Food & You

Food & You

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Welcome to Food & You - a partnership between Food & Nutrition and Employee Health! This program is focused on our connection with our food, and how that connection can better our well-being. It's about YOU and it's about your FOOD.

Healthy Barbeque Ideas

Summertime means barbeque season! Whether you’re watching your weight or just trying to eat healthier, barbeques can pose a challenge. Many traditional favorites are high in calories, fat and sodium. But, you can enjoy summer barbeques while sticking to your health goals. Try these ideas for a healthy and delicious summer barbeque:

  • barbequeChoose grilled white meat chicken without the skin.
  • Stick to lean ground turkey or beef for burgers, or try a vegetarian patty.
  • Choose whole grain buns for your burgers and pile on the veggies. Add sliced tomatoes, red onions and lettuce. Try arugula instead of romaine for a spicy kick.
  • Grill your veggies – coat with a little olive oil and place right on the grill. Try bell peppers, onions and portabella mushrooms (also a great substitute for meat).
  • Corn on the cob: Skip the butter and salt and enjoy the natural sweetness of corn in season.
  • Fresh fruit salad: Any combination works. Try fruits in season now, such as strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, peaches and plums.
  • Skip the potato salad and macaroni and cheese, or at least keep portions small.
  • Remember food safety! Don’t let food sit out in warm weather for more than a few hours.

Seasonal Fruits and Veggies for Summer

Choosing fresh produce in season means better taste, higher nutrition and lower price. With the start of summer, an abundance of fruits and vegetables are now in season and available locally. Look for bell peppers, blueberries, cherries, corn, cucumbers, grapes, melon, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, lettuce/salad greens, summer squash and tomatoes at your local farmers market. Choose a variety of colorful, seasonal fruits and vegetables for great health and delicious eats all summer long.

Ask The RD!

Ever wonder what’s the best food to eat after a run or what counts as a balanced breakfast? You can now ask an Emory Healthcare registered dietitian! Submit your general nutrition question to Ask The RD, a new Food & You program. EHC registered dietitians will answer your questions, and the responses will be posted on this website monthly.

View the Ask the RD questions and answers here!

Have a question for an EHC RD? Submit it here.