As some readers might know, 2012 was a year of creation for me. I had my first child in the early days of 2013! Since then, a lot has changed. Especially for the better. That said, physical shifts have certainly occurred and now that my son is close to his 10th month I have decided to concentrate on the health of my gut. As the dietitian at a world class resort, I can say confidently that I have the knowledge base on what nutritional approaches can be taken to improve the health of my digestive tract so I got to work and applied my knowledge. But alas, after a full month of concentrating solely on nutritional approaches I continued to struggle. It was then that I decided to get resourceful! Instead of concentrating on nutrition alone, I decided to use the integrative approaches that exist here at Miraval.
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Guests often ask our Registered Dietitian Junelle Lupiani what they should eat or drink before bed to help with sleep. Her recommendation is not warm milk... it's something you might not have expected.
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Work with Miraval's registered dietitian, Junelle Lupiani, who specializes in weight management and the integration of nutrition in disease prevention. Explore how your nutrition and food choices are affecting your energy levels, quality of sleep, digestive issues, disease vulnerability, and overall well-being.
Miraval has partnered with Mrs. Green's World to bring you these exclusive podcasts as part of the Wellness Series with Miraval. In this exclusive series, Mrs. Green will introduce you to six of these specialists ranging from an exercise physiologist to their Executive Chef to the Medical Director of the Andrew Weil Integrative Wellness program. Each 15-minute podcast brings directly to you a succinct discussion of at least one of the key tenets of the Miraval philosophy, such as balance, joy, healthy eating, developing the ability to overcome obstacles and ways to find the champion within.
May 25, 2013 — Leigh Weinraub, Tennis Coach & Wellness Counselor
June 1, 2013 — Justin Macy, Executive Chef
June 8, 2013 — Anne Parker, Wellness Counselor
June 15, 2013 — Andrew Wolf, Exercise Physiologist
June 22, 2013 — Dr. Jim Nicolai, Medical Director of the Integrative Wellness Program
June 29, 2013 — Junelle Lupiani, Nutritionist
We know that many of our guests are moms with school-age children or grandmothers with school-age grandkids. And as mindful adults who are trying to make healthy changes in your own lives, you are probably wondering what steps you can take to mold your children and grandchildren into healthy, happy grownups. We asked Junelle some questions about the importance of good nutrtion for the younger generation and here's what she had to say.
What is the ideal packed lunch for elementary school aged kids?
A nice alternative to the typical PB and J would be using 2 slices of intact grain bread, like toasted Ezekiel Food For Life, then add 2 tablespoons of almond or cashew butter along with some fresh raspberries or a half of a sliced banana. On the side serve some sliced organic red and yellow bell peppers and a piece of seasonal fruit.
What is the ideal packed lunch for middle school aged kids?
Whole grain pitas are a great way to incorporate left over dinner veggies. Place leftover grilled or roasted veggies (mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, onions) into pita, add some sprouts and a piece of all natural cheese or, if your child likes, some smoked salmon slices. On the side serve some sliced fruit like mango or make a fruit salad (chopped organic apples, grapes, melon, strawberries, and mint)
Can you talk a little bit about the importance of kids eating breakfast before school?
Breakfast is important for all of us, especially kids since they have growing bodies and growing brains. Breakfast affects our intellectual, behavioral and physical well being. Furthermore, skipping breakfast has been linked to the development of obesity. Studies show that overweight and obese children skip breakfast more often than kids at ideal body weight, and recent data shows that 1 out of 3 kids in the US are considered overweight or obese.
Even though I strongly recommend we get out of bed early enough each day in order to sit down and enjoy breakfast, many moms want advice on quick/portable breakfast ideas. For this, I think smoothies are great. Here’s a nice smoothie that is likely to hold kids over until lunch hour – add to blender ½ cup organic vanilla yogurt, 4-5 pitted dates, a banana, a few scoops of nut butter and ½ cup milk (soy or almond milk work great too) and blend until smooth. Or prepare diced honeydew, organic blueberries the night before and sprinkle with ground flax seed and shredded coconut and serve
When you have some extra time on the weekends, prepare some quick bread (zucchini or banana are great, add things like ground flax and chopped nuts to the recipes and substitute white flour for spelt) these breads keep well and can be served on the go in the morning.
Often times, kids want to run and play during lunch and end up skipping it - how does this affect the child's day?
Skipping lunch can mean kids may go as long as 10 hours without eating. This, just like breakfast skipping, affects our intellectual, behavioral and physical well being.
You mentioned one morning during breakfast that you have a great recipe for energy balls or bars – would you be willing to share the recipe?
Junelle's homemade energy bars:
1 cup almond, cashew or organic peanut butter
1/5 cup honey
3.5 cups oatmeal or granola
2 tablespoons ground flax
2 tablespoons chia seed
2 tablespoons hemp seed
2 cups pitted dates (chopped in food processor)
Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Once mixed shape into balls or press into 9x9 inch baking pan and cut into bars. Serve.