protein

I have officially become an #oyster person. I feel part of a cool club! Oysters are one of the most nutritious foods per calorie. They are an excellent source of #zinc, #vitaminD, #vitaminB12, #protein (1 gram per oyster) and #healthyfats—specifically omega-3 fatty acids. A half dozen is about 50 calories (very #lowcalorie). They are also highly #sustainable since they clean, benefit, and support the environment in which they grow. #awesomefood #oysterlove #bushwicknutrition #bushwick #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist

I have officially become an #oyster person. I feel part of a cool club! Oysters are one of the most nutritious foods per calorie. They are an excellent source of #zinc, #vitaminD, #vitaminB12, #protein (1 gram per oyster) and #healthyfats—specifically omega-3 fatty acids. A half dozen is about 50 calories (very #lowcalorie). They are also highly #sustainable since they clean, benefit, and support the environment in which they grow. #awesomefood #oysterlove #bushwicknutrition #bushwick #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist

#Breakfast4Lunch! To cook: sauté #butternutsquash in about 1 tbsp of olive oil for 4min or so. Cut it up really tiny so that it cooks faster. Add 1 small tomato and sauté for another minute. Crack in an extra large #egg and 1 slice of cheese. In the meantime heat up a 4" whole wheat pita. S&P to taste. This meal is packed with #fiber, #protein, #healthyfats, and #antioxidants from all the vibrant colors. And takes 10 mins to prepare! #mykindofmeal #lazynutritionist #lazynutrition #bushwicknutrition #bushwick #easymeals #fastmeal

#Breakfast4Lunch! To cook: sauté #butternutsquash in about 1 tbsp of olive oil for 4min or so. Cut it up really tiny so that it cooks faster. Add 1 small tomato and sauté for another minute. Crack in an extra large #egg and 1 slice of cheese. In the meantime heat up a 4" whole wheat pita. S&P to taste. This meal is packed with #fiber, #protein, #healthyfats, and #antioxidants from all the vibrant colors. And takes 10 mins to prepare! #mykindofmeal #lazynutritionist #lazynutrition #bushwicknutrition #bushwick #easymeals #fastmeal

#Pistachios are a great #healthysnack. Out of all the #nuts, it’s my favorite to recommend if you are looking for #caloriecontrol. A serving is 42 pistachios (Pictured. I counted!). It also has 6 grams of filling #protein. #bushwicknutrition #bushwick #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist #beach #beachsnack

#Pistachios are a great #healthysnack. Out of all the #nuts, it’s my favorite to recommend if you are looking for #caloriecontrol. A serving is 42 pistachios (Pictured. I counted!). It also has 6 grams of filling #protein. #bushwicknutrition #bushwick #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist #beach #beachsnack

When you have a #crying #baby that just doesn’t want to #sleep (for example…) finding the right #proteinbar is golden! I like #ThinkThin (#chocolate) because it has 20 grams of #protein and  #zerosugar. That said- it does have #sugaralcohols that can cause tummy issues for some. Be mindful of that when trying it for the first time! #bushwicknutrition #bushwick #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist #lowcarb #onthegomeal #lifesaver

When you have a #crying #baby that just doesn’t want to #sleep (for example…) finding the right #proteinbar is golden! I like #ThinkThin (#chocolate) because it has 20 grams of #protein and #zerosugar. That said- it does have #sugaralcohols that can cause tummy issues for some. Be mindful of that when trying it for the first time! #bushwicknutrition #bushwick #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist #lowcarb #onthegomeal #lifesaver

Try this yummy #breakfast that took all of 9 minutes to prep, cook, and eat (just kidding). It’s also packed with #protein (a nutrient that is lacking in most American breakfasts) as well as #healthyfats.  
1) Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a small/medium pan. 2) In the meantime cut half a #redonion. 3) Sauté it with the olive oil for ~3-4 minutes. 4) Crack 2 large eggs and scramble until desired consistency. 5) Clean and cut a handful of #cilantro. 6) Top off with 2 tbsp of #pepitas (#sunflower #seeds) and a tsp of fresh #jalapeño. Add salt and pepper to taste.  
FYI: the best way to #store #cilantro is keeping it in a jar in the refrigerator with a bag over the leaves. 
#bushwick #bushwicknutrition #easymeals #healthymeals #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist #breakfast4lunch

Try this yummy #breakfast that took all of 9 minutes to prep, cook, and eat (just kidding). It’s also packed with #protein (a nutrient that is lacking in most American breakfasts) as well as #healthyfats.
1) Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a small/medium pan. 2) In the meantime cut half a #redonion. 3) Sauté it with the olive oil for ~3-4 minutes. 4) Crack 2 large eggs and scramble until desired consistency. 5) Clean and cut a handful of #cilantro. 6) Top off with 2 tbsp of #pepitas (#sunflower #seeds) and a tsp of fresh #jalapeño. Add salt and pepper to taste.
FYI: the best way to #store #cilantro is keeping it in a jar in the refrigerator with a bag over the leaves.
#bushwick #bushwicknutrition #easymeals #healthymeals #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist #breakfast4lunch

So simple and delicious! #PeanutButter with #chia and #flax seeds by @traderjoesgrocery. Best part? You can totally make it yourself! Just make sure to purchase natural #nutbutter with no added ingredients like palm oil or sugar. It’s okay if it has a little salt! Before putting the nut butter in the fridge mix in a tablespoon of chia and flax for added #fiber, #protein, and veggie #omega3s. #lazynutritionist #lazynutrition #bushwick #bushwicknutrition #healthy

So simple and delicious! #PeanutButter with #chia and #flax seeds by @traderjoesgrocery. Best part? You can totally make it yourself! Just make sure to purchase natural #nutbutter with no added ingredients like palm oil or sugar. It’s okay if it has a little salt! Before putting the nut butter in the fridge mix in a tablespoon of chia and flax for added #fiber, #protein, and veggie #omega3s. #lazynutritionist #lazynutrition #bushwick #bushwicknutrition #healthy

#Salad with a crap load of #veggie #protein from #hempseeds, #pumpkinseeds (#pepitas), and #hummus. One serving of each summed up to 19 grams of protein!  
That said- this was a #lightlunch. I usually do this when I know I have a heavier dinner ahead of me. Important to #balance out your day :) 
#lazynutritionist #lazynutrition #bushwicknutrition #bushwick #lightlunch #easymeals

#Salad with a crap load of #veggie #protein from #hempseeds, #pumpkinseeds (#pepitas), and #hummus. One serving of each summed up to 19 grams of protein!
That said- this was a #lightlunch. I usually do this when I know I have a heavier dinner ahead of me. Important to #balance out your day :)
#lazynutritionist #lazynutrition #bushwicknutrition #bushwick #lightlunch #easymeals

#FoodPairing awesomeness: #BlackBeans are a great source of #fiber, #protein, and plant-based #iron (as other #beans, lentils, and dark leafy greens). When combined with #vitaminC rich-foods (lemon, lime, citrus, peppers, etc) you can absorb the veggie iron much better. That’s proper food pairing :) 
To Cook: Sauté beets in lemon juice, olive oil, and a little water until tender. Add a can of black beans and heat for a few minutes. Remember to drain and rinse the beans first.  
I don’t necessarily love #beets (they stain everything and are a pain in the butt to cook!) but I make it a point to eat them since they have anti-inflammatory and blood building benefits. My #oncology patients would always eat more beets to improve their #hemoglobin. It works!  
#bushwick #bushwicknutrition #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist

#FoodPairing awesomeness: #BlackBeans are a great source of #fiber, #protein, and plant-based #iron (as other #beans, lentils, and dark leafy greens). When combined with #vitaminC rich-foods (lemon, lime, citrus, peppers, etc) you can absorb the veggie iron much better. That’s proper food pairing :)
To Cook: Sauté beets in lemon juice, olive oil, and a little water until tender. Add a can of black beans and heat for a few minutes. Remember to drain and rinse the beans first.
I don’t necessarily love #beets (they stain everything and are a pain in the butt to cook!) but I make it a point to eat them since they have anti-inflammatory and blood building benefits. My #oncology patients would always eat more beets to improve their #hemoglobin. It works!
#bushwick #bushwicknutrition #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist

#ChiaSeeds are one of the greatest vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids (#healthyfats). They also have high #antioxidant, #protein, #fiber, and #iron content in addition to having #hydration benefits because of its absorption capacities. I soak chia seeds in water and lime (as pictured) for their energy and #digestion benefits. Leave the seeds in water for at least 30 minutes. One tablespoon per liter should do the trick! Fact: The Aztec warriors used to use chia seeds as their main fuel source on marathon-distance runs. #omega3fattyacid #detoxdrink #chiadrink #bushwick #bushwicknutrition #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist

#ChiaSeeds are one of the greatest vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids (#healthyfats). They also have high #antioxidant, #protein, #fiber, and #iron content in addition to having #hydration benefits because of its absorption capacities. I soak chia seeds in water and lime (as pictured) for their energy and #digestion benefits. Leave the seeds in water for at least 30 minutes. One tablespoon per liter should do the trick! Fact: The Aztec warriors used to use chia seeds as their main fuel source on marathon-distance runs. #omega3fattyacid #detoxdrink #chiadrink #bushwick #bushwicknutrition #lazynutrition #lazynutritionist

#HardBoiledEggs are a great, complete #protein that is so easy to cook! As for the #cholesterolconfusion? The #cholesterol in egg yolks does not affect your blood cholesterol as much as crappy fats do (like saturated or trans fat). The #eggyolk contains almost all the vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats. DO NOT throw them away, unless you are at risk for developing #diabetes. 

 To Cook: Place eggs in water as the water starts to heat. Once the water starts boiling, turn off the heat, but keep the pan on the hot burner, cover, and let the eggs sit for 10-12 minutes. Add 1 tsp of vinegar to prevent cracking. Voila. 

 #lazynutritionist #bushwick #bushwicknutrition #eggs #completeprotein #easymeals #lazynutrition

#HardBoiledEggs are a great, complete #protein that is so easy to cook! As for the #cholesterolconfusion? The #cholesterol in egg yolks does not affect your blood cholesterol as much as crappy fats do (like saturated or trans fat). The #eggyolk contains almost all the vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats. DO NOT throw them away, unless you are at risk for developing #diabetes.

To Cook: Place eggs in water as the water starts to heat. Once the water starts boiling, turn off the heat, but keep the pan on the hot burner, cover, and let the eggs sit for 10-12 minutes. Add 1 tsp of vinegar to prevent cracking. Voila.

#lazynutritionist #bushwick #bushwicknutrition #eggs #completeprotein #easymeals #lazynutrition

#CannedSalmon!!! If you are like me, you love fish but you definitely don’t like the smell of it after cooking. Canned salmon has a ton of #omega3fattycids, #calcium, and #protein. And wild, Alaskan salmon has very low #mercury levels. I mixed it with #horseradish (an underused condiment, if you ask me…), lime, and S&P. Follow @lazynutritionist for more tips and tricks to healthy eating! #bushwick #salmon #healthyfat

#CannedSalmon!!! If you are like me, you love fish but you definitely don’t like the smell of it after cooking. Canned salmon has a ton of #omega3fattycids, #calcium, and #protein. And wild, Alaskan salmon has very low #mercury levels. I mixed it with #horseradish (an underused condiment, if you ask me…), lime, and S&P. Follow @lazynutritionist for more tips and tricks to healthy eating! #bushwick #salmon #healthyfat

Choose #GreekYogurt! Why? For one- it’s easier to digest because of its lower lactose content. It’s also about 2 to 3x higher in #protein than conventional yogurt. I like mine with a little fat, because it has better mouthfeel and because it keeps me #satiated longer. NEVER choose flavored yogurts- in the end it’s just more sugar. So.. add your own! My favorite is @fage! #bushwicknutriton #bushwick #yummybreakfast #easymeals #fage

Choose #GreekYogurt! Why? For one- it’s easier to digest because of its lower lactose content. It’s also about 2 to 3x higher in #protein than conventional yogurt. I like mine with a little fat, because it has better mouthfeel and because it keeps me #satiated longer. NEVER choose flavored yogurts- in the end it’s just more sugar. So.. add your own! My favorite is @fage! #bushwicknutriton #bushwick #yummybreakfast #easymeals #fage

Lentil Soup with Cleansing Greens

At the beginning of the New Year, our nutritional goals become clearer and we feel the need to “reboot.” Cleansing is nutrient-dependent. So, therefore, some of the juice cleanses that seem so alluring are not necessarily addressing your cleansing goals, because they don’t include the necessary nutrients.

In addition to a proper diet, a gentle cleansing routine includes staying well hydrated, keeping your bowels functioning properly and moving (even better, sweating!). Learn more by reading Bushwick Nutrition’s take on Detoxification.

The recipe includes nutrient-dense vegetables (high in selenium, sulfur, antioxidants, fiber) and lean protein (packed with detoxifying amino acids such as glutathione). It’s also hydrating and includes nutrient-packed herbs and spices. This recipe will give your body a chance to REBOOT in 2015! 

Recipe originally posted on NYHRC Blog. 

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Turkey Chili

Give this recipe a try! It’s perfect for this wintry season. It’s a perfect mix of protein and carbohydrates. You can “cook once and eat twice” saving yourself time and energy for the long week ahead. Oh, and it’s quite simple to make! 

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This dish has all the benefits of a balanced, protein-packed, energy boosting meal. It’s an excellent way to replenish both protein and carbs after working out. Plus, this recipe is easy to make into a vegetarian option by omitting the ground turkey.

The Lowdown:

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Guest Hosting for Muscle & Fitness (Part 1)

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I was invited to be the nutrition expert for Muscle & Fitness’ 90-day program called RE:FORM. It was created for the every day man (or woman!), specifically to answer one major question: what’s the best way for someone who doesn’t go to the gym to go from “average” to “fit” in that much time? Tyler Stewart, Muscle & Fitness digital director, took the challenge.

The first part of the video provides great workout tips by Dan Trink, CSCS. The second part is a grocery shopping tour hosted by yours truly! For the food component go to the 3:30 mark. 

Re:Form Video Part 1

Stay tuned for following segments at Muscle & Fitness! 

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Yup, that is Bruce Lee and me sharing the spotlight in the October issue of @Muscle_Fitness! ;) I wrote a short article on ways to use pumpkin as well as pumpkin seeds to boost nutrition as well as displace some calories coming from fat and sugar.

It’s pumpkin season, so be sure to stay tuned for a post on pumpkin and all it’s benefits- including yummy recipes.

If you get a chance, pick up Muscle and Fitness and flip over to page 100! 

Maca: Peruvian Wonder #2

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Maca is a healing and rejuvenating root plant commonly known as “Peruvian Ginseng.” It is an adaptogen, which means it raises the physical body’s state of resistance to disease. It is typically taken as a pill, liquid extract or as powdered maca root (my favorite). As with most plant-based foods, color matters! Different maca types can be yellow, black and red. In addition to being high in calcium, iron, vitamin C and amino acids (protein), maca has other beneficial healing properties. To name a few:

  • Has the ability to regulate, support, and balance hormonal systems making it essential for the adrenal glands and therefore stress management
  • Increases energy levels and fights fatigue, specifically black maca
  • Improves sexual dysfunction and sexual desire in both in men and women (postmenopausal as well) as early as 14 days from ingestion
  • Increases fertility by raising sperm count and motility
  • Improves bone health- both black and red maca
  • Reduces anxiety, depression, and improves overall mood, shown in small study including postmenopausal women
  • Influences memory and learning, specifically black maca

How To Use & Store Maca

Powdered maca root can be added to smoothies, green juices, shakes, salads, yogurt, or simply mixed in water. Some experts suggest taking it on empty stomach at least 15 minutes before your meal for better absorption. Since maca is sensitive to light, oxygen, and humidity, I suggest storing in the fridge or freezer. Even though maca has received much attention over the past decade, research is still limited. Avoid using while pregnant and/or breastfeeding. 

Have you tried maca yet? 

Written by Alanna Cabrero, MS, RD, CDN

Pic from Veg Kitchen. Great article too!

Edited by Tamara Cabrero 

Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology of Lepidium meyenii (Maca), a Plant from the Peruvian Highlands. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012; 2012: 193496.

Amaranth: Peruvian Wonder #1

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Peru is having quite a culinary moment. The United Nations declared last year, the “International Year of Quinoa”, quinoa being one of Peru’s most well known food exports. The following three posts will talk about the amazing ingredients of traditional Peruvian cuisine. You might even call them super!

Superfoods are touted as functional foods that exceed basic nutritional content. They don’t just offer macronutrients (carb, protein, fat) but contain amazing nutrients that go beyond basic nutrition. In addition to quinoa, some Peruvian superfoods (or “whole foods” as I prefer to call them) are papaya, cacao, yacón (similar to sweet potato), Ají peppers, purple potatoes and, my personal favorites: maca, pichuberries and  kiwicha, commonly known as amaranth.

Peruvian Wonder #1: KIWICHA or AMARANTH

Known in the United States as amaranth or colloquially “mini quinoa”, Kiwicha is a small grain noted for its dense nutritional content, slight nutty flavor, and chewy texture. In addition, it’s known for its healing properties; to this day it is still used during Day of the Dead festivities.

Nutrition Facts:

This ancient grain is packed with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. A ½ cup serving of cooked kiwicha provides 125 kcal, 4.7 grams protein, 2 grams of healthy fat, and 2.5 grams of fiber (mostly soluble fiber). 

Some other attributes worth mentioning:  

  • Anti-aging due to its anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties, specifically the high content of phenolic acids, carotenoids, flavonoids as well as an agent called squaline. 
  • Cardiopropertective! Studies have shown how kiwicha lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) as well as total cholesterol and triglycerides. The soluble fiber may something to do with that!  It also helps manage blood pressure. Two thumbs up for heart health!
  • Optimal plant protein meaning it contains all essential amino acids – specifically high in lysine, which is normally low in other grains.
  • Naturally gluten-free!

How To Use Amaranth 

Amaranth can be used in pilafs, added to salads and snack bars, or can be used to make granola or oatmeal (check out our very own #NYHRC RD oatmeal recipe!). You can also toast it quickly in a pan and “pop it” to a perfect consistency for breakfast cereals or energy bars. Another way of using kiwicha is by adding it to meat loaf or quick breads for a nutrition punch!

How to Store 

Like most grains, I like to keep them in a cool place, usually in a mason jar or a well-sealed container.

Pomegranate Amaranth Oatmeal (4 servings) 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked amaranth
  • 2½ cups unsweetened almond milk or skim milk 
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, for topping

Instructions:

  1. Bring milk/milk alternative to a gentle boil in a lidded pot
  2. Stir in the amaranth and sliced bananas and lower the heat
  3. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until grains have absorbed most of the liquid.
  4. Top with pomegranate arils and cinnamon. Voila!

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 267 calories, 5.5 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 123 g sodium, 48 g carbohydrates, 9.5 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 8.5 g protein.

Don’t forget to check out the following posts on Peruvian Food Wonders! 

Picture by John Lambert Pearson on Flickr. 

Pregnancy and Me & Baby Makes Three

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So, big news. I’m preggers! Yup. There is a tiny human growing inside of me. Such a  surreal experience, when you really think about it. My husband and I found out on Father’s Day; indeed a special day for my hubbie to learn that he’s going to be a dad! It was even more significant though because I felt like my own Papito was sending me a message or giving me his blessing, or both. He is deeply missed.

As you have probably guessed, this post is going to cover prenatal nutrition and the joys of pregnancy.

How Much Is Enough 

When you become pregnant, you often hear the expression, “Eat up! You’re eating for two now!” This statement is very deceiving. My doctor quickly put it to rest by clarifying, “Alanna, you are eating for 1.1, not 2.” Which means that even though your appetite may be off the charts with weird cravings and a hunger that tells, nay, screams at you to eat every two seconds, the reality is you should only be eating an additional snack of approximately 150-200 calories during the first trimester. If there is only one baby, the second and third trimester requires about 300 calories more - the size of a small meal a day, not double your food intake.

So what’s the trick to making you feel like you’re eating more without packing on the pounds uncontrollably? Eat throughout the day. I found it helpful to eat at least a little something every 2-3 hours. I went to town on fruits such as cherries, watermelon, and plums. I snacked on yogurt, cottage cheese, and hummus, being mindful of the types of “dippers/sauces” I was consuming. I couldn’t get enough peppers, cucumbers, and celery. And anything with lime and a little sea salt was like a little slice of heaven!  

Taming the Symptoms

I consider myself pretty lucky. I’ve had mild symptoms of nausea, headaches, and fatigue, which are all quite common but nothing overly debilitating. I found that the following tips really help subdue the symptoms significantly:

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
  • Simple carbs
  • Fruit
  • Simple carbs with lean protein
  • Don’t overdo it on fat, especially fried food
  • Yogurt
  • Light smoothies
  • Small meals
  • Breathe

Why the baby-glow?

I personally believe that the famous “baby glow” has more to do with the absence of alcohol (and other “bad habits”) than anything else. Not that I have ever been a big drinker, but I have been known to indulge in an after-work drink now and again; cutting all alcohol from my diet entirely has made a HUGE difference. After all, alcohol is a toxin, regardless of the traces of resveratrol! FYI: Resveratrol is an antioxidant. 

Another culprit of that glow, being pregnant has forced me to listen to my body and get an enormous amount of shuteye. Living in a city like NYC, it’s hard to say no to that cool new art exhibit or even an invitation to just hang out with friends. But when you’re pregnant, the fatigue sinks in and you have nowhere to go but your bed.

Make the glow happen! I’ll keep you updated on any other new awakenings!