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Grape Oatmeal Cups from the Family Immunity Cookbook by Toby Amidor

Grape Oatmeal Cups from the Family Immunity Cookbook by Toby Amidor

I love when the recipe stars align and I have all the ingredients in my kitchen to whip up something new. And this was great timing as I’m always trying to get my teenage daughter to eat something (anything) for breakfast. I also get requests for “grab and go” types of items from clients.

These gluten-free, nut-free grape oatmeal cups from cookbook author and RD, Toby Amidor Nutrition  fit the bill. This recipe was taken with permission from her upcoming book The Family Immunity Cookbook- set to release at the end of October. Pre-order yours here: The Family Immunity Cookbook: 101 Easy Recipes to Boost Health: Amidor, Toby: 9780778806806: Amazon.com: Books

The beauty of this recipe is its simple ingredient combination as well as nutritional profile. Rolled oats are a whole grain that’s a good source of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. Sunflower seeds provide polyunsaturated fat, fiber and a bit of protein. Grapes are a source of pectin; a type of fiber that also helps reduce cholesterol.

Make them vegan

To make the recipe vegan or egg-free, you can substitute a flaxseed egg by whisking 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes before adding to your favorite recipe. In this case, you’d need twice as much. Canola, avocado or olive oil could be used in place of butter in the recipe as well.

Family reviews

Not surprising, my teenage daughter liked the grape oatmeal cups because they weren’t overly sweet and had a chewy texture. My husband, on the other hand, didn’t care for them for the exact reasons. He prefers things a little sweeter and with a firmer texture.

I cut the recipe in half as there’s one less mouth to feed since my daughter left for college. The recipe made 9 muffins, but I could probably fill the muffin cups up a bit. A full recipe could yield a dozen and a half depending on high you fill the muffin cups. *

The recipe could be used for breakfast or a post-workout snack given its high complex carb content. Pair them with a glass of cold milk, hot coffee or your beverage of choice!

Below is the recipe and ingredients. Enjoy!

12-cup muffin pans lined with paper cups and coated with non-stick cooking spray. * (may need 2 pans)

3 cups gluten-free, large flake (old-fashioned) rolled oats               2 large eggs, beaten

¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds                                                          ¼ cup pure maple syrup

1 tsp. baking powder                                                                              2 Tbsp. unalted butter, melted

1 tsp. ground cinnamon                                                                        1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. salt

1 ½ cups skim milk

1 ½ cups red or green seedless grapes, quartered

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, sunflower seeds, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, maple syrup, butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well combined. Fold in one cup of the grapes until evenly distributed.
  5. Using a ½ cup, scoop the batter into each of the 12 muffin cups. Tap the muffin pans a few times on the counter to release and air bubbles. Divide the remaining ½ cup grapes among the 12 cups.
  6. Bake until the edges of the oat cups are slightly browned and a tester inserted into one or two of the muffin cups comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.
  7. Remove the muffin pan from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes before transferring the muffin cups to a wire rack to cool completely. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Serves 6-9, 2 muffins each *

Food Pun Gifts! Summer21 Swag Sale

Food Pun Gifts! Summer21 Swag Sale

I’m scratching my head that it’s already August. How can this be? It feels like summer just started. Thyme for back to school shopping, including food pun swag! https://soundbitesnutrition.com/shop 

I’ve come up with a few new garden-themed items because my motto is “Eat more plants”. While I’m not vegan or vegetarian, I do prefer a plant-forward diet. I have a plant with every meal. We all should!

Most people think of eating more fruits and veggies, which is GREAT- please don’t stop that! But be sure to include whole grains, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds and fresh herbs in the mix. These have health benefits, too.

In honor of the lack of thyme in our lives, my husband and I created this latest tee design. We were literally just browsing and “killing time” in a store when this hit me. With Halloween coming up soon, how could we resist? You know we couldn’t. Here’s one of my favorite Halloween tees: Happy Guactober Unisex short sleeved T-Shirt | Sound Bites Nutrition

Now through Friday, Aug 6th, use code Summer21 for 21% off all food pun swag. What does that kind of discount look like? A typical food pun tee for $23.99 is now $18.95 (+tax and shipping). Still a bargain!

As always, part of proceeds go towards fighting food insecurity in Cincinnati. I’ve donated over $500 this year alone to various non-profits including Home Page – St. Francis Seraph MinistriesSt. Francis Seraph Ministries (sfsministries.org) and https://lasoupe.org

Check out over 35 food-inspired designs. There are a few others including our cicada themed tee and pandemic wear such as Quarantini and Don’t be shellfish. You’re sure to find gifts for all the foodies in your life.

Cherry season sale! Save on bada bing merch

Cherry season sale! Save on bada bing merch

Growing up, fruit was a seasonal thing. We ate apples in the fall, citrus fruit all winter and berries, melon and cherries in the summer. I would never dream of eating strawberries in February or oranges in July. Fruit is most nutritious, least expensive and best tasting when it’s in season.

These days, you can have just about ANY fruit you’d like any time of year- with the exception of a few fruits, including cherries. Cherries have a short growing season. The ones grown in the US blossom in April and are available in the summer months. They’re grown in nearby states like Michigan, which is considered a local product.

Cherries pack a nutritional punch being a good source of vitamin C and other antioxidants such as polyphenols found in red grapes, blueberries and red wine. Cherries are known for anti-inflammatory properties, which may protects against arthritis, heart disease and cancer.

Cherries are versatile and can be eaten solo, added to salad, yogurt or made into delicious pie. The sky’s the limit!

Celebrate cherry season with me with some fun bada bing swag. Tell the world you’re a cherry fan!. Chews from totes, tees, mugs and onesies for little cherry fans. Sale ends Friday, July 16th at midnight.

 

The Complete Thyroid Cookbook- soon to be released!

The Complete Thyroid Cookbook- soon to be released!

As a registered dietitian, I’m very proud of the way I can help people. Dietitians are specifically trained to provide MNT (Medical Nutrition Therapy), which is a fancy way of saying, “there are certain diets that will benefit certain diseases”. Dietitians earn at minimum a 4-year degree, endure 1200 hours of supervised training and take a rigorous credentialing exam. We also have to have 75 hours of continuing education over 5 years.

Being able to counsel people with medical diagnosis separates us from health coaches, chiropractors or other non-licensed professionals. I like to say that RDs are the “Real Deal” when it comes to diet therapy.

This past year, I was offered a second opportunity to write a diet and disease related cookbook. My first cookbook focused on gout- a type of painful arthritis that’s more common in men, but is also linked with being overweight or obese. A diet that’s low in purines helps reduce the risk of gout attacks. Avoiding alcohol and excess sugar in your diet will also help. My book was well received and I was hopeful I’d get the chance to write again.

And, I did just that! My second cookbook is on managing thyroid disease. When people hear of thyroid disease, they often associate it with weight gain and hair loss, but there are other symptoms and concerns that can arise. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) may cause weight loss, arrhythmias and temperature dysregulation. Left untreated, it may cause heart damage.

The Complete Thyroid Cookbook contains diet restrictions that people may not be accustomed to, such as gluten-free and dairy free. It has 3 different elimination diet protocols. I provided research to support the advice of eliminating certain foods in order to improve symptoms and prevent complications of over- or under-active thyroid. This is Medical Nutrition Therapy and it’s not meant for those not dealing with thyroid disease.

  • Prepare to eat well―Find 85 affordable recipes for everything from dinner to sweets and snacks, with detailed meal plans for each diet.
  • No experience required―Even casual cooks will find everything they need for success with this thyroid cookbook full of clear instructions, shopping lists, and recipes that are quick to put together.

If you’re interested in the book for yourself, a friend or family member, you may pre-order it here: https://amzn.to/2RTsLU3

The book officially releases July 20. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

Grilling with Pritikin

Grilling with Pritikin

Now that temps have warmed up and picnics, parties and potlucks are on your radar, lettuce fire up the grill! Grilled burgers, dogs and poultry are favorites for many, but after packing on the “Covid 19” (or more), many may be seeking healthier options.

Grilled fish, lean meat and poultry are healthier proteins to toss on your grill, but even these foods should be eaten in moderation. A 2018 research study presented at an American Heart Association conference suggests that consuming grilled food more than 15 times per month (roughly every other day) is associated with high blood pressure. Cooking these foods at high temps may also raise blood pressure. 1

Nearly 50% of US adults suffer from high blood pressure with only 25% of them having it under control. High blood pressure is linked with heart attack, kidney disease and stroke. In addition to limiting grilled food this season, reducing sodium intake is advised as part of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. 2 Pritikin Foods can help!

Plant-based by Pritikin

Did you know that Pritikin Foods offer some delicious low sodium, plant-based burgers? I received a few samples of these delicious burgers to review and enjoy. Unlike the latest plant-based burgers that mimic meat, these won’t “bleed” or taste like beef. Instead, you’ll get two differed bean-based burgers made with whole foods like black beans, egg whites, peppers, corn and a blend of seasonings. Pritikin Foods’ burgers are low in fat, saturated fat and sodium but full of flavor. Pair them with your favorite salad this season.

Speaking of salads, they’re an excellent way to get more fruits and veggies in your diet. Did you know 9 out 10 US adults don’t meet their produce needs? Unfortunately, salad dressings can often be a hidden source of sodium. Many commercial dressings contain between 150 t0 250 mg of sodium in one tablespoon. Who uses one tablespoon of salad dressing?

Pritikin Foods’s Tangy Mustard Dressing has just 5 mg of sodium per serving while their Horseradish Dressing has 20 mg per 2 tablespoon serving. That’s well below the 2300 mg of sodium per day advised per the 2020 US Dietary Guidelines. 3

Why Pritikin Works

Pritikin has been around for over 40 years, based on scientifically-proven guidelines using food as medicine, as well as incorporate an active lifestyle and healthy mindset.  Pritikin Foods delivers directly to your door delicious, convenient food created following these guidelines.  Their dietitian-approved meals and condiments are made from whole ingredients like lean meat, whole grains, beans, fruit and vegetables. In over 100 peer-reviewed studies, research shows that the Pritikin Program, including The Pritikin Eating Plan may help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease. 4

Whether you’re enjoying a big leafy green salad or looking for other ways to “put your plants on”, give these new Pritikin foods a try. Delivered from their kitchen to your door. Your heart and waistline will thank you.

For information on how to sucessfully grill plant-based meats, check out this great post from Angry BBQ: https://www.angrybbq.com/how-to-grill-plant-based-meat/

Use SOUNDBITES20 at the checkout at Pritikin Foods and save 20% off any items! This coupon has no expiration date.

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References

  1. Could grilling your meat raise blood pressure? (medicalnewstoday.com)
  2. Facts About Hypertension | cdc.gov
  3. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 and Online Materials | Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  4. Does Pritikin Work? Science Based Results and Diet Criticism

 

 

Turn Up the Heat with Pure Flavor®

Turn Up the Heat with Pure Flavor®

It’s finally summer, which means it’s ‘thyme’ to turn up the grill! Grilled foods are great for gatherings of friends and family, but don’t forget the delicious appetizers and sides that go with them. Instead of chips or other fried snacks, fresh healthy veggies are a welcome addition to your spread.

According to the CDC, only 1 in 10 adults meet the suggested number of servings of daily fruits and vegetables. The recommended amount advised is 1 ½ cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day. It’s so important to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables add vitamin C, potassium, fiber and other notable nutrients to a person’s diet. In addition, they’re also high in water, making them a simple source of hydration in hot summer months.

Mediterranean for the Win

A Mediterranean Diet is a healthy eating plan that features lots of fruits and vegetables. This delicious plant-based style of eating has been shown to reduce the risk of several types of cancer, dementia, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. A Mediterranean diet may have anti-inflammatory effects due to phytochemicals in several plant-based foods, including fruits and vegetables.

In addition, a Mediterranean diet may aid in “waist control” as it’s high in fiber, low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. As with any other weight control plan, calories should still be controlled.

When it comes to summer meal prep, fresh vegetables are the star of the show. They’re low in calories and very versatile. Vegetables add color, texture and flavor to any of your grilled dishes.

Grilling vegetables makes them slightly charred and smoky, changing the taste and texture. This also brings out their sweetness. Combining both fresh and grilled vegetables in recipes makes them more interesting, and tasty.

Benefits of Pure Flavor® Vegetables

Pure Flavor ® vegetables https://pure-flavor.blog/SBN-Snacking-Veggies are available all year round and are the perfect addition in appetizers, salads, sides, or main dishes. These organic, non-GMO beauties add a pop of color, flavor, and texture to any meal or snack.

Juno Bites Grape Tomatoes are sweet, crisp and delicious and provide cancer-fighting vitamin C as well as lycopene. They’re also a good source of potassium to protect your heart. Dip them into your favorite hummus, add them to salads or include them on a kabob to be grilled.

Aurora mini sweet peppers also offer loads of vitamin C with a crispy, crunchy texture that can’t be beat. These peppers bring bright red, yellow pops of color and touch of sweetness to any recipe. Eat them raw, sauteed or grilled.

If you haven’t tried Uno Bites Nano Cucumbers, you’re in for a treat. These zippy, juicy, bite-sized cucumbers are perfect for “pop in your mouth” snacking. Add them to your favorite veggie tray with dip or charcuterie board. They can be chopped and combined in your favorite salad or salsa. Kids love these snacking cucumbers but they’re also perfect for teen and adults that want a healthy, low-calorie snack on the go.

Whatever you’re grilling this summer, be sure to add Pure Flavor® vegetables. They’re nutrient packed and will help keep your family and friends healthy. https://pure-flavor.blog/SBN-Snacking-Veggies offers a variety of perfect produce year-round to live a more delicious life.

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