Ilene’s Healthy Tips for July 21 – 25, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD WellAmerica 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD
WellAmerica 2014

Is it OK to eat food coated with freezer burn? Freezer burn happens when frozen food undergoes multiple spikes in temperature that make it melt slightly, and then refreeze, creating large ice crystals. Although the taste of your food may be compromised, freezer burn won’t make you sick.  If you see ice crystals on food simply rinse in water, then cook.  Different frozen foods do have a storage life.  For Example:  bread 3 months, butter 9 months, fruit 6 months, and hamburger 3 months.  For more information go to:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you find a few moldy berries in a carton, should you throw them all out? Just toss the moldy berries, any berries touching the moldy ones, and others that feel mushy. To help prevent this, make sure you open the carton and inspect it in the grocery store, and once you’re home, don’t rinse the berries until you’re ready to eat them since dry produce tends to last longer.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Looking for an easy, healthy appetizer to serve your guests? Try lobster/crab salad with small rolls or crackers (preferably whole wheat). To make 24 servings, mix the following ingredients:

  • 2 cup cooked lobster or crab meat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt or hummus
  • 1/3 cup of chopped scallions
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) finely shredded hearts of romaine lettuce or cabbage

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Should you rinse meat before cooking it? Rinsing may seem like a good way to remove bacteria and sliminess, but it might increase your chance of spreading bacteria around the kitchen if you aren’t careful.  Use a separate cutting board for meat, fish, poultry and wash after each use to avoid cross-contamination.  You’re better off ridding bacteria by thoroughly cooking your meats to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.  To be sure use a cooking thermometer and insert it into the food.

Friday, July 25, 2014

We know excess refined sugar (sucrose) isn’t healthy for you, but what about the sugar in fruit?  The sugar in fruit is an unprocessed sugar, fructose, found in its most natural state. 3-4 servings of fruit per day are recommended as they provide fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and thousands of phytochemicals, many of which have been proven to promote health and prevent disease. If you’re trying to decrease your sugar intake, reduce refined, processed sucrose and corn syrup first, and then decrease dried fruit or concentrated juices. Whole fruit will provide the most health benefits for the calories they contain.


CDC and Binge Drinking…..


Healthy Tip from Dr. Peate

July 16, 2014

CDC study:  One in 10 deaths among working-age adults due to excess drinking.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in every 10 deaths among working adults were from excessive drinking:  “binge drinking, heavy weekly alcohol consumption and drinking while underage or pregnant.”

  The CDC found “long-term health effects such as liver disease and heart disease, as well as short-period effects such as violence, alcohol poisoning, car crashes and drowning.”

  • If you are concerned about drinking too much, answer the questions below:
  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (eye-opener)?

For confidential help contact your department or district recommended mental health professional.