Weight-Loss Strategies, New Nutrition Research, and More: Food for Thought

Grab at the grocery store

Craving something sweet in the morning?

Breakfast pastries aren’t typically recommended as the go-to option when one is focused on weight management, but new products on the market provide more than just calories and carbohydrates. FlapJacked Mighty Muffins with Probiotics provide a gluten-free, protein-filled and high-fiber muffin option in a perfectly portioned to-go cup. Each serving (1 container) provides about 200–240 calories, 20 grams of protein, 5–6 grams of fiber, and a patented probiotic blend. They are available in six tasty flavors: double chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, s’mores, peanut butter, maple pumpkin, and cinnamon apple. For more information, check out flapjacked.com.

Need a grab-and-go breakfast or snack?

RXBARS are made from simple ingredients including fruit, nuts, and egg whites, which provide a better-for-you quick grab-and-go breakfast or snack option. They come in 10 flavors, including the new seasonal pumpkin spice, and contain about 210 calories, 12 grams of protein, and 5–6 grams of fiber. Want something with fewer calories for a snack? Try the new RXKIDS bars, which come in three fun flavors and contain 140 calories, 7 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber. For more information, visit rxbar.com.

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Keep it in the kitchen

Love root vegetables but don’t like how long it takes to cook them? Try spiralizing butternut squash, beets, carrots, and turnips for a fun, fast, and quick way to eat veggies. Or try spiralizing apples and pears and sautéing them with cinnamon or other favorite spices for a low-calorie and healthy dessert. Learn more at oxo.com.

Tired of having multiple kitchen devices? Streamline this year with the Instant Pot® 7-in-1 multi-use programmable cooker. A pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pot, yogurt maker, and warmer, this device can multitask and help prepare all kinds of dishes for individuals with busy lifestyles. For more information, go to instantpot.com.

What’s new in research

It’s best to keep an eye on the food labels and not necessarily the food claims when purchasing items at the grocery store. According to one study published in the September issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, food items with nutrient claims (i.e., low fat, no sugar added, etc.) did not necessarily offer better nutritional profiles than comparable products without nutrient claims on the labels. The bottom line: Always compare the nutrition facts portions of the label to make sure that you are making the best choice.

Q&A with the RD

Q: I’m working on losing weight. What are a few diet strategies to help me get started?

A: The best advice is to eliminate the “diet” mentality and focus on developing healthy eating habits that you can stick with throughout the year. Diets fail because they are a temporary fix and something that individuals often start and then stop. Instead of starting a “diet,” think about simple strategies to improve your food and beverage choices, like adding more fruit and vegetables, choosing drinks with little added sugar, and learning the appropriate portion size for items at a meal. Consider working with a registered dietitian on developing personalized goals to improve your eating habits.

Do you have any questions you want answered by the registered dietitian? Send an e-mail to them at [email protected].

Want to learn more about meal planning with diabetes? Read “Smart Snacking With Diabetes” and “Top Tips for Healthier Eating.”