Kid-friendly recipes

Chef Nico’s Cooking Class

Join Us Every Saturday 11:55 am- 1 pm. Tune in Saturday, August 22nd, for some tasty Snack recipes! 

Welcome to Live Light Live Right cooking demo classes with yours truly Chef Nico. This class is designed where we can all share and learn with each other the benefits of healthy eating. It is an instructor-led class meaning it gives you and your family the opportunity to prepare a pre-planned meal with me every week resulting in you eventually mastering some of the basic tools that I use when creating healthier eating choices. So get your aprons out and your knives sharpened because Lunch is about to be served!
*Attached is a preview of this week’s recipes. Please take a look and gather the ingredients for these simple, easy-to-make snack options!*
When: Sat Aug 22nd, 2020, 11:55 am – 1 pm Eastern Time – New York
Where: Kitchen
          Joining info: meet.google.com/uqo-ukdg-grx

 

Live Light Promotes Healthy Dinner With Dr. Meseret Tena

Dr. Tena is a Pediatrician at Suny Downstate who works closely with the Live Light Live Right program.
She focuses on how to prepare easy, quick, and healthy meals at home. Whether you cook for one or a big family, here are easy recipes and cooking techniques.

For further information or to set up an appointment with Dr. Tena please call her at (718) 270-7694.

Meseret Meshesha Tena, M.D., FAAP
Director of Pediatric OPD at UHB (Suite D)
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Ave Box 49

To A Happy and Healthy 2017!

By Lauren Johnson

It’s New Year’s resolution time again and you’ve been thinking about helping your child get healthy. This is the year you’re going to do it. That’s great! You’re on the right track. But…as any gym owner will tell you, though the treadmills might be full of determined exercisers every January, come March or April, the gym’s back to normal again. So why are New Year’s resolutions so hard to keep?

According to clinical psychologist Dr. Amanda di Bartolomeo, there’s good reason people lose patience when trying to make changes: “Changing behavior can be hard because it takes time. When you think of how long it took to develop the habits you have now – most of them have been developed over a lifetime – it makes sense that changing these behaviors would take time and effort.” But don’t despair. When you start thinking of achieving your goals as a long game, momentum can be your ally.  “Starting with very small changes is more likely to lead to success and the feeling of success motivates maintaining new behaviors.”

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Tips for Eating Right During the School Year

Written By: Judy Marshel, PhD, RD, CDN

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Many families make healthy eating a priority during the summer months – when fresh produce and seasonal products are readily available. Yet, when the school year begins, you may find it daunting to prepare nutritious meals.

With another school year just around the corner, most families are preparing for the busyness that will once again be “life.”

To get started, begin thinking ahead so you can plan and have healthy foods available.

Below are some tips that you can use to encourage consumption of nutrient-rich foods- the fuel kids need to learn throughout the school year.

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Pump Up the Pumpkin—Why They’re Super!

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Did you know that over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin are produced each year in the United States? That the world’s largest pumpkin was more than five feet in diameter and weighed over 1,800 pounds? That each pumpkin has about 500 seeds and takes between 90 and 120 days to grow?

If you are looking to add pumpkin to your diet, keep in mind there are over 45 different varieties of pumpkin and that they are part of the winter squash family. They range in color from red, yellow, and green, and have names like Hooligan, Cotton Candy, and Orange Smoothie.

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Savor the Fall Produce and Hearty Soups

Yes, it’s true, summer has come to an end. While it is sad to say goodbye to the barbecues, picnics and the summer season, it is a time to celebrate the beginning of a wonderful fruit and vegetable season. Fall is full of delicious foods you can work into your diet in a variety of ways that can perk up any chilly night.

Why Eat Seasonal Produce?

If you are interested in protecting the environment, buying local seasonal produce not only can potentially reduce our carbon footprint but it also helps local economies. Since it is grown locally, the produce is fresher.. which results in more nutritious produce.

From apples to sweet potatoes, autumn’s bumper crop of fruits and vegetables offer a range of intense flavors and substantial textures that you can use to make a piping-hot bowl of soup….a satisfying meal for a cozy fall dinner

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Summer Clean Your Diet

Summer has arrived, and with longer days and warmer weather comes a new crop of fresh produce. It is a good time to “summer clean” your diet and start introducing the summertime fruits and veggies that incorporate the jewels of summer.

If you are tired of apples, bananas and root vegetables, there are some nice summer produce choices readily available. Brightly-colored produce making more of an appearance at our grocery stores or farmer’s markets include apricots, strawberries, asparagus, cherries and more. The more colorful the fruit or vegetable, the more vitamins and minerals it has.

Check out what local produce is in season by using the following link.

In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so here’s what to look for in the produce aisle or at the local farmers’ market.

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Juicing: An Immune Booster That Tastes Great and May Even Curb your Appetite!

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Written by Judy E, Marshel, PhD, RD, CDN

Juicing is a powerful way to get incredible doses of healthy vitamins and nutrients into your body. It can have dramatic positive effects. Fresh vegetable juice helps to give you more energy, lower your chances of contracting chronic disease and may even accelerate weight loss.

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The Surprising Facts About Pumpkin

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It’s finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many. Pumpkin plays a starring role at Thanksgiving , but you should consider making it a more regular part of your diet. The bright orange flesh of a pumpkin is loaded with fiber and key vitamins and minerals. It’s also easy to use pumpkin in a variety of recipes from sweet to savory.

Nutrition Facts


Did you know 1 cup of cooked pumpkin only contains 30 calories, less than 1/2 gram of fat, 1 mg sodium, and 8 grams of carbs? Take a look at what other nutrients pumpkin provides.

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