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Dietitians Dish – July 13, 2020

Cool down treats can be healthy and thrifty!

People often think eating healthier can’t be affordable. It is possible to eat healthy on a budget without breaking the bank! Check out unit pricing on the tags. Often, larger sized items have better unit pricing than single-serve items. But, sometimes that is not true if you choose single-serve items that are on sale. Instead of ice cream novelties, which can be costly per serving even on sale, try making your own frozen treats. Yogurt is a great option to freeze and you can mix it up with fruit and other ingredients to make it as nutritious as you wish. Think frozen fruit & cream pops. They’re great swaps in place of high-fat ice cream bars.


Frozen whole grapes or blueberries are also easy, nutritious treats to help you cool down in the summer heat. Plus, they’re a lot less messy than sugary popsicles! Buy grapes and blueberries in large quantities when they’re on sale and make sure you freeze some so they don’t go to waste. Just give them a quick rinse and pat dry, then put them in a single layer to freeze before bagging them.

For homemade cream pops, grab single-serve yogurt cups that are on-sale or small bathroom cups and a large container of yogurt. Add whole fruit or blend it up and pour back into the cups. The combinations are endless and if you’re craving the sweetness of chocolate, go ahead and add a few mini chips.

Fruity Yogurt Pops

Tequila-Lime Shrimp Skewers

Ingredient Combinations:

  • 1 cup Dannon® Vanilla Low-fat Yogurt
  • 2 cups chopped or whole berries
  • 8 small paper cups
  • 8 wooden popsicle sticks


  • Place yogurt in a large bowl and gently stir in fruit. You could also use a blender for a smooth fruity treat.
  • Evenly divide mixture into eight small paper cups. Place popsicle stick in center of each cup.
  • Freeze overnight or until firm.
  • To serve, peel off paper cups.

    Recipe adapted from Dannon:


July 10, 2020
July 10, 2020

Let’s enjoy some Food for Thought…

With so many things out of our control, how we take care of our mind and body is one thing we can affect. Supporting our cognition and memory takes active steps, and I don’t mean just being physically active. Your brain needs to be exercised and your food choices need to support the health of the brain. Having good blood flow throughout the brain is important and choosing foods with the right vitamins and nutrients plays a big role. Fatty fish, avocados, nuts and seeds, plus dark chocolate can have positive effects. Read more about memory boosting foods here.


July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020

Make dinner easier with TACO TUESDAY! This is a great meal idea to allow everyone to serve up their favorite combination. You control the quality and variety of the ingredients, while they choose which they’ll include. It’s a great opportunity to clean out some of those leftovers also.

With Make-Your-Own meals like this, creating some ground rules for assembling a balanced meal will help even the pickiest eaters. If the taco fixins’ don’t cover all the food groups, just be sure to offer those that are missing so everyone can make sure the 5 food groups are covered – PROTEIN, DAIRY, FRUITS, VEGETABLES, and GRAINS.

Forget the usual ground meat with a packet of taco seasoning that’s high in sodium and takes some time to fry up. Reduce the hands-on time by slow cooking some meat (chicken offer lean options) for shredding. Beans are an inexpensive option for those who want a meatless or plant-based protein. If you’re trying to eat the recommended 2 servings of fish per week, fish tacos are a great way to accomplish it!

For toppings, include roasted or grilled veggies (a great use of leftovers), shredded lettuce, and fresh salsa. Include some fruits like mango chunks, diced tomato and avocado (YES, the last two are really fruits). Whole grain soft tortillas or hard shell tortillas cover the grain group. Shredded cheese and plain Greek yogurt (a great swap for sour cream) cover the dairy group.


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Dietitians Dish – July 6, 2020

Sweet! Peaches are a summertime immunity booster!

Boy Eating Peach

Helpful for staying hydrated in summer, peaches are made up of over 85% water. They’re plentiful in Vitamins A & C, a source of antioxidant Vitamin E, and contain potassium and fiber. Each piece offers a 1 cup serving of fruit with only 60 calories. Most often, we choose peaches as a portable snack or part of a sweet dessert. But they are very versatile and can enhance a variety of proteins and grains for a delicious sweet and savory entrée.


  • Choose peaches that have firm, fuzzy skins without blemishes.
  • Unripe peaches will be very firm, while ripe peaches will yield to gentle pressure.
  • Overripe peaches will be soft and easy show marks where squeezed.

Storage & Use:

  • Store unripe peaches in a paper bag. Once they ripen, store at room temperature.
  • Use within 1-2 days once ripe.
  • Freeze or use overripe peaches (cut up with pit removed) for smoothies, jams, or in baking.

Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Peach Salsa

Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Peach Salsa


  • 2 cups peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup seedless cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsps. lime juice
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 Tbsps. chopped fresh mint
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil


  • In a medium bowl, combine peaches, cucumber, pepper, and lime juice and set aside.
  • Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. With a sharp knife, slice chicken breasts horizontally to yield two cutlets. In a small bowl, create a rub with cumin, brown sugar, and salt. Sprinkle both sides with the rub and drizzle with olive oil. Grill chicken for 3 minutes per side or until done.
  • Stir feta and mint into salsa, spoon over chicken, and serve.

Recipe (adapted) and image from Georgia Peach Council –


July 4, 2020
July 4, 2020

If July 4th were represented by a fruit… it would be the Carambola (i.e. Star Fruit)!

I don’t know about you, but given that we’ve been cooking and eating at home so often, I feel like we’ve entered the territory of “a rut”! In my efforts to make going into the grocery store as easy as possible during the height of the pandemic, I don’t stray much from my list. Let’s face it – I could probably shop from memory since most things were a repeat every week and targeted to the things I can find quickly and easily.

So, it’s time to get more adventurous. I’m ready to celebrate my independence from “the rut” we’ve gotten into with our meals and snacks. I declare that my first adventure will be with Star Fruit. Although I’ve eaten it before (in raw slices), I’m ready to see how to give it a little more flare.

To start, select one that is firm and yellow (with minimal browning). Ripen at room temperature until you can smell its aroma and then refrigerate (up to a week). This waxy coated golden-yellow fruit has a sweet and tart flavor with hints of citrus, apple, and plum. The texture inside reminds me of an apple. The whole fruit has just 40 calories and is a great source of immune-boosting Vitamin C.

To prepare it, you just need to wash it (rinse under running water without soap or other cleansers), slice it and eat it. There is no need to peel it or remove the few seeds it contains. Despite its exotic nature, it’s a fairly low-maintenance choice for something new to try. Add it to a fruit salad, top a smoothie bowl or leafy green salad, skewer it with other kabob ingredients or add it to other savory dishes. You can also include it as an edible garnish for a little kick of flavor.

HEALTH ALERT: If you have kidney problems, avoid this fruit as it has oxalic acid (which can cause kidney stones to develop).