Stacy’s Top 5 Breakfast Tips for Changing Up Your Morning Routine
1 Pump up your oatmeal. Add nuts, seeds, nut butter or even a scoop of protein powder to boost the protein to keep you feeling more full and satisfied. Skip the instant oatmeal and opt for probiotic, high fiber and protein filled oatmeal options.
5. Swap out your “light” or “fat free” yogurt for one that has no artificial sweeteners and opt for a higher fat version. Look for less than 8-10 grams of sugar per serving and add nuts and seeds for crunch and healthy fats. Stacy’s favorite yogurt is Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt or Fage Greek Yogurt.
Detroit Jewish News: Healthy Holiday Baked Beans Recipe
Holiday Baked Beans: Your favorite side dish gets a festive facelift.
With New Year’s just around the corner and your home brimming with loved ones, there’s no time to waste on menu planning. Are you looking for a delicious yet exciting side dish that your guests will truly appreciate? This season, center your holiday meal on this festive and hearty baked bean recipe.
Throughout the years, baked beans have been an integral part of the American culture. These beans have accompanied millions of Americans on holidays, birthdays and so many more celebrations. Whether we’re talking about kidney beans, pinto beans, lima beans, black beans or navy beans, the health benefits are consistent throughout all types, shapes and sizes of these nutritional powerhouses.
Check out Stacy Goldberg’s Eat Right Now column featured in the Detroit Jewish News this month to learn how to incorporate more beans in your life!
Long days, sleepless nights, packed schedules, and high pressures are the epitome of health concerns for many pro athletes. However, many people neglect to realize that coaches are subjected to the same high stakes as athletes. Because of this, coaches’ health and wellness is now a rising concern in the NBA, and the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) is putting their best efforts forward to improve coaches’ well-being. One important step in this process was the NBCA hiring our nutritionist and CEO, Stacy Goldberg, as its health and wellness consultant.
NBA coaches Steve Kerr, Ty Lue balance stress, pressure and health in grueling industry
CLEVELAND – Golden State coach Steve Kerr learned the importance of proper work-life balance from two of the coaches he played for in the NBA – Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich.
“When I was a player, I kind of wondered if coaches were like holed up in their office all night sleeping on the cot,” Kerr said. “I wasn’t exactly sure how it worked. Both those guys had such diverse interests outside of the game. You know all the stories about both of them.
“Seeing how interesting they both were and how devoted to their families they were and their kids, and how interested they were in our lives besides just what was going on in basketball, I think they really influenced me.”
Health and wellness of NBA coaches is on center stage in this season’s Finals between Golden State and Cleveland. For different reasons, the coaches for both teams – Kerr and Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue – took time off during a season.
Kerr addressed his health in 2015-16 when complications from back surgery forced him to step aside temporarily and allow Luke Walton to coach the team on an interim basis, and last season when he wasn’t feeling well, Kerr turned over coaching duties to Mike Brown during some postseason games.
Lue missed time earlier this season to focus on his health as the result of anxiety, bad diet and poor sleep.
The health and wellness of coaches is just as important as the health and wellness of players. Teams invest millions into their players and are starting to do more to make sure coaches are operating at an optimum level.
“The National Basketball Coaches Association is absolutely vigilant about the importance of proactively nurturing good health for all of our coaches, both head coaches and assistants,” NBPA president and Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s important your health comes first. Your preparation for a season is meticulous and purposeful and once you get into it, you must have a great staff that can take a lot of pressure off the day to day demands and you have to take care of yourself.”
The coaching lifestyle in the NBA is not conducive to healthy living. Late nights, poor eating and drinking habits, inadequate sleep and the high-stakes pressure of winning can take a toll mentally and physically.
The NBA is filled with stories of coaches whose jobs led to physical and mental issues. Rudy Tomjanovich stepped away from coaching the Los Angeles Lakers because of stress. Former Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, recently hired by Orlando, missed 21 games earlier this season due to headaches caused by sleep deprivation.
The NBCA is making an effort to improve coaches’ well-being. The organization sends quarterly health and wellness bulletins with advice on proper diet, sleeping and exercise tips and hired Stacy Goldberg as its health and wellness consultant.
“There’s a ton of emphasis that gets placed on player health,” NBCA executive director David S. Fogel said. “Teams go to great lengths and great financial lengths to have the best doctors, nutritionists and trainers and while they are available to coaches, a lot of times their schedules are full and coaches are left to their own for individual workouts and nutrition plans.
“That’s where we wanted to come in and educate our coaches. We want our coaches to be the most educated in all of professional sports.”
Beyond the quarterly bulletins, Goldberg is available to answer questions and help coaches.
“I provide information that they can apply realistically to their life when it comes to nutrition, health, wellness because we recognize they are extremely busy and so focused on the players,” said Goldberg, who has a master’s degree in public health and is the founder/CEO of Savorfull. “So my initiative with the NBA coaches association has been always to say: Who’s taking care of the coaches?”
Several coaches, such as Dwane Casey, Brad Stevens, Fred Hoiberg and Frank Vogel, try to find a work-life balance through family. When they can, they like to pick up kids from school, have dinner with family or put kids to bed. Stepping away from work is good for the mind and body.
Former Sacramento Kings coach Jerry Reynolds knew he had to stop coaching or else.
Reynolds said there was constant pressure, win or lose. He wasn’t eating or sleeping well and acknowledged he “probably drank too much. … It’s just another habit you don’t need. It became a habit to have three, four beers after every game.
“At that time, I knew health-wise I didn’t think it would be good for me to be in coaching a lot longer, and I wasn’t thank goodness. I’m not sure I’d be here today if I had coached another 10 years to be honest.”
When Lue was out earlier this season, he talked with Kerr.
“We get so wrapped up in the game of basketball I think we kind of forget about everything else,” Lue said. “This was the first time in 20 years where I really just had a chance to focus on me and get myself right and he reminded me of that. We get so wrapped up in the game that we forget about real life and it was the best advice I got – so thank Steve for that.”
Kerr had this general advice for Lue.
“The main message was you can’t allow what feels like the enormity of the job to interfere with your health and your recovery and whatever you need to do,” Kerr said. “I just told him the team will still be there when you get back. Sometimes I think in this job because there is so much passion from the fan bases and because everybody wants to win so badly, it feels bigger than it really is.”
Chanukah has officially started and the smell of latkes and doughnuts are in the air. This month, I shared my healthy tips and food swaps for having a healthy Chanukah in my Detroit Jewish News column ” Eat Right Now”. Before the 8 days spin out of control, read how to control your diet while still enjoying this festive occasion.
Here are some of her insider tips for how to encourage healthy snacking for your kids:
Engage your kids by filling celery sticks with a low fat cream cheese and topping them with Qwackers Cheddar Crackers, a healthier option than Goldfish. Stacy’s top health tip is to get creative and involve your kids in food preparation.
Kids love muffins and getting involved with baking recipes in the kitchen. Step away from the traditional muffin mixes and experiment with all natural baking mixes such as Jessica’s Gluten Free Muffin Mix next time you make a sweet treat!
Watch this full clip from WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit to see our CEO & Nutritionist Stacy Goldberg talk about more of the hottest nutrition tips for kids!
It’s that time of year again…back-to-school is fast approaching. At my house, I am busy organizing folders, filling out paperwork and yes, testing healthy back-to-school meal and snack options! My kitchen and Savorfull offices has turned into a test kitchen with my kids, their friends and of course, our Savorfull team. This can be an overwhelming task for many parents! This month, in my column, Eat Right Now, featured in the Detroit Jewish News, I focus on Healthy Hacks For Back-To-School.
Read here for the full article:
Healthy Hacks For Back-To-School
As I walked through the aisles of Target getting my sunscreen last month, I caught a glimpse of backpacks and binders being set up for back-to-school. My mind immediately started thinking about lunches, snacks and fueling my kids for their extra-curricular activities. As parents well know, getting ready for work and school in the morning can be incredibly stressful. Rushing the process may lead to making unhealthy, unsatisfying choices at breakfast, lunch and in-between. A poorly packed lunch not only slows down productivity in the afternoon but contributes to weight gain.
According to the CDC, the percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about one in five school aged-children (ages 6-19) has obesity. Putting together a balanced midday meal may be a dreaded task in your home, but packing a lunch need not feel like a chore this school year.
Dedicate a fraction of your Sunday to lunch-packing prep. Prepare soups, salads or leftovers into BPA-free reusable containers for easy additions to lunch bags during the week. Cook quinoa or brown rice ahead of time and have whole grains on hand. If you can’t find time to prep a full week of meals, plan a weekly family menu to eliminate time spent scouring the fridge for lunch foods.
PACK THE NIGHT BEFORE
Before heading to bed, put the finishing touches on your lunch to eliminate stress the next morning. Pack any foods that weren’t pre-prepped earlier in the week, such as crackers, dips and dressings.
CREATE A LUNCH-PACKING STATION
For hectic mornings, keep grab-and-go lunch options within reach to ensure no one misses the bus. Stock an area of your fridge with pre-cut and washed fruits and veggies that can be added to lunch bags in a time crunch. When rushing out the door, toss Greek yogurt, string cheese, individually portioned guacamole or hummus into your kids’ bags for a nutritious boost.
Tupperware with multiple compartments makes lunch-packing easier. This helps with portion control and allows organization for all your food groups. When shopping for containers to store your foods, look for products labeled BPA-free. BPA is an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate, a hard, clear plastic, which is used in many consumer products. Several studies have proven that health risks are created due to this chemical seeping into food over time.
Think outside the lunch box.
The 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kid Act helped transform school meals and snacks with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. When packing lunch for your child, include lean proteins, brightly colored fruits and veggies, whole grains, healthy fats and calcium-rich dairy products (or non-dairy alternatives).
Instead of your standard PB&J, try it on a stick! Cut your sandwich into squares and place onto skewers with pieces of fruit in between. For a peanut-free alternative, try Don’t Go Nuts Soy Nut Butters with sprouted grain bread. Alternatively, try a PB&J burrito with raisins or unsweetened dried cranberries. To amp up the protein and fiber, look for tortillas infused with added protein and fiber, such as La Tortilla Factory.
Lunchables are a classic favorite for kids but often filled with sugar and fat. Make your own nacho or taco bento boxes and swap out your traditional tortilla chip for Beanfields chips. This provides more protein and fiber in the diet for sustained energy. Include beans, olives, guacamole, shredded cheese and diced veggies for an awesome home-made lunchable.
Mix it up with monochromatic lunches and let your child decide which color and foods he desires. For example, if choosing the color green, you can offer cucumbers and broccoli dipped in avocado, fresh or dry roasted edamame and grapes or kiwi for dessert.
Skip the sugary fruit snacks and opt for Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps. Make fruit fun, crunchy and healthy with interesting flavors such as pear and apple cinnamon. Mix with nuts, seeds or cereals for a fast and easy trail mix.
Swap traditional cut-up fruit for a fruit cone. Use an organic ice-cream cone such as Let’s Do Organic Sugar cones and fill with your fresh fruit to keep it lively for kids. You could also make a waffle cone sundae using Nutritional Choices Waffle Bites and top them off with vanilla Greek yogurt, fresh berries and a few dark-chocolate chips.
Note: Many of the snacks suggested in this article are available at savorfull.com.
Stacy Goldberg is a nationally recognized nutritional consultant, registered nurse and the CEO of Savorfull (savorfull.com), a Detroit-based company that sources healthy, allergen-friendly foods and provides nutrition-consulting. Savorfull is part of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies.
Eating mindfully is difficult for most, and is no easy task. For her column “Eat Right Now” featured in the Detroit Jewish News, Stacy Goldberg and her team of interns, spent time researching and diving into mindfulness and how it impacts one’s eating habits. Read more about how to improve your health, wellness and eating through mindfulness practices featured in “Practicing Mindfulness Can Help Improve Your Eating Habits”
According to She Finds, fruits can be very tricky when it comes to dieting. She Finds reached out to our Nutritionist and Expert Stacy Goldberg at Savorfull to get her thoughts on what is the one fruit you should eat for weight loss. Stacy believes that too much fruit can be hazardous to your waistline and fruit needs to be consumed in moderation. In fact, she recommends that for weight loss and maintenance, eat more vegetables than fruit. Eliminating fruit juice is another sure fire way to drop pounds. Read here to find out which fruit should be in your cart this week!
Passover doesnt have to be all about matzah…make it a window of opportunity for colorful nutrient-rich foods! Read Savorfull CEO and Nutrition Expert, Stacy Goldberg’s column “Eat Right Now” featured in the Detroit Jewish News to learn how to have a Happy AND Healthy Passover!
Valentine’s Day may have come and gone but sugar lingers everywhere. The amount of sugar packed into your foods can be overwhelming and challenging for the average consumer. However, there is nothing like the sweetness of taking care of your body, soul and mind. This month Stacy Goldberg shares her thoughts on sugar and how you can find healthy alternatives to lower the amount of sugar in your diet. Check out her February column, “Eat Right Now” Featured in the Detroit Jewish News: How Sweet It Is: The Skinny on Sugar.