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08-06 Back to School Necessities

Going off to School
The Top 5 Gift Items to Ensure a Healthy Start

by Dawn Weatherwax

We are approaching that time of the year where loved ones go off to school. For some, it is a first time experience and for others, it is getting back into the school routine. One thing that never changes is missing home cooked meals and the comforts of home. How can you help your loved ones nourish themselves properly? Here is a list of items that I believe would make great gifts or care packages!

  • Cuisinart Convection Oven Toaster/Broiler (#963449) - I like this product because it can do almost anything. You can toast bread, bake items and broil meat! It is compact and automatically shuts off after 4 hours if needed. $99.99 at Costco.
  • Jack LaLanne Stainless Steel Power Juicer (#108709) - This is an item that many do not think about. Many of our clients have a hard time getting their vegetables in. With a juicer you can mix fruits and vegetables for wonderful, nutritious drinks. Again an item that takes little space but is very useful. $87.99 at Costco.
  • George Foreman Grill (for 2 people) - If you decide not to get the Toaster/Broiler then this item is a must. Fast, small, efficient and no room for making excuses to eating poorly!
  • Crock Pot - A miniature crock pot is nice to cook things overnight. It also allows you to throw items together when you have little time. There are many cheap and healthy recipes for this device. Oatmeal, roasts, etc...
  • Microwave - I don't believe there is much to be said about this one.

BONUS - Mini Refrigerator #776963 - If you live in a dorm it is critical that you have a place to store food items; otherwise, the items above would not get used. $169.99 at Costco.

The Best Doctor is the Cook!™
It's Got Everything Picnic Salad

Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH
Macy's Culinary Professional
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  • 1/2 pound turkey bacon, sautéed, crumbled and drained
  • 1 pound cole slaw mix (use about 3/4 of the bag or more)
  • Couple cups or so of fresh or frozen, thawed corn, or 1 can Mexi-corn, drained
  • Several roasted red pepper strips, chopped (I used jarred)
  • Broccoli florets – a good 2 cups
  • Shredded carrots – a good 2 cups
  • 1 medium red onion, diced, or more to taste
  • 1 bell pepper, diced, green or yellow
  • 1 can chick peas, drained
  • Garnish: Dry roasted peanuts, honey or regular, chopped coarsely or left whole or sunflower seeds


  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Canola oil
  • 1/4 cup Splenda or sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 generous teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt or more to taste or use Lovage, a celery substitute herb (use about 1/4 cup and mince it real fine)
  • Pepper to taste

Mix salad ingredients together. Meanwhile, bring dressing ingredients just to a simmer until sugar dissolves. Let cool a bit and pour over salad. Mix well. Let cool before eating. Serves 12-15.

Why this recipe is good for you:

  • Cooking by color means using a rainbow of colors in your food. The brighter the color, the better the food is for you.
  • Cabbage and broccoli, members of the cruciferous vegetable family, have wonderful anti-oxidant qualities and can help prevent cancer. Healing power of these veggies includes lowering the risk of cataracts, preventing heart disease and birth defects.
  • Cider vinegar helps lower cholesterol
  • Nuts are a good kind of fat, full of fiber and protein
  • Onions are gentle healers, good for the heart
  • Chick peas are full of calcium, and beans help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and are chock full of protein and fiber, so they are great for the digestive system


"Before coming to Dawn and Sports Nutrition 2Go I already had a good understanding of the importance of nutrition in sports and its effect on performance. Although I was initially skeptical as to how much Dawn could help me, I soon realized that her personalization to the customer is unparalleled in the nutrition market.  Her unique blend of technology, products, and knowledge has led to major improvements in my health, nutrition, and athletic performance. I have gained 18lb of lean tissue since working with her."

David Buchberger

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