Grantee Blog 2020

Summer Interns and Tasty New Recipes!

We love summer here in the Wellness Services Department at NBIMC because we are fortunate enough to host interns from Rutgers University on their way to becoming Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.  These students are full of energy, creativity and fun new ideas!  Our latest intern, Logan Stern, brought that energy to the kitchen with this tasty new recipe for our Hannah’s Kitchen students.  Here’s more from Logan about her Loaded Granola Recipe:

Whether you’re on the run or just in need of a quick and easy nutritious breakfast option or a snack to fulfill your sweet cravings, this Loaded Granola is naturally sweetened with silan (date honey) instead of adding sugar. Additionally, it is made with ingredients you know and love and are simply delicious.

Using oats in this recipe adds soluble fiber, also known as beta glucan, which can help keep children full by slowing down digestion. Eating oats can also help blunt blood sugars from spiking, which is beneficial for children and adults who have trouble controlling blood sugars.

This recipe also uses coconut, which has about 4 grams of fiber per one cup. However, it does contain saturated fats, so limiting the amount is important for overall heart health. Look for unsweetened, shredded coconut to further limit added sugars. One cup of coconut also has iron, which red blood cells need to carry oxygen, and zinc, which has a role in the immune function and aids in wound healing.

Silan, also known as date honey, is commonly found and used in middle eastern foods. It’s a great alternative for honey or maple syrup and is generally less expensive. It contains a variety of vitamins, from vitamin A, C, D and B vitamins, and minerals, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

Using sunflower butter, as opposed to nut butter, keeps this granola allergen-free, so it is generally safe to send to school. It’s full of plant-based protein and heart-healthy fats that also help keep you feeling full for longer. It also has vitamin E and magnesium.  

This Loaded Granola recipe is an easy, allergen-free, nutritious way of fulfilling your sweet tooth needs. Naturally sweetened with Silan, brimming with protein from the sunflower butter, and fiber from oats, you’ll feel energized with every bite.

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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center maintains its commitment to the health and well being of its community members with the Beth Greenhouse, weekly farmers market, food pantry and our community health and wellness center which continues to operate and several other wellness programs including virtual classes. For more information contact Molly Fallon Dixon at 973-926-7371 or