Tuesday, February 19, 2019
By: Analisse Rodriguez, UTSA Dietetics Student
In our world today, there are many external factors that keep us from committing to a healthy lifestyle. Life can get stressful at times, so committing to a healthful lifestyle sometimes feels impossible. A great first step in beginning your healthy lifestyle is understanding and choosing antioxidant rich foods. Antioxidants are compounds in our body that prevent or repair cells that have been damaged from free radicals. The production of free radicals can be caused by everyday body functions and lifestyle habits such as smoking. Specifically, free radicals weaken our healthy cells...
Friday, November 2, 2018
What you likely know is that Meals on Wheels is a non-profit that deliveries hot meals to individuals in the community. Most individuals do not realize how much work goes on behind the scenes before delivery of these meals. The San Antonio location is the only Meals on Wheels location that makes their own meals in house for the individuals of the community.
Behind the scenes are many caring, loving, and selfless individuals that help keep our community fed. Mary Tijerina is one of these individuals that helps keep the wheels turning here. Currently Meals on Wheels delivers 3,400 meals and this number is steadily increasing. Every...
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Healthy Halloween Treats
As Halloween approaches sugary treats start to appear in grocery stores, on tv, and even at work! Let’s avoid that stomach ache and sugar rush this season by enjoying a healthy alternative. Listed below are two recipes to replace the typical candy corn and pizza. This candy corn fruit parfait is a great way to incorporate some vitamin C, beta carotene and digestive enzymes in your diet. While the English mummy pizza counts as a serving of grain and dairy.
Candy Corn Fruit Parfait
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
1 large mandarin orange
1 can (15oz) pineapple in 100% juice (crushed or...
Friday, September 7, 2018
Tips to Make Better Beverage Choices
What you drink is as important for your body as what you eat. When looking for a beverage, it is ideal to look for one that provides nutrients at no additional cost. Many beverages contain lots of added sugar or too much fat and too many calories. Here are some tips to help you make better beverage choices.
Regular soda, energy or sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually contain a lot of added sugar and even though you can probably get some nutrients out of those choices the price you are paying for the extra calories are not worth the risk.
How much water is enough?
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Protein is a very important nutrient across the lifespan, but it is especially important as we age. There are many functions of protein in our body. It helps in building, maintaining, and repairing muscles. It also helps in delivering oxygen to the tissues and building stronger bones. It can be a source of energy, lead to a feeling of fullness, and help in weight management.
It’s hard to tell how much protein we actually need throughout the day. Based on the Recommended Dietary Allowance, RDA, a person needs about 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. RDA is the amount of nutrient you need to meet your basic...
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of everyone including older adults. They help maintain and improve physical strength, fitness, and ability to do the things you want to do. Additionally, regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Studies also suggest that regular exercise can help with depression and mood overall.
Exercise falls into four different categories:
Exercise can help you do many of your everyday activities. Endurance activities will make it easier for you to...
Thursday, May 24, 2018
By Jessica Tupa, Intern
It is true what they say: our lives are a series of choices that lead us to where we are meant to be today. My path lead me to have the good fortune of having the opportunity to intern at Meals on Wheels in the Spring of 2018.
I heard about Meals on Wheels helping senior citizens in the community, but I never really knew what exactly it is they did until my classes started this semester. My first day was a blur, but in a good way, and this is because there was a wealth of information to learn. It amazed me at how each department really leans on each other to function.
For example, if a certain food item is...