Well my friends, I have had a hard time giving up on summer but I must cave…
However, I will not retire my flip flops until December!!
The pick of the month for healthy eats is Gino’s. This place has so many healthy choices it was hard to narrow them down! The staff is also wonderful and FAST!!! Gino’s is a staple in Long Beach!
Appetizers to wet your palate!
Mozzarella Fresca. Marinated flame roasted peppers, sliced tomatoes and homemade mozzarella, with a touch of virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Great starter dish!! I love that they use extra virgin olive oil in their preparation! Much better heart healthy choice!!
Mussels Marinara or Fra Diavolo. fresh cultivated mussels, steamed and seasoned in our traditional garlic and herb plum tomato sauce. Mussels as an appetizer, despite their messy nature, are a delectable treat! Swimming in a flavorful sauce they can be a wonderful dish to “fill up” on so that you go light on the next course!
Portobello Mushrooms. Grilled Portobello mushrooms served with assorted vegetables and a touch of balsamic vinegarette. Portobello mushrooms are rich in potassium, essential amino acids, and vitamin B. They are low in calories and fat-free, but a great source of protein, which makes them a great choice for people watching their cholesterol intake or their waistline. (wisegeek)
Tossed House Salad. A great starter but watch the oils! Ask for dressing on the side and use sparingly or ask for oil and vinegar
Special Salad. A tasty combination of artichoke, hearts, string beans, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, marinated peppers, tomatoes, olives, lettuce and mozzarella. This salad is one of my favorites! Just add EVOO and you have a myriad of flavors that satisfy the palate!
Pasta Alla Nonna. Diced carrots, asparagus, roasted peppers and artichoke hearts in a white wine garlic plum tomato and basil sauce. Sweet peppers offer a big nutritional. They’re full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. Lovely dish, watch your portions though they are heaping here! Take 1/2 home!
Pollo E Spinaci. Tender breasts of chicken and sautéed spinach in a fresh garlic and virgin olive oil brodino, with a touch of diced tomatoes. If you eat chicken I am a huge proponent of organic chicken . If that does NOT matter to you try this dish. It has been tried by many and had tender ratings.
Ziti Con Broccoli. Fresh broccoli sautéed in a light garlic and virgin olive oil. Broccoli is an important cancer-fighting vegetable. Its impressive cancer-fighting power is due to two separate compounds, indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and sulforaphane. Both of these compounds get rid of cancer-causing substances. I3C works against hormone-induced cancers while sulforaphane boosts the production of cancer-blocking enzymes. (wisegeek) Eat your broccoli!
Pasta Pollo. Sautéed chicken breast with fresh plum tomatoes and broccoli florets, over penne. If you eat chicken I am a huge proponent of organic chicken, If that does NOT matter to you this dish is flavorful and plentiful!
Mama Theresa. 5 jumbo shrimp, marinated flame roasted peppers and asparagus in a light garlic and white wine sauce, with a touch of diced tomatoes, over linguini This is a wonderfully light dish with aromatic flavor! This dish is plentiful and you might even want to share a shrimp to cut back on your portions!
Shrimp Marinara. Sautéed shrimps in a garlic plum tomato sauce or fra diavolo. This dish is yummy & healthy!
The prices in Gino’s are very reasonable and the portions are large!! Buon Appetito!!
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Denise, who writes the Healthy Eats column, is going to take a break this summer and will be back this September. In the meantime, refer to her past articles which are always relevant when it comes to local healthy eating.
Nutrition Counselor Denise A. Wind, who writes the monthly Healthy Eats column, is running a Summer Cleanse Workshop in Long Beach . She wanted me to pass this along:
Do you want to:
Improve your immune system
Reduce unhealthy cravings
Improve seasonal allergies
Increase energy and mental focus
Beautify the skin
Balance your hormones
Slow the effects of aging
Denise A. Wind, CHHC
Summer Cleanse Workshop
an easy detox program that’s practical, effective, and food-based
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 or Friday June 26, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Location: 263 West Penn StreetLong Beach, NY11561 Investment in your health: $50. To Register: 516-897-6778 You will receive a detailed cleanse program and a 25-page workbook with all the recipes and resources needed to successfully follow a cleanse.
Each Month Different Restaurants and Eateries will be featured highlighting some healthy choices off their menus!!
George Martins Coastal Grill
40 East Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561
This restaurant has a great variety of healthy choices if you watch the add-ons!!
The Appetizer: Try their delicious Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail or Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. Two excellent healthy picks.
Salads: Hearts of Romaine or GM Chopped Salad. A salad is typically a good choice, but be aware that dressings and toppings like cheese and croutons can add fat and calories. The GM salad is REALLY good though!!!
Simply Coastal: Everything in their simply Coastal Section is a winner, broiled with lots of lemon…ask for little to NO butter or EVOO as an optional broiling method.
St. Peters Fish
Swordfish Lobster Tails
Entrée:A few really tasty dishes with excellent benefits!! I especially like to recommend the free range chicken. Free range is a method of farming husbandry where the animals are allowed to roam freely instead of being contained in any manner.
Roasted Free-Range Chicken (watch the crispy onions)
Cajun Blackened Red Snapper
Baked Potato.Try mustard on the baked potato instead of butter or sour cream. It’s delish!
Basmati Rice.Basmati is a variety of long grain rice, notable for its fragrance and delicate, nuanced flavour. Its name means “the fragrant one” in Sanskrit, but it can also mean “the soft rice.” Pakistan and India are the largest cultivators and exporters of this rice; it is primarily grown through paddy field farming in the Punjab region.
At the very bottom of the menu it states that vegetarian dishes are available Upon Request…I generally only order the salad and fish at Coastal…next time I will try the UPON REQUEST and see what come out!!! Will keep you posted! Please comment if you have ever ordered it before form here!!
by Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC Holistic Health Counselor www.denisewind.com 516-897-6778Each Month Different Long Beach Restaurants and Eateries will be featured highlighting some healthy choices off their menu’s!!
SUGO’S CHOPPED SALAD Savoy cabbage, provolone, roasted corn, tomato, champagne vinaigrette. This salad is great but you may want to ask for a simple EVOO and squeezed lemon to keep the added “stuff” out. It is great to always add many different types of greens to your diet. Savoy cabbage is an excellent addition. The more “colorful” a meal of veggies, the better.
POACHED PEAR & ARUGULA Cherries, pecorino, honey walnuts. Excellent choice but be careful to limit these inviting honey walnuts as they can pack a punch in added calories to your meal.
SEASONAL VEGETABLESConsider asking for these steamed.
SAUTÉED BROCCOLI RABEAsk to go light on the EVOO here. If it is drowning you will miss the benefits!! Broccoli Rabe is an EXCELLENT source of iron. One of the many health benefits of this vegetable is that it is rich in certain phytochemicals, including sulforaphane and indoles. These are chemicals which are proving to protect us against cancer.
TILAPIA LIVORNESE Capers, onions, olives, basil, tomato Nice choice! Tilapia have very low levels of mercury because it is a fast growing and short lived fish that mostly eats a vegetarian diet and therefore does not concentrate mercury found in prey.
GRILLED PORK CHOP/BABY BACK COMBO
Starch of the day, vegetable medley. You may want to skip the starch and ask for extra veggies to make this a healthier choice.
NORTH ATLANTIC SALMON
Risotto, seasonal vegetables, lemon beurre blanc. Consider ordering this broiled with a light coating of EVOO instead of the lemon beurre. You can always squeeze lots of fresh lemon on it when it is steaming hot served.
A salad is typically a good choice, but be aware that dressings and toppings like cheese and croutons can add fat and calories.
Any entree can be grilled, baked, broiled or steamed served with 2 side dishes. You may want to ask for just a dash of Olive Oil in the prep. Add some extra squeezed lemon to make it juicier and more flavorful.
Flounder, Sole, Tilapia, Halibut, Salmon, Tuna – Ahi, Sea Bass, Swordfish, Catfish,Scrod, Sea Scallop, Bay Scallop, Jumbo Shrimp, Catch of the Day.