Monday, December 21, 2015

Butternut Squash Soup with Raisin Bread Croutons and Shredded Carrots

Ingredients - Directions

1 cup Pre-made, low sodium Butternut Squash Soup
2 Tbsp Shredded Carrots
1/2 sl Raisin Bread, cubed, croutons

Heat soup. Garnish with shredded carrots and raisin bread croutons.


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 14 - 22, 2015 - National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness. H&H week offers the chance to contribute to a national social movement. The aim is and always will be to eradicate homelessness by solving the root causes of it. We aim for activism in this vein. For this year’s H&H week we are focusing on the laws passed by local governments around the nation which prevent people experiencing homelessness from doing life-sustaining activities. Let’s bring light to this issue, pressure lawmakers and Bring America Home together!

For more information,visit the National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week web site.

Friday, September 25, 2015

National Food Safety Education - Don't Cross-contamination

Don't Cross-Contaminate! - Separate

Cross-contamination is how bacteria can be spread. When handling raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, keep these foods and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods. Always start with a clean area - wash hands with warm water and soap. Wash cutting boards, dishes, countertops and utensils with hot soapy water.

Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs from other foods in your grocery shopping cart, grocery bags and in your refrigerator.

Use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry and seafood.

Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

National Food Safety Education - When the Power Goes Out

Be Prepared

Stock up on non-perishable foods that don't require refrigeration, and choose single-serve sizes if available to avoid the need for refrigeration of unused portions. Consider these easy, healthy, shelf-stable foods: 


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods’ Home Food Safety program is dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of foodborne illness and providing solutions for easily and safely handling food in their own kitchens. More information can be found at Home Food Safety.

Friday, July 17, 2015

5 Mindless Habits that Can Add 6.5 Pounds
Guest Blogger: Michelle J. Stewart RD, LD/N

1. Cocktail Hour. The evening ritual of a frozen margarita or Pina Colada may seem like a harmless and well deserved treat after a long day, but be warned these cocktails can really add up. An 8 ounce frozen margarita will pack in approximately 300 calories and an 8 oz Pina Colada is almost 450 calories! If you drink one of these beverages three times a week you could easily gain two pounds in a month.

2. Eating from the “Bag”. The simple act of mindlessly eating your favorite chips or crackers while watching TV, reading a book, or hanging out with friend can easily add 300 - 500 calories in a sitting. A one ounce serving of corn chips is equivalent to 12 chips and 150 calories. It is not uncommon for someone to eat two to three times that amount while unconsciously eating from the bag. Munching from the bag two to three times a week could easily add one pound over a four week period. To combat this behavior, start by portioning out a serving of chips on a plate and leave the bag in the pantry.

3. Cleaning the Kids Plate. Cleaning your child’s plate by eating their “leftovers” can really add up. On average every extra bite of food will be approximately 25 calories. If you think that you eat two bites off of your kids plate, three times a day, seven days a week, this could add up to one pound over four weeks. 

4. Ordering In or Dining Out. Busy summer days can leave one tired and un-inspired to cook, which often leads to ordering in or dining out. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying a meal out or taking a night off from kitchen duties and ordering take out, if you are not aware of the choices being made the calories can really add up. Not only are restaurant meals known for their large portion sizes, but they usually have higher fat and sodium content than the home cooked version. For example, a traditional chinese dinner of Broccoli and Chicken with 1 cup of rice is approximately 750 calories, compared to a homemade version will be approximately 400 calories. Do this three times a week and this could easily add up to 1 - 2 pounds a month. 

5. Self Serve Treats. Frozen yogurt can make a delightful summer afternoon treat, and when reading the nutrition facts it appears to be a sensible choice when it comes to choosing a healthy food. However, the deception of frozen yogurt lies in the portion of self serve cups. A “serving size” is 4 ounces and can range between 80 - 130 calories. However a “small” serve serve cup at most of the popular frozen yogurt chains will be approximately 16 ounces, and a large cup can run up to 32 ounces. Fill your cup to the brim (or even half way) and you are in for a high calorie treat. Your 80 - 130 calorie “small” treat can easily turn into a 320 - 520 calorie meal...and this is before toppings! Indulge in self serve frozen treats 3 times a week and you could gain 1.5 pounds over the course of a month.

To summarize how these small “mindless” acts of eating can add up check the above graphic!

Michelle J. Stewart RD, LD/N 
Michelle J. Stewart is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and better known as The Nutrition Planner. Founder of Michelle Stewart Consulting & Associates who has been leading the way to a healthier you for more than 25 years. Michelle is a Certified Diabetes Educator, and also holds certifications in Adult, Adolescent, and Childhood Obesity and is a Certified Wellness Coach. A Master’s In Public Health keeps her abreast of the latest health concerns and on the cutting edge of intervention. Focusing on aging and longevity with a holistic approach to living your best life is her pathway to inner peace and happiness.

You can learn more about Michelle's services by connecting to the following addresses.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Poor Dentition and Vegetable Choices

A lack of fresh vegetables related to poor dentition, dental disease, mouth ulcers or infections can lead to nutrition deficiencies.

Two years ago, I lost the majority of my teeth and the ability to eat most raw fruits and vegetables. I tolerated ice cream, baby foods, and over-cooked mushy vegetables. I knew I had to make a change.

Below is my AV (any vegetables) Gazpacho. On the left are some of the raw ingredients: bell peppers, scallions, not shown - Romaine lettuce and low sodium tomato juice. To enhance the presentation, I included bell pepper flowers.

“The presentation of food should stimulate the palate, excite the senses, and nourish the body.” -Sandra Frank, Ed.D, RDN, LN, FAND

It's not the same as munching on a fresh carrot or crunching on celery. However, the AV Gazpacho is flavorful, high in fiber, eliminates wasting vegetables and I never make it the same way twice. 

I start off with two cups of low sodium tomato juice (related to high blood pressure) and add one to two cups of chopped vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, green beans, kale, lettuce, onions, spinach, squash, and tomatoes. This makes two servings.

The AV Gazpacho will meet your vegetable requirements and appeal to your senses.

Nutrition Information based on the following ingredients:
2 cups Tomato Juice, low sodium
1 cup Bell Peppers, chopped
1/4 cup Scallions, chopped
cup Romaine Lettuce, chopped

Blenderize until you achieve a consistency tolerated.
Yield: 2 servings

Sunday, April 26, 2015

April 26, National Pretzel Day Joins National Dance Week

Pretzel Dips

Nutrition Information

Pretzel Recipe: Pizza Pretzel with
Pasta Sauce

In 2003, Pennsylvania Governor, Ed Rendell declares April 26 National Pretzel Day to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state's history and economy.

Enjoy a pretzel while getting some exercise
Alex Wong from FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance"
choreographed a Pretzel Dance for Auntie Anne's in
honor of National Pretzel Day and
National Dance Week 
( April 24 - May 3, 2015).

A Brief History Of The Pretzel,
presented by Synder's of Hanover

Today, the popular advertisement words
are Sustainability or Renewable.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Meatless Monday: Yellow Squash with Tomatoes, Bell Pepper, and Tabouli Salad

1 Yellow Squash, cut into strands
1 Tomato, diced

1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
4 Tbsp Tabouli Salad

1. Combine squash, tomato, and bell pepper.
2. Top with Tabouli Salad

Nutrition Information

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

National Nutrition Month and Beyond
Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

Throughout the month of March we celebrated National Nutrition Month® (NNM), a nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy). The campaign focused  attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The March 2015 theme for National Nutrition Month® is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” 

The theme encourages everyone to explore new foods and flavors, keeping taste and nutrition on your plate at every meal. During the month of March, we looked at the many foods and combinations that contribute to "Biting into a Healthy Lifestyle" I hope you will take the information presented and use it year round.

Visit the Academy’s website to view a library of recipes designed to help you "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle."

As part of this public education campaign, the Academy’s National Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition based on the "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" theme.


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at

Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30, Jeopardy celebrates its Anniversary
with Healthy Foods

Jeopardy first premiered on March 30, 1964 on NBC. To celebrate Jeopardy's anniversary and National Nutrition Month, some healthy foods got together to compete.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lucille Beseler welcomes Vicki Hatch MS, RDN, LDN, CDE to Family Nutrition Center of South Florida.

Meet Vicki Ellis Hatch MS,RDN,LDN,CDE at the Hallandale Beach location of Family Nutrition Center of South Florida

VICKI ELLIS HATCH is a Nutrition, Healthcare and Fitness Expert and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 25 years of experience leading clients to improved clinical and lifestyle outcomes.

A native to Miami Beach, Florida, Vicki has been involved with sports and nutrition her whole life. Her first career was that of a tennis professional. She played and ​competed in junior tennis in Florida and throughout the United States; then received a four year scholarship to play tennis for the University of Texas at Austin. She competed professionally on the women’s tennis circuit, and then became the Director of Tennis at many luxurious tennis clubs in South Florida. Vicki also coached at the University of Texas at Austin, where she led the Texas Lady Longhorn Tennis team to capture two (2) national collegiate NCAA Division I Championship titles.

For the last 20 plus years, Vicki has taken her game indoors as a Registered Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator in private practice in the Aventura area. She also has a well-rounded clinical background in the hospital settings: Aventura Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Memorial Healthcare System as a dietitian and Clinical Nutrition Manager. Vicki specializes in pediatric, teen, adult, and geriatric populations, with expertise in areas of Diabetes, Weight Management, Gastrointestinal Health, Sports Nutrition, Eating Disorders, Cardiovascular disease/Cholesterol management, Renal Disease, Healthy Pregnancy Outcomes, and Corporate Health.

She spends a great deal of time helping patients to organize their busy lifestyles, as well as sifting through the myriad of nutrition and health information, educating and guiding her patients- in a safe, healthy and productive environment that provide solutions and produce results. Vicki truly enjoys speaking and motivating. She has inspired many- both young and old. She has provided talks on Nutrition and Health at major corporations, works year round with children’s groups to promote healthy eating and healthy minds for young people, has been quoted and published in the Miami Herald, and on local television networks and radio.

As part of Family Nutrition Center of South Florida, Vicki’s office is located in our Hallandale Beach location. She provides Medical Nutrition Therapy and continued support to patients worldwide via face to face visits, and online and telephonic communication. If you would like to achieve healthy outcomes of weight management, normalized blood sugars, decreased use of medications, effective exercise regimens, improved feelings of well being via nutrition and exercise- even completing your first marathon , you have come to the right place!

She will personalize a Medical Nutrition Therapy program for you and/or your family- specific to your nutrition and medical needs. Vicki will provide all the education, motivation, and behavior modification systems for you to succeed at making lifestyle changes to achieve all of your health goals. English / Spanish spoken.

Vicki Hatch MS,RDN,LDN,CDE
126 East Hallandale Beach Boulevard
Hallandale, Florida 33009

Friday, March 13, 2015

Statement From Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation On New ‘Kids Eat Right’ Nutrition Education Campaign


The Kids Eat Right initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is collaborating on a nutrition education campaign to raise awareness that the diets of America’s kids are lacking in three important components– dairy, calcium and vitamin D.

As part of this nutrition education initiative, the Kids Eat Right logo will appear on KRAFT Singles packaging, identifying the brand as a “proud supporter” of Kids Eat Right and encouraging parents to visit for tips to help kids get more vitamin D and calcium.

Contrary to recent published reports, this collaboration does not constitute any endorsement or nutritional seal of approval by the Academy, its Foundation or Kids Eat Right. The Academy Foundation does not endorse any products, brands or services. The Kids Eat Right logo on KRAFT Singles packaging identifies the brand as a proud supporter of Kids Eat Right. It also serves to drive broader visibility to, a trusted educational resource for consumers.

The Academy and our Foundation deeply appreciate all supporters of Kids Eat Right, including KRAFT Singles, in raising awareness of the nutrient deficiencies in our children’s diets and finding solutions to overcome them. This collaboration aligns with the purpose of Kids Eat Right to provide nutrition information and resources, both directly to the public and through registered dietitian nutritionists who work with schools and communities to improve kids’ healthy eating and lifestyle practices.

In the coming months, Kids Eat Right will be releasing more information on the new collaboration including web content and kid-friendly recipes.


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics. It funds scholarships and awards, public awareness and research projects and the Academy strategic initiatives, and is the largest provider of scholarships and awards in the field of dietetics. The Foundation’s mission is advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of registered dietitians. Visit the Academy Foundation at

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Tomorrow the last day to Exercise Your Right to Vote

The Academy has provided a map of the Overall State Affiliate Voting.  

With a group so large and critical issues facing our profession, I would expect more people to be involved. I want to personally encourage each of you to vote in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Elections. The polls are open now and will stay open until February 22nd.  It takes only a FEW minutes to make a difference in the association.  Click here to vote.

Please consider Lucille Beseler for President-Elect. I have known her for years and I am personally supporting her in this election:
I have worked with Lucille and learned a great deal from her.   She is a true leader and will serve the association well.  Below is a Colleague letter that provides you some insight into her skills and abilities.

Dear Colleague:

As a practicing RDN, business woman, and entrepreneur, I am always looking for new opportunities where I can take the lead to help our profession showcase our knowledge, skills, and talents, as well as the difference we can make in peoples’ lives. My business ventures over the past 24 years prove that I am capable of this as I have built a thriving private practice that has created job opportunities for many RDN’s in the state of Florida. My business also has processed over 45,000 insurance claims and has earned me the reputation of being a leading expert on nutrition reimbursement. In many ways, I have been a successful trailblazer in our profession, which is why I am excited to have the opportunity to provide leadership to the Academy as its next President.

Compensation for our services has not kept pace with other health professions. We need to determine why this is and how we can change it. We have the power to create a more positive perception of the RDN, and NDTR. As president, I plan to work diligently on branding the RDN and NDTR.

Our broken healthcare system is looking for new innovations to improve outcomes. Nutrition is the cornerstone of wellness and prevention. This is our time to seize opportunities to showcase our ability to improve health and lower health costs. This will create meaningful work for our colleagues. I want to lead our members during this time, but I need an engaged membership to do so. I believe I have the ability to motivate and prompt RDNs and NDTRs to become more engaged because of my energy, vision, and passion.

In accordance with the Academy campaign rules you may personally endorse me but not as an Academy leader. Getting the vote out is most important as only 7% of the membership voted last year. Voting parties or setting up voting at district meetings or workplaces can help get the vote out.

In conclusion, I feel strongly about the following issues and will focus my efforts on:
* Branding the RDN/NDTR
* Improving reimbursement for services
* Influencing the creation of new job opportunities
* More at

My years of experience and success in business give me the confidence to be your heels-on-the-ground candidate. Remember, voting matters. Thank you.

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