Top Television and Sports Nutritionist Heidi Skolnik Recommends
Easy, Tasty Ways to Address Key Health Concerns in the New Year
(Ramsey, NJ) – In 2005, resolve to indulge in your health with the latest delicious, nutritious food and beverage choices from leading nutritionist and sports nutrition consultant, Heidi Skolnik.
“Staying healthy does not have to be a chore,” says Ms. Skolnik. “There are scores of foods and beverages on the market today that keep you healthy and tempt the palate.and some of them may surprise you.”
Ms. Skolnik’s list of top health concerns with easy-to-consume solutions follows.
To get more calcium, but keep it lean: Calcium intake is among the most important health concerns for Americans today. The Surgeon General warns that if we don’t take action, by 2020 one in two Americans over age 50 will be at risk for fractures from Osteoporosis or low bone mass. So bone up! If you find it difficult to consume calcium staples like milk, yogurt and cheese, try these alternatives:
. Sanfaustino, the Calcium Water – each 8oz glass this lightly effervescent mineral water contains 10% of your calcium for the day. So, if you’re drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day, you’ll get 80% of your calcium from water alone! However incorporating even a few glasses of Sanfaustino can bring you closer to the adult RDI for calcium (1000mg per day). Plus it’s fat-free, calorie-free, sodium-free and all-natural.
. Calcium-fortified orange juice – if you drink orange juice already, get the calcium-fortified version. Tropicana, Minute Maid and Simply Orange are among the products that have added calcium.
. Calcium-fortified oatmeal – calcium-fortified oatmeal is a quick and easy way to grab some of your calcium for the day. Quaker Oats and other leading brands have great flavors.and remain low in fat and calories.
To keep your heart healthy and loving life: It’s simple to keep your diet loving your heart by consuming plenty of oats and whole grains like fiber. The easiest and tastiest ways to keep your heart healthy are:
. Did someone say chocolate? It’s true. Don’t substitute it for the many other ways of keeping you heart strong but feel free to indulge once in awhile.chocolate makes blood vessels more flexible which helps keep your heart healthy. Try the new “health by chocolate” line from Ecco Bella (organic).
. Top your lunch salad with peas, carrots, and nuts and make a dressing of flaxseed oil with your favorite vinegar. Enjoy it with a whole grain roll on the side.
. Make it Mexican night once a week and eat your beans! Red, black and pinto are all great fiber boosters and keep your heart pumping properly.
To keep your immune system boosted and ready for the season: Catching the common cold and flu is among the top health concerns for Americans today. So keep your immune system strong to fight off potential illness and get healthy doses of Zinc, Vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, beta-carotene and omega-3.
. To get your zinc, incorporate clams into your basic pasta sauce, eat your favorite meats or toss some almonds in with your favorite fish, salad or vegetable.
. For your anti-oxidants, fruits and veggies are the name of the game. Incorporate citrus and berries into your morning routine with a fruit and juice smoothie. And don’t shy away from dried strawberries and blueberries in the off-season – SkylarHaley’s Stoneridge Orchards dried berries are fantastic and provide a vital source of important nutrients. In addition, don’t forget your leafy greens. If you can’t stomach spinach alone, add it to your mixed salad or omelet.
You can find all of these accessible foods at leading grocery, gourmet and natural foods stores nationwide. Ms. Skolnik reminds, “Most of us eat the same fifteen foods all the time. Slowly incorporating these food and beverage selections into your daily routine will make them mainstays in your diet and create a healthier you.”
About Heidi Skolnik:
Heidi Skolnik, M.S.,C.D.N.,FACSM, is one of the foremost nutritionists in the United States. She has been featured on CNN’s Headline News and American Morning, ABC’s Good Morning America, ESPN’s Cold Pizza and NBC’s Today Show; and contributes to leading print publications including SELF and Men’s Health. In addition to maintaining a private nutrition practice, Ms. Skolnik serves as a sports nutrition consultant to the School of American Ballet and the New York Giants and lectures on the importance of health and nutrition at leading universities and sports centers throughout the country.