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.

Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili(Gluten-free)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry black beans
  • 2 cups onion (about 2 large), chopped
  • 1 cup red, yellow, or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried cilantro
  • 1 28-ounce can tomatoes

 

Directions

Soak beans according to package directions. Rinse. Add all ingredients except tomatoes to 3 quarts of water. Bring to boil, then reduce to low heat. Simmer for about 2 hours, until beans are soft and water is gone. Add tomatoes. Cooking until tomatoes are heated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fat-free sour cream and chopped scallions.

 

Serves 6

Each serving contains about 333 calories, 20 g protein, 2 g fat (5% calories from fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 63 g carbohydrates, 15 g fiber, and 204 mg sodium. To make this recipe gluten-free, use only spices or condiments that are gluten-free. Read food labels carefully and contact the company if you have any questions.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

 

Ciabatta Pizza

(Gout-friendly)ciabatta-pizza

Ciabatta, the Italian flat bread popular in paninis (toasted sandwiches), makes a handy pizza base. You can reduce the carbs and calories slightly by pulling out some of the soft interior of the bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf ciabatta, about 12 by 6 inches (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (no salt added)
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced in 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim, low-moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons basil

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut ciabatta lengthwise and remove some interior bread if desired. Place each half crust-side-down on a cookie sheet.

Spread sauce evenly on both pieces. Layer zucchini and mushrooms as desired—mixed or half and half. Top with mozzarella and sprinkle with basil. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Makes 8 slices

Each slice contains about 263 calories, 13 g protein, 8 g fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 36.5 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, and 554 mg sodium.

This recipe is gout-friendly because it contains food moderate in purines.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

Dark Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

(Gluten-free, gout-friendly)

You don’t have to tell anyone these are homemade, healthy (gulp!) granola bars.

Just let your guests enjoy the chewiness of the oats and dense chocolate flavor from the highest-quality dark chocolate you can find.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup artificial sweetener brown sugar blend
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten-free quick oatsDark choco chip oat bars
  • 2 tablespoons milled flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or bittersweet baking bar broken into small chunks
  • Cooking spray

 

Directions

Whisk egg with yogurt and brown sugar. Blend in oats and flaxseed. Add chocolate chips. Spread mixture in an 8-inch-square pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Cut into bars.

 

Makes 12 bars

Each bar contains about 125 calories, 4 g protein, 3 g fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 20 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, and 12 mg sodium.

To make this recipe gluten-free, use only quick oats that are certified gluten-free. Read food labels of ingredients carefully and contact the company if you have any questions.

This recipe is gout-friendly because it contains food moderate in purines. You should limit the amount of oatmeal you eat to less than 2/3 of a cup (uncooked) per day.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

 

Aim for 10,000 Steps!

You know that physical activity is good for you, and that walking is an easy, low-impact way to get moving. But how far do you need to walk before you start seeing benefits? And what exactly are the benefits of walking?

The National Institutes of Health recommend you take about 10,000 steps a day, which shakes out to roughly 5 miles. That may sound like a lot, but remember, you don’t have to do it all at once.

If 10,000 steps a day seems daunting, it’s OK to ease into it. First, use a step tracker for a few days without trying to change anything. This gives you a baseline for your fitness. If you currently take 5,000 or fewer steps a day, aim to increase by about 3,000 at most. Start working toward 10,000 steps today!

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Peach Melba Smoothie for Two

(Gluten-free)

IngredientsSmoothie

  • 1 cup sliced peaches, fresh, frozen, or canned (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries; reserve 6 berries for garnish
  • Mint leaves (optional), for garnish

Directions

Put peaches, yogurt, ice, and all but 6 raspberries into blender and puree. Serve in tall glasses. Garnish with reserved berries. The smoothie will be thick enough to float them on top. Add fresh mint leaves if you have them.

Serves 2
Each serving contains about 150 calories, 7 g protein, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 25 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, and 80 mg sodium.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC.

 

Cream of Broccoli Soup

(Gluten-free)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered nonfat milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli or 1 10-ounce package frozen broccoli, chopped

Directions

Dissolve powdered milk and cornstarch in cold water. Add bouillon powder, basil, onion, and broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer till broccoli and onion are soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Serves 6

Each 1-cup serving contains approximately 84 calories, 17 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, less than 1 g fat, 82 mg sodium, and 2 g fiber.

To make this recipe gluten-free, use only spices or condiments that are gluten-free. Read food labels carefully and contact the company if you have any questions.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLCbroccoli soup

Add broccoli into your day today!

Government guidelines recommend that adults eat more than 4 cups of fruits and veggies each day. A perfect vegetable choice is broccoli, which has been around for more than 2,000 years. Broccoli has lutein and zeaxanthin, phytonutrients that preserve good vision and may prevent cataracts. In addition, it has many cancer-fighting compounds, including vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, and fiber, and may reduce the risk for colorectal cancer. Broccoli also contains folic acid, which helps decrease certain types of birth defects.

 

A half-cup of broccoli counts as one serving. Here are some ways to enjoy it:

  • Dip raw florets into a small amount of guacamole or low-fat dip.
  • Add chopped fresh or frozen broccoli to soup for a hearty stew.
  • Top baked potatoes with broccoli and a little low-fat cheese.

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Broccoli pic

Teriyaki Chicken and Mango Salad

Marinade

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely choppedChicken-Mango-Salad-GI-365-4-1
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

 

Salad

  • 1 boneless chicken breast
  • 3 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 6 cups mixed baby lettuce greens
  • 2 mangoes, peeled, pitted, and cut into thin slices
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fat-free poppy-seed salad dressing

 

Directions

Combine marinade ingredients in a resealable plastic bag and shake to blend. Add chicken and turn to coat. Seal bag and refrigerate for several hours or overnight, turning the bag at least once. Remove chicken from marinade and place over moderately hot coals on a grill coated with cooking spray. Cook for 6 to 9 minutes, turning every 3 minutes or so, until brown on the outside and no longer pink inside. Remove from grill and allow to cool before cutting into thin slices. Remove and discard stems from mushrooms. Slice into thin slices. Lightly coat a medium-sized nonstick skillet with cooking spray and preheat over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

 

To serve, combine the chicken, mushrooms, greens, mango, and scallions in a salad bowl. Add the dressing and toss gently to coat.

Serves 4

Each serving contains approximately 303 calories, 3 g fat, 52 mg cholesterol, and 673 mg sodium.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

 

Italian Sausage Bean Soup

If your ingredients are flavorful, you don’t need a lot of fat. A single Italian sausage link will do. Once your beans are cooked, this soup takes no time at all.

italian sausage soup

Ingredients

  • Italian sausage link (about 1/4 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 cups cooked white beans
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 2 cups shredded fresh escarole or spinach

 

Directions

Remove the sausage casing. Heat olive oil in the soup pot and add sausage, stirring to break up the meat into small crumbles. Brown the meat and remove some of the sausage fat by blotting with a paper towel. Add onion, celery, and garlic. Saute briefly. Add beans, chicken broth, bay leaf, and tomatoes. Heat thoroughly. Just before serving, add the escarole or spinach. It doesn’t have to cook–just wilt and stay a vibrant green.

 

Serves 6

Each serving contains about 214 calories, 16 g protein, 5 g fat, 6 mg cholesterol, 32 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, and 203 mg sodium.

Recipe from the StayWell Company, LLC

Healthy Breakfast Sandwich

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spraybreakfast english muffin

4 eggs and 4 egg whites

1/4 cup minced chives

1/4 cup minced parsley

4 whole-wheat English muffins

4 1/2-inch round slices Canadian bacon

1 large beefsteak tomato, sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices

Directions

  1. Crack eggs and egg whites into a bowl and whisk. Add chives and parsley and stir to incorporate.
  2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Ladle 1/4 egg mixture into skillet and cook, omelet style, until eggs are cooked through, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Slide omelet onto a plate and repeat with remaining eggs; cover with foil to keep warm.
  3. In same skillet, heat Canadian bacon until warm, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Toast English muffin. Fold omelet in to fit English muffin, then place omelet on 1 muffin half.
  4. Top with a bacon slice, then tomato, then top with other muffin half.
  5. Excellent source of: Protein, Fiber, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Selenium
  6. Good source of: Vitamin B6, Folate, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc

Source: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/healthy-breakfast-sandwich-recipe-1940802