Protein 101

We are excited to sit down with the new Registered Dietitian, Aaron Smith to learn more about him and how we can maximize protein in our diet. 

Tell us about yourself.
Hello! My name is Aaron Smith. I am the new registered dietitian at the Mettler Center. I handle all nutrition counseling sessions and anything else that pertains to nutrition. In the future, we hope to reach out to other similar businesses and develop partnerships with them.

Holiday Nutrition for Those Who Really Love Food

From workplace parties (and treats in the breakroom) to family gatherings, there's a glorious glut of food and drink opportunities outside your normal routine this holiday season. But that doesn't mean you should throw all sensibilities out the window. We believe you can eat, drink, and be merry—without adding those holiday pounds.

Here are our top four tips to enjoy the holidays, but still not lose sight of your health and fitness goals.

Easy, Healthy Potato Soup

Dishing up the best advice and tips!

Recipe of the Week: Easy, Healthy Potato Soup

  • 3 large Russet potatoes, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons margarine
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  1. Boil diced potatoes in salted water until soft.
  2. In a large saucepan, sauté celery and onion in margarine until softened. Stir in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in milk, salt, and white pepper. Add the cooked potatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened.

Estimated nutritional information (per 1/6 of recipe): 112 calories, 4g fat, 15g carbs, 4g protein, 456mg sodium

Splurge Wisely Over the Holidays

The holidays come just once a year, but the yummy foods at parties/events and holiday gifts seem to never end. Read how to choose wisely from the foods available in the Q & A interview with Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Michaela Kruse.

Q: Why should we care about eating healthy through the holidays?
A: To avoid the weight gain, weight cycling, setting up bad habits that continue later, etc.

Hold It for the Holidays

A fun, competitive way to hold you accountable for holding your weight.

How does it work?
Maintain (or lose) your pre-holiday weight (within 1%) to your post-holiday weight and you win! All that is required is a quick weigh-in with the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist during the week prior to Thanksgiving (November 15-21, 2015) and a final weigh-in the week after New Year's Day (January 3-9, 2016). Should you gain more than 1% of your body weight, you lose your joining fee.


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