Monthly Archives: February 2017

Fun Lunch Ideas For School

When school starts back after a long summer, you want your children to have a nutritious lunch that they can enjoy in the time that they have allotted. There are a few fun recipes that are easy to make the night before that are packed full of the vitamins and nutrients that will help children focus during the day. Most recipes include something from each food group.

Create a taco bar for your children with a plastic container that has small dividers. If there aren’t dividers, then use small containers in a large plastic container so that all of the ingredients stay separate. Put a simple taco in the center of the container. It could be one with browned beef, or you could use a lunch meat, such as turkey or ham. Add items that the child can put on the taco that might include shredded lettuce, salsa and cheese. The taco can be made so that it’s something the child will enjoy. Add a few tortilla chips for a side dish.

A meal that includes a higher amount of protein is a chicken salad sandwich. Make it a little more elegant with a deli bun instead of just two pieces of white bread. Add a tomato and lettuce for a healthy meal that will help your child get through the rest of the day. Another option with chicken salad is to create a roll-up with a tortilla wrap.

The night before school, bread small pieces of chicken to make healthy chicken nuggets. Include a dipping sauce that the child will enjoy in the lunchbox along with slices of fruit or vegetables. Chicken strips are also a good idea as they are easy to hold and provide a little more chicken than a small nugget. This might be something that older children would enjoy with the nuggets being reserved for younger children who don’t eat as much during the school day. Panko bread crumbs sometimes work best as a coating as they give a crunch to the outside of the chicken.

Omar Boraie-Paving the Way for a Cure

Omar Boraie, Chair in Genomic Science, is helping to advance research in the field of precision medicine at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Endowed chairs are considered the gold standard in higher education and express the commitment by a university as well as ensure its support and advancement. Omar Boraie has made a $1.5 million pledge to support it and the Omar Boraie Chair is part of the University’s “18 Chair Challenge” campaign. This campaign involves an anonymous donor who provides a $1.5 million sum watch to each of the new chairs which results in $3 million endowment each.

Genomic science and precision medicine is changing how medical professionals handle cancer diagnosis and treatment and is still relatively new. During his most recent visit to the Union Address, President Obama announced the launch of a Precision Medicine Initiative developed to find a cure for cancer as well as other diseases.

According to Patch, Rutgers Cancer Institute was one of the very first facilities and the only one in the state to apply genomic sequencing as an approach to patient care. Genomic sequencing has helped to discover therapies for patients with poor prognoses, rare cancers, and limited treatment options. Physician-scientists at Rutgers Cancer Institute have made progress with precision medicine to help patients with cancers that have become resistant to treatments.

Dr.Boraie has been vital to the development of New Brunswick as the “Healthcare City.” and his support has had an immense impact on cancer research, as mentioned in the Newswire article, Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science Established at Rutgers Cancer Institute. Ganesan, MD, PhD, has been named to this chair. Dr.Ganesan is a medical oncologist regarded as an academic researcher and leader internationally, came to the Cancer Institute in 2005 from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School. He’s honored to be named the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science and is helping to spark renewed hope in cancer patients and their families, through his research efforts.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state. It is dedicated to improving treatment, care, and dedication of patients, and is also serving as an education resource for the prevention of cancer. The physician-scientists at the center are committed to turning their discoveries into clinical practice and to bringing their research to life.


Why The OSI Group Is A Force To Be Reckoned With

When it comes to the food industry, you would expect only the best to make the cut. With the OSI Group, there is no exception. Named # 58 in the 2016 Forbes Magazine list of “Largest Private Companies” at a staggering revenue of $6.1 billion, and #66 in FoodEngineering Magazine in the 2016 list of “Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies in the World”, it’s no surprise that OSI Group has been growing at the astonishing rate it is today.

Recently purchasing companies like Baho Food, Tyson Food Plant, and Flagship Europe helps to secure their place as one of the fastest-growing food companies in the USA.

OSI Group’s history began with German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky in 1909, and quickly took off, going from “Otto & Sons” in 1928, to the OSI Group that we know today. The company services the retail and food service industry, based in Aurora, IL. There are over sixty-five facilities in seventeen countries in the world, seven of which are in the US alone. OSI Group’s products include dough products, vegetables, hot dogs, pizzas, meat patties, pork, fish, bacon, and poultry, where the main focus rests in the original idea behind the company’s beginning was as a meat processor. The company provides many different private label brand foods for its varying foodservice and retail customers.

With a gigantic leap in the current company’s status, CEO Sheldon Lavin is to thank for the soar in OSI’s growth and development in the past three years. Lavin lead OSI from being a domestic food group company to the international multibillion dollar food processor. In the midst of this growth, OSI makes sure to follow the path of all top 100 companies in valuing the consumer above all profitable operations. OSI CEO Lavin predicts a more rapid growth as new facilities are already planned for the coming years to further the company’s reach in the food processing industry.

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The CEO OF Fills Us In On Cleansing


The Chief Executive Officer of, A.D. Dolphin, recently appeared on the Steve Harvey show to talk about his cleansing products as well as raw foods. is the premier e-commerce site for herbal supplements. Dolphin talked about how Harvey lost 12 pounds using his company’s Full Body Cleanse as well as Dolphin’s help.

When a person is doing a full body cleanse they eat a raw foods diet that consists of just fresh fruit and vegetables as well as raw nuts and seeds. As Dolphin shows this diet can be a lot more than just endless salads and smoothies. Among the dishes that are made in the episode includes an ice cream like tasting kale smoothies, zucchini noodles, and raw walnut tacos. All three recipes featured essential vitamins and minerals as well as tasting great.

Dherbs was founded in 2004 as an online resource for nutritional supplements and to educate people on how to eat a healthy diet. 20-Day Full Body Cleanse is Dherb’s flagship product and has been used by millions of people around the globe. Dherbs sells many other health and personal wellness products as well such as herbal laxatives, candles, bath drops, and aromatherapy products. In addition to the 20-Day Full Body Cleanse the company also sells a 10 Day Cleanse and 10 Day Colon Cleanser.

The Tumblr home page for includes many wonderful articles for how to eat healthy and what the benefits of doing so are. Among the current articles are one that reveals juices that can lower your blood pressure, 5 smoothie recipes for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system, a raw Citrus Beet Salad, and another recipe for a raw Banana and Cashew Pudding.

Dherb’s CEO A.D. Dolphin regularly travels around the country to inform people about Dherbs products and the advantages of healthy eating. At each stop he will visit two people at either their work or home for personalized information and coaching. These sessions are recorded and posted on Dherbs social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The very funny Sheryl Underwood, comedian and co-host of the popular CBS show The Talk, recently appeared on the Steve Harvey radio broadcast discussing her recent weight-loss with “Da Herbs”. Jokingly “urbanifying” and its popular Full Body Cleanse, Underwood admitted that she had only been on the program just short of a week and had already lost Five (5) pounds. offers a full array of different types of cleanses and other all natural supplements that promote health and well-being. Underwood is one of many past, present, and upcoming success stories using the product-line. Underwood has enjoyed success as a comedian, actress, and television host. She has credits to her name which include The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, and BET’s Comic View. A full-figured woman, Underwood has expressed her pleasure at the results she has seen with this product. How Does the Full Body Cleanse Work?     If you would like to start on the program and realize its benefits, it is advisable that you become disciplined. The program requires the participant to eat a raw-food diet which comprises fresh fruits as well as vegetables. You can take your raw foods in the form of salads, smoothies or by undercooking them.

In order to help you create a variety of dishes that will break the monotony of eating raw food, the website also offers its users several recipes. These include recipes for salads, steamed food and smoothies. They also give you the proportions which you should prepare and consume at intervals. Above all, you will be required to take a lot of water to help in the flushing of toxins from the body.



Benefits of the Cleanse



Anyone who has undergone the cleansing program swears by its health benefits. Not only will you feel a lot lighter but you will also get a boost of energy. The program gives you a simple way of starting over by cleaning your system and getting rid of toxins. Subsequently, your immunity is improved and you are able to ward off lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

For more about the program, the following reading is suggested:

Earthly Bodies review of the program
RESULTS! Dherbs 20 day Full Body Cleanse – Fully Raw Vegan

TrustPilot’s review of services
Customer Service Reviews of

5AM Venture’s Managing Partner Dr. Scott Rocklage, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott Rocklage, the Managing Partner of 5AM Ventures has over 30 years of healthcare management experience. He is also an inventor and a co-inventor holding over 30 U.S. Patents and has written over 100 peer-reviewed published articles.

His leadership has led to the approval of three U.S. Drug Applications with the FDA. He has served as the Board Chairman of Relypsa and Novira, Chairman and CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, as the President and CEO of the Nycomed Salutar Company as well as held R&D positions with Salutar and Catalytica. At present, he serves as the Board Chairman for Rennovia, Kinestral, and Cidara, also on the Boards of Pulmatrix and Epirus.

In 2003, Scott Rocklage, joined 5AM Ventures as a Partner and in 2004 was made a Managing Partner. He is currently on the Boards of Achaogen, Relypsa, and Semprus as Chairman. He is also on the Boards of Variation, Pulmatrix and Wave Rx and the Board of Associates at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge Massachusetts.

He attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a B.S in Chemistry and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While working on his Ph.D. at MIT he studied under Professor Richard R. Schrock, a Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry.

Scott and Patty Rocklage, in 2016, gifted MIT with a donation which will be used to help with the costs of the planned renovation of Lester Wolfe Professor of Chemistry, and Professor Bawendi’s nanochemistry and nanotechnology lab space in Building 2.

They were given a tour of the renovated lab space by Professor Bawendi and two of his graduate students, after which the Rockledge’s and faculty members gathered in the vestibule of the lab at which time they viewed a plaque to honor the Rockledge’s. The Department Head, Timothy Jamison, and the former Department Head Sylvia Ceyer, along with Professor Bawendi paid tribute to the couple.

Sylvia Ceyer asked Dr. Rocklage if there was any possibility that he might contribute to the department needs, to which he told her absolutely and ask her where they needed help the most.

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Dinners That Can Be Made On A Sheet Pan

The sheet pan is often seen as a tool in the kitchen for baking cookies or biscuits. There are a few ideas for dinner that you can make on the thin pan. Many of the recipes are made with healthy ingredients and items that the entire family would enjoy. A benefit of these dinners is that they are very easy to make as many of them only require laying a few ingredients on the pan and putting the pan in the oven.

One of the dishes that children will likely enjoy includes fries and chicken. Place chicken covered in BBQ sauce on one side of the pan. You will need to bake the chicken first to get it done before adding the other items. In the middle of the pan, add any kind of fries that you enjoy. The other side of the pan can include a vegetable, such as asparagus or corn that you might place on the grill.

If you enjoy a delicious sausage and pepper sandwich, consider putting the ingredients on a sheet pan and assembling the sandwich after everything has been roasted. Add sliced onions, slices of green peppers and whole pieces of Italian sausage on the sheet pan before baking for about 30 minutes or until the sausage is done. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the peppers and sausage for flavor.

A delicious meal that can use some of the summer foods that you get from the garden includes pork chops and squash. Coat the pork chops with the kind of breading that you enjoy, and bake the meat in the oven until it’s almost done. Add slices of yellow squash and spinach that has a drizzle of honey. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the squash as well as a bit of butter for a crispy touch to the vegetable. Chili powder is an option for the squash or the spinach if you want something with a little more spice.

You Can Also Benefit from Food Advice that Professional Athletes Follow

What can I do differently with my food choices to support better health?


Professional athletes represent the highest degree of health excellence. Their livelihood depends on it. Very few of us have to match that level. Nevertheless, we can all agree that what they eat is a significant factor in maintaining and improving their health.


Professional sports team, like the Atlanta Hawks, hire dietitians to provide recommendations on food choices and recipes that their customers eagerly follow. They know it’s sound advice that supports their best interests.


Marie Spano is the team dietitian for the Atlanta Hawks. Her first advice; smart food choices are NOT a diet. Diets are created for an average person. What works for others may not work for you. It has to fit your lifestyle and cultural choices. Strict eating plans are a recipe for failure.


Take the best of Marie’s recommendations and make them work for you


High-protein breakfasts are good


Protein is necessary for muscle growth and body repairs. A quick research will get you a list of foods that will get you reach the minimum recommended 25 grams at every meal. Commonly available breakfast choices are three-egg veggie omelets and low-fat Greek yogurt. The extra protein will give you a feeling of fullness into the afternoon.


Limit your sugar intake


Starting with raw food and cooking it is always the best choice, but if you don’t have the time or inclination be smart about other options. Low-fat frozen-dinners, dressings, and cereals replace the missing taste of fat with sugar. Look for natural herbs and spices instead to get the flavors that you crave. If there’s no way around your sweet-tooth, make it a small dessert at the end.


Veggies and fruits as appetizers


I’m sure you’ve read about flavonoids and anti-oxidants and all those other goodies that nature packs into vegetables and fruits. Taking them as an appetizer will slow your hunger before the main meal, preventing you from taking it all in when presented with an oversized entrée.


Your food choices can be varied and tasty while providing the minerals, vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients that promote health. Professional athletes know it.


Eating Spicy Foods May Add Years to Your Life

There’s nothing more satisfying than a hot bowl of chili when you come in out of the cold. Throw in some diced jalapenos or other chili peppers and make it even hotter and spicier. You’ll warm up in a hurry! According to one study, if you like your chili spicy, you may even live longer.



In a recent Chinese analysis of spicy food, over 16,000 people were followed in the course of 23 years. The study found people who ate hot peppers on a regular basis had a 13 percent reduced risk of dying early.



Why Does it Work?


Some people crave spiciness in their food and add chili peppers to everything from scrambled eggs to their hamburgers. The ingredient in hot peppers that gives it a kick is called capsaicin. Its anti-inflammatory properties aids in disease prevention. It helps coronary blood flow and prevents obesity. Science Daily  says, chili peppers can even affect your gut in a healthy way by altering microbiota. Adding chili peppers to your diet is a great way to start out a new year of eating healthy.

How to Eat Hot Peppers?



If you want to begin adding chili peppers to your diet, it is recommended to start slowly. Eat milder chili peppers first, such as the poblano chili pepper, the mildest of hot peppers. Remove the stem, seeds and veins where the most spiciness is stored. Try a few diced into your scrambled eggs. Experiment with soups, stews or stir-fries.



Too Hot?


If it proves to be too hot for your tongue, take caution not to drink water which spreads the oils in your mouth. Instead, drink milk with it, or add some sour cream to your chili or soup to tame the heat.



I Like It!


If you find you like the heat, jalapenos are the most popular with a medium heat. A great appetizer is a jalapeno coated with cream cheese, rolled with bacon and roasted in the oven. If you’re brave, try the habanero – the granddaddy of hot peppers.



A Benefit for You!


There are hundreds of types of hot peppers from very mild to diabolically hot. There is sure to be one that fits your taste buds. Even adding a few peppers to your dishes weekly will benefit your health in the long run and may even increase your life!



Meet the PAC Fighting to Reverse Citizen’s United

In 2010, the Supreme Court decided a case that completely altered the playing field in American elections. This case, Citizens United v. F.E.C., opened the gate for wealthy individuals and special interest groups to spend incredible amounts of money on election donations without a shred of transparency or accountability on One of the biggest talking points in 2016’s presidential election was the reduction of corruption in American government; both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump claimed to be the candidate on the side of the little people and against the Super PACs and billionaires. Unfortunately, the Citizens United decision is one that directly benefits politicians on, and they cannot be trusted to end its negative influence.

That’s why End Citizens United was established.

End Citizens United is a PAC that aims to overturn Citizens United and curtail the influence of untraceable donations in American politics. They work to support reform candidates, ensure election reform remains in the national consciousness and demonstrate the political power of large groups of individuals against this style of corruption. Although politicians on both sides of the aisle are making efforts toward election reform, End Citizens United supports primarily Democratic candidates because Republican Congressional leadership often stands in the way of these reform efforts.

End Citizens United was established in August of 2015 with the explicit goal of becoming a major player in the 2016 elections. Their ultimate goal is to pass a constitutional amendment reversing the Citizens United decision. More than 300,000 people signed a petition urging Congress to pass such legislation. Communications Director Richard Carbo believes End Citizens United is different from other groups aiming to overturn the controversial decision because “there was a hole in the conversation addressing the political side of it and actually getting people elected”. End Citizens United fills this gap by directly backing candidates who will pass reform legislation on Facebook.

Although End Citizens United does also work on the state and local level, a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United remains its primary goal. No constitutional amendment has been passed in the USA since 1992, and the bar to pass such legislation is extremely high. This would require support from two-thirds of the Senate and the House of Representatives; it would then have to be ratified by 38 states. However, even if End Citizens United fails in its efforts to pass an amendment, it can still have a positive impact. The PAC’s political activism and messaging efforts keep election reform in the public consciousness, which will keep political pressure on for years or even decades to come.

The Washington D.C. PAC boasts only five staff members. It’s incredible to think that just 5 people could change the course of America’s history, but that’s exactly what End Citizens United aims to do. You can visit their website at

The Wood In The Cheese

The cheese industry is under the microscope now after a Bloomberg story discovered the use of wood pulp, known also as cellulose, in cheese products manufactured in the United States.

A Pennsylvania company, Castle Cheese, was the focus of a recent investigation by the FDA. The FDA found that Castle Cheese Parmesan was not truly parmesan, instead a mix of low grade cheddar and wood pulp. While the focus has been on the wood pulp being found in the cheese mix, it’s not the root of the problem. Wood pulp is actually a fairly common additive in foods. The true issue was the legality of how the products were improperly labeled. The FDA requires that Parmesan must have each ingredient listed on the label, aside from enzymes which can actually be made of a myriad of different types of enzymes.

Cellulose grew in popularity in the 1970s when it became a popular food additive due to an increase in consumers who wanted more fiber in their diet. It’s not necessarily harmful, it is more just a cheap filler that adds bulk to the product and profits for the company that makes it. It turns out that it doesn’t even offer much in the way of fiber, you should probably stick to whole wheat anyway. Cellulose is digested differently in the body, whole wheat offers vitamins and other things that can be healthy, cellulose is simply a filler that passes through the body.

So while it doesn’t offer any real health benefits, it is up to the consumer to know what is in their products and what they are consuming. It is unfair for companies to market a cheese when it is not made of that particular cheese and is full of what is essentially sawdust. It is adulterating the product, mis-branding, and taking away business from companies that do it right.

Just last month, Wal-Mart was the center of a lawsuit by a consumer who claims the Great Value brand “100% Grated Parmesan Cheese” was found to contain 10 percent cellulose, making it not 100% parmesan cheese. A similar lawsuit was filed against Kraft brand in California for similar reasons.

As of this week, a federal judge sentenced the company behind Castle Cheese brand with a hefty $500,000 fine for mislabeling. Back in October, Michelle Myrter, former executive for Castle Cheese, was sentenced to 3 years probation and a $5,000 fine after she pled guilty to food adulteration.