By Lt. Col. Marybeth Salgueiro
Registered Dietitian, BAMC Department of Nutritional Medicine
Here at BAMC, we have a staff of 18 military and civilian registered dietitians assigned to the Department of Nutritional Medicine. All are food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
RDs work in hospitals, schools, clinics, food service management, education and research. Most of our staff has advanced degrees and many hold special certifications in areas such as nutrition support, diabetes education, pediatrics, weight management and sports nutrition.
Whether you are interested in losing weight, improving physical performance, or have a special dietary need, we are standing by ready to help you make positive lifestyle changes for good health.
Contrary to popular belief, our plates aren’t always perfect and we certainly are not the “food police.” When you see us at the grocery store, you don’t need to run the other direction — we won’t inspect your cart. And, we won’t hide from you if we see you at your favorite fast food restaurant – we do eat fast food every now and then. Most of us are RDs because we love food! We love talking about it, teaching about it, preparing it and, most importantly, eating it.
And that is what we hope for you — that you are able to appreciate eating an overall healthful diet that includes any and all types of food, in moderation.
Are you ready to take the first step in improving your nutrition status? Great – we look forward to meeting you. Call the Nutrition Clinic at 916-7261 for an appointment today!
To help you get started, here are some healthy snack options courtesy of eatright.org:
— One tablespoon peanut butter spread on slices of a medium apple
— One cup tomato soup with five whole-grain crackers
— Three cups air-popped popcorn sprinkled with three tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
— Tri-color veggie snack: 6 baby carrots, 10 sugar snap peas (or green pepper strips), 6 cherry tomatoes and 2 tablespoons reduced-fat ranch dressing for dipping
— Small baked potato topped with salsa and 1 ounce low-fat cheese
— Toaster waffle topped with ½ cup blueberries and 2 tablespoons low-fat yogurt
— Six whole-wheat crackers and one slice low-fat Colby cheese
— Fruit smoothie: Blend 1 cup fat-free milk, ½ cup frozen strawberries and ½ banana
— One 6-inch flour tortilla with ¼ cup black beans and 2 tablespoons fresh salsa
— Quick-to-fix salad: 2 cups mixed greens with ½ cup mandarin oranges, 1 tablespoon sliced almonds and 2 tablespoons reduced-fat dressing
— Mini-sandwich: Whole-grain dinner roll with 1 slice deli turkey, 1 slice low-fat cheese and mustard
If you have a healthy lifestyle tip, don’t hesitate to share in the BAMC Beat comments below.