In this issue:
- White Kidney Bean Chili with Pine Nuts
- What's New with MyFoodMyHealth
- New Quick Meals recipe filter
- A Note from Our Chief Nutrition Advisor: Your Hungry Thyroid
- Healthy, Fabulous Flavors: Shoyu, Tamari and Allspice
- Top Food Trends for 2010
- Recommended Reading
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White Kidney Bean Chili with Pine Nuts
This gluten-free recipe includes the sea vegetable kombu which is terrific for supporting thyroid health and is a warm and delicious dish for this time of year.
What's New with MyFoodMyHealth
Nutrient Values for Individual Recipes
We've had a lot of interest in nutrient values for MyFoodMyHealth recipes. As a result, MyFoodMyHealth recently added nutrient values for individual recipes in the MyFoodMyHealth meal planner. Subscribers can now easily view nutrient values for individual recipes including: calories, total fat, cholesterol, saturated fat, sodium, total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugars and protein. To view the nutrient information, subscribers simply select a recipe from their meal planner and click on Show Nutritional Information. Thank you for your feedback and for helping us make MyFoodMyHealth even more helpful!
In a Hurry? Find Quick Meals Fast
Want to make a meal in a hurry? MyFoodMyHealth now makes it easy to identify meals that can be prepared in 15 minutes or less by categorizing them as quick meals. As you browse through the hundreds of recipes customized for you, simply look for the Quick Meal icon next to recipes in this category. You'll be enjoying a delicious meal in almost no time at all.
A Note from Our Chief Nutrition Advisor
Your Hungry Thyroid by Kathie Madonna Swift MS RD LDN
Your thyroid is a hungry, multi-tasking organ that craves nutrients in order to perform its vital metabolic functions. Here’s a few tips to keep your thyroid in perfect balance:
1.Be a conscious consumer –because your thyroid gland is especially sensitive to environmental toxins, it is important to choose clean, organic foods. Check our www.oceansalive.org for safe seafood options andhttp://www.ewg.org/ for a list of organic produce priorities and other essential environmental nutrition information. In addition, choose food storage containers and cookware that are best for the health of the planet and your thyroid such as glass, paper, and stainless steel.
2.Boost your thyroid with functional foods & nutrients - some foods & nutrients to help promote thyroid health include:
- Fish such as sardines, wild salmon, and black cod contain omega-3 fats and vitamin D
- Seaweed and sea vegetables such as kelp, dulse, hijiki and nori contain iodine
- Brazil nuts are rich in selenium and fish, eggs, poultry and sunflower seeds are also good sources
- Dark leafy greens such as dandelion, mustard, Swiss Chard and others contribute Vitamin A
3.Get cooking – excessive amounts of isothiocyanate compounds found in soy foods and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower) contain goitrogenic substances that can interfere with thyroid function but research in this area is very limited. Cooking does appear to inactivate these heat-sensitive compounds, so if you desire, consume soy and cruciferous veggies cooked rather than raw.
4.Consider a gluten free trial – gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley and may aggravate thyroid function for some, so a gluten free experiment may be in order.
Learn more about Kathie's My Foundation Diet
Healthy, Fabulous Flavors: Shoyu and Tamari
Shoyu and tamari are naturally brewed all-purpose high quality soy sauces. Shoyu is fermented solely from whole soy beans, salt, water, and wheat koji, the fermentation spore. Tamari, which was traditionally made from the liquid that pooled in casks of fermented miso, is now brewed as a wheat free version of shoyu, good for those with gluten allergies. Both shoyu and tamari are readily available in natural foods markets, gourmet markets, Asian markets, and many supermarkets. Store for a year in the pantry after opening.
Top Food Trends for 2010
Welcome in the new year by enjoying some of the hot food trends for 2010. They're healthy and support much of what MyFoodMyHealth has been advocating since our inception. Just what are some of the refreshing and beverage trends for 2010? According to the National Restaurant Association’s annual survey of more than 1,800 professional chefs from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), sustainability, local sourcing and nutrition are the hottest culinary themes. Among the top trends you can enjoy in the coming year include:
1. locally grown produce
2. locally sourced meats and seafood
3. sustainability as a culinary theme
5. locally produced wine and beer
6. nutritious kids' meals
7. half-portions/smaller portions for a smaller price
8. farm-branded ingredients
9. gluten-free/food-allergy conscious meals
10. sustainable seafood
Special-Needs Kids Eat Right: Strategies to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Focus, Learn, and Thrive (Perigee, 2009)
In this groundbreaking book, Judy Converse has synthesized more than a decade of clinical practice into a seven-step program, along with comprehensive tools, tips, and resources, to help parents of special needs children customize a diet that could change their child’s life.
About Judy Converse: Pediatric nutritionist Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD is a licensed registered dietitian and a nationally recognized authority on the nutrition needs of learning and developmentally disabled children.
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