House Calls

SUM 2017

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THE FLAW: When trying to lose weight, people tend to overlook liquid calories, says Roper St. Francis affiliated dietitian Alexis Appel. For example, two cups of coffee with two tablespoons of fat-free creamer each (100 calories), a large half-sweet cup of iced tea (85), a 20-ounce bottle of sports drink (50), and a glass of red wine (125) total 360 calories. This Isle of Palms staple has been serving up seafood since 1997 and works with purveyors like Sweetbay Produce & Nursery and Abundant Seafood to offer fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Roper St. Francis affiliated dietitian Sarah Coulter recently enjoyed dinner there; here, she shares what she ordered and why: Knowing that traditional seafood eateries often serve up diet-busting fried fare, Coulter perused the menu online ahead of time. " I arrived with a healthy eating plan and stuck with it ," she says. "Planning kept me from being tempted by less nutritious offerings." The Boathouse crab cakes are heavy in blue lump crabmeat (which offers protein, vitamin B12, copper, and selenium) and light on less nutritious binder ingredients. They come sautéed, so Coulter requested that the chef use olive oil , which offers heart-healthy monounsaturated fats shown to help lower cholesterol. The crab cakes caught Coulter's eye because of the fresh corn salsa that's served on top . "It's a healthy, flavorful alternative to the mayonnaise-based sauces that often accompany seafood dishes." The entrée comes with two sides of choice. To adhere to the "Half Your Plate" concept endorsed by the USDA and the MyPlate meal-planning guide, she selected steamed asparagus and steamed broccoli . THE FIX: Aim to drink primarily water, eliminate beverages that contain added sugar, replace fruit juice for whole fruit, and, if you take cream with your coffee, read the nutrition label and diligently measure your portions. Remember that sugar-free or fat-free doesn't necessarily mean calorie-free. If you get bored with plain water, try making your own naturally flavored drink by adding fresh herbs and sliced fruit or veggies, like mint and cucumber, lemon and ginger, or basil and frozen blueberries. CONTRIBUTORS P H O T O G R A P H ( C R A B C A K E S ) B Y C A S S I D Y H U R T 16 { summer 2017 } h o u s e c a l l s eating well Over-consuming liquid calories DIET MISTAKE: Sarah Coulter, MS, RD, LD Alexis Appel, RD, LD L I S A L I V I N G S T O N local best bet The Boathouse Crab Cakes (with roasted corn salsa, steamed broccoli, and steamed asparagus) BOATHOUSE AT BREACH INLET 101 Palm Blvd.; (843) 886-8000, boathouserestaurants.com TIP: "I was too full for dessert, but before leaving the restaurant, I walked upstairs to the observation deck to enjoy the dusk, the breeze, and the panoramic scenes—a gentle reminder that not all indulgences are cuisine-related," says Coulter.

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