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The First Lady Wants You to Drink Up

Written on September 23, 2013 at 10:34 am , by

Drink more water for your skin, your health and your waist. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Not to be pessimistic, but when it comes to Americans, our glasses are half-empty these days–literally. According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 43 percent of adults drink less than four cups of water a day and 7 percent drink no water at all. That’s why earlier this month FLOTUS Michelle Obama launched her Drink Up initiative to get people drinking more water and less of the sugary stuff. To get some tips on how to increase your water intake we chatted with Dr. Jenna Bell, RD. Follow her tips below and follow in the FLOTUS’ adequately hydrated footsteps:

  • Jazz it up: Not one to drink boring old tap water? Try a water enhancer like Stur, sweetened with stevia, so there’s no added calories or sugar. The coloring from each flavor comes from vegetable juice and you can control how much want in your glass with a simple squeeze.
  • Do as Diane Sawyer does: “She puts a glass of water by her bed and drinks it every morning when she wakes up, so now I do too,” says Bell. “If you’re going to take advice from anyone, take it from her because it’s clearly working!”
  • Carry a water bottle: This isn’t exactly breaking news, but it is the easiest way to keep drinking as the day goes on. Buy a reusable bottle like S’well, who is partnering with Drink Up with a limited edition bottle that gives 10 percent of proceeds back to the foundation.
  • Start meals with water: “A study in 2010 out of Virginia Tech looked at whether or not drinking water before a meal effects what we eat and weight loss. They found that two glasses of water before a meal helped shed weight and made participants eat less because water fills up your stomach,” says Bell.
  • Order water every time you order a beverage: Coffee? Get water. Wine? Get water. Not only will you stay hydrated, you’ll probably fend off a hangover in the process.

Now tell us: What tricks do you use to drink more water?

Michelle Obama-Approved Recipe: Porcupine Sliders

Written on September 16, 2011 at 10:11 am , by

Add these sliders to your next tailgating menu! (Photo courtesy of Jennie-O)

Outdoor grilling season is pretty much over (did anyone else need a jacket this morning?) but burger season can continue all year long! Today, we’re enjoying a guilt-free slider recipe packed with fall flavors that won best of show in First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge.

Students and faculty from South Education Center Alternative in Richfield, Minnesota, and Chef Todd Bolton of Parasole Restaurant Holdings teamed up to create these delicious and kid-friendly sandwiches. Diners can now take a bite of these sliders, whose name comes from the “prickly” grains of rice in the burger mix, at the school and at Parasole’s Good Earth restaurants. And now you can try them at home by following this recipe!

Porcupine Sliders (Serves 6)

For burgers:

  • 1/2 cup medium grain brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons yellow onion, minced
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 small stalk of celery, minced
  • 16 ounces Jennie-O lean ground turkey (93/7 works best)
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, rough chopped
  • 3/4 cup spinach leaves (washed, drained, stems removed, chopped)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worscestershire sauce
  • 1 scant pinch of crushed red pepper

For sandwiches:

  • 12 small multigrain or whole grain rolls
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Condiments of choice
  1. Follow package instructions to cook brown rice. Transfer cooked rice to a plate and let cool completely in refrigerator. (This can be done up to a full day ahead.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a skillet, sauté onions, celery and garlic in oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to refrigerator and cool completely.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients including cooked rice and cooked onion mixture and mix well.
  5. Portion into 2½-ounce patties—the diameter of buns—onto a parchment lined baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 18 minutes until turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. (Time will vary depending on oven. Use a thermometer to check starting at 12 minutes.) Avoid overcooking, as lean turkey will dry out if cooked too long.
  6. Serve on mini whole grain rolls with optional lettuce, tomato, red onion and condiments.

Learn more about the program at RecipesforKidsChallenge.com and discover additional good-for-you turkey recipes at SwitchtoTurkey.com.

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