Tessa Stamper

20apr/11

Eating Healthy in a Hurry- Tessa’s Tips

Hi Everyone! My name is Tessa Stamper and I’m the chef and registered dietician at Noodles & Company. I’m back this month to talk with you about eating healthy in a hurry.

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to learn how you can eat healthy while managing your busy lifestyle. Here are some tips to get a jumpstart on swimsuit season…

 

Tessa Stamper, Noodles & Company Chef & Registered Dietician

1.) PORTION CONTROL—In my opinion, this is where you can get the biggest bang for your nutritional buck. Research shows that we tend to eat whatever food quantity is placed in front of us, regardless of how hungry or how big the portions really are. Are you a member of the Clean Plate Club? Try ordering smaller portion sizes when possible, or eat half and take the other half home. At Noodles, we have Small, Regular and Trio-sized portions. Order a small and you get an immediate 50% reduction in calories without sacrificing the flavors you love!

2.) CUSTOMIZATION – Do your best to frequent restaurants that will allow you to customize your dish, and ask for the more calorically dense foods to be left off the dish or order on the side (for example items like cheese, bacon, dressings, etc). This way you can control a large amount of calories in your favorite dish easily. We’re happy to customize your dish to meet your taste or dietary needs. Just let us know what we can do!

3.) BE AWARE – It’s important to know what you’re eating. Many restaurants have nutrition information available upon request or online to help you choose their healthiest items. You also can check out this information before heading to the restaurant so you can make your menu decision before you walk in the door. All of Noodles’ nutritional information and tools are available here.

4.) THINK FIBER – Fill up on whole grains and fruits and vegetables. These foods take longer to digest, so you’re not hungry as quickly afterwards and they are full of micronutrients and anti-oxidants. Many restaurants have whole grain substitutes, so be sure to check out what’s available. You can swap whole grain linguine for any noodle at Noodles & Company – just ask!

5.) KEEP ACTIVE – Go for a walk with your kids after dinner, or take a ride on your bike—just don’t head straight for the couch! A little exercise will go a long way to keep your appetite, and your waistline, in check!

15mar/11

Tessa’s Tips: March

Hi Everyone! My name is Tessa Stamper and I’m the chef at Noodles & Company. I’m back this month to talk with you about adding new twists to comfort food classics. Last month was all about pasta and eating heart healthy but now it’s time to talk about a little indulgence- after all its all about balance! Comfort food is all the rage in fine dining restaurants these days and macaroni and cheese is leading the way. Some of my favorite spins to this classic dish are below.

 

 

 

 

Noodles & Company Chef, Tessa Stamper

Louisiana-Style

Start with a classic bowl of macaroni and cheese. Give your favorite tomato sauce a kick by stirring in a Cajun spice mix. Toss in cooked andouille sausage and jumbo shrimp. Then top off the bowl with cheddar cheese, green onions and chopped tomatoes. If you’re looking to add even more heat your tomato mix, add a bit of Adobo sauce.

 

Kid-Friendly

Macaroni and cheese is a great vehicle to get kids to eat their veggies, and dinner time is even more fun when they get to be creative. Start with a classic bowl of mac. Ask your kids to help you place ½ to 1 cup of steamed broccoli (or your kid’s favorite vegetable) in a fun shape on top of the bowl. Don’t forget the famous quote, “veggies will make you big and strong!”

 

Fiesta

Start with a classic bowl of macaroni and cheese. Add ¼ cup of your favorite salsa and stir in cooked ground beef. If this meal is for a vegetarian, substitute the ground beef for black or pinto beans. Then top off the bowl with cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

 

Want to learn more about our new ‘grown up’ Mac & Cheese dishes? Check out this video to see how we added our own new twists to our Classic Mac and Cheese.  They are only available for the next few weeks, so come on in and let me know what you think.

 

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Check back next month for more tips from yours truly!

 

-Tessa

1mar/11

Introducing Grown Up Mac & Cheese: It’s not just for kids anymore…

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Check out this exclusive online interview with our chef, and to hear what people are saying about the three new Mac & Cheese dishes.

12jan/11

Tessa’s Tips

We’d like to introduce you to our chef and registered dietician, Tessa Stamper. Every month, Tessa will share her culinary and healthy eating tips with you right here. This month it’s all about reducing calories, but not reducing flavor.

Here are two of Tessa’s favorite calorie-conscious meals to help you keep your New Year’s resolution.

First up is the Bangkok Curry TRIO with sautéed shrimp and a tossed green side salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

This meal is both sweet and spicy with only 345 calories, along with a whopping 14 grams of protein. It’s heavy on the fresh veggies, and features a sweet coconut curry wok tossed with shrimp, broccoli, carrots, red pepper, onion, mushrooms and a light portion of rice noodles.

Or if you’re on the go, try something hand-held. The Med Sandwich is made with fresh vegetables and features sautéed mushrooms, red bell peppers, spinach, red onions and crunchy cucumber, all topped with our zippy Med dressing, cilantro and feta cheese on a warm flat bread. Order the sandwich as a ‘Duo’ and add a cucumber tomato salad on the side for a complete meal.

The Med Sandwich Duo with a Cucumber Tomato Salad will cost you only 420 calories and gives you 25 grams of protein.

If you want to see more flavorful and tasty options for around 400 calories, click here.