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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

Finding fresh foods and farmer’s markets

Finding fresh foods and farmer’s markets

Many of us crave the opportunity to buy fresh, local foods but our busy day-to-day lives call for us to mainly shop at whichever supermarket is most convenient for us. Now the Resource Stewardship and Sustainability Program at Baylor College of Medicine has decided to start bringing local markets to the College community with monthly … Continue reading

Nutrition know-how helps prevent ‘Freshmen 15’

Nutrition know-how helps prevent ‘Freshmen 15’

Brushing up on nutrition basics can help new college freshmen avoid extra pounds while pursuing their higher education. College students are often under stress and respond by eating, said Dr. Karen Cullen, a behavioral nutrition researcher at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. What’s more, a smorgasbord of foods is … Continue reading

Healthy breakfast recipe: Nectarine yogurt parfait

Healthy breakfast recipe: Nectarine yogurt parfait

Tired of cold cereal or oatmeal? Want another healthy but delicious option for breakfast? Baylor College of Medicine Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Janice Stuff, with the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, provides a recipe that would be perfect for a quick-to-create breakfast or healthy snack. She says that fresh nectarines are available in groceries right … Continue reading

Tips for nutritious back-to-school lunches

Tips for nutritious back-to-school lunches

Recent research from the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital shows that compared to children who selected school lunch meals, children with a lunch from home were significantly less likely to include fruit, vegetables and dairy foods. What’s more, lunches brought from home were more likely to … Continue reading

Do kids need sports drinks?

Do kids need sports drinks?

Although children may request sports drinks, they offer little advantage over cool water, say nutritionists at Baylor College of Medicine and the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital. Sports drinks are designed to benefit athletes engaged in continuous, high-intensity aerobic workouts that last for 90 minutes or more. How to … Continue reading

Improving heart health: Adding supplements to your diet

Improving heart health: Adding supplements to your diet

If you’ve changed your diet and added some exercise to your daily routine but you’re still looking to up your heart health, then over-the-counter supplements might be what you need. Dr. Christie Ballantyne, chief of the section of atherosclerosis and vascular medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the director of the Center for Cardiovascular … Continue reading

10 tips for healthy cooking and baking alternatives

10 tips for healthy cooking and baking alternatives

Healthy cooking can seem overwhelming sometimes, especially on the weeknights, but often, it’s easy to make a recipe healthier just by substituting one ingredient for another. These small revisions won’t alter the flavor of the end result, but will make a difference in the nutritional value of the dish. Dr. Luis Rustveld, assistant professor in … Continue reading

Tips for exposing kids to new foods

Tips for exposing kids to new foods

Children taste different flavors in foods than adults do and according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine, exposing children to various foods early and often will help them develop a taste for different foods. “Children have sensitive taste buds,” said Roberta Anding, registered dietitian with BCM. “Certain foods may have a stronger taste … Continue reading

Refreshing summer recipe ideas

Refreshing summer recipe ideas

Enjoying a refreshing margarita on a breezy patio is one of the pleasures of summer but unfortunately that frozen concoction that helps us hang on is full of calories. According to Kristi King, registered dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine, ‘ritas can have upwards of 900 calories. So why not skip the restaurant margarita and … Continue reading