The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving 'Lift-overs'

Elevate post-feast fixings with pasta

CHARLESTON — Editor’s note: Recipes, Images and Facts provided by the National Pasta Association,

The word “trim” gets a month-long hall pass starting tomorrow, when turkey with all the trimmings and dual tree trimming/cookie noshing override any looming notions about weight loss.

Keeping in mind that resolution time follows closely on the heels of sloppy seasonal habits, it’s a fair bet that pasta will be included among those items on personal naughty lists. Last decade’s low-carb craze, banning all white foods forever, is a somewhat misguided principle, however; most experts agree eliminating any single food group from our diets is not a good idea. Explains registered dietitian for the National Pasta Association, Diane Welland: “It’s a fact — reducing calories, not carbohydrates, helps one lose weight. Studies show (New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association) there are no significant differences in weight loss over the long-term between low-carbohydrate diets and those considered “high” carbohydrate when dieters achieved similar calorie reductions.”

Much of pasta’s guilt by association is due to terrific restaurant-sized servings. Doled out in modest, one-cup measure, pasta can be a very nutritional way to elevate traditional leftovers. And while whole-wheat pasta provides a boost of fiber, it doesn’t always have to be brown to be good for you. According to Welland, a serving of enriched white pasta supplies about 25 percent of the recommended daily intake of folic acid. When paired with folate rich foods like black beans and spinach, a pasta meal could easily supply nearly three-quarters of your daily folic acid requirements, which are linked to not only healthy babies, but to a decreased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers. Data also shows a lower risk of stroke mortality in the U.S. and Canada (where fortification is mandated).

After tomorrow’s fleeting couch-side claims of “never eating again,” take healthy advantage of the taste and easy prep these pasta dishes can bring to the busy days ahead.

Text Only
  • 072314 Life CrossFit 4.jpg Crossfit Nation: Working out the WOD way

    Just as fashion trends come and go, so do fitness fads, and Cyndie Chinn had tried them all.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • downsize 1 Living large in smaller spaces

    How is it possible that as your nest gets emptier, your garage gets fuller? Living off the grid sounds tantalizing — the extreme version of paring down. But are you ready for solar panels and growing your own groceries or would a smaller home do the trick?

    July 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Relishing the faith of little children

    July 19, 2014

  • Guns 1 ‘Guns’ for Life

    With the latest World Health Organization figures showing global life expectancy increasing from 64 years in 1990 to 70 years in 2011, staying healthy enough to add quality to the quantity of life is an important consideration.

    July 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • coconut 4 Crack open the power of the coconut

    Now let’s get this straight …
      We know about Parrotheads. And Cheeseheads. But when did Coconut Heads become cool?
    Move over, argan — you are so last season. Another exotic oil is taking lead role in everything from shampoo to weight-loss supplements. That cast-iron skillet seasoning, stretch-mark banishing essence of the hour is — coconut oil.

    July 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Free summer serenade concert to be held

    Aurora Celtic, sponsored by Ivy & Stone, presents the free Summer Serenade concert Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Brown House lawn in Summersville.

    July 13, 2014

  • WVU Extension: Healthy summer eating tips for all occasions

    Summer and early fall are the times of year for family reunions, potluck picnics, pool parties and various other celebrations where we like to share food.

    July 13, 2014

  • new BAF fund Endowment still helping students attend college

    The “Beckley College, College of West Virginia, Mountain State University and University of Charleston-Beckley Alumni Association Fund” has the distinction of having the longest name of any of the 400 permanent endowments managed by the Beckley Area Foundation.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • My faith is an anchor to hold on to

    July 12, 2014

  • 062514 Life Piloxing 3.jpg Wellness Wednesdays: One-Two, Punch!

    In a fast-paced blend of pilates, boxing and dance, a popular group exercise class at the YMCA called Piloxing is a sure way to increase cardio and build long, lean muscles.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos