Nutritional Wellness

Nutritional wellness is the ability to take in and utilize any food material to get the proper nourishment that a person needs. This involves a person’s ability to adequately study the different food groups and assess the different portions that are required for an individual. Overall, having nutritional wellness is the starting point that needs to be achieved in order to succeed in other areas of wellness.

Lime Shrimp Kebabs

There’s nothing like a summer barbecue with family and friends to celebrate the season!

For a quick, easy, and healthy meal, add a green salad and fresh corn on the cob and you’re good to go.


  • 3 large limes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, cleaned and chopped
  • 16 large shrimp, uncooked, deveined
  • 10 medium cherry tomatoes, rinsed and dried
  • 10 small white-button mushrooms, wiped clean and stems removed


  1. In a glass measuring cup, squeeze limes, yielding ¼ cup of juice.
  2. Add the garlic, pepper, olive oil, and cilantro and stir.
  3. Place the shrimp in a medium bowl and pour the cilantro lime marinade over the shrimp.
  4. Let the shrimp marinate for 10 to 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. Alternate cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and shrimp on 4 skewers.
  6. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  7. Grill the skewers for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until the shrimp are just cooked through.

Makes 2 servings
Each serving contains 160 calories,  6 g fat, 85 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, and 17 g carbohydrates.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Stick with water today

DrinkWaterMany of the drinks you’ll encounter today contain lots of calories and few, if any, nutrients. Non-diet soft drinks, energy or sports drinks, fancy coffees, and other beverages sweetened with sugar can mean extra pounds over time. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says people consume about 400 calories per day in beverages. So today, try drinking only water, both with and between meals.

Sticking with zero-calorie water is an easy way to cut calories and get a jump on your weight-management goals. Plus, water is usually an inexpensive option. Drink water from the tap at home—it’s the cheapest way to stay hydrated. When you’re headed out and about, fill a water bottle and toss it into your bag or backpack. You can refill it throughout the day. Bonus: You’ll help the environment by reducing waste.

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Make a dish with mushrooms!

It may not seem like it on the surface, but mushrooms can be pretty marvelous. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes that can add flavor and texture to salad, soups, stews, sauces, and more. An essentially fat-free food, mushrooms provide essential nutrients—B vitamins, potassium, and the antioxidant selenium—with very few calories.

Research or make your favorite mushroom recipe today, or give this recipe a whirl to add more mushrooms to your diet.

Mushroom Barley Soup


  • 3 cups fresh mushrooms, any varietyThree White Mushrooms on White Background
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. light margarine
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup quick barley
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 14.5-oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or other herb


  1.  Brush mushrooms to remove any soil that may be clinging to them. Rinse under cool water and drain. Trim stems and cut into bite-sized pieces, remembering that mushrooms shrink when cooked.
  2. Heat olive oil and margarine in a large soup pot. Add onion and mushrooms. Stir until onion is wilted and mushrooms give up their moisture.
  3. Add barley, broth, water, and tomatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes or until barley is tender.
  4. Turn off heat. Use a vegetable peeler to put thin strips of carrot into soup. Add parsley. Serve immediately.

Serves eight. Each serving contains about 120 calories, 1 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 199 mg sodium, and 0 g carbohydrates.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Broccoli and Walnut Salad

Nuts provide a host of health benefits, including lowering cholesterol levels, reducing risk for heart disease and stroke, better weight control, and lower insulin needs for people with diabetes.

This nutty salad is chock full of vegetables and complementary flavors.


  • 3 cups roughly chopped broccoli florets
  • ½ medium head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 to 12 large lettuce leaves
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes cut into wedges


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower, raisins, onions, bell pepper, and walnuts.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar and olive oil.
  3. Toss with the combined salad ingredients and serve on lettuce leaves with tomato wedges on individual salad plates.

Makes 6 servings
Each serving contains 271 calories, 16 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 37 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrates.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Grilled Salmon Steaks


  • 2 salmon steaks, about 6 ounces each
  • 2 tablespoons dipping sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil


  1. Heat grill to hot and rub grids with cooking oil.
  2. Baste steaks with sauce.
  3. Cook 5 minutes.
  4. Turn once and baste again.
  5. Cook 5 minutes more.
  6. Fish should be opaque throughout (145°F internal temperature).

Serves 2 (Gluten-free)
Each serving contains about 295 calories, 31 g protein, 17 g fat, 7 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, and 343 mg sodium.

This recipe is gout-friendly because it contains food moderate in purines. Meat, poultry, and fish intake should be limited to 1 to 2 servings per day.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Eat fruit before bed today

No, we’re not messing with you. If you don’t believe us, believe the National Sleep Foundation, which reports that eating certain fruits may help you fall Kiwiasleep faster and wake up less often.

The key ingredient here is a hormone called melatonin, which helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle. When you eat foods that have a lot of melatonin, you may sleep more soundly. And, lucky you, some of the foods that contain melatonin include delicious fruits like tart cherries, bananas, pineapple, and oranges.

If you’re looking for something even more specific, try eating kiwi. A study showed that eating two kiwis before bed can increase your sleep duration by an hour over the course of a month if you have insomnia. And since kiwis taste like candy, you’re getting a double dose of goodness—deliciousness and slumber!

Article from the StayWell Company, LLC

Make a soup from scratch

When you think of healthy food, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a piece of fruit or big leafy greens. But what about soup? New research finds that it’s a smart choice. According to the study, people who eat more soup tend to have a lower body weight, have a slimmer waistline, and eat fewer total calories than non-soup eaters. One reason is that many soups are packed full of water and fiber, two things that help you feel fuller with fewer calories. And soups tend to include a hefty portion of veggies that are rich in vitamins and minerals. In fact, when you make soup, you can swap 2 ounces of meat or 1 cup of noodles with 1 cup of chopped veggies to make it even healthier.

Soup can be a money-saver, too. Simple recipes for veggie soup can be made for about 50 cents a serving using items you probably already have on hand. So go ahead and whip up a hearty batch of healthy soup. Here’s a simple slow-cooker recipe to inspire you today:

Black Bean and Corn SoupSoupBlackBean


  • 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 14½ oz. can low-sodium Mexican stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 14½ oz. can low-sodium diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 11 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 small green pepper, sliced
  • 4 ribs celery, diced
  • 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for five to six hours.

Serves 8. Per serving: Calories 120, Calories from Fat 15, Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 480mg, Total Carbohydrate 23g, Dietary Fiber 7g, Sugars 7g, Protein 6g

Article and Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Make Your Own Salad Dressing

There’s no point in eating all those healthy leafy greens if you douse them in a high-fat, high-calorie salad dressing. You can shop for healthier Raspberry-Vinaigrettedressing at the grocery store. Or better yet, try making your own today! We’ve got you covered with this recipe.

Vinaigrette Salad Dressing


  • 1 bulb garlic, separated and peeled
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper


  1. Place the garlic cloves into a small saucepan and pour enough water (about ½ cup) to cover them.
  2. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until garlic is tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Reduce the liquid to 2 tablespoons and increase the heat for three minutes.
  4. Pour the contents into a small sieve over a bowl, and with a wooden spoon, mash the garlic through the sieve into the bowl.
  5. Whisk the vinegar into the garlic mixture; incorporate the oil and seasoning.

Serves four. Each serving contains about 33 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, and 0 g protein.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Confetti Wraps


  • 1 ounce ham (about 2 or 3 slices of deli-cut ham)
  • 1 ounce turkey (about 2 or 3 slices of deli-cut turkey)
  • 1 ounce Swiss cheese (about 2 slices of deli-cut cheese)
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, chopped
  • 4 leaves of romaine lettuce, finely shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely sliced and chopped
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie Thousand Island dressing
  • 2 large, colorful sun-dried tomato wraps


Tightly roll ham slices and cut into thin strips. Do the same with turkey and Swiss cheese. Toss with vegetables that have been chopped and shredded. Your mix should look like confetti and be almost moist enough to enjoy without dressing. Pack it to go in a plastic bowl. Take tortilla wraps and dressing on the side. Assemble when you’re ready to eat. Put a tablespoon of dressing on a large tortilla wrap and mound “confetti” on top. Roll and enjoy.

Serves 2
Each serving contains about 342 calories, 41 g carbohydrates, 21 g protein, 10 g fat, 703 mg sodium, and 4 g fiber.

This food is gout-friendly because it contains food moderate in purines. Meat, fish, and poultry should be limited to 1 to 2 servings per day.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Produce Delivery Sign Up


Quite a few employees stopped by the Union to talk with Luanne from Garden to Doorstep Organics LLC on Thursday, May 17th to learn about their program and see what a sample produce box looks like, and one lucky person won the box of fruits and veggies!  If you are interested, please sign up by Tuesday, May 22nd.

Please click here to learn more about their weekly delivery of boxes of fruits and veggies to campus.

Please click here to see how to sign up.

Questions? Contact Luanne at (920) 385-3253 or