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Tailgating Gone Healthy
Even if it’s still 90 degrees outside, fall is definitely on its way because college football has started back! Here in the south, college football is a big deal. Everybody has a team they root for. I personally went to the University of Alabama and love watching the Crimson Tide play. But whether you root for the Vols, the Aggies, the Tigers, or the Bulldogs, I think we can all agree that the tailgate party is almost as important as the actual game. And who is the biggest player at the tailgate party? The food!! Tailgates across the nation are spread with a smorgasbord of sandwiches, meats, snacks, beverages and desserts of all kinds. You don’t typically find a whole lot of healthy options on these tailgate tables though and with football season lasting until January, that can mean growing waistlines and unintended weight gain. So how can we as dietitians fight against this? What healthy items can we bring to the table that aren’t the cliché veggie or fruit tray? Well, I have done some research and come up with a few options! 1) Stuffed Mini Peppers: This is a perfect sized appetizer to bring to a tailgate party. The mini pepper “boat” provides vitamins/minerals and has less calories than a bread based bottom but is stuffed with savory ground beef and melted cheese that will satisfy even the manliest of men. 2) Kabobs: These can be fixed any way you want, based on preferences and food availability. You could try chicken, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil for an Italian theme or chicken, pineapple, onion, cheese for a Hawaiian theme! If you are vegetarian, just grill up an assortment of veggies! Peppers, corn, onions, even eggplant! 3) Black Bean and Corn Guacamole: Every tailgate party needs a good dip and who doesn’t love avocado these days? Avocados are already packed with fiber and nutrients and adding black beans and corn to the mix only kicks it up a notch. A definite win. 4) White Chocolate, Strawberry and Oatmeal Cookies: You will  make lots of friends if you are the dietitian that brings dessert to a party. The oatmeal base is lighter than a cake or brownie base and has added fiber and nutrients. You can even switch out the fruit inside the match the colors of your supported team (blueberries for Auburn or Michigan, etc.) Having a few healthy choices available at your party will help balance out calories ingested. Other tips (for you, your family or your clients) when it comes to moderating intake at tailgate parties include: 1)      Scan the entire area first: Look at all the is bring offered before getting a plate. Decide what ACTUALLY sounds good to you and remember you don’t have to eat everything just because it is there. For example, you may like guacamole, but on that particular day you may be more in the mood for a sandwich and chips. Go with what sounds good to you. 2)      Dial into hunger/fullness cues: Decide how hungry you are and portion your food based on that determination. Eat slowly and stop when you feel full. You may feel full before you get to dessert and that’s ok. Don’t yourself past your limits. If you really want dessert but have reached your fullness level, give it some time and come back for it later. All this talk of food and football has got me ready for the weekend! I hope it has for you too! Head over to the recipe page to find another healthy option to bring to your next gathering. Happy tailgating! And Roll Tide 😊.  
Transitional Eating
Alright, lets take a poll. Are you Team Summer or Team Fall? Do you love hot days spent by the pool, kids running through the sprinkler with a popsicle in hand? Or are you craving a crisp, cool breeze on your face as you sip a pumpkin spice latte? I have seen that people have very strong opinions on this topic. I must admit, I am 100% Team Fall. I am so ready for cooler weather, colorful leaves and mmmm…. seasonal coffees. But as much as I hate to admit it, it seems as though summer is sticking around for a bit even as we reach mid-September. But whatever team you find yourself on, I believe there is a way for us to channel both seasons and enjoy this transitional time through one of our most favorite pastimes…eating! Below are some recipe ideas combining summer produce with classic fall flavors. These recipes are courtesy of Delish.com and are also featured on our recipe page. Apple Smores: Get out the marshmallows for one more summer campfire but swap the graham crackers for crisp apple slices for a great transitional snack! Spinach and White Bean Soup: Soup is a staple fall menu item, but this soup’s light base makes it a perfect transitional menu item. Sausage, Cheese and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes: Fill this classic summer produce with warm, rich fall ingredients makes for a easy, different dinner idea. Harvest Cobb Salad: Typical cobb salad ingredients are swapped out for richer fall favorites like apples, pecans and dried cranberries. As I have mentioned on the blog before, seasonal eating is a great way to save money and provide the greatest variety of flavors and nutrients for your diet. This tip is helpful to remember in all aspects of the dietetics world and can be applied in all career settings. Whether you are wanting to spice up your clinical foodservice menu, counsel a client through healthier eating habits or simply change up your weekly dinner menu at home, seasonal eating will take you far. 
Back to School Edition- Part 2!
Last week’s blog focused on our back to school participants ages 5-18. This week we are talking about college! College is a time of budding independence. Individuals are charged with managing class schedules, grocery shopping, paying bills, studying, and most importantly eating. Mom and dad are no longer there to say when, where and what dinner will be so on campus dining options are VERY important. I am even going to venture out on a limb here and say it’s the MOST important aspect to the multitude of millennials choosing a campus home. A recent article featured on The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Smart Brief covers this topic well.  The link to full article is posted at the end, but I have placed 3 main points below illustrating how collegiate dining services are changing.  Multiple Formats--“According to our 2019 report, today’s students want variety in every sense of the word, not just when it comes to the kinds of foods they’re eating (although that’s certainly important) but also regarding the range of dining formats (think on-campus grab-and-go kiosks, coffee shops, or c-stores). It’s no longer enough just to have a dining hall. According to our report, over half of operators say sales are increasing at dietary restriction-specific locations, more than 40% say sales are increasing at on-campus c-stores, and 37% say sales are increasing at on-campus coffee shops.” Global Focus--“As colleges and universities look to cater more directly to diverse student populations, more global dishes are also appearing on dining hall menus, and diets such as vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, and keto are also being taken into consideration.” Sustainability--“More than 7 in 10 students say they’d sacrifice functionality to be more environmentally friendly when it comes to single-use disposables. In general, students believe composting and recycling are very important, and they agree that their school’s dining program generates too much waste. To stand out from competitors, many schools are taking steps to improve sustainability efforts. Reusable food containers, for instance, which students are highly interested in, could present a viable solution to cutting back on waste.” Looks like a great time to be going to college! I wish I could have had these options back in my day! Head on over to the recipe page and try our featured coffee cake recipe. No studying required! https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/08/campus-dining-isn’t-what-it-used-be?utm_source=brief