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Healthy Bites: August 2013

Summertime Ideas
By: Andrea Anfuso-Sisto, RD

Summertime gatherings are lots of fun, but may result in consuming lots of calories and leaving you not feeling so well. You can always control what you serve when you are hosting, but this is not possible when heading to friends or family for a barbeque. Below are some suggestions for food to bring so as to assure there are healthy options available to eat.

  1. A bean salad made with your bean of choice (chick peas, cannellini, black beans, etc.) and several different chopped vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, red onion, etc.). Toss with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and season with pepper and dill or rosemary.

  2. Grill up a variety of peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, and eggplant, and season with a balsamic vinaigrette.

  3. Bring a veggie platter with a reduced fat spinach dip.

  4. Hummus and vegetables also make a healthy option.

  5. Combine a few types of berries in a bowl for a dessert that’s high in fiber and antioxidants.

  6. Grilled fruit kabobs with grapes, pineapple, strawberries, and mango will sure be a hit.

Call 201-634-5371 for an appointment with a registered dietitian for individualized nutrition counseling.

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