May Newsletter

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May Makeover
Spring Lunch Makeover!
New Additions to NE
A Note from Lauren...

Nutrition Energy

In the News!


Adapting Your Nutrition to Climate


Lauren Antonucci, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE, CDN

4 Nutrition Rules to Combat Running-Induced Hunger

Lauren Antonucci, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE, CDN


 Simple Swaps: Spring Edition

Skinnygirl Daily

Vanessa Stasio, MS, RDN, CDN

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Moms in Training Clinic
When: Sat, May 16th
Time: 10:00am
Where: Central Park, 72nd & the Bandshell
Presenting: Lauren Antonucci, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE, CDN & Be Fit Therapy

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Basics Clinic
When: Thurs, June 11th
Time: 6:00pm
Where: NYRR Midtown: 156 W 56th
Presenting: Lauren Antonucci, MS, RDN, CSSD, CDE, CDN

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Issue: #55May 2015
May Makeover: Re-Think Your Drink and Stay Hydrated


Now that the warm weather has finally arrived, we all have picnic and barbecue plans to make. Not only are these gatherings a great way to be outside soaking up a healthy dose of Vitamin D, and playing lawn games with friends and family, but they're also a prime time to evaluate your beverage choices. Hydration is key when temperatures rise, and choosing your drinks wisely will help replenish fluids, as well as avoid unwanted calories and unknown additives. We've come up with some tips to help you re-think your drink this summer- enjoy!

  • Wake up your water. Let's face it, regular water is not the snazziest drink out there, but it is critical to replacing fluids lost after you've been walking around the city or lounging on the beach. Try adding these fruit and flavor combinations to your water glass. And for a special, fizzy treat start, off with unflavored seltzer water! To tap water or seltzer add;
    • Slices of cucumber and mint leaves
    • Raspberries and lime wedges
    • Strawberries and basil
    • Diced watermelon and jalapeno slices (seeds removed!)
    • *We recommend "smashing"or muddling the fruit in a pitcher or bowl before adding the water to allow the juices to fully infuse your drink.
  • Grown up lemonade. We're taking it back to the days of neighborhood lemonade stands, but with an adult flair.
    • Use Meyer lemons for a slightly more sweet and floral base. They aren't quite as acidic and can help reduce the amount of added sugar normally used in homemade lemonade.
    • Add rosemary or lavender for a sophisticated spin on this classic.
    • Smashed blackberries add a beautiful hue of color to this summertime drink.
  • Tea time. Southern iced tea shouts summertime refreshment, but usually packs a whopping punch when it comes to sugar. Nutrition Energy Director, Lauren Antonucci, loves adding fresh ginger to tea while brewing for a spicy and satisfying flavor.
  • Hydration for athletes. Cramping caused by dehydration and improper fueling is something we want all our athletes to avoid. Find out your hydration and sodium needs by filling out our Sweat Test. We can discuss the results at your next appointment and even suggest electrolyte or sodium supplements as necessary.
  • Bottle envy. Never get stuck buying plastic water bottles again, and be the envy of all your friends by purchasing a fashionable reusable container. Vapur bottles are flexible pouches that take up little space in your bag- especially when empty! As New Yorkers always on the go, you'll be thankful to have a drinking vessel with you at all times. 


An Herb Garden Grows in NYC



When it comes to fresh, natural flavor nothing beats just-picked herbs. Many of our suggestions for infused water included adding a handful of basil or mint leaves, but don't you just hate it when that bunch of herbs you bought starts to wilt and turn to mush after a few days? Storing store-bought herbs, or even a lush bunch from the farmers market, can sometimes be more effort than we'd like, but there is an easy and inexpensive solution- grow your own! While we New Yorkers may not all have green thumbs...or outdoor spaces, growing herbs and even a few vegetables in your windowsill can be accomplished with success. The next time you need a pinch of this, or a little of that you'll be able to snip off just the right amount for your recipe! Here are a few herbs that will grow quite easily in your home:

  1. Basil- start from seeds and keep in a warm, sunny spot.
  2. Chervil- plant in late summer and limit direct light exposure.
  3. Parsley- start from seeds and keep in full sun.
  4. Rosemary- take from a cutting and grow in a moist, soil-less mixture.
  5. Cilantro- grows best from seed and grows quickly.

While some of the above herbs grow well from seeds, you can absolutely purchase a small plant from your local nursery or farmers market and get growing more quickly. Make sure your pots have drainage holes at the bottom and place a small saucer underneath them to avoid puddles on your windowsill. Herbs don't need to be soaked, so a light water every few days is all they require.


With a little practice and patience you'll happily to have a beautiful, fragrant herb garden growing in your home, and your recipes will surely reap the benefits from their flavor!


We hope to see you out having a picnic in a NYC park soon...complete with tasty waters and fresh herbs in hand. Happy Spring!!!


Introducing Our Newest Additions!


Nutrition Energy is excited to introduce two new dietitians joining our team: Christopher Solga and Alana Fiorentino.  


Christopher's background includes educating the youth of NYC in hopes of ending childhood obesity, working alongside oncology specialists to ensure cancer patients' nutritional needs were met, and using his own experience with sprint and endurance sports to tailor client's nutrition plans to set them up for success.  


Alana's experiences include working in health and community centers in Brooklyn focusing on medical nutrition therapy as well as cultural and age-related nutrition topics, working with the athletic department at St. Francis college to educate students on nutrition for performance, and most recently becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator.


Both Christopher and Alana's passion for fitness and health make them great additions to the Nutrition Energy family!


A Note from Lauren...


The warmer weather is upon us!  Take advantage of this wonderful time before the heat and humidity of summer descends to go exploring: get 'lost' on a different trail or path in Central Park, check out the local Farmer's Market, investigate a new food truck or outdoor restaurant - the possibilities are endless!


For those of you training for an upcoming event, take this opportunity to check your nutrition plans: are you adjusting your hydration and sodium for the heat? Are you spacing your gels, bars, and drinks appropriately throughout your race?  If you need any help with creating or altering a nutrition plan, please contact us via email or call the office at 646.364.6803 to schedule a consultation and we will get you on the right track!


Lauren Antonucci, Director
Nutrition Energy