Healthy Good Carb Lifestyle Blogging
By: Nadja Piatka, CEO
On: April 16, 2020
It all started with an idea on how to bring joy to our neighborhood to help everyone get through the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
My husband Doug owns Sound Video Solutions, an audio-visual company and I am the CEO of Holista Foods which provides healthy low glycemic pasta to grocery stores and online. In March our lives and daily routines changed dramatically throughout the world.
All special events and group meetings were cancelled. My husband’s AV rental bookings were cancelled, and he was forced to lay off all his employees. As he walked around his deserted business and empty offices, he wondered how he could put his audio-visual equipment to good use. He had huge speakers sitting idle that were used for large events. He decided to bring them home, place them on our front porch and play a few songs every day for the neighbors who were sequestered in their homes.
By: Nadja Piatka, CEO
On: February 24, 2020
I have dieted all my life. Dieting and food have always consumed me starting in my early teens. I was constantly surrounded by food. My parents owned a grocery store and then opened a restaurant. I would put on an apron when I came home from school to help work in our family business helping myself to the constant abundance of food. My sister coped by becoming anorexic. I coped by binge eating and yoyo dieting. I tried every diet that I heard of while losing and gaining the same 30 pounds over and over. If decades of experience make one an expert, I can honestly say that I am a diet expert.
By: Nadja Piatka, CEO
On: January 15, 2020
Choose just 5 from the list below and you’ll be on your way to losing weight faster in 2020:
"Spike / Crash / Crave" High Glycemic Foods are one of the biggest contributors to weight gain. High GI foods spike your blood sugar and are stored in fat cells. After your blood sugar “spikes”, you then experience the drop or “crash” which makes you “crave” more of the same food. Studies show eating low glycemic meals increase satiety and decreases hunger.
Choose Low Glycemic Foods.
By: Nadja Piatka, CEO
On: November 25, 2019
Tis the season to indulge. FOOD glorious food, it’s everywhere. Do you just loosen your belt and give in to all the temptations? After all it is a time for friends, family and a lot of feasting.
According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American consumes 4,500 calories and 230 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s. There are at least five opportunities to overindulge in just two months. The holidays are centered on heaps of deliciously tempting dishes—not to mention the hours of drinking and snacking before the big meal
However, you can survive the season’s food marathon and avoid the dreaded January diet to try and lose those extra holiday pounds
By: Nadja Piatka, CEO
On: October 30, 2019
A cheese lovers delight! Just 5 ingredients are all you need to make this easy delicious vegetarian meal in less than 30 minutes.
If you’ve ever been to Buffalo NY you’ve probably heard of the local pasta obsession, Spaghetti Parm. The iconic dish, created at Chefs Restaurant, might be the city’s most famous pasta. It is Chef’s number one selling dish and a favorite of generations of Buffalonians who deem it a necessary part of family milestones.
By: The Holista Team
On: September 23, 2019
It has been a busy summer as we worked on our fresh new look and a second pasta style - Linguine! We were delighted to present our new brand and products on September 11 - 13 at Expo East in Baltimore and share in the excitement!
We thank everyone for all their support over the last 2 years as we grew into where we are today! Spreading our love of pasta and a good carb lifestyle every where we go!
The new Holista Spaghetti and Holista Linguine will be coming to stores in October!
Here is a glimpse of our last year together!
By: Nadja Piatka, CEO
On: August 1, 2019
Here's a fun way to make dinner. This easy summer BBQ Shrimp Noodles recipe is light, healthy and so delicious. A complete dinner in individual foil packets for easy clean up. You can also make them the day before. Just assemble and seal the packets and refrigerate them overnight.
When you are ready to eat, heat up the barbecue, relax with a cool chardonnay, and pop on the grill. Ready to enjoy in minutes!
On: July 20, 2019
Glycemic Index is a valuable tool to help manage blood sugar in the context of a healthy dietary pattern. This means appropriate portion sizes and pairing your Holista Pasta with other healthy, low GI foods. This will keep the glycemic load low to moderate, offering a host of benefits such as blood sugar control, decreased risk of insulin resistance, weight management, and sustained energy.
Use the MyPlate method to pair your Holista Pasta with these delicious healthy low glycemic foods!
On: June 15, 2019
Delicious diabetic friendly pasta everyone will love, made with all natural ingredients with added phytonutrient plant power. Whether you are managing diabetes, weight, or looking for sustained energy, what you eat matters! Holista Pasta has a certified low Glycemic Index of 38. Healthy dietary patterns with low glycemic foods helps control blood sugar, which is great for pre-diabetes, and diabetes management. It also keeps energy levels stable, which is great for anyone, especially athletes.
On: April 3, 2019
This recipe is quicker and less expensive than restaurant delivery or home meal kits. Saving time and money gives me more time to do what I love such as my favorite form of exercise, Pilates! I’m blessed to have found the best exercise for myself to stick to and to have discovered the benefits of a low glycemic diet. Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle have kept me living a full and active life as CEO of Holista Foods, a wife, mother, grandmother and survivor of Leukemia.
It’s never too late. I’m turning 70 this year and thanks to regular exercise and the Holista good carb lifestyle, I’ve never felt better!
On: January 15, 2019
The nutrition experts have convened, and the results are in for the top diet of 2019!
While I am not a big fan of the “D” word, many people want to know what the best diet is. As a registered dietitian, I like to focus on overall dietary patterns and lifestyle choices for improving or maintaining health, instead of a specific diet. This includes choosing nutrient dense foods that will keep your blood sugar stable, and promote health. For the many people out there that want an answer to the best diet question, you’re in luck! Every year, U.S. News’ annual rankings are done to do just that.
This year, 41 diets were analyzed and reviewed by nationally recognized experts in nutrition, diet, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and food psychology. These diets are ranked in 9 different categories; Best Diet Overall, Best Commercial Diets, Best weight-loss (both long term and short term), Best Diabetes Diet, Best Heart Healthy diet, and best diet for healthy eating.
On: December 19, 2018
December is a month filled with gatherings of friends and family, exchanging gifts, sharing meals, and all types of holiday cheer. Right? Keeping up on all of the errands, planning holiday parties, shopping, and decorating can be a challenge. For many people stress levels are elevated, and our intentions of a healthy eating pattern falls to the wayside. All of the beautifully decorated, precisely placed holiday treats make choosing healthy options even more difficult. This is why having something healthy and easy to prep on hand can be the difference between grabbing that fast food on the way home or heating up a healthy home cooked meal when you get there.
A nutrient dense way to satisfy your rich and creamy Alfredo sauce cravings.
On: November 29, 2018
If you love Alfredo sauce, or your family members do, this recipe is an absolute must try. It is a great way to get more vegetables in to your diet, and reap the health benefits while satisfying the cravings for rich and creamy Fettucini Alfredo. Especially great about this method of serving vegetables is that they are disguised, which is perfect for picky eaters. Picky eaters will enjoy this as well as those with a more refined palate! The roasted garlic adds a nice savory component, and you can even add flavored oils to the finished sauce to make variatios of this sauce. For example, if you like Truffle or mushrooms, you can add a drizzle to your finished dish or add it right in the blender. D’Olivio has some amazing flavors to choose from.
Swapping this sauce for traditional Alfredo will save you calories, saturated fat, sodium, and others while adding nutrients associated with heart health, cancer prevention and others. Also, the serving size of most Alfredo sauces is only ¼ cup, this recipe includes ½ cup serving size of sauce, so you can indulge in the creamy goodness without the guilt. Read More >
The Family and Diabetes
World Diabetes Day 2018 -19
On: November 12, 2018
World Diabetes Day is November 14th, and I will be taking part in a local campaign representing Holista Foods, and Nadja will be taking part in the campaign at an event in China. It is exciting to work with a food company that is doing their part in the fight against diabetes globally. World Diabetes Day (WDD) is a global campaign to raise awareness of diabetes and help advance the interests of those with, or at risk of diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization created WDD because of the growing health threat caused by diabetes.
On: October 1, 2018
Summer has slipped away, the leaves are changing and the air is becoming crisp. With a change of the leaves comes a change of the types of foods we like to enjoy. Personally, I enjoy baking, roasting and simmering soups more once fall has arrived. A warm, comforting meal is a great way to warm up not only your home but your self! Soup is one of my favorite things to enjoy this time of year. Not only is the Vietnamese noodle soup, Phở, comforting and warming, it is loaded with ingredients that can help ward off a cold. At the very least it will make you feel better while you are enjoying it..... Read More >
On: September 16, 2018
With the abundance of conflicting dietary advice about carbohydrates circulating the Internet it is no wonder more and more people are confused about carbs. Recently carbohydrates have been blamed for a number of ailments such as brain fog, fatigue, overweight/obesity, and high cholesterol just to name a few. The truth is, carbohydrates are delicious! Just kidding……sort of. Carbohydrates are one of our main sources of energy, and they provide many important nutrients for us, as well as the inhabitants of our gut (aka our microbiome). Carbohydrates are a complex macronutrient, and when simply labeled as “good” or “bad,” people are left wondering what to eat to promote or maintain their health. As a registered dietitian, and someone that has studied metabolism, I would like to clear up some of the confusion around carbs. Let's start with a brief introduction of what carbohydrates are....
On: September 9, 2018
Look out weekdays, Spaghetti is not only for Sundays anymore!
Summer is coming to an end, so take full advantage of the delicious bounty of fresh local produce still available to pair with your dinner. Tomatoes are thriving right now in Western New York, and basil is doing wonderful as well. This brings me to the perfect summer side made with basil, tomato and low glycemic index (GI) spaghetti. Holista Low GI spaghetti has a certified glycemic index of 38, which is low and therefore means it does not cause a rapid rise in blood glucose. Yay! You can think of the spaghetti as a "slow carb" meaning the carbohydrates are digested slower, therefore resulting a slower and lower rise in blood glucose. This spaghetti has a special blend of plant based ingredients that may help manage blood glucose, and it also provides phytonutrients.... Read More >