Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday the Healthy Way

Surviving the holidays with minimal weight gain means being selective and exercising portion control

If you are worried about carbohydrates, you could have a worry frenzy from now until New Years Eve. Avoid the frenzy and decide to be choosy at the family feast and holiday parties. Holiday foods that are typically high in carbohydrates include stuffing, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and fruit pies, to name a few.
Don't feel obligated to sample everything on the table. For example choose either sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes; sweet potato pie or apple cobbler, not both! Make selective food choices that create a rainbow of color on your plate. 

Cooking for the Holidays with Chef Phil Jones
Whole Foods Nutrition & Culinary Education Center
3670 Woodward Avenue 

Tuesday, December 1st, 5:30 PM
Come learn some creative tips for entertaining with vegan style. Chef Phil will show you how to make simply delicious holiday appetizers and small plates that are sure to impress your guests.
Thursday, December 3rd, 5:30 PM
Not ready to prepare an entire vegan holiday meal? Chef Jones will share ideas for adding just a few vegan side dishes everyone will enjoy. Vegan can be tasty, let us show you how.
  *** Please RSVP by e-mailing Dr. Akua Woolbright. ***

Sample desserts by Sweet Potato Delights (you can place your holiday order)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Turkey Time

Fall has settled in and the holiday season is about to begin! 
Trick and Treat is behind us and Gobble, gobble is on the way!

Portion control and movement are my top 2 recommendation for managing holiday calories!

There is still time to place your Thanksgiving order for sweet potato pie, sweet potato cheesecake and cranberry sweet potato bundt cake by ............. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cold & Flu Season is Coming

Prevention is the best medicine and food is the best weapon!

Sailing through the cold and flu season is a piece of cake with the use of natural immune boosters like oil of oregano, colloidal silver, grapefruit seed extract and herbal teas.

Drinking kombucha 3-5 times a week, daily fresh smoothies with lots of kale and/or spinach along with extra vitamin C and lots of physical activity will help protect your immune system.

For more tips to stay well during this year’s cold/flu season read registered dietitian Kerri-Ann Jennings' article at

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

Friday, September 11, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Back to School Nutrition - When kids Eat Well

Summer is out and school is in. 

When kids eat well, they perform well.

Study after study shows that kids who eat breakfast do better in school, and have better concentration and more energy. It is believed that due to the types of food often associated with the morning meal, children who eat breakfast are generally in better health overall, (Fiber in the form of cereals can help with weight control and has also been linked to lower cholesterol levels.) Breakfast is also an opportunity to feed your child bone building calcium and vitamin D. 

Food is Elementary© (FIE) is a unique and vibrant curriculum introduced into schools and communities that teach children about food, nutrition, culture, and healthy living. Teachers can learn more about this resource by visiting

Yours in health,            TWITTER: #drvelonda            877-888-3546

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

14 days to FALL - Seasonal Eating for your Health

Seasons form the natural backdrop for eating because eating a fruit or vegetable in its season is when you get the most flavor and nutritional value and when it is the most affordable. 
Counting down to the first day of the fall season! 

Making your menu a seasonal one looks different in different regions of the country and even in different parts of the world. However, for the most part, in fall, turn toward the more warming, autumn harvest foods, spices and seasoning, including carrot, sweet potato, onions, garlic, ginger, peppercorns and mustard seeds.

To learn more on what’s in season in the fall visit
Haas EM. Staying healthy with the seasons. Celestial Arts, Berkeley, CA. 1981.
The George Mateljan Foundation (n.d.). Healthy Eating With the Seasons. Retrieved from

 Yours in health,       
TWITTER: #drvelonda      877-888-3546

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Why Watermelon?

One of the best things about summer is sweet, juicy watermelon (seeds, please!).

Watermelons are about 92 percent water and soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite is loaded with vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of antioxidants and amino acids. There's even a modest amount of potassium. Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, and lycopene.  According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. At 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20% of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17% vitamin A, according to the USDA.

Don’t forget the seeds!

“Watermelon seeds and also others like melon seeds and flaxseeds are rich in micronutrients like selenium, potassium, copper and zinc which you may not derive from your daily diet in adequate quantities. They can be sun-dried and eaten as a snack or can also be powdered. They’re good for your heart, boost immunity and keep blood sugar levels in check.  You can add it to your diet as a health supplement in combination with others seeds. I’d suggest about ¼ of a teaspoon twice a week,” says Dr. Simran Saini, Dietician at Fortis, New Delhi.

Yours in health!
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