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Do you eat or shun canned foods? They can be controversial. Get my take for The Scoop on Food, Parents.com, and a great recipe, here.

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Forever-Young-banner2 (2)Aging is an inevitable part of life. I actually enjoy some of the perks of getting older—seeing my children grow and experience life, feeling more centered and getting more clarity about myself and life in general. But do we have to surrender to looking and feeling worse, physically and mentally, and having less energy, vim and vigor as the clock ticks? No we don’t!

To help you look and feel your very best, I’m thrilled to be one of more than 15 experts featured in the Forever Young Interview Series, hosted by wellness coach Karie Millspaugh. All the experts, including the fabulous Dr. Lori Shemek and fitness guru Joel Harper (who was recently featured in the Spring issue of my Stressipes® EZine) share years of research and experience to help you manage cravings, achieve and maintain a healthier body weight, fight disease, boost your sex appeal and more.

As a midlife woman, registered dietitian nutritionist and author of Younger Next Week—a stress-management, vitality-promoting, anti-aging book—speaker and spokesperson, you know I devote my professional life to helping women (and even men) find ways to eat better, get and stay fit and fight stress in healthy and sustainable ways. And I’m honored to have shared some of my secrets in this summit to help you live your very best life.

Starting on Monday, April 21st, 2014, you’ll have full access to my interview—and those of several incredible experts—to help you get on the road to true vitality.

I truly hope you’ll participate in this FREE and fantastic event. To register and learn more, click here. And please share the link with others who you think will enjoy this fabulous series. Thanks for your support!

Elisa Zied, MS, RDN, CDN is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist. The author of four books, including Younger Next Week, Elisa motivates and inspires others to destress, eat better and #moveitorloseit with her Stressipes®, articles, blogs, quotes, videos, talks and other appearances. She is frequently quoted in newspapers and magazines and has provided nutrition and lifestyle tips on Good Morning America, Today Show, The Early Show and on other TV shows. She is an advisor for Parents Magazine and writes The Scoop on Food for Parents.com. She also blogs for Shape.com and USNews.com. To learn how to live a more vibrant life, visit Elisa’s website.

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Because we need more sugary soda to choose from, right? My post for Shape.com about Pepsi’s plans to add real sugar without high fructose corn syrup in some new beverages.

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Stress doesn’t just impact parents; kids feel it too! Here’s my new post for The Scoop on Food, Parents.com, to help you help kids stress less and take better care of themselves.

If you’ve ever allowed stress to make you reach for a cupcake, bowl of ice cream or jar of peanut butter—even when you weren’t hungry—you’re not alone. Several studies suggest that while not everyone eats in response to stress—in fact, some say they skip meals when stressed—it’s quite common to turn to food to cope. I know I have! Using food for comfort every once in a while certainly won’t derail an otherwise healthful diet. And sometimes, having that donut may just be what you need to settle down! But doing it often—especially if the foods we turn to are high in calories and easy to overdo—can set us up for unhealthy weight gain and its many consequences. And when our children see us use—or abuse—food to temper stress, it’s more likely they’ll model that behavior and suffer similar consequences….read more here.

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Hummus Grilled Chicken and Bell Pepper Kebabs

Makes four servings: 1 chicken and 1 vegetable skewer each

Preparation time: 15 minutes (+ marinating time)

Cook time: 12 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup hummus

Juice of 1/2 small lemon (1 tablespoon)
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes

2 large bell peppers, preferably 1 red and 1 green, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

1 medium red onion, quartered lengthwise, wedges separated

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

 

Directions:

1. Stir together the hummus, lemon juice, cumin, and 2 tablespoons cold water in a medium bowl. Add the chicken and stir to fully coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

2. Meanwhile, prepare an outdoor or indoor grill. Arrange the bell peppers and onion onto 4 (8- to 10-inch) reusable or water-soaked bamboo skew­ers in alternating fashion and drizzle with the oil. Arrange the chicken onto 4 separate skewers. Discard any remaining hummus marinade.

3. Grill the chicken and vegetable kebabs over direct medium-high heat until fully cooked, about 12 minutes total, rotating only as needed.

4. Season with the salt, and serve.

 

Vital Stats (per serving): 240 calories, 9g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 65mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, 12g total carbohydrate, 4g dietary fiber, 4g sugars, 26g protein

Notes: For a full meal, serve the chicken and vegetables stuffed into 8 whole grain pita halves along with tzatziki sauce or plain Greek yogurt. Alternatively, serve on a bed of whole-wheat couscous with fresh mint and tzatziki sauce.

One Serving Counts As*: ½ Vegetable, 2-1/2 Protein, ½ Beans and Peas + 1-1/4 Healthy Fats

*These values can be used when using the Vital Foods List in Younger Next Week.

Source: This recipe was created as a bonus recipe for Younger Next Week by culinary dietitian Jackie Newgent.

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Check out my segment on The Daily Shot with Ali Wentworth here.

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How to eat and drink to support a more restful sleep, Daily Burn via Shape.com.

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Could you even imagine? Good idea or not? Today.com.

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Could you imagine eating only pizza for a quarter of a century? My thoughts for Today.com.

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Disclaimer: I’m a spokesperson on behalf of The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign for their #gotmilkgotprotein campaign. As always, all opinions are my own. Read my disclosure statement here.

Over the last week, I’ve enjoyed working with the lovely Tina Seitzinger, the popular Life Without Pink blogger, to help her improve her eating habits and nutrient intake. You can read about our first conversation and tips I provided with her right here.

As an overextended wife and mother of two with a vibrant career, Tina—like many in a similar boat—was anxious to find ways to feel more energized throughout the day. She knew making some tweaks in what and when she ate would not only help her be more productive at work, but would help her keep up with her two young sons not to mention everything on her extensive to-do list. One of the dietary additions would be having nonfat milk as part of her morning meal. Milk is a great source of filling, satiating, high-quality protein not to mention 8 other essential nutrients including calcium and vitamin D to strengthen bones and B vitamins for energy.

When I first spoke with Tina, she described her typical eating routine; breakfast was seldom part of it. Of course Tina always makes sure her sons start their day off with a morning meal, but up until now failed to put herself—and her nutrient needs—in the equation. But that’s in the past. Tina is now having breakfast daily and really feels the difference. She says, “I feel so much better now that I’m making it a point to eat something first thing in the morning. I used to drag mid-morning and now I find I’m pumped up and energized, ready to take on the day.” On most weekdays, she eats breakfast with just her older son (her younger son usually sleeps later because his school starts an hour after his older brother). On weekends, she enjoys breakfast with all her boys, including her husband.

Some of Tina’s recent breakfast picks have included eggs once or twice a week, a whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter or a smoothie. But no matter what she chooses, Tina makes sure to include some refreshing nonfat milk. When we spoke, Tina also told me she feels much less rushed in the morning, especially because she’s making an effort to implement some of the time saving strategies we discussed. These include packing her kids’ lunches the night before, planning meals ahead of time, pre-washing berries and stocking up on things like frozen unsweetened berries and nuts.

Tina knows that while it’s great she’s becoming a regular breakfast eater, she still struggles with eating enough throughout the day to keep her energy level in high gear. Not a big meal eater, she says she often grazes by day and makes dinner her biggest meal. Although Tina is at a healthy body weight, I explained to her that becoming more of a daytime eater and giving her body enough calories and nutrients when she’s most active and needs it most can really help her stay energized and alert. I encouraged her to cut her usual dinner portion by one third and to instead make sure to include those extra calories to have a bigger lunch or a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Having a smaller meal before bedtime can also help her sleep better, another goal she has.

As for exercise, Tina is doing 45 minutes to an hour on her treadmill 2 to 3 times a week, usually in the evening, and plans to increase this. Although it’s great she’s fitting in some exercise, I encouraged her to try to be active earlier in the day (since activity before bedtime can keep her body temperature elevated, and that may interfere with her sleep). I also recommended that Tina make sure to fit in a little bit of fitness throughout the day while she works at her desk by getting up frequently—even for 5 or 10 minutes each hour she sits—to climb stairs, dance, do jumping jacks or something else that’s active.

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I really enjoyed working with Tina on the #gotmilkgotprotein campaign and hope the simple breakfast tips and other dietary and lifestyle tweaks Tina has begun to implement will inspire you to make some yourself. As a special treat for you, Tina and I worked together to create the 7-Day Breakfast Menu below that she—and hopefully you—will pick and choose from to start each day. Each meal includes items from at least 3 food groups and provides at least 20 grams of filling, satisfying protein.

7-Day Breakfast Menu

  • One toasted whole-wheat English muffin with each half topped with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1/2 sliced banana + 1 cup (8 ounces) nonfat milk
  • One third cup whole-grain, low-fat granola mixed with 1 ounce (24 whole or 4 tablespoons chopped) almonds and 1/2 cup strawberries and blueberries + 1 cup (8 ounces) nonfat milk
  • Half cup (uncooked) quick-cooking oats made with 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1 ounce (14 halves or 7 whole or 4 tablespoons chopped) walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon plus + 1 cup (8 ounces) nonfat milk
  • A breakfast smoothie made with 1/2 cup (4 ounces) nonfat milk, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 teaspoon honey and 5 ice cubes
  • One cup (up to 200 calories worth) whole-grain, high fiber cereal* topped with 1 ounce (24 whole or 4 tablespoons chopped) almonds and 1 banana, sliced plus 1 cup (8 ounces) nonfat milk
  • When you have more time option: One open-faced whole-wheat pita topped with 2 large eggs, scrambled in 1 teaspoon olive oil with ½ cup chopped red, orange and yellow peppers and mushrooms + 1 cup (8 ounces) nonfat milk
  • Grab and go option: One hard boiled egg, 1 ounce (28 whole or 3 tablespoons chopped) peanuts + 1 cup (8 ounces) nonfat milk

*Choose cereals with at least 3 grams of fiber and no more than double that amount of sugar per serving.

Here’s a recipe from my new book, Younger Next Week that Tina plans to try. Created by Robyn Webb, this Strawberry Walnut Cinnamon French toast is so delicious. It’s also even more protein-packed when you pair 2 slices with 1 cup (8 ounces) nonfat milk.

 

Strawberry Walnut Cinnamon French Toast

Makes 4 1-slice servings.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients: 

Butter-flavored cooking spray

1 large egg

1/4 cup nonfat milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 slices whole-grain bread

2 teaspoons non-hydrogenated spread

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup sliced strawberries

1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

 

Directions:

1. Coat a large skillet with butter-flavored spray and heat it over medium heat.

2. Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, beat together the egg, milk and vanilla. 

3. Dip a slice of the bread in the egg mixture and turn it to coat evenly. Place the bread slice in the skillet and cook on each side for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Repeat this procedure for each slice of bread, cooking the French toast in 1 or 2 batches.

4. Mix together the buttery spread, honey and cinnamon in a 3-inch ramekin or a condiment bowl. Spread the honey-butter spread on each slice of French toast and garnish with strawberries and walnuts. Serve at once.

Vital Stats (per serving): 170 calories, 8.2 g fat, 1.8 g saturated fat, 49 mg cholesterol, 174 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 3.2 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 7 g protein

One serving counts as: 1 STARCHY CARB, 1/4 FRUIT, 3/4 PROTEIN, 1/2 HEALTHY FAT

 

Disclaimer: I’m a spokesperson on behalf of The National Milk Mustache “got milk” Campaign for their #gotmilkgotprotein campaign. As always, all opinions are my own. Read my disclosure statement here. http://elisazied.com/disclosure/

 

 

 

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