You Go, Gourd! 5 Seasonal Squash Recipes
Monday, November 12, 2018
By Lizzie Waldo , YMCA Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
It’s finally fall, and the weather is gourd-geous! I’m a big fan of puns, and an even bigger fan of squash
Squash are members of the gourd family and fall in two categories—summer squash and winter squash. While they are similar, the biggest variation in these two types is in their maturity and growing times.
Summer squash are ready for harvest and consumption in the summer months. Think of green and yellow zucchini. They are best enjoyed when their skin is soft and tender.
Winter squash are usually not available for harvest and consumption until the end of summer and can be stored until winter. The most common examples of these squash include butternut, spaghetti, acorn, and pumpkin. Winter squash are…
The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugar Substitutes
Thursday, November 08, 2018
One regular-sized sweet tea from Chick-fil-A contains nearly 8 teaspoons of added sugar
To put this into perspective, the recommendation for women and children is to consume 6 teaspoons or less of added sugar per day, while men should strive for no more than 9 teaspoons
However, it is estimated that a typical American consumes an average of 20 teaspoons of added sugar every day.
Natural vs. added sugar
It is important to clarify the difference between added and naturally occurring sugars. Sugar is naturally found in unsweetened dairy products, fruits, and vegetables. Naturally occurring sugars do not count towards the World Health Organization's recommended intake of sugar.
Foods containing natural sugars…
What’s in Season? Five Fall Fruits and Vegetables
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Cool, autumnal weather has finally arrived, and with it comes an abundance of fresh-picked produce in the grocery stores. It's time to bring fall flavors into our kitchens and onto our dinner plates
Eating seasonally enhances the taste of the produce you buy and supports local farmers and surrounding communities. In the Middle Tennessee area, there are a few different fruits and vegetables that reach peak ripeness around this time of year.
Check out the following five foods that will taste better and often be priced cheaper in the month of November.
Whether you’re picking them ripe from the tree at one of Middle TN’s local orchards or snagging a few from the produce section at your favorite grocery store, apples will always be full of fiber…
Five natural ways to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and the YMCA is in the national fight against chronic diseases like prediabetes and diabetes. The good news is that Type 2 diabetes is preventable, and you can reduce your risk naturally with the following five healthy habits
1. Engage in frequent exercise
Adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week, plus two or more days of muscle strength activity. Moderate exercise includes things like walking around the neighborhood, bicycling around the park, or ballroom dancing. Vigorous exercises would be running or jogging, swimming laps in the pool, or jumping rope
There’s no time like the…
8 Fun Questions for a Healthy Family Dinner Conversation
Thursday, October 25, 2018
By Katherine Giles , YMCA Registered Dietitian and Mom of Three
Our lives are jam-packed! Families balance schedules full of work, school, sports, activities, chores and errands. Living life at such a fast pace—with quick meals eaten in the car and tight-lipped, “How was your day?” conversations—can lead to lower-quality family time. However, with just a little focus, we can slow things down long enough to connect to each other and learn a lot about our kids (and ourselves!)
At your next mealtime, regardless of whether the food is home-cooked or take-out, gather around the table and strike up a conversation with your family. Here are eight starters that may reveal new insight about your kids (or spouse)!
What was your favorite part of the day? Simply starting a…
The One Excuse Getting in the Way of Your Goals
Friday, October 19, 2018
By Lindsey Joe , YMCA Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Picture this: it’s time for your annual doctor visit. You’re not thrilled, but you know it’s a necessary evil. So you keep your appointment
At your visit, the doctor pops in to say that she's concerned about your elevated blood sugar levels and increased weight since last year. The doctor asks if you’ve been eating right and exercising, per usual, and you quickly reply, “Yeah, yeah...I know what I should be doing, Doc.”
As you head out, you’re feeling disappointed in yourself and decide to get serious about making some changes. A week later, you get a follow-up call with some lab results, and the doctor asks if you’ve made any changes yet. And it hits you—you haven’t done a single…