What’s NEW in Nutrition: NEW Food Trends You Should Know

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Having just returned from FNCE 2016 (Food and Nutrition Convention and Exhibition) in Boston, we are excited to share some of our findings in the nutrition field as well as new product trends. FNCE is the largest annual nutrition meeting in the U.S. This year approximately 10,000 Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) attended this four-day meeting where food and nutrition professionals learned from some of the most outstanding leaders in the field. It was interesting to see that many of the hot topics in the meeting halls, such as the Gut Microbiome and  the emphasis of plant-based diets in disease prevention, aligned with a variety of products on the exhibition floor.

Foods that improve gut health (aka The Microbiome) were the key players in the Exhibition Hall. From foods formulated to be FODMAP-friendly and gluten-free, to those with high probiotic content, intestinal health ruled. We loved the products from Farmhouse Culture. There product line includes healthy probiotic-laden krauts (as in sauerkraut) and “gut shot” beverages to help feed the Microbiome.

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There were also pasta products made entirely from beans, such as Explore Cuisine. It’s great that you can have a serving of pasta that includes the same amount of protein as 3 ounces of chicken, meat or fish, plus 14 grams of dietary fiber. Trust us–it also tastes great!

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Another tasty product line comes from Mediterra. They make savory bars from whole grains and other ingredients,  such as black olives and walnuts. It’s a delicious snack when you are on-the-go and need healthy fuel.

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We look forward to what’s in store at FNCE 2017. Please let us know if you have tried any new foods that are worth sharing. We are here to help you stay healthy and fit as you travel the globe!

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN is the author of the ebook The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and The Teen Eating Manifesto (Nirvana Press 2012). She is a nationally-recognized and award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a specialty in teen and adult weight management and diabetes. Lisa received her B.S. in Food and Nutrition and her M.A. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She consults with clients in Huntington, New York and on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. To find out more about Lisa or to book an appointment, please visit here.

 

 

 

 

 

Eat Like a Goddess in Athens

Greek-mealAthens,the birthplace of civilization, home to the Acropolis and Parthenon, and birthplace of Zeus, is one travel destination you’ll never forget. In Athens, you’ll experience ancient ruins and antiquities that will make memories for years to come. People come to visit Greece not only for its history, but also because it is a culinary standout. Greece is known for it’s wonderful produce, including luscious tomatoes, olives, olive oil, local fish, tangy, lemony Feta cheese, and ouzo, a licorice-flavored liquor similar to Sambucca. There are a vast array of traditional foods unique to this region that will show up on the menus of local tavernas. Think dishes such as Spanikopita (spinach pie), Mousakka, grilled whole fish, and Greek salad. Vegetables are a big part of the Greek Mediterranean diet and are consumed at every meal. Enjoy the wonderful preparation of vegetables in Athens as you experience the delicious cuisine. In addition to being an excellent source of potassium and Vitamins A and C, most vegetables are also rich in dietary fiber, which will not only help you stay regular (very important when you travel), but will help you stay trim as you’ll feel full sooner—and will stay satisfied longer. The Mediterranean diet is also known for other health benefits, which include a lower risk of heart disease and cancer, and a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Greeks are known for their longevity, especially on the island of Ikaria, where many inhabitants live well into their nineties and beyond. Stroll through the vibrant area around Ermou Street in Athens and view the busy tables at the outside cafes where diners are enjoying dishes laden with vegetables. Make sure to visit the Psyrri area, which was a traditional neighborhood in Athens, that over the last couple years has become a happening spot for art galleries, tavernas, ouzerias, and music. Here you’ll find restaurants that have a more modern approach to Greek cuisine. Definitely worth the cab or bus ride. While you’re visiting Athens, it’s good to be aware the traditional dishes you may come across in the tavernas.

The following list shows some of the “healthy” and “not-so healthy” menu items. Luckily, there are many healthy dishes served in Athens. If your plan is to stay trim as you travel, enjoy more of the dishes from the “healthy section.” Go easy on the “not-so-healthy section.” These dishes are higher in calories and fat, but are delicious, so share! Thankfully, many of the dishes served here tend to be on the healthy side! And just enjoy the friendly people, the culture, the food, the breathtaking scenery and illustrious historical ruins. You will be amazed!

Healthy selections

  • Greek salad
  • Horiatiki Salata- Tomato, cucumbers, onions, Feta, olive oil, vinegar and olives. No lettuce.
  •  Gigante beans (or Yigendes)—if you are vegetarian or vegan, a dish of these tasty high-protein beans can be your main course. Cooked in tomato sauce or olive oil and lemon.
  • Spanikopita-Spinach pie
  • Grilled fish and shellfish
  • Skordalia-potato and garlic dip.
  • Sadziki: Yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and onion dip. Great with Pita bread.
  • Melitzanasalata: Eggplant salad.
  • Taramasalata: Fish roe and yogurt spread. Delicious.
  • Fava beans: Dip or stew made from favas that can be eaten with a spoon or with bread.
  •  Patates to Fourno: Oven roasted potatoes.
  •  Briam: roast vegetables. Usually contains potatoes, onions, zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes. Similar to ratatouille. Great main course for vegetarians.
  •  Dolmades: Grape leaves stuffed with rice, onions and sometimes ground beef. Can be ordered without meat.
  • Mousaka: Baked dish similar to eggplant parmesan. Contains eggplant, potatoes, onions, ground beef, and a Bechamel topping.
  • Pastitsio: Think of it as a Greek Lasagna, but without cheese.. Layered noodles, meat, tomato sauce, and a Bechamel topping similar to Mousaka.

Not-So Healthy Menu Selections

  • Fried calamari and other fried fish/shellfish
  • Saganaki: fried cheese. Sometimes comes with tomato sauce.
  • Tiro Salata: Cheese salad.
  • Casseri: Soft cheese like mozzarella.
  • Keftedes: Deep-fried Meatballs.
  • Tiropita:  Cheese pie made with phyllo pastry
  • Patates Tiganites: Greek fried potatoes.

Restaurant Terminology 101: “Horis” means “without.” If you want a menu item sans an ingredient, just tell the waiter: hoe- ris (without) and the name of the item.

Healthy take-away tips:

  1. If having meat, fish, shellfish,or chicken, order it grilled.
  2. Make vegetables the focus of your meals. You will fill up faster.
  3. Start the meal with a Greek salad or a Horiatiki salad.
  4. If you have dessert, order one item and share it.
  5. Stay active. Enjoy Athens by foot. Spend your days walking around this beautiful and culturally-rich city. It’s the best way to visit historical sites, burn calories, and truly enjoy this Mediterranean gem.

Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN is the author of The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad and The Teen Eating Manifesto: The Ten Essential Steps to Losing Weight, Looking Great and Getting Healthy. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in private practice and writer based in Huntington, Long Island and NYC. Lisa specializes in travel nutrition, weight management, and diabetes for teens and adults. To find out more about Lisa, visit www.lisastollmanrd.com