Sprouting A Healthy ‘08 Lifestyle

Diana Helfand
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Wednesday - January 02, 2008
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Shari Hussey was born and raised in Waimanalo and is the counter manager for Clinique Cosmetics at the Kailua Macy’s. She lives with her parents, Johnny and Paula Castillo, and has a great relationship with her in-laws, Roy and Nani Hussey, all Waimanalo residents.

Shari also has been a licensed massage therapist for the past 16 years, specializing in shiatsu, lomi lomi and Swedish massage.

She is especially proud of her son, Troy K. Hussey Jr., a sophomore at Kailua High School who is active in track and football.

In her spare time, Shari enjoys dancing, body surfing, lounging at the beach, listening to music and watching football.

This column is dedicated to her, a woman of varied interests that has made a great life for herself and her son.

OK, so you all went off your diets for the holidays! Now it’s time to get back on track with some healthier eating. Every little bit helps, so try these hints for getting back into shape for the New Year.

* Have a salad at the beginning of lunch or dinner; make sure to use a fat-free or low-fat dressing. This will fill you up with healthy veggies and help control your appetite for higher fat and calorie foods in the entre.

* Try a vegetable broth for a between-meal snack, or crunch on a juicy apple for a filling and pectin-rich treat.

* Just prior to meals have a handful of almonds or walnuts to give you some healthier and filling fat. Nuts are a good source of fatty acids that are beneficial to your heart. You will feel fuller and won’t be as eager to eat higher-fat foods in your meal.

* Eat smaller meals three times a day and have a healthy snack in between meals (while at work, snack on a piece of fruit or a few crackers with peanut butter). This also keeps your blood sugar at a more even level and will keep you from binge eating.

* Park farther away and get some more walking in. When at the mall, walk up and down the escalator a few times to get some extra exercise.

In addition to the healthy soybean sprouts, this salad contains sesame oil, which has a high concentration of omega-6 fatty acids.


* 4 cups water
* 1/2 pound soybean sprouts
* 1 tablespoon vinegar
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1 teaspoon sesame oil
* 1 teaspoon shoyu (may use low-sodium)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Boil water. Add bean sprouts. Cook till pliable but crisp, about one minute. Drain and rinse under cold water. In a small bowl, mix vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, shoyu and salt. Pour mixture over the bean sprouts. Gently mix. Marinate one hour in refrigerator before serving. Makes four servings.

Note: Nutrition analysis varies with shoyu used and salt added. This salad contains no cholesterol, and less than 2 grams of fat per serving.

(Diana Helfand, author of “Hawaii Light and Healthy” and “The Best of Heart-y Cooking,” has taught nutrition in the Kapiolani Community College culinary arts program.)

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