Nutrition – AroundMainLine.com – The Philadelphia Region's Main Line Magazine http://aroundmainline.com Living and Loving Philadelphia's Main Line Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:05:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Buzz: Purenergy Studio’s Olympic Workout Challenge http://aroundmainline.com/happenings/buzz-purenergy-studios-olympic-workout-challenge.html http://aroundmainline.com/happenings/buzz-purenergy-studios-olympic-workout-challenge.html#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2016 21:14:40 +0000 http://aroundmainline.com/?p=2721 Let the Games Begin! Sweat to your Olympic hearts desire for a chance to win an Apple Watch and other ’Swell’ prizes.

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17 days of unlimited classes await and your hot ‘Olympic body’ at Paoli’s Purenergy Studio. The ‘Pure 2016’ challenge has begun!

17 days of unlimited classes await and your hot ‘Olympic body’ at Paoli’s Purenergy Studio. The ‘Pure 2016’ challenge has begun!

Let the Games Begin Main Line fitness friends!

Paoli’s Purenergy Studio is launching ‘Pure 2016’ starting today, August 5th through Sunday, August 21st.

For 17 Olympic days you can enjoy unlimited classes and a chance to win a whole slew of ‘Swell’ prizes.

‘Pure 2016’ registrants can sign up at any time but the earlier you join the better your chances of quailfying for the grand prizes which include an Apple Sports Watch, Swell Water Bottles and a Lululemon Yoga Mat.

Participants will receive a golden ticket for each class taken and get additional tickets for bringing in guests.

‘Pure 2016’ is only $10 for current Purenergy members and $50 for non-members.

In addition, daily prizes will be awarded that include Phillies tickets and Purenergy swag and water bottles.

AroundMainLine.com will be participating in ‘Pure 2016’ so look for our ‘going for the gold’ images on Instagram @aroundmainline. And come to the studio to sweat and be social with us in class!

Questions about the promotion can be sent to: info@purenergystudio.com or call the studio directly 610-993-9933.

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Food Bites: Beet It! http://aroundmainline.com/food/food-bites-beet-it.html http://aroundmainline.com/food/food-bites-beet-it.html#respond Sun, 26 Jun 2011 13:58:38 +0000 http://aroundmainline.com/?p=1258 AML celebrates the benefits of beets with two healthy recipes from the folks at Wegmans!

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Ambler’s popular Deterra Restaurant offers a ‘A Tasting of Beets’ with goat cheese spuma and toasted walnuts.

Ambler’s popular Deterra Restaurant offers a ‘A Tasting of Beets’ with goat cheese spuma and toasted walnuts.

We recently celebrated National ‘Eat Your Veggies Day’ across America—a fun excuse to load up on vegetables and acknowledge a healthier diet. One of our favorite veggies is the beet, which is commonly featured in a variety of local restaurants and markets across the Main Line. And, of course, a staple at the dozens of Farmer’s Markets our region has to offer.

Beets have been around for quite some time—dating back to the second millenium B.C. Raw beets are absolutely loaded with folate, a B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction, as well as potassium. And, they are exceptionally low in calories and fat! Beets are super rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. They also contain a significant amount of Vitamin C, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants and cancer fighters.

For moms looking to encourage their kids to incorporate more veggies in their diet they should know kids are more likely to eat vegetables that they have grown themselves as opposed to those that are store bought!

Some of our favorite suburban chefs have delicious beet salads as part of their seasonal repertoire, including Wayne’s Chef Zach Grainda of White Dog and Chef Jeffrey Power of Ambler’s Dettera Restaurant and Wine Bar.

‘Eat Your Veggies Day’ is a great reminder to load up on beets and all veggies for a healthier approach to our diets now and moving forward. In addition, if you are dining out around the Main Line, look for healthy choices from local chefs using beets!

Have a favorite way to prepare or serve beets—or a beet recipe that cannot be beat, LOL? We would love to hear from you on our comment form below.

Thanks to our awesome friends at Wegmans for sharing two great beet recipes below! They both sound delicious and nutritious!

Wegmans Glazed Beet and Orange Salad

3 pkgs (8 oz each) Melissa’s Baby Red Beets
1 cup Wegmans Organic Orange Juice
1 Tbsp Italian Classics Chianti Red Wine Vinegar
3 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp cornstarch
3 large navel oranges, peeled, separated into segments
2 Tbsp + 1 tsp finely chopped mint, divided

Wegmans Red Flannel Hash

3 cloves Food You Feel Good About Peeled Garlic, minced
1 sweet onion, peeled, 1/4-inch dice (1 1/2 cups)
1/2 lb parsnips, trimmed, peeled,1/4-inch dice (1 1/2 cups)
1 pkg (8 oz) Melissa’s Baby Red Beets, 1/4-inch dice
1 pkg (8 oz) Food You Feel Good About Cleaned & Cut Brussels Sprouts, sliced thinly into rounds
2 Food You Feel Good About Organic Carrots, trimmed, peeled, 1/4-inch dice (1 cup)
12 oz Wegmans Fingerling Potatoes, 1/4-inch dice
1 pkg (0.25 oz) Food You Feel Good About Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

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Buzz: Local Wegmans Hosts ‘Understanding Celiac Disease’ Evening Events http://aroundmainline.com/happenings/buzz-local-wegmans-hosts-understanding-celiac-disease-evening-events.html http://aroundmainline.com/happenings/buzz-local-wegmans-hosts-understanding-celiac-disease-evening-events.html#respond Fri, 06 May 2011 13:13:20 +0000 http://aroundmainline.com/?p=1211 In recognition of May as Celiac Awareness Month, Wegmans is hosting two events at their Downingtown and Malvern stores.

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Following the presentation, guests will receive a gluten-free product tour of Wegmans extensive gluten-free inventory.

Following the presentation, guests will receive a gluten-free product tour of Wegmans extensive gluten-free inventory.

May is Celiac Awareness Month. And for the thousands of celiacs diagnosed monthly across the Delaware Valley, Wegmans supermarket, in conjunction with The Celiac Center at Paoli Hospital, is hosting special in-store events (Downingtown & Malvern locales) as part of their vested community outreach programs.

‘Understanding Celiac Disease’ will be held starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 11th at their Downingtown location. On Tuesday, May 17th, the Malvern store will have the same seminar, same time, for their customers.

Nearly one out of every 133 Americans suffer from celiac disease, a digestive disease that damages the small intestine because of sensitivity to gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. This hereditary disorder interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food.

The Celiac Center at Paoli Hospital provides a local resource to help people manage and embrace the gluten-free lifestyle. Whether you believe you or a loved one may have celiac disease, are newly diagnosed or have lived gluten—free for years, their team is committed to helping you through it all. From screening and nutritional counseling to consultations with our specialists, Paoli Hospital has a team of medical professionals ready to work with you.

Click here for more information on Paoli Hospital’s Celiac Center.

‘Understanding Celiac Disease’ at Wegmans

When: Wednesday, May 11th 6:30pm, Downingtown
Tuesday, May 17th 6:30pm, Malvern

Where: Downingtown Wegmans, Malvern Wegmans

Details: Click here to view the information on MainLineHealth.org

Registration: Required-call 1-866-CALL-MLH (866-225-5654)

Why: In recognition of May as National Celiac Awareness Month

Event Itinerary:

  • 6:30-7:00 p.m. Gluten-Free Cooking Class with the Wegmans Chef
  • 7:00-7:45 p.m. ‘Celiac Disease 2011: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.’ Presentation and Q & A with Keith J. Laskin, M.D. Gastroenterologist and Medical Director, Celiac Center at Paoli Hospital
  • Gluten-Free Product Tour immediately following presentation

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Philly’s Sweet Freedom Bakery http://aroundmainline.com/living/phillys-sweet-freedom-bakery.html http://aroundmainline.com/living/phillys-sweet-freedom-bakery.html#comments Mon, 31 May 2010 13:46:46 +0000 http://aroundmainline.com/?p=932 Gluten-free never looked so good now that Allison Lubert and Heather Esposito launched a booming Philly bakery catering to local celiacs.

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Best friends and business owners Heather Esposito and Allison Lubert opened Sweet Freedom this past January.

Best friends and business owners Heather Esposito and Allison Lubert opened Sweet Freedom this past January.

Let freedom ring for local celiacs and vegans as Philadelphia now has a successful bakery that caters to a myriad of food allergies, intolerances and dietary restrictions. This past January, friends Allison Lubert and Heather Esposito opened Sweet Freedom (1424 South Street, 215-545-1899), one of the country’s only vegan and gluten-, soy-, egg-, dairy- and refined sugar-free bakery, the first of its kind in Philadelphia.

Sweet Freedom was conceived as a destination for those struggling with dietary restrictions that typically prevent them from enjoying baked goods, but the bakery’s commitment to top-quality, all-natural ingredients makes it a hit among even those without allergies and intolerances. “Both Heather and I have struggled with our eating habits and with troubling food allergies,” said Lubert, “and we both found ourselves striving to prepare our favorite treats in ways that were both delicious and appropriate for our diets. It’s a challenge to omit animal products, soy, gluten and corn and still create flavorful, crave-able baked goods, but we love to rise to that challenge every day.”

Lubert is the owner of a private nutritional counseling practice, where she combines her deep understanding of nutrition with her several masters’ degrees in counseling and psychology. She is an avid cook and baker who was always looking to find new ways to satisfy her cravings while being mindful of her allergies to dairy and wheat. Esposito, a masters level counselor and chef, worked as a private chef, cooking instructor and nutritional counselor. In culinary school, she decided she wanted to open a gluten-free bakery.

Let Freedom Ring!

Let Freedom Ring!

In May 2009, the two connected via family friends and decided to move forward with the concept of opening Sweet Freedom. Nine months later, they launched the bakery. “Within ten days of opening this winter, we received an email from (actress) Alicia Silverstone’s assistant who was interested in trying our product line. She is a vegan and was working on a play on Broadway. That was really exciting for us-so I jumped in the car and drove up to New York to drop off samples. The business has been great and really taken off,” said Esposito.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and their website, celiaccentral.org, Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten. Celiac disease is triggered by consumption of the protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye.

Birthday cakes and wedding cakes are part of a growing area of the dual’s booming bakery business-customer favorites include a chocolate chip cookie sandwich and a banana chocolate chip loaf. A local bride recently enthused on Sweet Freedom’s Facebook fan page—that boasts over 2,000 followers-about her gluten-free wedding cake: “Thanks for the awesome wedding cake!! It was a huge success! Not only were our vegan friends and our super allergic nephew extremely happy, but all the “normal” people loved it too.”

Sweet Freedom relies heavily on coconut milk, in lieu of dairy, and coconut sugar, in addition to agave nectar and pure maple syrup, for sweetening.

Sweet Freedom relies heavily on coconut milk, in lieu of dairy, and coconut sugar, in addition to agave nectar and pure maple syrup, for sweetening.

Sweet Freedom offers a host of tasty sweet treats, personally tested, prepared and baked by both Lubert and Esposito. The menu includes an assortment of cupcakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, loafs, cakes and pies. And, besides serving the Philadelphia region, they can ship their baked goods nationwide.

Sweet Freedom relies heavily on coconut milk, in lieu of dairy, and coconut sugar, in addition to agave nectar and pure maple syrup, for sweetening. Flours vary from brown and white rice flour to those manufactured from sorghum, garbanzo beans and even fava beans. All products are peanut-free, as well, and no corn products are used. “We really want Sweet Freedom Bakery to be a safe haven for people who suffer from celiac disease, people who suffer from food allergies or intolerances, or people who follow a vegan lifestyle. We are excited to be catering to a bunch of different populations and we believe in the nutritional quality of what we are offering,” enthused Lubert.

According to celiaccentral.org, the gluten-free marketplace is expected to reach $1.7 billion in 2010 thanks to new vendors manufacturing better tasting and more affordable products.

According to celiaccentral.org, the gluten-free marketplace is expected to reach $1.7 billion in 2010 thanks to new vendors manufacturing better tasting and more affordable products.

CELIAC DISEASE FACTS AND FIGURES COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR CELIAC AWARENESS (NFCA)

  • One in 133 Americans has celiac disease.
  • Three million Americans across all races, ages and genders suffer from celiac
  • 95% of celiacs are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
  • 10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed.
  • A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac today.
  • 500,000 new celiac diagnoses are expected to occur in the next 5 years thanks to efforts to raise public awareness of celiac disease.
  • The gluten-free marketplace is expected to reach $1.7 billion in 2010 thanks to new vendors manufacturing better tasting and more affordable products.

Sweet Freedom is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and on Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information about Sweet Freedom, or to place an order, please visit www.sweetfreedombakery.com, email: sweetfreedombakery@gmail.com or call (215) 545-1899.
Join Sweet Freedom on Facebook and on Twitter: sfbakery

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Buzz: Appetite for Awareness 2009 http://aroundmainline.com/living/buzz-appetite-for-awareness-2009.html http://aroundmainline.com/living/buzz-appetite-for-awareness-2009.html#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2009 13:09:06 +0000 http://aroundmainline.com/?p=601 Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider will play host to thousands the evening of September 30th -- as The Wachovia Center celebrates the sixth annual gluten-free cooking spree known as Appetite for Awareness.

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By AML Publisher
Photos Courtesy of Todd Zimmerman

The area’s top culinary talent will be on hand at the Wachovia Center for Appetite for Awareness on September 30th.

The area’s top culinary talent will be on hand at the Wachovia Center for Appetite for Awareness on September 30th.

You’ve probably heard the term ‘gluten-free’ by now, or, most likely know someone who is not able to include gluten in their daily diet. Celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that involves intolerance for the protein found in wheat (known as gluten), affects 1 in 133 Americans. And through their annual event, an Ambler-based nonprofit is working to make Philadelphia one of the top cities in America dedicated to raising awareness and education about celiac disease.

Tonight, September 30th, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness will hold its annual Appetite for Awareness: A Gluten-Free Cooking Spree. Top chefs and doctors will be assembled into teams at the Wachovia Center in a challenge to create the best gluten-free dish. Guests will enjoy sampling gluten-free creations from over twenty-five of the area’s preeminent restaurants, gluten-free beer, wine, and products from over fifty of the nation’s finest gluten-free vendors.

Now in its sixth year, Appetite for Awareness is the largest and most innovative educational program dedicated to the topic of celiac disease. Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider, who is a member of the NFCA Board of Directors, generously donated the use of the Wachovia Center for the event last year. Alice Bast, a celiac herself and the Executive Director and founder of NFCA, met with Snider six years ago after a personal connection led her to find out he had been hospitalized and diagnosed with celiac disease. “Ed saw the passion and energy we had with NFCA; he saw that the NIH had given us a grant. That is how the relationship started and we were off and running-we brought Jefferson and CHOP right on board with the organization. I promised Ed that we were going to change the face of this disease nationwide-right here in Philadelphia,” explained Bast.

Spearheaded by Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider, pictured center, Philadelphia’s top medical professionals and premier chefs will unite to increase awareness of celiac disease and the gluten-free lifestyle.

Spearheaded by Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider, pictured center, Philadelphia’s top medical professionals and premier chefs will unite to increase awareness of celiac disease and the gluten-free lifestyle.

Last year, NFCA anticipated that they would have about 750 attendees for their first Appetite at The Wachovia Center. Over 1500 attendees enjoyed the event. Bast emphasized that Appetite is a night for foodies across the Philadelphia region to appreciate that learning about celiac disease, a serious medical and sometimes life-threatening condition, can be an enlightening experience. “We always joke with the event and say Appetite answers one of the country’s most pressing questions ‘Who has bigger egos, the chefs or the doctors?’ It always makes people stop in their tracks and think-of course we are joking! This is one competitive atmosphere. Tapping into competition is our strategy for spreading the word and making our lives better, creating collaborations, developing new relationships and educating Philadelphia and the country that we can live and thrive with celiac disease. For the chefs, they get to cook and experiment with gluten-free grains that they maybe never considered using before in their repertoire. We want everyone to walk away from the night knowing gluten-free can be delicious!”

Cooking challenges are part of the festive atmosphere expected to draw 3,000 attendees.

Cooking challenges are part of the festive atmosphere expected to draw 3,000 attendees.

In conjunction with Appetite for Awareness, all participating restaurants receive training in gluten-free kitchen protocol through NFCA’s Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training (GREAT) program. Philadelphia’s fabulous restaurants participating include Vetri, Osteria, Distrito, Chifa, and Little Fish. Christina Pirello, Emmy Award-winning host of the national public television series ‘Christina Cooks’, will emcee the event.

Chef Marshall Green of Café Estelle, in South Philly, is one dozens of local restaurants who will be participating this year. At Appetite for Awareness, Green will be serving a delicious potato latke bound with rice flour, a crispy potato pancake, complimented by a sliced brisket and accented with a dollop apple sauce in honor of the upcoming Hanukkah season. His current menu at Café Estelle has numerous gluten-free options for his customers. “When you are serving the public you have to take into account everyone’s different tastes, needs and dietary restrictions. We do all of our baking here in house at Café Estelle, so we are very cognizant of what our ingredients are in our dishes. Besides customers with celiac disease, we cater to any specific allergy or restriction. It’s really not difficult as a restaurant if you are using the highest quality ingredients and, as a chef, you are educated about the importance of truly serving a gluten-free menu item,” explained Green.

Due to the efforts of the NFCA, Philadelphia is now the first recognized gluten-free, celiac friendly city in the U.S.

Due to the efforts of the NFCA, Philadelphia is now the first recognized gluten-free, celiac friendly city in the U.S.

Appetite for Awareness 2009: Wachovia Center Sept. 30th

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30th 2009, 7:00pm. – 9:30pm, VIP reception from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

WHERE: The Wachovia Center, 3601 Broad Street, Philadelphia.

WHY: Appetite for Awareness is one of the leading educational events dedicated to celiac disease. By uniting foodservice and healthcare professionals, this innovative event integrates the medical and lifestyle aspects of the disease and increases understanding of the autoimmunedisorder among these critical populations. Together, the participating doctors and chefs will expand Philadelphia’s Gluten-Free Neighborhood, first in the US, while serving as exemplary models for promoting awareness of celiac and the health of those who suffer nationwide.

HOW: Register online at www.celiaccentral.org. Admission fees are $250 VIP reception, $75 Early Bird Registration ($100 General Admission after September 1st), and $35 for students (with valid ID).

HONOREE: The NFCA will be honoring John Binswanger and his family for their leadership and support in building NFCA over the last five years.

BACKGROUND: The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is a non- profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for celiac disease that will advance research, education and screening amongst medical professionals, children and adults. Visit celiaccentral.org for more information.

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