Chef Adam Byrne’s Turkey Food Safety Tips

Turkey is the main event on Thanksgiving. Check out these professional tips to ensure a happy, healthy and safe holiday!

  1. Allow adequate time for proper defrosting of poultry. A 15-pound turkey takes approximately 3 days to thaw in a refrigerator; a 20-24 pound turkey takes 4-5 days.
  2. Frozen poultry should never be thawed at room temperature. Poultry is to be defrosted under refrigeration. After thawing, the inside and outside of the poultry should be washed in cold water and should be drained well. Wash and sanitize the sink after rinsing the poultry.
  3. It is critical that hands are washed thoroughly. Hands should be washed before preparation and frequently during handling and preparation of poultry. Hands should be washed for 20 seconds with warm, soapy water.
  4. Cleaning and sanitizing is key. All work surfaces, cutting boards, equipment and utensils should be cleaned and then sanitized before and after all preparation
  5. Cooking temperatures are very important. Poultry should be roasted at a minimum oven temperature of 325°F. Poultry must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. Correctly check the temperature by checking with a food thermometer (calibrated if necessary, depending on the thermometer) inserted in the thickest part of the thigh muscle AND the center of the breast without touching the bone.
  6. DO NOT STUFF THE BIRD! Dressing should be prepared and cooked separately. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.
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Mindful Eating for Kids

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The term mindfulness has been thrown around quite a bit lately in the health world, from psychology to exercise, and particularly when it comes to diet.

According to Psychology Today, mindfulness means a state of active, open attention on the present. We often focus on  coaching adults when it comes to techniques of mindful eating as it can help moderate overeating, but these tools can also be extremely useful with toddlers, school-age children and adolescents. Continue reading

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More Cooking, Better Health?

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Cooking is an essential part of life and has been for periods of human history. In fact, the “cooking hypothesis,” although controversial, is believed to explain why our ancestor, Homo erectus, emerged in our evolution with larger brains and smaller teeth than earlier species.1 Continue reading

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Learning from Olympians – Role Models for An Active Lifestyle and Proper Fueling

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We’ve heard the stories of all of the Olympic athletes that eat huge meals and still manage to stay in great shape. How do they do it? Continue reading

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Understanding Orthorexia

As a dietitian working with K-12 independent schools, it is my passion to share the value of healthy eating with students and our school community partners. Unfortunately, we do see eating disorders, as well as disordered eating (a wide range of abnormal eating behaviors, many of which are shared with diagnosed eating disorders) across age and gender in our student populations.

We have also seen the rise of a relatively new condition — orthorexia nervosa. While currently not recognized as a clinical diagnosis, like anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa), many people struggle with the symptoms associated with this term, as coined by Dr. Steven Bratman in 1996. Continue reading

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Increased education could help adolescents limit caffeine consumption: Negative outcomes of caffeine consumption could be curbed with more instruction, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Caffeine is the most available and widely used psychoactive substance in the world and is the only drug legally accessible and socially acceptable for consumption by children and adolescents. Some studies have shown that adolescents are the fastest-growing population of caffeine users, with 83.2 percent consuming caffeinated beverages regularly and at least 96 percent consuming them occasionally. With this in mind, researchers developed a study to determine attitudes and beliefs as well as factors influencing caffeinated beverage consumption among adolescents.

Source: Increased education could help adolescents limit caffeine consumption: Negative outcomes of caffeine consumption could be curbed with more instruction, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

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Eggs Increasingly in the Clear

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A new study is yet another piece of evidence that eggs are making a comeback. Continue reading

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