Archive for December, 2012

Nutritionist Mom Offers New Food Resolutions for the Busy Mom

Edmond, OK  (Food News)  Ringing in the New Year spurs in most the promise to eat healthier. For busy parents, good intentions can get lost in the frenzy of kids home for holiday break, entertaining, and a general shortage of time. This reality wasn’t lost on nutritionist and mom Kathy Mora , PhD, who developed three kid-pleasing, quick and healthy recipes for her own family that combine Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets, fresh produce and other ingredients found in most kitchens.

Made with tender white chicken breast meat, Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets are kid-tested and approved. They have fewer calories, less cholesterol, and 25% less fat than the leading national brand. Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets beat the national leading brand in eight of 12 nutritional categories.

“Preparing a nutritious meal and meals with variety can be challenging for busy families, especially during the holiday season and winter months,” says Mora. “I designed my Fast Fixin’ recipes to be easy and flexible with whatever ingredients are on-hand without compromising on quality, nutrition or taste. The recipes look great, required minimal time to make, and most importantly passed my kids’ taste-tests, too!”

Downloadable recipes and coupons and Fast Fixin’s nutritional information are at http://fixabetternugget.com. To locate stores by zip code that sell Fast Fixin’, visit http://www.fastfixin.com/.

AdvancePierre Foods

Fast Fixin’ is part of AdvancePierre Foods Brands Division. AdvancePierre Foods is a leading supplier of value-added meats and handheld convenience products to the foodservice, school, retail, club, vending and convenience store channels. The company makes and distributes a full line of packaged sandwiches, fully cooked chicken and beef products, Philly-style steak, stuffed chicken breasts, and bakery products. Headquartered in Cincinnati, AdvancePierre Foods employs more than 4,000 people and operates processing facilities in Ohio, Oklahoma, Maine, and North and South Carolina, with bakeries in North Carolina and Oklahoma.



Santa Monica, CA  (Food News)  Non Profit Organizations and for profit companies such as supermarket retailers and product manufacturers are becoming more involved in helping Americans fight their obesity battle. According to the World Health Organization 68 percent of American adults and over 30 percent of American children are considered overweight or obese.

“Obesity not only affects health, but also the economy and it’s time that we all work together to make changes that matter,” says Phil Lempert , founder of Food Nutrition & Science and CEO of The Lempert Report and SupermarketGuru.com. “We’re dedicating this entire Food Nutrition & Science issue to obesity so readers can better understand the people, companies and organizations trying to make a difference.”

One article this month examines The Coca Cola Company who recognizes their role in weight-related issues. In an effort to help fight obesity but still honoring its bottom-line, the company continues to create and offer new low- and no-calorie options. Currently they have 180 diet or zero calorie beverages available in the U.S. In addition, the company voluntarily removed full-calorie soft drinks from primary and secondary schools and it’s involved in supporting physical activity and nutrition programs in local communities.

Other articles in the December issue include a guest column from Oldways President Sara Baer-Sinnott on how traditional or heritage diets can fight obesity, how non-profit organizations like AfterSchool Alliance and Alliance for a Healthier Generation are making a difference for children, an in-depth analysis of the correlation between obesity and low-income Americans, an interview about the new school lunch standards with hog and cattle Farmer Chris Chinn, and an interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Devin Alexander who also is the Host of “America’s Chefs on Tour” and author of eight cookbooks including “The Biggest Loser Cookbook” Series.

About Food Nutrition & Science

With more than 26,000 readers, Food Nutrition & Science is the only monthly newsletter created for all food industry players to communicate about the safest, most efficient and healthiest ways to get food to our plates. For more information or to subscribe, please visit www.FoodNutritionScience.com.

New Poll Reveals Majority of U.S. Adults Willing to Pay Any Amount per Pound to Reach and Stay at Goal Weight

Nutrisystem Gears Up to Help the More Than Half of Americans Planning to Make Weight Loss One of Their New Year's ResolutionsFort Washington, PA  (Food News)  As a new survey conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Nutrisystem among over 3,000 U.S adults in December, indicates more than half of Americans (54 percent) are planning to make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. Nutrisystem (NASDAQ: NTRI), the leading provider of home-delivered weight loss meal plans, is gearing up to help them succeed in keeping those resolutions.

The Company has announced an expanded menu, free delivery, a satisfaction guarantee, transition programs and a revamped website designed to help people keep the weight off once they have reached their goal. These efforts will be marked by an all-new, extensive national advertising campaign with three separate creative streams and more than ten distinct commercials reflecting proven weight loss results and different dieting personalities.

Nutrisystem also announced poll findings, which reveal a majority – 64 percent – of U.S. adults are willing to pay any amount per pound to reach and stay at an ideal weight. For Americans citing weight loss as a New Year’s resolution, that number goes up to 80 percent.

“Our plans and the polling reflect the fact that resolving to lose weight is the easy part, which is why it’s consistently one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. But following through is where it gets tough,” said Dawn Zier, Nutrisystem Chief Executive Officer. “That’s why we’ve taken steps to make it easier than ever to lose weight and help keep it off with the Nutrisystem ® SUCCESS approach. We’re all about results and the more you know about weight loss, the more sense we make as an informed choice.”

Results-Driven Science Meets Affordability

Nutrisystem has intensively studied the best foods and ingredients to help dieters avoid the dieting pitfalls such as hunger, cravings and eliminating entire food categories. The integration of low Glycemic Index (GI), low-fat and high-fiber means Nutrisystem plans offer “good” carbs — in a unique combination. The SUCCESS program’s simplified meal planner helps improve people’s ability to stick with their diet. Clinically meaningful weight loss can take place in as little as a month, with reductions in the waistline and improvements in other markers of health.

“Clinical research shows that low GI eating is a safe and effective way to manage your weight,” noted Dr. Bruce Daggy, Nutrisystem’s Chief Science Officer. “Nutrisystem® foods are clinically tested to determine their Glycemic Index values. This makes Nutrisystem an easy way to get started on a diet that can make resolutions a reality.”

Nutrisystem makes all this available at an approachable price point. “The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune to model the convenience celebrities enjoy with home-delivered meals,” described Mike Amburgey, Nutrisystem Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). “People are genuinely delighted and relieved when they realize they’ve finally found a structured program that’s guaranteed to work, fits their lifestyle, allows them to choose their favorite menu items and starts at less than $8 a day.”

Nutrisystem New Year’s Resolution Survey

The new study commissioned by Nutrisystem, reveals Americans, once again, have weight loss on their minds for the 2013 New Year and place premium value on sustaining an ideal weight.

Among the survey’s findings:

  • 64 percent of U.S. adults are willing to pay any amount per pound to reach and stay at an ideal weight.
  • Adults age 18-34 (73 percent) and those age 35-44 (68 percent) are both significantly more likely than those age 55+ (55 percent) to say they’d spend any amount per pound.
  • Single/never married adults (71 percent) are also more likely to say they’d spend any amount per pound than those who are married (61 percent).
  • Over half – 54 percent of U.S adults indicate they are planning to make weight loss one of their New Year’s resolutions.
  • Those age 18-44 are more likely than those age 45+ to indicate weight loss as a resolution (59 percent vs. 49 percent, respectively).
  • Women (56 percent) are significantly more likely than men (51 percent) to say weight loss will be part of their New Year’s resolutions.
  • Those with children under 18 in their households (59 percent) are more likely than those with no children present (51 percent) to have weight loss resolution plans.

Additional Nutrisystem “Fast Facts”

  • Last year, Nutrisystem received an average of 3,000 inquiries an hour by phone and web throughout the month of January.
  • Over the past 10 years, Nutrisystem has helped customers lose over 70 million pounds.
  • Approximately 50 percent of incoming calls for Nutrisystem Men’s Plan come from wives and girlfriends.
  • The most popular Nutrisystem® menu items are: Fudge Graham Lunch Bar (women) and Pasta with Beef (men).

Free Shipping & Money-Back Guarantee
Nutrisystem offers free shipping with Auto-Delivery orders in the Continental U.S. and a 14-day money-back guarantee on all first time 28-day orders.

Expanded Menu

To help dieters succeed in the New Year, Nutrisystem is adding nearly 30 new and improved foods — among them are Chicken Pot Pie, Spicy King Pao Noodle, Cinnamon Streusel Muffin and a Cheesecake Bar. Today, there are literally hundreds of Nutrisystem menu combinations, including gourmet-style frozen dishes, as well as the convenience of pantry-ready choices, which are easily storable and transportable for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert in the office or on the road. Nutrisystem offers tailored plans for women, men, seniors, teens, and vegetarians. The Company also offers a special program — called Nutrisystem D — specifically designed for the increasing number of people with diabetes, as well as those who are at risk for diabetes.

Improved Website

Just in time for the New Year’s resolution rush, Nutrisystem has redesigned its extensive website — Nutrisystem.com — to make it even easier to sign up and get information and advice to help dieters succeed. Last year, Nutrisystem received an average of 3,000 inquiries an hour by phone and web throughout the month of January.

The website also offers free online tools and trackers, tips and community support with complimentary access to registered dietitians, weight loss counselors and certified diabetes educators. Once a member reaches their goal, there are now a variety of maintenance programs to help them transition back to eating on their own.

Real-Life Success Stories

Nutrisystem programs appeal to a wide-range of people interested in losing weight for a variety of reasons — people like Dr. Michael Haney, a physician who understood the need to lose weight to become a better role model for his family and patients; Nick Gaudio, a 30-year old whose weight gain left him feeling depressed; Tara Primis, a mother of two whose weight had grown to 276 pounds and was looking for a vegetarian program to guide her through weight loss; Mara Hall and Coralee Grebe who both chose Nutrisystem D to help lose weight to better manage their diabetes and pre-diabetes conditions respectively.

Sneak Peek at New Ads

Nutrisystem has revealed it will launch a campaign featuring multiple creative streams during the peak diet season to reach different dieting segments with more targeted, relevant messaging. “We know there are different kinds of dieters and we know we have high brand recognition,” explained Amburgey. “The challenge becomes how can we explain the Nutrisystem trifecta – efficacy, easy-of-use and value.” The distinct advertising creative concepts will roll out beginning December 26 and will be complemented by direct marketing and social efforts on the Company’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram pages where real customers have already started posting pictures declaring their readiness. Here are brief descriptions of the three creative platforms, along with sample video:

“Now I Can” – A fresh take on the personal testimonial with “humanized” celebrities and real people in the same format. In this execution, the Nutrisystem® program is the hero, the individual’s personal dieting struggle is solved and their success is celebrated.

“Tipping the Scales” – The goal of these truly unique ads is to reach out to those who may have considered Nutrisystem, but have not tried it yet. The life’s “tipping points” theme – those triggers to gaining weight most of us experience in life — is something almost anyone can relate to.

“Open the Box” – This explanatory spot helps showcase the wide range of components that come at no additional charge as part of the most popular Nutrisystem programs — everything from science to expert counseling and group support. This creative is designed to complement the other spots and provide additional context

To find out more information about Nutrisystem for the New Year and to order today, click here or call 1-888-841-2572. You can also find more information about Nutrisystem on Facebook at facebook.com/Nutrisystem and on Twitter at twitter.com/Nutrisystem

Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Nutrisystem from Dec 7 – 11, 2012 among 3,036 adults age 18 and older. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please visit harrisinteractive.com.

Additional information on Nutrisystem; extensive real-life testimonials; interviews with executives and renowned experts + video and images available upon request.

About Nutrisystem

Having helped Americans lose millions of pounds over the last 40 years, Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) develops evidence-based programs for healthy weight management, and is the leading provider of home-delivered weight loss meal plans. Nutrisystem offers balanced nutrition in the form of low glycemic index meal plans designed for men and women, including seniors, vegetarians and the Nutrisystem® D® program for people with diabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes. Nutrisystem® plans include a wide variety of pantry and frozen entrees and snacks to aid in program satisfaction and adherence, as well as transition plans to support long-term success. The Fort Washington, PA-based company also provides weight management support and counseling by trained weight-loss coaches and registered dietitians, as well as through an engaged online community, online tools and trackers, mobile apps, cookbooks and more. Healthcare professionals may learn more about the programs by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/hcp. The Company has also introduced a new in-store retail line, Nutrisystem® Everyday ® products, comprised of nutritionally balanced bars, smoothies, bakery and breakfast items aimed at consumers who aspire to eat healthier.

About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll® and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers proprietary solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and communications research. Harris possesses expertise in a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing our client’s research investment. Serving clients in more than 196 countries and territories through our North American and European offices, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us – and our clients—stay ahead of what’s next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin BLT Sliders with Dijon Remoulade

At-home entertaining is a great way to bring friends and family together, but it can be challenging to find unique and inspiring dishes to serve up. Let flavorful, versatile pork come to the rescue as your entertaining hero.

Boneless pork loin is perfect for party dishes, as it can be roasted whole, cut into pork chops or stuffed with complementing ingredients. Put a casual spin on get-togethers and serve up Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin BLT Sliders, an easy-to-prepare favorite that will keep party-goers munching and mingling. The spice-infused pork loin adds a fun twist to a classic recipe and, paired with a Dijon remoulade, it’s guaranteed to spice up any soiree.

For more inspiration and party-perfect recipes, visit the National Pork Board at www.PorkBeInspired.com, www.Facebook.com/PorkBeInspired and www.Pinterest.com/PorkBeInspired. Also, be sure to follow @allaboutpork on Twitter for timely recipes and tips.

Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin BLT Sliders with Dijon Remoulade
Makes 24 slider, 12 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Contributors: Jenny Flake of Picky-Palate.com and Amanda Green Bottoms of KevinandAmanda.com
Dijon Remoulade
1 cup low-fat mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons dill pickle relish or finely chopped dill pickle
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin
1 2-pound boneless pork loin roast
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
24 dinner-sized rolls, such as Hawaiian or potato
2 cups packed baby arugula leaves
3 to 4 plum (Roma) tomatoes, cut into 24 rounds
12 bacon slices, cooked (see Note), each cut into quarters to make 48 pieces

To make the remoulade, mix the ingredients together in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Combine cumin, smoked paprika, thyme, salt and pepper together in small bowl. Rub all over the loin. Place on a rack in a small roasting pan. Roast for 10 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of roast registers 145ºF, 50 to 60 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Carve roast crosswise into thin slices. Divide the slices in to 24 portions.

Spread each roll with a generous tablespoon remoulade. Fill with equal amounts of pork and arugula, and top with a tomato round and 2 pieces of bacon. Serve warm.

Note: To cook bacon, arrange the slices in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375ºF oven until crisp, about 20 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Baby Beets and Greens Salad

Perfect for any season, Baby Beets and Greens Salad showcases earthy beets, tangy goat cheese and toasted nuts in bright, citrus-beet vinaigrette. Don’t be intimidated — it takes just a few minutes to prep and serve this show-stopper.

Beets are the star of the salad and the dressing. Using high-quality Aunt Nellie’s Baby Whole Pickled Beets saves time — they’re picked, pickled and packed at their perfect ripeness, so they retain their farm fresh flavor and high antioxidant profile. Simply add drained, bite-sized baby beets to salad greens and reserve the beet liquid for the salad dressing.

The combination of the tangy-sweet beets balanced by leafy greens serves as a base for mixing and matching various nuts and fruits. If almonds aren’t a favorite, get creative and coat the goat cheese rounds in chopped, toasted pecans or pistachios instead. For a little extra sweetness, dried apricots or other favorite dried fruits make fun salad toppers.

This flavorful dish is fancy enough for company, but can easily be enjoyed on a weeknight with grilled chicken or steak.

For additional recipes and serving suggestions using pickled beets visit www.auntnellies.com.

Baby Beets and Greens Salad
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Baby Whole Pickled Beets
2 tablespoons lemon, lime or orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon, lime or orange zest
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 package (about 10 ounces) mixed salad greens
1/2 cup dried apricot strips (1/4-inch wide)
Nut-Crusted Goat Cheese Rounds (instructions below)

1. Drain beets; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid in small bowl. For dressing, whisk together beet liquid, lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper, as desired, then whisk in oil.

2. Divide greens among 6 salad plates. Top with beets and apricot strips. Place 1 or 2 goat cheese rounds on each salad, as desired. Pass dressing.
Makes 6 servings.

Nut-Crusted Goat Cheese Rounds
Cut 6 (1/4-inch thick) rounds from one 4 to 6 ounce goat cheese log. Coat rounds with finely chopped toasted nuts (almonds, pecans or pistachios). Double if desired.

Nutrition information per serving with one goat cheese round (1/6 of recipe):
260 calories; 7 g protein; 18 g carbohydrate; 18 g fat; 260 mg sodium; 18 mg cholesterol; 3 g dietary fiber; 1 mg iron; 0.05 mg thiamin; 2054 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C.