Judy Caplan, our corporate nutritionist, notes that whole or unrefined grains are packed with minerals and B vitamins as well as fiber, which helps keep you full and satisfied. These nutrients are all very important for heart and bowel health. Caplan recommends eating a variety of whole grains, including oats, barley, quinoa, whole wheat, rye, amaranth, farro, and brown rice. She notes that healthy carbs (which include whole grains) will not make you gain weight when consumed in moderation. Here are some helpful tips for incorporating whole grains into your busy lifestyle:
Remember to make/buy your sandwiches and wraps on whole grain bread products. The same goes for crackers, English muffins, bagels, chips, and pretzels.
Choose non-hydrogenated microwave popcorn as a delicious and fiber-rich snack.
You don’t have to say goodbye to baked goods for good! As a treat, choose or prepare baked goods with whole wheat flour and healthy oils. Enjoy your treat with fresh fruit or a hot skim latte for lunch.
Buy whole grain cereals and pastas to boost your fiber intake.
Asian bowls prepared with brown rice are excellent for lunches and dinners. You can easily prepare them with sautéed broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, and scallions. Top with tofu, sesame oil, and soy sauce for some extra flavor.
Enjoy a fresh and flavorful veggie burger with grilled onions and mushrooms on a whole grain bun.
Holiday season is upon us! With the temptations of eating comfort foods, staying indoors, and crashing on the couch, it can be difficult to stay fit during the cold months. We sat down with our corporate nutritionist Judy Caplan to discuss what it takes to lose weight as well as maintain a healthy figure. Judy Caplan is a registered dietitian with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Dietetics from the University of Arizona. Over the span of her career, Caplan has served as founding director of Nutrition Services at Canyon Ranch, media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, contributor to Denise Austin’s Side Effect Skinny, contributor to Jane Fonda’s Workout Book, administrative dietitian at Ohio’s largest level one trauma center, and an author and motivational speaker. Caplan is also the founder of Nutrition Ammunition, which seeks to encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. With noteworthy expertise that spans over 30 years, Caplan will be featured on the Guest Services Inc blog! Each week, we’ll be sharing Caplan’s nutrition and health tips as you go through the holidays. On our socials, use #LocalRoots to join the conversation!