They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and our home’s heart just got much bigger!
We are excited to announce that Stacie Woods, RD, LDN has joined our team as Corporate Dietitian and look forward to sharing Stacie’s vision over the next several months as we redefine the residential dining experience. Our team takes pride in identifying and incorporating the latest dietary research and most advanced nutritional programs and is committed to creating the very best standards of living while maintaining the highest level of care.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month with us. Woods reminds us that fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber while remaining naturally low in calories, fat and sodium. “These ‘superfood groups’ help lower your risk of developing chronic diseases and can assist in maintaining a healthy weight.” Some of her favorites include watermelon, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.
- Watermelon is the perfect summer snack. This fruit is 92% water which is great for hydration during the hot Louisiana summers.
- Cauliflower is a great source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C. It is versatile and can serve as a low carb substitute to rice, mashed potatoes or pizza crusts.
- Brussels sprouts are packed with vitamin A, C, and K and fiber. Her favorite brussels sprouts recipe is simple: Toss with parmesan cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper and quickly roast in the oven.
Additionally, here are a few tips to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your day.
- Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal and snack.
- Stay stocked. Always keep fresh fruits and vegetables in your pantry or refrigerator for quick meal prep. And, grab and go too by keeping fresh fruits and vegetables in easy-to-grab places. Or, cut the night before, and place in individual baggies for even more convenience.
- Steam and flavor. Add flavor with low-calorie or low-fat dressings and herbs and spices.
All are very low in calories so do yourself a favor and indulge!