Start the school year right with simple meals at home and healthy choices when eating out

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/aug/07/259571/ The beginning of the school year is a great time to get a fresh start with the whole family. As school activities increase, creating home-cooked meals becomes more challenging. [Kids Eat Right][1] from the [Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics][2] is a great resource for simple meals at home. With ...

What's up with restaurant nutrition labeling?

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jul/29/259206/ In 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act and part of that legislation requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to post nutrition information. A number of restaurants already are posting calorie content on their menu boards but the [Food and Drug Administration (FDA)][1] will not issue ...

Video reveals ingredients in what we ‘think’ is healthy

Trish Unruh

How could a bran muffin and sushi NOT be good choices? [Rachel Beller][1], a nationally-known nutritionist who has appeared on TV shows like “The Biggest Loser” and “The Dr. Oz Show,” demonstrates in this [Good Morning America video][2] called food autopsies what we are actually eating in some of those ...

Lawrence nutritionist: A little less cheese please!

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jun/12/256956/ We, Americans, love cheese! I just wished we loved it a little less. Americans have increased their per capita intake of cheese from 9.5 pounds per person in the 1960s to 29.8 pounds per person in 2000 based on data from the [U.S. Department of Agriculture.][1] It would better ...

Health Department nutritionist offers tips on where to look for healthy restaurant options

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/may/07/254545/ Americans are requesting healthy options more often than they were two years ago, and one-third of adults are seeking nutrition information online, according to a recent [survey by the National Restaurant Association.][1] Personally, I have found online nutrition information to be much more user-friendly than just a few years ...

Discovering new ways to fix veggies

Trish Unruh

I have to admit that given the choice between fruits and vegetables my first choice is usually fruit. Mostly because they are so easy — wash, peel and eat. I also think it's partly because vegetables got the least amount of attention when it came to meal preparation when I ...

Don't miss the fish on 23rd Street Brewery's seasonal menu

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/apr/04/252523/ Kudos to [23rd Street Brewery][1] for the fish options on its seasonal menu. Fish are a lean, healthy source of protein and the oily kinds, such as salmon and tuna, deliver those heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fats that we should be getting in our diets. The restaurant is offering ...

Teller’s chef takes customer’s story to heart, adds healthier items to menu

Karrey Britt

**By Karla Wessling** About a year ago, Teller’s chef Chris Rieke accepted the challenge to design healthier menu options. It started when a frequent customer, whose business includes traveling and eating on the road, had a massive heart attack. The customer has since recovered and adopted a healthier lifestyle. Rieke ...

How is the nutrition environment at restaurants in Lawrence?

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jan/29/248456/ We are just starting to analyze the results from the Nutrition Environment and Measures Survey of downtown and LiveWell EatWell restaurants. Check out [Bonnie Erickson's post][1] from October for more information on what we were looking for during this survey. **Here are some of the basics:** - Is nutrition ...

A healthier look at Douglas County dining

Bonnie  Erickson

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/08/242419/ The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has set out to uncover which restaurants in Lawrence are offering and promoting healthy foods and helping their patrons make informed meal choices. Many local restaurants have already met the LiveWell EatWell guidelines by offering healthier alternatives, such as, offering to put sauces and ...

NYC ban on large sweet drinks passes

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/18/241354/ [The NYC Health board voted 8 to 1 to ban sweetened drinks over 16 oz][1] in restaurants, movie theaters, food vendors and other eating places. I wish it wasn't necessary to set a policy for drink size. But what incentive does a restaurant owner have to offer smaller portions ...

Few of us need gluten-free foods, but if you do more restaurants have options for you

Trish Unruh

If you haven't checked it out, be sure to watch [Dr. Neuhofel's video][1] on gluten, what it is and who needs to avoid it. He gives guidelines for who benefits from a gluten-free diet and how to find out if you should be tested. The bottom line is that most ...

WheatFields Bakery Café - Eating Local Never Looked so Good

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/13/239442/ Amy Savoie, manager for [WheatFields Bakery Café][1], took time to show me how WheatFields creatively includes local foods on their menu. The beautiful Salad Nicoise is one of the daily specials at WheatFields Bakery Café. The salad includes locally grown lemon cucumbers, green beans, and pear grape tomatoes. The ...

What will it take for us to lose weight? Should we follow New York City's lead and ban sweetened drinks over 16 ounces?

Trish Unruh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62JMfv0tf3Q&feature=channel&list=UL All the discussion about New York City's effort to limit large sweetened drinks in NYC restaurants got me thinking about how we got in this fix. I can still remember the glee on my kids faces (now 19 and 21 yrs old) when a waitress refilled their soda glasses ...

Encore Café- finding ways to preserve Asian flavors while trimming the fat

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/TrishUnruh/photos/2012/jun/20/236504/ One of the perks of working with LiveWell EatWell is the chance to taste wonderful food that looks as beautiful as it tastes. I was impressed when talking with Wanna Zho, co-owner of [Encore Café][1], of her desire to offer authentic Asian food with health in mind. Some of ...

Do your heart some good at Bambino’s

Amanda Foiles

Last week, I visited with Roxana Sarraf, owner of [Bambino’s Italian Café][1]. She presented me with two beautiful dishes from her [menu][2], the Antipasto Salad and heart healthy Spiedini Fruit Di Mare. The antipasto salad was a colorful combination of chopped romaine and leaf lettuce, black olives, tomatoes, cucumber, banana ...

Enjoy original dishes and half-size portions at Mariscos

Amanda Foiles

http://wellcommons.com/users/AmandaFoiles/photos/2012/may/15/234937/ [Trish Unruh][1] and I visited [Mariscos][2], a LiveWell EatWell participant, to sample their Grilled Steelhead Salmon and Oven Roasted Beet Salad. We were greeted by charming staff and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. We were thrilled to see that Mariscos offers half-size portions for many of the main dishes on ...

Confessions of a nutritionist

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/TrishUnruh/photos/2012/may/4/234256/ My confession is that sometimes I don't want the baked/broiled/salad with lowfat dressing option when I am eating out. Sometimes I want a burger with cheese and whatever creative sauce is offered and fries. At home we cook mostly chicken, fish, or go vegetarian but I was born and ...

Filling Up on 450 calories

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/TrishUnruh/photos/2012/apr/20/233572/ I wanted a visual for a health fair last week at Cottonwood Inc. so I decided to start with a [Culver's grilled chicken sandwich][1]. Then I added 3 different side options. [(Check out Culver's and other participating restaurants)][2] - French Fries - Side Salad with Fat Free Sesame Ginger ...

Top Ten Menu Trends for 2012

Trish Unruh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozFvB4dU210&feature=related The National Restaurant Association surveyed 1800 professional chefs on trends they see for 2012. Check out the video for trends on Kids menus. Below are the top 10 trends for 2012. 1. Locally sourced meats & seafood. 2. Locally grown produce 3. Healthful Kids meals 4. Hyper-local items (produce ...

Bambino's-Fresh Italian food at newest addition to LiveWell EatWell

Trish Unruh

One of the best parts of my job is walking into restaurants and smelling the wonderful aromas. I love food so pouring over menus and seeing interesting and flavorful combinations of ingredients is one of the pleasures of working with LiveWell EatWell. [Bambino's][1] has some great choices from their homemade ...

Healthy Catering-Changing your food environment at work

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/TrishUnruh/photos/2012/jan/5/227686/ There is something about starting a new year that makes us consider our surroundings in a new way. It is also a great time to make long term changes. The key is making small changes and one place to start is the food provided at your next catered event ...

Invisible changes on menus will add up

Trish Unruh

At a summit for the Partnership for a Healthier America on 11/29/11 Hyatt Hotels made a commitment to change their menus by 2016. They committed to; - Reduce the calorie, sodium and added sugar content by 10% across all food menus. - Include at least 2 healthy menu items that ...

My take on the Kids LiveWell intiative from National Restaurant Association

Trish Unruh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ky73SfwNOI&feature=socblog_ti The nutritionist from the Restaurant Association has good advice for parents. But for some perspective on the [Kids LiveWell guidelines][1] keep in mind the general recommendations for total calorie intake for girls at different ages; - 1200 calories at 5 years old - 1600 calories at 10 years old ...

Word of Mouth Sends me to the Salty Iguana

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/TrishUnruh/photos/2011/nov/30/225748/ I always have my ear open for restaurants to add to LiveWell EatWell. At the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo I spoke with a woman looking for healthy options for herself and her husband. Her husband had been diagnosed with heart disease and was on high alert regarding his ...

Jason's Deli Next Addition to LiveWell EatWell Challenge

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/TrishUnruh/photos/2011/nov/16/224928/ At [Jason's Deli][1] you can choose from their appetizing Lighter Side menu or have a lighter portion of many of their other dishes. They have great side options including steamed vegetables, fresh fruit and baked chips. Vegetarian and gluten free menus are available. [The nutrition information][2] on the Jason's ...

Fourteen Restaurants have met the LiveWell EatWell Challenge

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/TrishUnruh/photos/2011/oct/26/223551/ Since January 2011-14 restaurants have joined the LiveWell EatWell restaurant challenge. The current list of [participating restaurants and recommended menu items][1] is available in the resources section. I want to thank the following restaurants for their support and participation in LiveWell EatWell. - [23rd St Brewery][2] - [Applebee's][3] - ...

LiveWell EatWell- Benefits for the community and restaurants

Trish Unruh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxpQpW6Lyts&feature=player_detailpage

Revamping Happy Meals

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/TrishUnruh/photos/2011/oct/14/222772/ McDonald's is rolling out a [lighter Happy Meal][1] to all its restaurants in 2012. The major changes are apples (1/4 cup) in every Happy Meal and the serving of fries will be cut in half. You will also be able to request an extra serving of apples in place ...

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