Spinach Pesto Pasta as Green as the Season
Pesto Pasta

Nancy Horn, owner of Dish Cafe and Catering and writer for the RGJ’s “Dish it Up” series, asked Carson Tahoe Health’s Registered Dietician, Kim Mason, for a nutritional analysis of one of her favorite recipes. Go green with this delicious pesto pasta recipe, just in time for Earth Day!

Dish it Up Green Pasta – Ingredients
1 teaspoon kosher salt for the pasta, plus a couple pinches for the cooking water

6-8 ounces organic washed baby spinach

Handful of fresh basil, about 10 leaves

2 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and minced

4 ounces pine nuts, toasted in a dry pan (this takes just a minute)

1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground black pepper

High quality olive oil

1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (use a microplane grater), plus more for garnish

1 pound box dried angel hair pasta (I like Barilla brand, especially the high-protein version in the yellow box)

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the pinches of salt.

To a blender or food processor (or even a Magic Bullet), add spinach, basil, garlic, toasted pine nuts, the 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Ingredients’ volume will significantly decrease, so don’t worry about overstuffing you vessel. Slowly stream in olive oil as you blend or process, doing so until sauce is smooth and liquidy.

Once this consistency is achieved, stop blending and add cheese. Blend to incorporate fully, then taste. Add more salt and/or pepper and/or olive oil, as needed, and blend again. Heat large serving bowl (1 minute in microwave or fill with hot water a few minutes) and pour half the sauce into bottom of bowl.

Cook the angel hair about 3-4 minutes (do not walk away; angel hair pasta cooks quickly), tasting for doneness and texture. Remove pasta from the pot with tongs, leaving the pasta water in the pot, and transfer pasta to serving bowl.

Using tongs or wooden spoons, gently mix pasta with the sauce in the bottom of the bowl, adding more sauce, if you like. I used all of the sauce, which absorbed into the hot pasta. I also added a little pasta cooking water to make the sauce a bit more saucy and flavorful. Serve right away with more cheese and freshly ground pepper. Serves 6.

Nutrition information per serving: 312 calories (54 percent from fat, 14 percent from protein, 32 percent from carbohydrates); 11 g protein; 20 g total fat; 4 g saturated fat; 7 g monounsaturated fat; 27 g carbohydrates; 6 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 238 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 656 mg sodium; 10 mg cholesterol.

Nutrition analysis provided by Kim Mason, R.D., L.D., M.S., nutrition care manager, Carson Tahoe Health, Carson City



How to Choose the Best Sunscreen – 3 Tips to Keep in Mind

Did you know that one in five Americans develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime? It’s no secret that using sunscreen is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself, but did you know that not all sunscreens are created equal? When faced with all the choices out there, it can be hard to tell which sunscreen is best for you.

First, remember that there are two types of UV rays: UVA rays and UVB rays. Both of these UV types have been attributed to skin cancer and not all sunscreens will protect you from both rays. UVB rays are commonly known to cause sunburns while UVA are known to be responsible for wrinkles.

Tip 1 – Sun Protection Factor (SPF). Many people tend to choose the sunscreen with the highest SPF number. However, SPF refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen offers from UVB rays, not UVA rays.

A common myth about SPF is that a factor of 30 is twice as strong as one of 15. While SPF 15 filters out 93% of UVB, SPF 30 filters out 97%, only a slight improvement.

Tip 2 – Broad-spectrum or Multi-spectrum sunscreen. These sunscreens block out harmful UVB rays as well as UVA rays. If the sunscreen bottle doesn’t specify, here’s a list of ingredients to look for that protect against both UVA and UVB rays:
• ecamsule
• avobenzone
• oxybenzone
• titanium dioxide
• sulisobenzone
• zinc oxide

Tip 3 – Water and Sweat Resistance. “Water resistant” sunscreens have an SPF level that stays effective after 40 minutes in the water. “Very water resistant” means it holds after 80 minutes of swimming.

It’s important to use sunscreen year-round, not just during summer. In general, sunscreens protect your skin for about 2 hours, so remember to reapply it throughout the day.

How do you practice sun safety? Let us know in the comments below!

To find out more about how to protect yourself from skin cancer, go to CarsonTahoe.com/SkinCancer

What’s a Cancer Registrar & How are they Helping to Find a Cure?
Cancer Registrar Week

It’s National Cancer Registrar’s Week! Do you know what a cancer registrar is and why we should all take the time to honor them? Read on to find out why cancer registrars have one of the most important jobs in America.

We’ve all heard of cancer, and many of us have been touched by this nasty disease in one way or another. In fact, did you know cancer is the second leading cause of death among Americans? Fortunately, doctors, researchers, and public health officials are working to change this fact by improving cancer prevention and treatment, and ultimately finding a cure. The starting point for this important work is the cancer registrar.

Cancer registrars are healthcare professionals that collect, analyze, and report cancer data. Details on diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship are collected for every cancer patient in the U.S. (that’s a LOT of numbers!). Registrars work at hospitals, medical facilities, and central registries and the information they collect is reported to the state and federal government, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute.
Cancer is the only reportable chronic disease, allowing CDC to disseminate accurate national incidence data. By understanding the burden of cancer, public health organizations, including CDC, can create programs and interventions for prevention and early detection.
Celebrate National Cancer Registrar’s Week
Cancer registrars throughout the world are joining their colleagues, fellow medical professionals, and community leaders to observe the 18th annual National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW), April 7-11, 2014. The purpose of NCRW is to emphasize the important role cancer registrars play in capturing the data that informs cancer research, prevention, and treatment programs.“Quality cancer data is central to the nation’s fight against cancer, and cancer registrars are the first link in capturing that data,” notes NCRA president Shirley Jordan Seay, PhD, CTR. “National Cancer Registrars Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the pivotal role registrars play in creating the sound footing from which cancer care and treatment can advance.”This year’s theme — Steadfast in an Evolving Environment — was chosen to acknowledge how cancer registrars are committed to staying current in the rapidly changing worlds of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and management. Through continuing education, registrars ensure they are up-to-date on the medical and technological advances in order to provide the essential information needed by researchers, healthcare providers, and health officials to better monitor and improve cancer treatment, conduct research, and target cancer prevention and screening programs.
To learn about Cancer Registrars and other amazing staff at the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center, go to CarsonTahoe.com/CancerStaff
For more cancer related resources and information in Northern Nevada, go to CarsonTahoe.com/Cancer
Share a message honoring cancer registrars in the comments section below.

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