Supermarket Dietitians: A “Go-to” Source For Healthy, Delicious Eating Advice

September 13th, 2016  |  By:

Wakefern DietitianWhat’s trending in today’s supermarkets? Much more than the ever-expanding array of food and drink choices for your shopping cart!

Many stores are becoming “go-to” sources for sound nutrition information and creative meal ideas … at the point of purchase. Both big and small chains are hiring registered dietitian nutritionists to help shoppers navigate the aisles, clarify confusing information and make the best choices from more than 42,000 items they stock for you.

Ask a Dietitian!

As qualified culinary and nutrition experts, supermarket dietitians are prepared to help make your shopping efficient, well informed and delicious — so success continues to your kitchen and family table.

Look for a supermarket dietitian where you shop – either in the store, online or both. Here’s how a dietitian may help you:

Navigate the supermarket. From the produce and dairy departments, to the deli, meat, and fish counters, to the bakery and freezer section, then up and down the store aisles … “walk” the store with a dietitian. A new mom likely wants to know how to choose the right baby food. Nearly everyone needs to find products that give fiber and calcium a boost. And what’s healthy in the snack and drink aisles? If you’re on real-time — or even virtual — supermarket tours for kids and community groups, let supermarket dietitians take you through the store.

Decode the food label. Labels are shopping tools. But what does all that “info” mean? Again, a dietitian can help you use product dates, health and nutrient content claims, front-of-pack nutrition information, the ingredient list and the Nutrition Facts.
Take advantage of seasonal produce. Displays of fruits and vegetables change with the season: seasonal prices, local products and perhaps produce that’s less familiar. Check in-store brochures and magazines and online websites and blogs for ways to select, store and prepare seasonal produce at its peak.

Find foods for special health needs. With food allergies and celiac disease rising, guidance from a supermarket dietitian has become a more important service for customers and store employees. If someone in your family needs to eat allergen-free, gluten-free or maybe lactose-free, a dietitian can help you use food labels to find the right products. Ask for store’s product lists of these “-free” foods.

Learn to cook. As culinary professionals, supermarket dietitians conduct cooking classes and demos in the store and at community events. Look for step-by-step cooking videos in the store or online – sometimes for new products.

Find a healthy recipe. If you need a new way to cook pasta or beans, want healthy snack ideas for kids, or menu ideas for a family celebration, check the store’s magazines or online site, or displays. Dietitians develop healthy recipes for all these resources.

Understand how foods affect medical conditions. Many supermarket dietitians work with the in-store pharmacy to help customers manage diabetes, blood pressure and more … or explain how certain foods interact with some medications. Some stores offer in-store nutrition counseling services.

Use SNAP (food stamp) and WIC benefits. For those who qualify, a supermarket dietitian can help “max” the benefits.

Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, CFCS, is author of the Complete Food and Nutrition Guide from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, with tips on navigating your supermarket!
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Your Culinary Passport: Win Gold Medals with Brazilian Flavors!

August 8th, 2016  |  By:

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As attention travels to the 2016 Olympics, take your taste buds to Rio – and broaden your culinary knowledge of its great nation! The many cuisines of Brazil reflect the rich diversity of its regions and the global connections that have created delicious foods that are distinctly Brazilian.

Occupying nearly half the South American continent, Brazil produces an abundant and varied supply of food, coming from its tropical rain forests, abundant Amazon basin, temperate highlands and coastal regions. Flavor combinations and regional dishes have been inspired by the many food traditions of the Portuguese, West Africans, and native peoples, along with immigrants from other parts of Europe and from Asia. And foods such as okra and cassava from West Africa were combined with foods that originated in the Americas such a beans, tomatoes and many tropical fruits.

Brazilian-Inspired Dishes

“Feijoada,” a stew of black beans, meats and seasonings, often served with collard greens and orange slices … “caruru,” the traditional seafood stew from Bahia, often made with okra, cashews and coconut … “pão de queijo,” tiny cheese breads to pair with “chafe” (weak tea-like coffee) … “farofa,” or fried manioc flour, as a topping on savory dishes …”panqueca,” a pancake stuffed with meat, cheese and sauces … smoothies with tropical fruit such as acai and starfruit from the Amazon River …

… while these foods are famously Brazilian, some Dreamfields recipes also feature similar flavor combinations – making them tasty dishes to enjoy as you cheer for today’s great world athletes:

  • “Charrasco” meals barbecue, most often done in Brazil by grilling. To make Brazilian Pasta Salad, first grill marinated sirloin steak, then slice it. To make this savory salad, combine Dreamfields Elbows with pineapple, bell peppers, black beans, onion, tomato and cilantro, sliced steak and remaining marinade.
  • Stews like Brazil’s national dish, feijoada, are popular fare – often made with black beans (a staple food), avocado and pork. Salsa Verde Pork & Pasta Stew brings some of these ingredients together with Dreamfields Rotini and the savory flavors of homemade or jarred salsa verde and a squeeze of lime.
  • “Moqueca” refers to seafood stew. Fish, an outstanding part of Brazilian cuisine, often features bacalhao (dried salt cod) and dried shrimp. Seafood Stew with Rotini honors these ingredients with a savory, tomato-based pasta stew. Serve it with a tropical fruit salad made with Brazilian favorites such as guava, mango, papaya, passion fruit, or starfruit, tossed with shredded coconut.
  • Brazilians kick it up the flavor with chiles in hot sauces, often made with the fiery malagueta pepper. And calabresa (smoked or not) and chourico are popular sausages. Reminiscent of these flavors, Fire Roasted Poblano Rotini with Sweet Sausage gets its kick from chili peppers, too, and from cilantro, a favored herb in many Brazilian dishes.

“Go for the Gold” this summer at your family table!

Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, CFCS is author of the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, with more on great ways to eat for your good health.

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On Vacation? Ten Tips to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit

July 28th, 2016  |  By:

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Vacations are meant as shifts from the daily routines of life. Whenever or wherever you take your vacay, no matter how long, stick with your healthy living mindset. Just switch strategies for a great “getaway refresh.”

Make food part of your vacation adventures.

  1. Experience local flavors and specialties. Search out restaurants with local fare. Take a cooking class; you’ll learn regional dishes to prepare back home. Put local food markets, farm stands and artisan food shops on your itinerary. Do some preliminary research ahead of time and “experiment” with the flavors of the area you are visiting. You can search for globally-inspired recipes on the Dreamfields website.
  2. Savor vacation food — without overindulging too much (but save a little room for treats). Tempting buffets, all-inclusive meal plans and restaurant dining can easily lead to poor food choices and overeating. Limit your food and drink choices so extra pounds don’t become a vacation “souvenir.”
  3. Pack healthy, portable snacks — nuts, dried fruit, trail mix, whole grain snacks, whole fruit, bottled water – to stave off hunger and thirst, as you explore your destination. Book a room with a ‘fridge for perishables for quick meals such as breakfast. Ask about a microwave oven for longer stays.
  4. Keep hydrated! Whether perspiring in summer heat or on an active cold-weather vacation, it’s easy to overlook the need to rehydrate regularly – especially when you’re having fun. Airline travel can be dehydrating, too; dehydration promotes jet lag. Pack a clean water bottle. Fill it inside the airline terminal or elsewhere. Go easy on sugary and alcoholic drinks that bump up calories!
  5. Walk or bike to explore your destination and stoke your curiosity. You see more than with a “drive by” look. And, on foot or bike, you can easily stop to engage people and embrace your surroundings.
  6. Plan an action getaway. Make hiking, canoeing, bicycling, horse-back riding, rock climbing or other sports the main focus. Try something new and fun. Plan your trip around a marathon, bike race or other active event; register for the event. Take your family to a dude ranch or fitness retreat with active, built-in fun.
  7. Get out of the lounge chair. Bring active games to play on the beach: perhaps Frisbee, bocce ball, smashball or volleyball. Besides swimming, engage in water sports. And enjoy long morning and evening walks on the beach.
  8. Choose fitness-focused accommodations. Before you book, find out about workout equipment, a pool or a walking path. Then plan time to use them.
  9. Chill out: rest, relax, have fun. Skip the habit of checking your work e-mails, texts and phone messages. Put a vacation message on your email; turn off your cell phone. If you must take work with you, set limits. Prioritize the change of pace that a vacation can offer
  10. Enjoy family and friends. Make new friends. Even if it’s staycation, this is your chance to enjoy all that your home and home environs have to offer.

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Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, CFCS, is author of the Complete Food and Nutrition Guide from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, with more tips about food, fitness, and travel!
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Congratulations to our #Pastapalooza2016 GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!

July 19th, 2016  |  By:

Congratulations to Harold K. from Corpus Christi, TX for being our #Pastapalooza2016 GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! Harold not only won a year’s supply of #HealthyPasta, but also a $1,000 Visa gift card! We recently caught up with Harold to learn a little more about him and just how he plans on using his awesome prize.

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Photo: Harold with his wife and grandsons enjoying his prize!

Besides being the Pastapalooza 2016 Grand Prize Winner, tell us a little bit about yourself!

Harold: My name is Harold and I’m 70 years old. I was self-employed in marketing for 20 years but now that I’m retired, I love to spend my time hunting and fishing. In 1978, I married my wife. We have one daughter and three grandsons who live just a few miles away! Another great part about being retired is I get to see my grandsons more. Next week we’re even going on a camping trip. Hopefully we’ll get in a lot of sightseeing and catch a lot of rainbow trout!

How did you first learn about Dreamfields Pasta?

Harold: My family loves pasta and we do try to stay healthy. When we first learned about a healthy pasta option, we decided to give it a try and we’ve been using Dreamfields ever since! I signed up for a coupon in 2008, although I was eating it well before that, and we loved the recipes that were offered so it’s been a great ongoing food relationship.

What is your favorite cut of pasta that Dreamfields offers?

Harold: We love using both Angel Hair and Rotini!

Are you the cook in your family?

Harold: No, my wife is the cook. We eat out for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday but the majority of our meals are made at home by my wife.

How did you hear about the contest and what made you want to enter?

Harold: I’ve been following Dreamfields for years, so I’ve signed up for a lot of stuff including the newsletter and entered a lot of contests – but I never thought I’d actually win one!

Have you won any contests before?

Harold: This is the first thing I’ve won since 1979! I won a turkey from a girl scout group…but this is much better!

How did you feel when you found out you won?

Harold: I thought someone was pulling my leg! I was trying to remember who I told that I entered the contest to figure out who would have thought this was a funny joke to play on me. Then I remembered I hadn’t told anyone, and I couldn’t believe it was real!

Are there any recipes that you like to whip up for friends and family?

Harold: I like making beef tips with pasta, with individual cuts of pasta. I brown the steak and mix it with some soup and it’s really good. My family also loves tuna casserole!

How do you stay healthy and active throughout the year?

Harold: I’ve always been a big guy and I love to eat, but I also really enjoy staying active! We have a pool, and I’m in it a lot. My local YMCA also offers a Silver Sneakers program so I’m able to work out there a few times a week so I’m able to get in shape for elk hunting.

What is your absolute favorite thing to do in the summer?

Harold: I love when my grandsons come over to swim. We love making wings on the BBQ in the early afternoon, and later grilling some hamburgers. Growing up every big holiday was spent with family, and I like to carry that tradition on. I enjoy being surrounded by my family more than anything, and I’m so lucky to have them so close to me!

Any plans for the $1,000 gift card yet?

Harold: I’m going to go elk hunting in the middle of October! I’ll now be able to be one of the first ones out there so I’ll have the best opportunity and I’m so excited!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s #Pastapalooza2016 and congratulations to all our winners!! Don’t forget to visit the recipe section on our website for a variety of #HealthyPasta recipes all year round!


Grilling: A Healthy, Flavorful Way to Cook!

July 7th, 2016  |  By:

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Summertime and the grillin’ is easy, healthy and great-tasting, too. Whether you grill a steak, chicken breast, salmon filet, burger, brat – or even summer-fresh vegetables on the side – grilling is a great cooking method that adds flavor without extra calories. Here are a few pointers on how to make the most out of every bite!

Safe and Clean at the Grill

  • Start clean! Scrape off charred debris. Clean the grates — and the catch pan if you have a gas grill to remove grease – each time you grill
  • Adjust the grill grates for even cooking. Cooking too close to the coals may overly char the food. Meat or poultry may look done outside, yet still be raw inside.
  • Separate raw from cooked meat, poultry and fish to help avoid cross-contamination from foodborne bacteria. Use different plates, cutting boards, and utensils for raw and grilled meat, poultry, or fish, or wash them between uses. Before grilling, have a clean plate and utensils grill-side to take cooked food to the table.
  • Grill meat, poultry, and fish until cooked through – without blackening the surface. High-heat cooking such as grilling can cause compounds (PAHs and HCAs) to form from smoke and charring. Properly cooked meat probably doesn’t have enough of these compounds to have a carcinogenic effect, but since the research on this is not conclusive, it’s best to avoid the “black stuff”!
    • (To clarify: acrylamides – another potential carcinogen –can also form in potatoes and some other starchy foods during high-temperature cooking such as frying. They do not form, or form at lower levels, in grilling meat, chicken and fish.)
  • Check the inside “temp.” Cook meat and poultry to its safe target temperature: hamburgers (beef), 160ºF; ground chicken patties, 165ºF; beef, lamb, and pork (steaks, chops, roasts), at least 145ºF; chicken or turkey breast and legs, 165ºF; and whole chicken, 165ºF. Using a food thermometer is the only way to know for sure.

Grilled to Perfection

  • Flare-ups? “Prep” to avoid flames and smoke from fat drippings. Trim off visible fat on meat and chicken. Drain away high-fat marinades. If flames flare: 1) for a charcoal grill, move food to another part of the grill, and 2) for a gas grill, shut off the burners until the flame subsides then re-light. Never use water on a gas grill.
  • Add flavor with rubs and marinades. Short on time? Rub the surface of raw meat, poultry and fish before grilling with a dry herb or spice blend and a little oil or mustard. More time? Marinate them in the ‘fridge for several hours or overnight. Tender meat cuts and delicate fish need less marinating time. Figure ½ to 1 cup of marinade per pound. A safety “must”: discard marinade used with raw food; never brush it on cooked meat, poultry or fish!
  • Grill some “sides.” Grilling gives asparagus, bell pepper, corn-on-the cob, eggplant, leeks, squash, and other veggies a smoky, fragrant flavor. Brush with oil; and grill (turning once) until tender-crisp. Once cooked, season with minced fresh herbs. Grill sliced pineapple and peach halves – as well as crusty bread or firm polenta (brush olive oil with garlic and herbs)!
  • Sauce it from the grill. A small iron skillet, set on the grates, is good for stir-frying sliced veggies, sautéing mushrooms, onions, and peppers, or heating a robust sauce for chicken breasts, steaks, kebobs, and grilled vegetables.

Now serve with a Dreamfields pasta side salad – and your grilled meal is ready to enjoy!

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Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, CFCS, is author of the
Complete Food and Nutrition Guide from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, promoting the great tastes of good health!

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Sharing is caring … Share a photo to WIN!

June 30th, 2016  |  By:

It’s the last week of Pastapalooza 2016 but we’re not slowing down! We still have lots reasons to hang out with us from amazing new recipes to coupons. And of course incredible prizes! This week FIVE people will take home a prize pack just for uploading a photo.

Summer was made for sharing. Whether it’s your bumper crop of zucchini, a blanket for watching fireworks, half of a double Popsicle, or even a big bowl of pasta salad – we seem to enjoy the season more when it’s shared with someone else.

Here’s a few examples of how you’ve been sharing so far this week! All of these smiling people are entered to win amazing prizes. Don’t you want to join them?

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To enter this week’s sweepstakes, we want to see who you like sharing with the most. Just upload a picture of you and that special someone (or someones) for a chance to win one of FIVE prizes: a case of Dreamfields Pasta AND a $50 Fandango Gift Card. (Total value: $100) It’s perfect for sharing dinner and a movie! Don’t forget – each weekly entry also acts as an entry for the Grand Prize: A one year’s supply of Dreamfields Pasta + $1,000 VISA Gift Card! (Limit: one entry per day.)

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Packaged Foods: The Dating Game

June 21st, 2016  |  By:

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Whether it’s a carton of milk, a jar of salsa, or a box of pasta, the food package may carry a product date. But what do the dates mean? Is the food inside safe to eat once that date is past? Should you toss it? And what about the dates you can’t discern!…

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Papa-Palooza 2016… Celebrating Dreamfields Dads!

June 21st, 2016  |  By:

Pops is tops all year round, but especially when we celebrate Father’s Day! This week (June 15-21), it’s dad’s time to shine with our #Pastapalooza2016 theme – Papa-palooza!

Show us how the dad in your life enjoys fun in the sun this summer by uploading a photo of him grilling, picnicking, relaxing or just enjoying his day with great food and Dreamfields Healthy Pasta. One lucky entrant will win a Family Pack of Dreamfields Pasta + a set of Premium Grilling Tools AND a comfy hammock and stand! (Total Value $230).

Don’t forget – every weekly entry not only counts for this week’s prize, but it’s also an entry for our Grand Prize: A One-Year Supply of Dreamfields Pasta + $1,000 Gift Card! (Limit: one entry per day.)

Check out our guest dad bloggers for some tasty Father’s Day recipes – Foodness Gracious and This Cookin Dad – that you and your family, especially dad, can enjoy all season long!

Just one pic of pop and you can win big… it’s that easy! Here are some great examples that have come in so far. Hurry up and submit your dad’s photo. Contest ends at midnight on June 21!

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Pastapalooza Week 3 – All American Cookout

June 9th, 2016  |  By:

The Italians may call it “dining al fresco,” but on this side of the pond we just call it like we see it – a good old-fashioned All-American Cookout!  Whether it’s in the backyard with the family and friends or at a park with the entire neighborhood, cookouts are an essential ingredient to the perfect summer.

For this week’s sweepstakes, we want you to show us what your ideal All-American Cookout looks like. Just create a Pinterest board with all the key ingredients to a fabulous outdoor bash.  What would you serve? Where would it take place? How would you decorate? Which games and activities would be part of the festivities? Click here to see our board!

Submit the URL from your board below to  enter to win this week’s fantastic prize – a family pack of Dreamfields pasta + a fully stocked picnic basket + a $100 Visa gift card!!! (Total Value $200)  Don’t forget – every time you enter for a weekly prize, you’re also entering for the Pastapalooza Grand Prize: a year’s supply of Dreamfields pasta AND a $1,000 gift card. Limit one entry per day.

For some “Pinspiration” on creating the ultimate Pinterest board AND delicious new pasta recipes, check out these amazing boards from our guest bloggers:

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What are you waiting for? Spend a few minutes on Pinterest and you could win big prizes!


Lactose Intolerant? You Can Fit Dairy In!

June 7th, 2016  |  By:

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June Dairy Month is a reminder: dairy foods contribute much more than a “splash” of milk’s nutrients to your day. But what if you’re lactose intolerant?…

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