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Natural way to help premature infants grow

Natural way to help premature infants grow

Baylor researchers have found a natural way to supplement premature infants diets. Instead of using oils or infant formula, they found that a cream supplement, a byproduct of pasteurizing donor breast milk, can help these babies grow. Dr. Amy Hair, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and … Continue reading

Look to the garden for your next snack

Look to the garden for your next snack

The fresh taste of summer isn’t limited to fruit. Enjoy fresh produce with this salsa recipe from Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program. The recipe is full of flavor at only 42 calories per serving. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their families. It features … Continue reading

After-school snacks to satisfy, not spoil dinner

After-school snacks to satisfy, not spoil dinner

Feeding your children an after-school snack that is nutritious, filling enough to keep them going the rest of the afternoon and light enough to keep them from ruining their dinner can be a daunting task. Dr. Teresia O’Connor, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital, says that … Continue reading

Keep your sweet treats, cut the calories

Keep your sweet treats, cut the calories

Little tweaks can go a long way when it comes to improving a recipe. The same thing goes for making a recipe healthier. The following tips, courtesy Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and life program, can keep your baked goods delicious while reducing your fat and calorie intake. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web … Continue reading

Recipe: No guilt in these oatmeal cookies

Recipe: No guilt in these oatmeal cookies

Looking for a recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on at your waistline? Look no further than this recipe, from Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program that are a treat without indulging, at only 35 calories per cookie. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their … Continue reading

Summer round up: Our experts’ best advice

Summer round up: Our experts’ best advice

Whether your Independence Day plans include a trip to the lake, a backyard barbecue or just relaxing at home, experts at Baylor College of Medicine have tips to ensure your long weekend is safe, healthy and fun. Eating outdoors Plans for dining al fresco? Our expert has tips to avoid food-borne illnesses and serving foods … Continue reading

Ten tips to avoid sinus infections

Ten tips to avoid sinus infections

Don’t let your sinuses sideline you this summer. Dr. Mas Takashima, associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine, offers the following ten tips to help prevent a sinus infection. Frequently wash your hands. Keep the nose moist with nasal saline sprays (the cilia inside the nose work more effectively in a moist environment). Keep your … Continue reading

Recipe: Sweet, savory meet in grilled entree

Recipe: Sweet, savory meet in grilled entree

Craving a dish that incorporates summer fruits, vegetables and flavors on the grill? Grab your family and make this grilled shrimp with pasta and pineapple salsa dish for dinner. The recipe, courtesy Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and life program, makes 12 servings and packs light summer flavor with the sear of the grill at … Continue reading

Recipe: Bring this broccoli salad to your next picnic

Recipe: Bring this broccoli salad to your next picnic

Already making plans for Memorial Day weekend? Why not incorporate a new, health-conscious dish to the menu? This crunch broccoli salad, courtesy Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and life program, makes eight servings and is packed with your favorite picnic flavors at only 178 calories. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web experience … Continue reading

Not your ordinary Cinco de Mayo feast

Not your ordinary Cinco de Mayo feast

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a feast of Tex-Mex food and margaritas is a Texas tradition, but all that queso and sugary alcohol is heavy in fat and calories. For a healthier celebration, registered Baylor College of Medicine dietician Roberta Anding has some tips for a colorful and flavorful nacho recipe remix. “Black or pinto … Continue reading

Recipe: Your new go-to muffin

Recipe: Your new go-to muffin

Wake up with a sweet tooth? Step away from the cheese danish and pastry. Move past that sugar-laden cereal and head into the kitchen to make your own health-conscious oat bran muffins. This muffin recipe, courtesy Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program, packs plenty of fiber and iron at only 113 calories a muffin. … Continue reading

Recipe: Heart healthy stuffed peppers

Recipe: Heart healthy stuffed peppers

Looking to improve your heart health? Start in the kitchen. While regular exercise can help cut the risk of heart disease, a good diet with essential nutrients to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels can be an important tool. Becki O’Brien, general manager and founder of the Big & Juicy Juice Bar, recently shared recipes … Continue reading

Hunt down tasty alternatives to unhealthy Easter treats

Hunt down tasty alternatives to unhealthy Easter treats

With parents in control of Easter baskets, your Sunday Easter egg hunt doesn’t have to result in a pile of sugar for the kids. “Portion control is a key component to the Easter candy dilemma,” said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. “Consider the following; instead of … Continue reading

Dress up your greens with this fat-free dressing

Dress up your greens with this fat-free dressing

Grabbing a salad can be a great way to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. But reaching for a calorie-laden dressing can sabotage the best nutrition intentions. This fat-free salad dressing recipe, from Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program is only 23 calories a serving and still dresses up your bowl of veggies. Sugar, … Continue reading

What’s a serving size?

What’s a serving size?

Sure you know what the five food groups are, but how well do you know the recommended serving sizes of a particular food? While you may not always carry a scale or tablespoon around to each meal, the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine has a cheat sheet of everyday comparisons … Continue reading

Celebrate Pi Day with a new twist on pizza pie

Celebrate Pi Day with a new twist on pizza pie

Every year on the 14th day of the 3rd month, the internet gets together to celebrate Pi Day – you know, 3.14? This year we’re celebrating Pi Day with a healthy and tasty cauliflower-crust pizza pie. Replacing the traditional pizza dough with a crust made of grated cauliflower seems like an experiment from a competition … Continue reading

Making a difference in our community

Making a difference in our community

Baylor College of Medicine builds partnerships around the world to share knowledge, skills and talents that lead to improved health, education and better lives for people from Honduras to Botswana, Romania to China, and across the United States. You don’t have to go far to see The College at work. In Houston, our faculty and … Continue reading

Are your rodeo favorites calorie-laden culprits?

Are your rodeo favorites calorie-laden culprits?

Before you reach for your favorite rodeo fare, consider the impact on your waistline. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is known for cowboys, concerts and calorie-laden dishes. Our experts break down the calories and fat content, as well as the amount of exercise you’d need to burn off the calories from these delicacies. Roberta … Continue reading

Looking to improve your health? Know your BMI

Looking to improve your health? Know your BMI

Throughout the month of March, Momentum will be featuring health and wellness information in celebration of National Nutrition Month. Looking to get a read on your health? Start with your weight and body mass index, commonly referred to as your BMI. “The BMI is a weight to height ratio, that is a way to tease … Continue reading

Recipe: Fish tacos and mango salsa

Recipe: Fish tacos and mango salsa

Your favorite taco recipes don’t have to be loaded with calories. This recipe, from Baylor College of Medicine’s Sugar, Heart and Life program is packed with flavor and delivers it in only 170 calories per serving. Sugar, Heart and Life is an interactive web experience for patients with diabetes and their families. It features a guide to … Continue reading

Recipe: A mashed potato alternative

Recipe: A mashed potato alternative

Love the rich, creaminess of mashed potatoes but want to avoid the calories? Skip the potatoes and reach for cauliflower.  Our recipe lets you pass on the carbs and enjoy a healthy vegetable side. This recipe for cauliflower mashed “potatoes” comes courtesy of a nutrition class hosted by Baylor College of Medicine students for a … Continue reading

Recipe: DIY popcorn spice

Recipe: DIY popcorn spice

A fan favorite of moviegoers, popcorn may best be known as a buttery and salty snack. But the CHEF course at Baylor College of Medicine has a spiced take on this savory treat. These recipes are not only healthier alternatives to the buttery classic, they are also packed with flavor. Whether an after-school snack or … Continue reading

Making the most of your doctor’s visit

Making the most of your doctor’s visit

Do you know when you should schedule regular check ups? Not sure what you should be asking your doctor when they ask if you have questions? A panel of experts from Baylor College of Medicine recently shared their recommendations for good health practices during a recent educational luncheon for The Partnership for Baylor College of … Continue reading

Eat this: Super Bowl food swap

Eat this: Super Bowl food swap

Super Bowl XLVIII is upon us. But while you’re busy debating the Seahawks versus the Broncos, health experts suggest thinking about celery sticks versus chips and dip. “You do not need to break the calorie bank this Super Bowl, especially if you are in charge of the menu,” Dr. Luis Rustveld, registered and licensed dietitian … Continue reading

Recipe: Apple crisp with a twist

Recipe: Apple crisp with a twist

Looking for a sweet weekend treat? Try a more health-conscious apple crisp. Our version is an apple crisp made easy (in the microwave.) Recently, Baylor College of Medicine students helped host a class on nutrition, featuring healthier  recipes, to a group of patients and families who are part of the bariatric surgery program at Texas … Continue reading

Control your weight, minimize cancer risk

Control your weight, minimize cancer risk

Controlling weight can help a person reduce the risk of cancer, said an oncologist from the National Cancer Institute-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine. “We do not know exactly how and why obesity affects cancer risk, but we know there is an increase, so it is important for everyone to … Continue reading

A student’s reflections on the SNAP Challenge

A student’s reflections on the SNAP Challenge

Can you live on $4.50 a day? That’s the premise of the SNAP Challenge. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (previously known as the food stamp program) provides money for 47 million Americans, roughly at $4.50 a day. From Congressmen to Newark mayor Cory Booker to food Panera CEOs to ordinary folks, plenty of people are taking … Continue reading

Get the flu facts, our expert dispels myths

Get the flu facts, our expert dispels myths

In the midst of an active flu season, and recent confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza in greater Houston area, our expert say it’s not too late to get a flu shot to stave off the virus this season. Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology Professor Pedro A. Piedra, an internationally known flu researcher, dispells common myths … Continue reading

New Year’s recipe: black-eyed pea hummus

New Year’s recipe: black-eyed pea hummus

Many believe that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring prosperity and good luck in the coming year. Whether you’re a believer or not, this recipe for black-eyed pea hummus will be a good one to include in your repertoire. Kyle Carpenter, a Baylor College of Medicine student with cooking experience, taught this … Continue reading

Focus your resolution on lifestyle improvement, not outcomes

Focus your resolution on lifestyle improvement, not outcomes

It’s the season for new beginnings and resolutions. If you’re tempted to ring in the new year with a resolution to improve your health, Dr. John Foreyt, professor of medicine and director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, suggests attainable goals to maintain a healthy lifestyle:

Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

The weather is starting to feel much more like fall in many parts of the country, many are beginning to decorate for Halloween, and fall fruits and vegetables are featured in grocery stores. In the spirit of celebrating fall, we bring you a very easy, delicious recipe featuring fall flavors, from Roberta Anding, registered dietitian … Continue reading

Healthy fall recipe: Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal

Healthy fall recipe: Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal

It’s officially fall, which means fresh fall produce is back in stores. Kristi King, registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, shared with us one of her favorite pumpkin recipes for a sweet foray into fall, plus an easy, healthy breakfast. Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Ingredients 3/4-1 cup of cooked oatmeal … Continue reading