from your nutrition education partners at NCES!
March is such a big month for RD’s! Not only is it National Nutrition Month, the only month of the year that nutrition gets a big spotlight, it also hosts RD Day. So, in honor of such a big month for our profession and nutrition community, here’s a list of five reasons you should love (but will sometimes hate) your dietitian! When you’re done, take a minute to share your reason in the comments and to share this with all of your favorite RD’s too!
5) We’ll be your biggest fan and provide support when you need it most.
4) We often get to cook and/or workout for fun… and get paid for it.
3) We’re more likely to give chocolate, fruit & wine as gifts than anyone else you know.
2) We get giddy when we see new fruits and veggies in the store and will buy one just to try it!
1) Forget Iron Chef… we can whip out a healthy meal with as little as five ingredients. Anytime, Anywhere!
Happy National Nutrition Month and RD Day on March 11th, 2015!
Available as a free download, you can print as many of these beautiful posters as you need! Hang them in your office, hand them out to patients, pass them out at health fairs… the possibilities are endless!
Click here to get your free download!
Get your National Nutrition Month Gift Boxes now! With personalized messages, these boxes are great for dietitians, clients and doctors! Click here to see them all and order yours today. Only $6.95
**Don’t forget about discounts for orders over 10.
National Nutrition Month is a great time to promote good nutrition to clients and patients! But, it’s also a great time to say Thank You to your co-workers, clients, patients and doctors who work hard to make the world a healthier place.
Save yourself a trip to the store and order a trendy, healthy snack-packed gift box for everyone you want to say Thank You to!
The inside of each box is personalized with a message to fit the recipient!
To see the individualized messages, please click here.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes the hardest part about finding the right gift is sifting through the stuff that is either too cheap or too expensive to fit what I’m looking for! Shopping by price, in many cases, is the easiest way to find exactly what I need. As we’ve highlighted on the blog before, The Wellness Spot, backed by NCES, is an easy place to find great gifts for the health enthusiast in your life! If you visit ShopWellnessSpot.com, you can browse the site by price. But, for all you blog lovers out there, here’s a little breakdown for you!
Stocking Stuffers: These items are priced low and will fit in most any stocking! Pick one or order all 3 to help Santa fill the stockings of your loved ones.
|Freezie Mitts||Water Infuser||Dressing Lid|
|Freezie Mitts let your kids enjoy their frozen treats with no mess, no drips and it keeps their little hands warm and clean. Simply slide onto any freezer pop or frozen yogurt, open and eat! Click here for Freezie Mitts||Infuses water and teas with fruits and herbs. This ingeniously designed ball keeps seeds, pulp and other ingredients contained within while flavoring liquids. Fits most pitchers and is a healthy alternative to sugary drinks. BPA Free, Dishwasher Safe.Click here for the Water Infuser||Don’t ruin your fresh, healthy salad with too much dressing! This Dressing Lid Measures one serving of salad dressing at a time!Click here for the Dressing Lid|
Gifts for $20 or less: These gifts are great for co-workers, teachers, babysitters and anyone else you want to remember this holiday season!
|Herb Savor Pod 2.0||Herb Shears||Oil Mister|
|Nothing makes your meals taste better than the freshest ingredients. The herb-savor pod will prolong the life of your fresh herbs for up to 3 weeks so you can enjoy fresh, flavorful meals every time you cook.Click here for more:||The perfect tool for adding a burst of fresh flavor to any dish. Many recipes call for a final flourish of fresh herbs to be added just before serving. It’s now easier than ever with our 3-blade herb shears.Click here for more:||Save calories! Use this mister to spray your pans, salads or foods with healthy oils and vinegars, with a clog-free filter. Ensures a thin, even coating of oil. BPA-Free.Click here for more:|
|Portion Plates||Reusable Grocery Bag|
|NCES and The Wellness Spot offer a wide variety of portion plates to fit every need. From MyPlate inspired designs to elegant dinnerware, we’ve got you covered!Click here for more:||Use this 100% recycled light weight yet heavy duty polyester bag to carry heavy loads, tackling any grocery store or shopping trip with ease.Click here for more:|
Gifts over $20: These great gifts are sure to please every health enthusiast on your holiday shopping list this year!
|iPrep iPad Holder||Perfect Portions Food Scale|
|The iPrep fits all popular tablets. This tablet stand fits all popular tablets in either portrait or landscape mode. A stylus is included to keep the screen clean of messy hands. A weighted base and non-slip rubber grip keep the stand planted where it belongs!Click here for more:||It’s a scale and nutrition calculator in one. It is the most intuitive, easy-to-read nutritional scale on the market because it integrates the familiar Nutrition Label. Breaks down information into % daily values, tracks your daily total and even allows you to customize the scale by entering your own foods.Click here for more:|
The Wellness Spot is a great place to find all the gifts you need this holiday season! If we can help you find anything, please Contact Us via email or phone (877.623.7266) so that we can help you find the perfect gift this season! Also, if you’re looking for some good savings, join the NCES Holi-Daily Deals email to save 50% on many great gifts from NCES and The Wellness Spot. We’ll be featuring a deal a day from now until Christmas! Happy Shopping!
The introduction of The Wellness Spot: Providing great tools to inspire a healthy life, couldn’t have come at a better time with holiday shopping season upon us! For Black Friday this year, we’re offering 20% off your entire purchase at ShopWellnessSpot.com, plus every order receives a free healthy living gift as well! This site features tons of great gift ideas for the health enthusiast in your life, including portion plates, advanced food scales, kitchen utensils and much more! Browse The Wellness Spot today and use code BlackFriday at checkout to save 20% off your entire order and receive your Free Gift!
For dietitians, we’ve setup Cyber Monday just for you! For almost 30 years, NCES has been the leading provider of health and nutrition education materials, including handouts, teaching aids, CEU’s, professional books and more! On Cyber Monday, receive Free Shipping on your entire order from NCEScatalog.com, plus receive a Free Gift as a Thank You from us for being a valued customer!
We appreciate all of you and want to show our appreciation by offering these great Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings! To stay current with NCES happenings, specials, new products and everything else we share, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If LinkedIn is your place, take a minute to connect with Chris Jackson, CEO of NCES, Inc.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at NCES! Cheer’s to a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!
We’ve all been there! We’re interested in preparing healthy snack and meals at home. But, we don’t have all the right tools. It seems like in order to get ourselves back in shape, we have to spend a lot of money getting our kitchens back in shape too. Based on the foods that wreak the most havoc on our waistlines, there are only a few essential items that you need in order to update your kitchen and lighten up your cooking.
Salad dressings are one of the most commonly overused foods. If we’re eating a salad, it’s healthy, no matter what we top it with, right? The truth is that salad dressings hide a lot of empty calories. So, limiting the amount used on a salad is a great way to cut back on overall calorie intake. Reusable dressing lids that measure portions make it super easy to watch portions and still enjoy your favorite dressings. This tool is also great for kids as they learn how much dressing they should be using on their salads.
I don’t know about you, but in my house pasta is a staple in many of our meals. It offers a great base for many vegetables and proteins. The key with pasta, like with any other food, is to keep an eye on your portions. The Healthy Steps Pasta Basket is perfectly sized for an individual portion. Plus, it hangs on the side of your pot of boiling water for easy draining when the pasta is done and collapses flat for easy storage after use. Truly, it doesn’t get much easier than that!
The Perfect Portions Food Scale also makes keeping an eye on portions easier. Not only will it weigh your foods before you add them to your favorite recipes, it will also give you the nutrition information for that food, including calories, fat grams, protein and much more. It’s like having your own personalized nutrition label for any amount of any food!
The best way to add flavor to any dish is by using fresh herbs. Cooked in to your favorite recipe or cut fresh on top of a salad, herbs are a great low (or no) calorie addition. If you don’t use them quickly enough though, they tend to go bad. The Herb Savor Pod stores them neatly and also helps to keep them fresher longer, prolonging their life by up to 3 weeks.
And, finally, no healthy kitchen is complete without this hands-free countertop tool, the iPrep iPad Holder. As technology changes, printed cookbooks are quickly becoming ‘so 1995’. In their place are online recipes, meal planning sites and digital cookbooks. What’s better to access them from than an iPad? But, those mini computers aren’t cheap so you don’t want it setting on your counter with all of your ingredients while you’re cooking. Instead, have it safe and secure in the iPrep holder for easy recipe viewing. It also comes with a stylus so you don’t have to touch the screen with dirty, meal prepping hands. It’s basically the cookbook holder of 2014!
Cooking healthy meals can be a lot of work. However, with the right tools, you can really simplify the process. The Wellness Spot, backed by NCES, offers an entire line of products just like you’ve seen in this blog. We chose these five as essentials for every healthy kitchen, but there are many more available to browse through by category. If you have any ideas for healthy products that should be featured on The Wellness Spot, send them in and we’ll see about getting them added. We hope you enjoy your new tools and your healthier kitchen!
Happy American Diabetes Month! Every November, we all join forces to raise awareness of diabetes. We’re excited to join the American Diabetes Association this year to further their vision of “a life free of diabetes and all its burdens”. By raising awareness and providing education, we can help to make this vision of the future happen today! We know that many of you, our customers, fans and blog readers are diabetes educators. Thank you for everything that you do, day in and day out, to prevent diabetes through preemptive education and help those living with diabetes through lifestyle education. This year’s American Diabetes Month theme is “America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes”. In the next few steps, we want to provide a few ways that we can all get cooking in a way that prevents diabetes and also helps those living with diabetes enjoy their meals without the ingredients that their bodies can’t process.
- Utilize cooking spray or small amounts of olive oil rather than butter when sautéing in a pan. Butter contains saturated fats, which raise blood cholesterol levels and is a risk factor for heart disease. A Tabletop Oil Mister allows you to create your own blend of oils, herbs and spices and use it sparingly across many types of foods.
- Steam your vegetables in water or broil them in the oven versus cooking them in butter or another source of fat. Many vegetables have a fantastic flavor that can be accentuated through the use of the right herbs and spices.
- Use fresh herbs or spices to add flavor to your foods rather than salt. Although salt packs a big punch, you’ll find that you won’t even want it after freshening up your favorite meals with some fresh herbs and the right spices. Fresh herbs always taste best, so a tool like the Herb Savor Pod help keep them that way. Plus, it’s just pretty cool looking! Herb Shears are also a great kitchen addition if you plan to cook with a lot of fresh herbs.
- Be sure to trim any visible fat off your meat before you cook. Many times, some fat will be left on the meat that you purchase at the grocery store in order to add some weight or leave ‘flavor’ on the meat. Be sure to inspect the meat and remove this excess fat. There are plenty of other ways to add flavor and don’t need this extra fat.
- If you have diabetes, it’s very important to measure your carbohydrate portions to make sure you’re staying within your daily allowance. There are many resource guides available to help measure your carbohydrate servings and exchanges. Our favorites are the Nutriportion Measuring Cups because carbohydrates in many common foods are listed around the sides of the measuring cups. No need to look anywhere else!
- Avoid high sugar and processed foods at all costs. When it comes to both preventing diabetes and managing it if you’ve been diagnosed, sugary and processed foods can be your worst enemy. Instead, opt for foods with natural sugars such as fresh or frozen fruits.
This November, we’ll be doing everything we can to fulfill the vision of the American Diabetes Association, a life free of diabetes and all its burdens. We hope you’ll join us as we blog, Facebook, Tweet and even create a video to help stop diabetes through prevention, education and useful diabetes tools. Are you involved in the fight against diabetes? Share how you’ll be celebrating American Diabetes Month with us. We’d love to see what you’re doing too!
We’re celebrating with fresh Pico de Gallo and Margaritas!