Cold weather comforts

By Carol Berg Sloan RD Nutritionist Although we live in Long Beach (which most of the country thinks is in perpetual summer), fall is here, which in turn influences our palette to lean towards cold-weather comfort foods and seasonal, traditional favorites.

A wake-up call to keep kids fit

By Carol Berg Sloan, RD I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled that First Lady Michelle Obama has gotten on the bandwagon to bring the childhood obesity onto center stage with the Let’s Move Campaign (letsmove.gov). I sometimes wonder if Americans realize what a health crisis the number of overweight children is now…

Nutrition Nuggets: Hot Trends Go Healthy

by Carol Berg Sloan RD Food and Nutrition Trends for 2009 include the desire for comfort foods……uh oh…chicken pot pie, rice pudding, ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, twice-baked potatoes..a dietitian’s nightmare. But these foods can provide comfort AND good nutrition. Making small changes will allow you to enjoy the tastes you remember without the fat…

Lean Leftovers

by Carol Berg Sloan, RD Nutritionist If you are like most Americans you just ate approximately 4600 calories. Those calories included something like: stuffed celery, sweet pickles, olives, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, rolls and butter, cranberry sauce, buttered peas, two cocktails, two pieces of pie with whipped cream and eggnog. Wow!…….but you waited…

Fruit Bounty

By Carol Berg Sloan Registered Dietitian Have you seen the fruit bins at your local grocery store? Wow! This year’s summer fruits are bursting with color, sweetness and nutrition. Surprisingly, many consumers don’t take advantage of these delicious treats for a variety of reasons. Many think they spoil too quickly or that they look good…

Carol’s Nutrition Nuggets: Eye on nutrition

By Carol Berg Sloan RD, Nutrition Columnist Eating with your eyes is key when presented with an alluring entrée, but more important is eating for your eyes! Key nutrients to keep eyes healthy include the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamins A, E and C, selenium and zinc. Eating a balanced variety of foods will provide…

Carol’s Nutrition Nuggets: We all scream for it

By Carol Berg Sloan, RD, Nutrition Columunist Even though school’s back in session, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the last few nuances of summer—including frozen treats such as ice cream, sherbet and frozen yogurt. While frozen desserts come in many forms, they are not all created equal when it comes to ingredients and nutritional…