nutritional Food

With the help of these foods, you can boost the nutritional value of any meal.barley

1. Barley: This grain is hearty, top source of beta-glucan, and contains the same cholesterol lowering fiber found in oats.

2. Baby spinach: Two cups of this leafy green is more than 3 times your recommended dose of vitamin K.

3. Black Beans: The dark hue from plant chemicals that gives black beans their color may also reduce your risk of breast cancer.Bok Choy

4. Bok Choy: In 1 cup cooked, gives more than 50% of your day’s recommended dose of vitamin C.

5. Canned Salmon: Rich in omega 3 and low in mercury is also now available in pouches, making it easy to pack in your two weekly servings of fish!

6. Chia seeds: Getting your omega-3’s has never been easier, containing 5,000mg of alpha-linolenic acid.Chia Seeds

7. Citrus: Contains cancer fighting flavonoids that lower your odds of lung, stomach, colon and breast cancers.

8. Kefir: Providing 40% of your day’s energizing riboflavin and vitamin B12, this dairy drink also contains probiotics to support gut health.

9. Low-sodium vegetable juice: During busy times during the week, this super juice is packed with vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, lycopene and fiber.

10. Tomato sauce: The easiest source of lycopene for America, and antioxidant that helps protect your skin from sun damage and may also fight cancer.

Most of these foods are found at your local grocery store.  Remember, there are always simple easy ways to improve the nutritional value of daily foods you consume.

Your challenge: Incorporate two of these foods into your weekly meal routine.Citrus

Na Zdraví (to your health)

Kim Drochak, Dietary Clinician

MediLodge of Milford

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Healthy Lifestyle Tips from MediLodge of Taylor

by Kathleen Kadau, RD, MediLodge of Taylor

Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has healthy eating tips focusing on older adults.  It is part of their campaign promoting informed food choices and developing positive eating and physical activity habits.  Dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2013 with these tips.

Taylor Healthy Tips

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables

Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables plus beans and peas.  Fresh, frozen and canned vegetables all count.  Choose “reduced sodium” or “no-salt-added” canned vegetables.  Buy fruits that are dried, frozen or canned in water or 100% juice, as well as fresh fruits.

• Make at least half your grains whole

Choose 100% whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice.  Look for fiber- rich cereals to help stay regular.

• Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese

Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones healthy.  Include three servings of fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese each day.  If you are lactose intolerant, try lactose-free milk or a calcium-fortified soy beverage.

• Vary your protein choices

Eat a variety of foods from the protein food group each week, such as seafood, nuts, and beans and peas, as well as fish, lean meat, poultry and eggs.

• Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars

Look out for salt (sodium) in foods you buy.  Compare sodium in foods and choose those with lower numbers.  Add spices or herbs to season food without adding salt.  Make major sources of saturated fats such as desserts, pizza, cheese, sausages and hot dogs occasional choices, not every day foods.  Switch from solid fats to oils when preparing food.  Drink water instead of sugary drinks.  Select fruit for dessert.  Eat sugary desserts less often.

• Enjoy your food but eat less

Most older adults need fewer calories than in younger years.  Avoid oversized portions.  Try using a smaller plate, bowl and glass.  Cook more often at home, where you are in control of what’s in your food.  When eating out, choose lower calorie menu options.  Choose dishes that include vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  When portions are large, share a meal or take half home for later.  Write down what you eat to keep track of how much you eat.

• Be physically active your way

Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can.  Every bit adds up and health benefits increase as you spend more time being active.  If you are currently inactive, start with a few minutes of activity such as walking.  Gradually increase the minutes as you become stronger.

Just seven simple steps to bring you closer to looking and feeling your best.

Good Luck!

 

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