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5 Ways to Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet
02.28.2013 [Uncategorized]

healthyfatsDid you know that reducing the fat in your diet too strictly may compromise your overall health? Healthy fats have been proven to decrease inflammation, lower cholesterol and promote satiety at meals. Recent research also indicates a possible impact on the reduction of the risk of stroke.

The well-recognized “no-no” fats are the saturated fats found in fatty meats, fried foods, high fat dairy products, cheese, and desserts.

However, the fats that are the “winners” for overall health are promoted by the Mediterranean diet and include foods such as nuts, olive oil, flaxseed, and oily fish. The Mediterranean diet, which has been in the news a great deal lately after the release of a study showing its health benefits, also promotes a diet rich in fruits and veggies and moderate in dairy, poultry, red meat, and processed foods.

5 tips to add “winning” fats to your diet:

But be sure to do so mindfully! (Just like a good glass of wine and dark chocolate … They must be consumed in moderation.)

1. Combine ¼ cup nuts (almonds & walnuts) in a snack baggie mixed with ¼ cup naturally dried fruit and 1oz dark chocolate.

2. Sprinkle ground flaxseed (aim for 1-2 tbsp. per day) on oatmeal, cereal, or yogurt. Also toss into pancake or waffle mix for a delicious nutty flavor and a nice dose of Omega 3!

3. Schmear 1 tbsp. all-natural peanut or almond butter on apple slices, banana or whole-wheat toast.

4. Drizzle flavor-infused olive oil onto steamed or sautéed veggies for amazing flavor and a heart-healthy boost! (*Check out the many local venders in Sarasota who offer an amazing array of flavored oils!)

5. Toss chopped walnuts in hot cereal and salads, or pair with 1-2 dried figs for a snack.

— Julie Bender-Sibbio, RD, LD, is part of Sarasota Memorial’s Nutrition Counseling & Coaching Program. Are you interested in scheduling an individualized visit with a Registered Dietitian to determine the best plan for you? Call 941-917-7468 or click here for more information.

Walk for Babies Sponsored by March of Dimes
02.28.2013 | New Moms & Dads

Event date – Saturday, April 27, 2013 Registration begins at 8AM Location: JD Hamel Park (Corner of Main Street and US 41) Walk starts at 9AM and continues 4 miles over the Ringling Bridge Register online at If you want to join our SMH team type in SMH Babe Magnet under Join a Team!

Cancer prevention study needs volunteers
02.26.2013 | SMH Extra

Want to make a VERY big difference in the fight against cancer? Sarasota/Manatee residents have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a nationwide cancer prevention research study that has the potential to protect future generations from getting cancer. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have not been diagnosed with cancer (not […]

Hush Little Baby, don’t you cry….
02.25.2013 | New Moms & Dads

Calming a fussy baby is not without its challenges. We don’t always have all the information and figuring out what is wrong and fixing it can be frustrating and heart breaking. Of course patience and practice will be useful when trying to find what works for your baby. There is never a 1 size fits […]

Telescopic Vision: Sarasota Patient First in Florida to Receive Telescope Implant for Macular Degeneration
02.15.2013 | SMH Extra

This week, Cape Surgery Center was the site of a news conference to announce that Sarasota Memorial and Neuro-Ophthalmologist Marc H. Levy, MD, pictured, were the first hospital and surgeon in Florida to implant a new telescope prosthesis in a patient with end-stage macular degeneration. Dr. Levy implanted the pea-sized telescope directly into the right […]

Oh Gassy Baby!
02.11.2013 | New Moms & Dads

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New Home for Patient Information
02.11.2013 | Campus Improvements

Last week Sarasota Memorial’s Waldemere Information Desk moved to a newly designed space – the former location of the hospital’s Public Safety Department.  Conveniently located just off the hospital’s first-floor corridor near the A elevator and front entrance, the staff in the attractive new area helps with patient room and telephone numbers, directions, meeting locations […]

Learn More About Bullying and How to Prevent It at Free Seminar
02.07.2013 | SMH Extra

  Bullying is often associated with children and schools; however, bullying can happen anywhere, anytime and can take many different forms. You won’t want to miss “A Seminar on Bullying” presented by Dr. Chris Cortman and Dr. Harold Shinitzky on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon in Waldemere Auditorium at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. […]

Summit shares latest advances in cardiac care
02.04.2013 | SMH Extra

It was a full house Saturday for Sarasota Memorial & Columbia University Medical Center’s Cardiac Summit. Keynote speaker was Craig Smith, MD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Columbia, who performed former President Bill Clinton’s successful quadruple bypass surgery in 2004. Dr. Smith spoke to the large crowd about a new treatment for heart valve […]

Flu season is here with a bang!
02.01.2013 | New Moms & Dads

This year the flu is hitting hard and spreading fast. The flu (influenza virus) is a serious illness that effects the breathing system and can lead to hospitalization and accounts for numerous deaths every year.  What can you do to prevent the flu or keep it from spreading through your house? Get the flu shot. […]