Author: Washington Adventist Hospital

Recipe: Banana Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding can be a great, low-carb breakfast option. For people with diabetes or who at risk for developing diabetes, controlling your blood sugar level by limiting your carbohydrate intake is essential to prevent heart complications, explains Meaghan Butler, RD, a registered dietitian at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. Chia seeds are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the heart-protective fats that help to reduce inflammation in the body, and are a great source of fiber. This pudding can be made ahead and chilled in the refrigerator overnight, making it an easy grab and go breakfast! BANANA PEANUT...

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Recipe: Spicy Ground Turkey Tacos with Pico de Gallo

Everyone loves taco night and this heart-healthy alternative to everyone’s favorite Mexican dish is no exception. Substituting ground turkey for ground beef decreases saturated fat since turkey is a lean protein, explains Meaghan Butler, RD, a registered dietitian at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. This recipe also cuts sodium by seasoning with free herbs and spices instead of salt, and by substituting processed, canned salsa for homemade pico de gallo, or fresh salsa. Spicy Ground Turkey Tacos with Homemade Pico de Gallo Taco Ingredients: 2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2-teaspoon cumin 1/4-teaspoon oregano 6 oz.-extra-lean ground turkey 1/2-cup chopped onion 4...

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Avoid Health Pitfalls at Cookouts

With summer cookouts in full swing, it can be tough to make healthy food choices. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, tells us how we can watch our waistlines and keep our hearts healthy while we enjoy a summer BBQ. WHAT ARE SOME WAYS TO EAT HEALTHY AT COOKOUTS THIS SUMMER? Nurse Rose: One way to guide your eating choices is to follow some common heart health recommendations like limiting fat and sodium. Try these heart-healthy grilling tips. Avoid or limit fatty meats. Grill more fish. Salmon, trout and herring have...

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Keep the Men in Your Life Healthy

Most women are all too familiar with the constant battle of getting a stubborn husband, father or brother to go to the doctor and stay on top of their health. To change this trend, Congress recognizes June as Men’s Health Month. With Father’s Day just around the corner, health expert and mom, Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, offers her advice for keeping the important men in our lives healthy. She is the head of Nursing Administration and the Emergency Department at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital.  Why is men’s health something we need to focus on? Nurse Rose: We all know that...

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Splish Splashin’ Safety Tips

Your local pool is officially open for summer and we’re dreaming of the beach. Before diving in, it’s important to remember to keep ourselves and our family safe while splashing about this summer. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, a nurse and director of the Emergency Department at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, shares these water safety tips.  How common is drowning? Nurse Rose: Every day, about 10 people die from drowning in the U.S., with two out of those being kids under the age of 14. How can parents and other caregivers keep kids safe around water? Nurse Rose: Accidents happen, but...

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