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A nutritionist shares the best things to order at Starbucks — and what to skip

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Whether you’re out for an adventure or just out and about the city, you can be sure that you will encounter a Starbucks along the way. It’s comforting to know that you can rely on healthy eating no matter where you are. That’s the beauty of Starbucks. Still, there are a few menu options that you may want to skip. Here are the best things to eat at Starbucks and a few things you might want to eat less frequently.

What Makes a Healthy Starbucks Meal?

Restaurant meals typically contain more sodium and saturated fat and fewer vegetables, fruits, and whole grains compared to meals eaten at home. But since we all eat out from time to time, here are some sensible goals to keep in mind when eating at Starbucks:

  • The meals contain at least one serving of vegetables or fruit, or ideally even more.
  • Cereal meals and snacks include whole grains, preferably as the primary cereal ingredient.
  • The sodium content is 800 milligrams or less – just over a third of the maximum you should have in a day.

What can you order from Starbucks

If you’re hungry for a meal, here are some healthy options.

Hot breakfast

Wrap with spinach, feta and egg white

Granted, this offering contains a little more sodium than our target, but it scores points for the predominantly whole grain packaging. It also has a filling combination of fiber and protein with 20 grams of the latter. While this meal contains vegetables, it likely doesn’t contain enough to qualify as a full serving. Still, some are better than none. And you could pick up a banana at the counter to increase your product intake.

Turkey Bacon Cheddar Egg White Sandwich

Turkey bacon is processed meat, so this may not be the best choice for a regular breakfast. But if you decide between this and any of the other breakfast sandwiches, this Sammy is a better option as it has less sodium and more whole grains than the others. In addition, the 17 grams of protein fill you up. Combine it with a fruit cup or a banana to get some fruits and vegetables inside.

Classic oatmeal

This menu option is a perfect alternative for making oatmeal at home. It comes with dried fruits and nuts that, along with the oats, provide 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein to fill your tummy. It also comes with a side dish of brown sugar that you can omit or add sparingly. When you have a hearty appetite, reach for any extra nuts and fruits that you have with your oats.

Having lunch

Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl with Black Beans

This meal is on par with the veggie brand but exceeds our sodium goal. That is to be expected when eating. That said, we love the antibiotic-free chicken and plant-based protein combo, which provides a total of 27 grams of this filling nutrient. The bowl also has an impressive 9 grams of fiber.

Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein Box

Sodium less than 800 mg? Check. A portion of vegetables? Check. It’s nice to find a meal that meets these healthy goals and has 13 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein. This box is likely enough for a moderate appetite, but if your appetite is bigger, have it with a fruit cup by the side.

Grilled Chicken & Hummus Protein Box

Here’s another meal that meets our sodium and vegetable needs. A small nitpick: the naan is made from refined grain (in other words processed white flour). However, you are still getting 7 grams of fiber from that lunch box. If you want a side dish, try the fruit cup or a banana.

Snacks

Siggi’s yoghurt tub, vanilla

This lightly sweetened yogurt has 15 grams of protein for just 110 calories. Enjoy it with the fruit salad for a more filling snack or a light breakfast. If you make a meal out of it, buy the nuts too. The added crunch makes your meal more filling, with more fiber and healthy fat.

Squirrel brand Classic almonds

This almond tin contains more nuts than a standard serving, but you can save half for later and combine your almonds with one of the fruit options. About 80 percent of Americans don’t get their fruit needs, but since Starbucks has at least three different varieties, it’s easy to get something to go with with your snack.

What to skip (or just move on) at Starbucks

While there are many healthy options on the Starbucks menu, there are of course some less healthy options as well. If you routinely eat nutritious whole foods – especially plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, and whole grains – a sugary treat or white bread bagel is no big deal. However, if most of your meals are high in added sugars and refined grains and low in whole plant foods, it can potentially lead to health problems across the board. So eat these menu options less often, but when you do eat them stay present while you enjoy them and move on to a healthier diet for your next meal or snack.

beverages

Coffee alone is an antioxidant drink that can help you feel energized and focused. However, many of the add-ins, including the plant-based milk, are heavily sweetened, making your coffee drink more like dessert than a slight mood lift. It’s generally better to avoid these drinks as they can quickly get you near or above recommended daily sugar goals of 25 grams per day for women and 36 grams per day for men. Case in point: The Honey Almond Milk Flat White contains 24 grams of sugar. The Cinnamon Dolce Latte has 40 grams of sugar. And the Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino has 51 grams of sugar. For comparison: The Chocolate Chip Cookie at Starbucks contains 31 grams of sugar.

Bakery products

Certainly a pastry here and there can be part of a healthy diet. But if a Starbucks baked good is an everyday breakfast or snack, it’s likely a habit that could use some attention. The refined grains and added sugar won’t fill you up, leaving you hungry soon after you eat them. Foods made with these types of carbohydrates are also associated with less energy and less alertness. These ingredients have also been linked to inflammation, which can promote health problems from cancer to Alzheimer’s.

It’s probably obvious, but smaller servings are preferable to larger ones. For example, the Birthday Cake Pop has 170 calories and 18 grams of sugar compared to the 480 calorie chocolate brownie with 37 grams of sugar. For an even tamer sweet treat, try the Rip Van Wafel from the packaged snack selection. According to the Starbucks website, it contains 8 grams of sugar. The vanilla biscotti with almonds is another option with a reasonable 10 grams of sugar.

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DVIDS – News – Fit for 2022: Commissaries offer plenty of tips, ideas, resources to help patrons improve their health and wellness

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By Kathy Milley, DeCA Public Affairs Specialist

FORT LEE, Va. – The new year is always an exciting time for reflection and recommitment, especially when it comes to wellness. Whatever your health goals for 2022, the Commissary is here to guide you in the right direction with tips, ideas and resources to improve nutrition.

“The health and well-being of our guests is our number one priority, so it’s vitally important to us, too,” said Bonita Moffett, Defense Commissary Agency Sales Manager. We work diligently to offer our customers the right mix of products and resources to support their wellness goals while saving big at checkout.”

According to Deborah Harris, DeCA’s Dietitian and Health and Wellness Program Manager (who holds a Masters of Public Health degree and is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist), the officer strives for when he commits to a healthier lifestyle and Wellness Goals Keep customers engaged by offering easily identifiable, high-performing foods and easy-to-use, quick meal solutions and wellness resources.

• Dietitian Approved Thumb (DAT): The “Thumbs Up Dietitian Approved” labels on shelves make it easier for shoppers to quickly identify foods with high nutritional value that they can incorporate into healthy eating habits. DAT uses unique software that analyzes and identifies products in most commercial food categories based on up to 86 FDA-defined health attributes. Attributes analyzed vary by food category, but identify dietitian-approved foods that limit added sugars, sodium, and unhealthy fats while containing whole grains, healthy fats, fiber, or lean protein, as well as items that qualify as USDA organic . Once these products are identified, they are marked on consignment shelves with a “Thumbs Up – Dietician Approved” label.

• Thinking Outside the Box Recipes: Preparing nutritious food at home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. With “Thinking Outside the Box” recipes, Your Commissary continually offers meal solutions that are quick, healthy and economical, using ingredients that are normally offered to our customers at greater savings. Recipes are always available on commissaries.com under the Healthy Living tab. This library includes quick and easy, nutritionist-approved recipes for appetizers, entrees, salads, sides, and even desserts.

• Commissary CLICK2GO: Use Commissary CLICK2GO, the Commissary’s online ordering service, to instantly add the ingredients of your favorite nutritionist-approved recipe to your virtual shopping cart. With your Commissary CLICK2GO order on Commissaries.com, click on the recipe link (https://shop.commissaries.com/recipes), select the recipe you would like to add to your meal plan for the week and click simply click “Add to Cart” next to each of the ingredients you need to prepare the meal. Preparing nutritious food at home has never been easier.

• Gas Stations: Dietitian-approved gas stations, located near the front checkout aisles at over 170 food service establishments, offer convenient, tasty, nutritious meals and snacks to give customers the convenience they need without the high calories or high cost of a fast food restaurant meal. Customers can expect to see products that offer protein, healthy fat, complex carbohydrates, and a low-calorie form of hydration, such as low-calorie water and sports drinks, deli sandwiches, one-serving hummus, ready-made lean protein, fruit and cheese, no-sugar-added yogurt, Low sugar protein bars or prepared sliced ​​fruits and salads.

• Quick Homemade Meals: Don’t let a lack of time prevent guests from preparing nutritious home-cooked meals. DeCA has created a list of no-fuss entrees (https://commissaries.com/sites/default/files/2019-09/no_fuss_entrees.pdf) selected from the many nutritionist-approved “Thinking Outside the Box” (https://). became. /www.commissaries.com/healthy-living/healthy-eats) Recipes featured on commissaries.com. The list is designed to minimize prep time with quick and easy meal solutions featuring ingredients that will save groceries money. It includes links to recipes for quick preparation using a slow cooker, microwave or pressure cooker; Prepared frozen meals; One-skill meals and entrees with prepared protein like fried chicken and canned tuna.

• Meal Planning: To make meal planning easier, DeCA has created two nutritionist-approved dinner menu plans, including weekly grocery lists, each for an entire month of family meals. These monthly meal plans are available on commissaries.com at these links: Meal Plan #1 (https://www.commissaries.com/sites/default/files/2021-02/nutrition-month-calendar-2b.pdf) and Meal Plan #2 (https://www.commissaries.com/sites/default/files/2021-09/Meal-plan-calendar-with-links.pdf). Choose your preferred plan and simply print out the grocery list for the week, add breakfast and lunch items and your grocery list is ready. You have everything you need for the week. If you want to create your own menu plan tailored to your family’s preferences, use our easy-to-follow planning guide, the Dietitian Approved Menu Planner (https://www.commissaries.com/sites/default/files/ 2019-02 /Dietititan_Approved_Menu_Planner.pdf) and the Weekly Meal Plan Worksheet (https://commissaries.com/sites/default/files/2020-06/Weekly_Meal_Plan_Worksheet.pdf).

“Make fruits and vegetables your favorite snack, experiment with nutritious substitutes like cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles for starchy rice or pasta, or try a new fruit or vegetable each month,” Harris said. “All of these ideas, coupled with our programs that identify high-performing foods, our easy-to-use quick meal solutions, and our many wellness resources, give our customers a head start in achieving their wellness goals while stretching their grocery dollar.”
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About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a global chain of commissioners that provide military members, retirees and their families with groceries in a safe shopping environment. Commissioners offer a military advantage and save authorized customers thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to similar products at commercial retailers. The reduced prices include a 5% surcharge to cover the cost of new construction and modernization of existing police stations. As a central element of military family support and a valuable part of military salaries and benefits, commissioners contribute to family preparedness, improve the quality of life for the American military and their families, and help recruit the best and brightest men and women for service and to hold country.

Date of recording: 01/20/2022
Release Date: 01/20/2022 17:04
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Hy-Vee HealthMarket Picks and Heart Health

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Nutritionist Katie Schaeffer of Hy-Vee shares HealthMarket products and a healthy mango salsa!

Top 5 HealthMarket Products

· Food For Life Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread

  • Food For Life Ezekiel Bread is made by combining six sprouted grains and legumes (wheat, barley, millet, lentils, soybeans and spelt) that together provide a complete protein. It is free from preservatives.
  • Sprouting grains can help improve digestibility, absorption of nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Each slice of bread contains 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. Both fiber and protein can help with satiety and support better blood sugar control.

Tumaros Carb Wise Wraps

  • Tumaros Carb Wise Whole Grain Wraps contain 60 calories, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.
  • The lower-calorie yet high-fiber combination is helpful for those trying to lose weight while staying fuller for longer.
  • They can be used for so much more than just packaging. Try them as breakfast burritos, sandwiches, enchiladas, tacos, and fajitas.

· Zevia® Zero Calorie Soda

  • Zevia® – Zero Sugar, Zero Calories and Naturally Sweetened
  • All Zevia® products are kosher, vegan and gluten-free
  • Zevia® drinks are sweetened with stevia leaf extract and contain no additives that many must avoid to manage their ailments.

Banza noodles

  • Banza noodles are made from chickpeas. Chickpeas have been shown to improve blood sugar control. Studies show that eating beans is correlated with a reduced risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Banza is high in fiber and protein (5 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein per serving). For those looking to go more plant-based, banza can be a helpful addition to a pasta that provides a good amount of protein. It provides 1.5 times more protein and 3 times more fiber than regular pasta.

· Avocado Oil by Chosen Foods

  • Chosen Foods Avocado Oil is 100% pure, naturally refined and always made from perfectly ripened avocados, which are a healthy source of fat.
  • Chosen Foods Avocado Oil is the workhorse of the kitchen. With its neutral flavor, avocado oil can be used in baking, marinades, dressing mixed leafy greens, and pasta salads — the possibilities are endless.
  • With avocado oil’s smoke point of 500°F, it can be used for any cooking purpose, from frying over high heat to grilling or baking.

Healthy You at the Health Fair 2022 – in person!!!

Do you want to start the new year off right? Attend our annual health fair to learn about your nutritionist’s favorite products, get your nutrition questions answered, and receive free samples, recipes, and coupons.

o Event date: Saturday, January 29, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m

o Locations:

  • Northgate Hy-Vee (1823 East Kimberly Street, Davenport, IA)
  • Devil Glenn Hy-Vee
  • Utica Ridge Hy-Vee
  • Milan Hy Vee
  • Rock Island Hy Vee

Mango Black Bean Salsa

Served 16

Everything you need:

1 medium mango, peeled, seeded and cut into ¾-inch cubes

1 (15 oz) can Hy-Vee black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen Hy-Vee Select super sweet corn, thawed

¼ cup diced red peppers

¼ cup finely chopped green onion

1 tbsp minced garlic

¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley

3 tbsp fresh lime juice

Sp tsp Hy-Vee salt

¼ tsp ground cumin

Baked tortilla chips for serving

Everything you do:

In a medium-sized bowl, mix all the ingredients. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

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· READ NUTRIENT LABELS: Look for foods with 2 grams or less of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, and less than 140 mg of sodium per serving. Choose foods with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving.

· ADD GOOD FATS TO YOUR BASKET: Unsaturated fats like nuts, olive oil, avocados, and salmon can reduce the amount of low-density (“bad”) lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood and lower the risk of heart disease.

· CHOOSE WHOLE GRAIN FOODS: Look for the word “whole grain” as the first item in the ingredients list instead of fortified flour or “multigrain”. Whole grains contain the whole grain and are a better source of fiber.

· BEWARE OF HELPFUL INGREDIENTS: Sodium and added sugars can go by many different names. Sodium can be referred to as monosodium glutamate (MSG); Sugar can be high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, or molasses.

LOOK FOR THE HEART TICKET: When you see the heart tick on a food label, it means the product has been certified by the American Heart Association to meet certain nutritional requirements.

  • Heart Check certified foods contain 10% or more of the daily requirement of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, protein or fiber. It has 1 gram or less saturated fat per serving, ½ gram or less trans fat per serving, and limits sodium (based on each food category).

Meet your metric screening

When: February 2022

What: Do you want to take control of your health? Come for a Free Biometric Screening with your Hy-Vee Nutritionist! Your dietitian will take a fingerstick blood sample, which is used to measure cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose levels. They will also measure resting blood pressure, weight and body fat percentage. Appointments will be made based on availability while stocks last! To enroll, visit www.hy-vee.com/health.

Where: Northgate Hy-Vee (1823 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52803) and Milan Hy-Vee

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The Beef on Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

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Just look at the grocery store shelves and you will see a plethora of plant-based meat alternatives. As more people restrict animal products, companies are offering a wider variety of plant-based foods that mimic the taste of meat.

The non-meat eater population is growing, with 63% of respondents in a recent US consumer survey saying they are eating more plant-based foods. Specifically for plant-based meat alternatives, market research firm SPINS reported that dollar sales for plant-based meat increased 45% from 2019-2020.

People are turning to vegetarian options for many reasons, including environmental sustainability and animal welfare. Plant-based foods generally have a lower environmental impact while providing fiber and other nutrients that may help prevent some chronic diseases.

Research has shown that a greater intake of red and processed meat increases the risk of heart disease. A study of 20,000 people published in the journal European Society of Cardiology showed that people who ate more red meat had smaller heart chambers, poorer heart function and stiffer arteries.

On the other hand, research has linked a plant-based diet to lower cardiovascular risk.

“Everyone should follow a plant-based diet to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, and to diversify the bacteria in your gut microbiome,” says Kirsten Straughan, RD, director of the Nutritional Sciences program at the College of Applied Health Sciences University of Illinois Chicago.

If you’re looking to increase plant-based meat alternatives in your diet, you should know what to look for because not all are created equal.

Meat and plant-based diet

You know what you can get from whole plant-based foods — like an apple or a stalk of broccoli — but how healthy are plant-based meat alternatives?

The magic of food technology has transformed plant proteins from soybeans, peas, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains and mushrooms, or “mycoproteins,” into a variety of plant-based meat alternatives, from veggie burgers, sausages and hot dogs to fake chicken nuggets and fish fingers.

And just as animal meat is nutritionally different, not all plant-based meat alternatives are created equal.

Recent research in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics compared the nutritional quality of ground beef alternatives sold by major brands in the US and ground beef made from animal meat.

The plant-based ground beef alternatives tended to contain less saturated fat than ground beef, although levels varied. Some products in the study had as much saturated fat as ground beef.

The plant-based alternatives contained a moderate amount of fiber, which is underconsumed in the US. The results also showed that the plant-based alternatives were good sources of iron, manganese, copper, folic acid, and niacin. However, they contained fewer essential nutrients — protein, zinc and vitamin B12 — than ground beef.

Sodium levels were also higher in plant-based alternatives than animal meat, but salt is usually added to flavor ground beef during cooking.

Plant based diet

Just because products are plant-based doesn’t mean you can be sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. Consider how these options fit into your broader diet.

“It’s the total diet that counts,” says Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RDN, professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University, who recently spoke about plant-based meats and reducing cardiovascular risk at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition.

“When you go plant-based, make sure you’re doing it right, because if you’re doing it wrong, you’re not doing yourself any good,” she says.

The food we eat, whether plant or animal, must be nutritionally adequate and in line with current dietary recommendations. “Our goal should be to achieve optimal nutritional quality, whether or not the diet contains animal protein,” says Kris-Etherton.

“Lean beef can provide many nutrients that are either under-absorbed or difficult to obtain,” she says. Lean beef provides protein, easily absorbed iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin B12, phosphorus, as well as creatine for muscle growth and maintenance, the antioxidants taurine and glutathione, and conjugated linoleic acid, an important fatty acid.

“Lean beef can be incorporated into a healthy diet that meets all current nutritional recommendations for health promotion and disease prevention,” she says.

If you’re replacing animal meat in your diet, make sure you’re getting a nutritious substitute, says Straughan. “It’s important to read labels,” she says. “Even within brands, look at individual products, look for saturated fat from coconut oil, and look for fiber in the product.”

The bottom line is that eating less red and processed meat — and less animal products in general — can be good for your health, but it’s important to understand whether plant-based meat alternatives hit the nutritional mark for you.

Vicki is a Registered Dietitian, Lifestyle Nutritionist, Author, Culinary and Media Consultant and the author of two books.

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