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Don’t Get the Sugar Scares!

Halloween is here! The most dreaded holiday for dentists and dietitians across the country! But, it’s nothing a little education can’t fix, since the holiday has the potential to be a lot of fun for kids of all ages. All of the unique costumes give kids an opportunity to show off their creative abilities. Then, they go door-to-door ‘trick or treating’ for some sugary snacks! Many people have already begun changing this tradition by passing out more health conscious items, including stickers, granola bars and even fruit! But, how do you keep your kids safe from those ghouls and goblins that still pass out sickening sweet treats? We’ve put together a list of the top things to do with all that candy so your children don’t spend the entire month of November amped up on a sugar high. (As with everything, it’s important to remember that moderation is key! Don’t feel like you have to take it ALL away!)

  • Donate to your Dentist: Obviously, you don’t want to be that parent that gives away all of your children’s hard earned candy. So, have them set aside their absolute favorites. Then, find a local dentist who will trade you for the leftovers. Many dentists have items that they will trade your children for their candy.
  • Put it on Ice: Sit down with your kids and pick out all the chocolate. Then, throw it in the freezer. This way, your kids can enjoy their Halloween treats all year long! Throw away the rest… or you can always trade the dentist!
  • Take it to Work: Although no one person needs to be consuming all that sugar, spreading it out amongst your co-workers will keep your kids healthier. Plus, you’ll probably be a big hit around the office.
  • Sell It: There are many organizations out there that will purchase your leftover Halloween candy. Some of them even take what they purchase and send it to our troops so they can enjoy the sweet treats. Try searching your area for locations you can take your Halloween stash and sell it.

As you can see, there are many options for keeping all that candy out of your little one’s tummy. A little bit of Halloween fun can go a long way. So, be sure to take this opportunity to teach your children about healthy habits and using self-control when digging in to their tasty treats!

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Asian Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

    2 tablespoons sesame seeds
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1/8 teaspoon celery seed
    1/2 teaspoon minced onion
    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 tablespoon sesame oil
    1 pound pork tenderloin, sliced into 4 4-ounce portions

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly coat a baking dish with cooking spray.

In a heavy frying pan, add the sesame seeds in a single layer. Over low heat, cook the seeds stirring constantly until they look golden and give off a noticeably toasty aroma, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the seeds from the pan to cool.

In a bowl, add the coriander, cayenne pepper, celery seed, minced onion, cumin, cinnamon, sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds. Stir to mix evenly.

Place the pork tenderloin in the prepared baking dish. Rub the spices on both sides of the pork pieces. Bake until no longer pink, about 15 minutes. Or bake until a meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees (medium) or 170 degrees (well-done).

Transfer the pork tenderloin to warmed plates. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Analysis

(per serving)

Calories 196 Cholesterol 74 mg
Protein 25 g Sodium 57 mg
Carbohydrate trace Fiber 0 g
Total fat 10 g Potassium 442 mg
Saturated fat 2 g Calcium 53 mg

Mayo Clinic Staff. (2009, June 1). Recipe: asian pork tenderloin. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/NU00460

Picture from: http://fortheloveofcooking-recipes.blogspot.com/2009/04/asian-pork-tenderloin.html

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Heart Health, A Salty Situation

April is National Hypertension Month. In recognition of this, we have decided to highlight this week for you, some of the startling facts and figures concerning heart health and hypertension.

Excessive sodium has now been directly linked to hypertension, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Since estimates suggest that Americans consume two or three times the recommended sodium amounts, this creates a very large and real concern over our sodium intake.

Here are some facts about hypertension and high blood pressure:

  • More than 50 million Americans have high blood pressure, which equals about one in every four adults, and that number is increasing as we get older.
  • Fifty percent of people over 60 develop hypertension.
  • Studies show that significantly decreasing your sodium intake can not only lower blood pressure, but can also prevent hypertension.
  • If a person develops hypertension, their risk for heart attacks and strokes, kidney and other organ problems also increase greatly.
  • Less than 15% of the salt and sodium we consume actually comes from the saltshaker.
  • Normally, the more salt you consume, the more you end up craving it.

As of right now, the recommended dosage of sodium per day is about 2,400mg, or about 1 teaspoon of salt. However, the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine is currently recommending lowering that to only 1,500mg of sodium, and even less for older people.

This information and much more can be found in the book: “Pocket Guide to Lower Sodium Foods.” One of our many heart health items in our catalog and at www.ncescatalog.com.  Item #4023

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Heart Healthy Activities

Thank you for celebrating National Heart Health Month with us.  On December 23, 1967, the first successful heart transplant was conducted.  It is important to keep your heart, along with the rest of your body, healthy. 

Create a list of 10 activities that will help keep your heart healthy.  Please post the activities that you, and those around you, come up with so we can all share in new ideas for maintaining a healthy heart.