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RadioMD – Which Way is Life

with Debra Grossano and host Jay Cardiello

Air date: 7/27/16

Healthy Food Choices


Some health tips seem like common sense, and they usually are.


For instance, cooking at home instead of eating out, opting for mustard instead of mayo, and choosing whole grain over plain white bread are fairly easy swaps and will keep you and your family members at their healthiest and their best.


Other swaps aren’t so easily discernible.  Did you know that you save on calories by switching to pistachios instead of almonds?


Debra Grossano, registered dietitian, joins host Jay Cardiello to discuss unique healthy food swaps and so much more in this fun segment that will leave you both educated and a little bit hungry for some healthy food goodness.


RadioMD – The Jay Cardiello Show

with Debra Grossano and host Jay Cardiello

Air date: 6/29/15

Smarter Food Swaps for Your Backyard Cookout


It’s finally summer and time to dust off your grill. Light up the coals and kick start the BBQ season.


However, you will be surprised that many of you are making some unhealthy choices when flipping your food, from fat-filled burgers to juicy, calorie-filled steak fries.


There’s hope still to keep you and your family looking your best this summer.
To help keep your beach body looking lean and stop you from over-indulging in unwanted calories, Debra Grossano, registered dietitian, joins Jay Cardiello as they cook up some healthy back-yard BBQ swaps.


RadioMD – The Jay Cardiello Show

with Debra Grossano and host Jay Cardiello

Air date: 6/22/15

Everyday Healthy Hacks


Cocoa for high blood pressure? A banana peel to remove a splinter?  These simple, yet effective tricks can make all the difference for your health.  Plenty of homemade remedies can be used to keep you mentally and physically healthy.


And, it’s all about being healthy, right?


Debra Grossano, registered dietitian, joins host Jay Cardiello to unveil a host of everyday healthy hacks and tips that help to heal everyday ailments.  These tricks can help alleviate everything from high blood pressure to the removal of a splinter.


RadioMD – The Jay Cardiello Show

with Debra Grossano and host Jay Cardiello

Air date: 6/1/15

Is Gluten-Free a Successful Way to Lose Weight?


From Lady Gaga to Miley Cyrus, the gluten-free diet has become the talk of Hollywood.

Is this fact or just the newest weight loss fad?


According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a gluten-free diet is “not” considered a weight loss program. However, many people are swearing by this diet in order to lose weight.
The bottom line is this: is going gluten-free healthy for you?
Registered Dietitian, Debra Grossano, joins host Jay Cardiello to provide some clarity on gluten and how you can determine if a gluten-free diet is healthy.


RadioMD – The Jay Cardiello Show

with Debra Grossano and host Jay Cardiello

Air date: 4/20/15

Label Lies & Lingo


With low-sugar, no-sugar, low-carb, all-natural, organic, gluten, baked and an array of other health claims on food packages and nutrition labels, healthy eating can be stressful and confusing.
But, it doesn’t have to be.


In this segment, fitness and wellness expert Jay Cardiello goes beyond the label to uncover what is really in the food you’re eating.


Cardiello welcomes guest Debra Grossano to help him expose the truth about these claims and why the FDA and many brands maybe pulling the wool over your eyes when it comes to what is on the label. Grossano specifically delves into the meaning of “organic,” as well as if Gluten-Free diets do anything for you at all.


Dietitian’s Diary – BERGEN Magazine

with Jackie Pollack

Publication date: 3/14

Eating healthy can be a challenge. Need help getting started? Browse Pollack’s daily food diary for a little inspiration.


Eating healthy can be a challenge. Busy lifestyles and long work hours make it tempting to opt for takeout instead of preparing nutritious, well-balanced meals. But don’t surrender! Just take it one healthy meal at a time. “No one eats perfectly 100 percent of the time,” says Jacqueline Pollack, M.S., R.D., a nutrition counselor at Riverfront Nutrition Associates, which has offices in Edgewater, Hackensack and Ramsey ( “Setting realistic goals for yourself will make the transition to a healthier lifestyle easier. It’s like training for a marathon. You need to walk before you can run.” Need help getting started? Browse Pollack’s daily food diary for a little inspiration.



  • 2/3 cup granola
  • 1 container 0% plain Greek yogurt

I love Greek yogurt in the morning because of its high calcium and protein content. The protein keeps my blood sugar stable and helps keep me full throughout the morning. And the granola provides fiber, ready energy to wake me up and a hint of sweetness.



  • 2 slices sprouted-grain bread
  • Tbs. almond butter
  • Tb. strawberry jelly
    (When strawberries are in season I slice up fresh strawberries instead.)
  • 1 banana

Sprouted-grain bread retains much more of its nutritional content than other breads. The active enzymes also encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut and provide lots of antioxidants. These breads also have a lower glycemic index, meaning they turn to sugar at a slower rate, thereby preventing blood-sugar highs and lows. The almond butter gives me my protein for the meal and is a great source of vitamin E and iron. A piece of fruit on the side is always a good idea; I usually choose bananas for their high potassium content and portability.


Afternoon Snacks:

  • 1 pineapple-flavored cottage cheese double
  • 1 apple

In the afternoon, I like a combination of carbohydrates and protein to keep me full and focused. Cottage cheese is an excellent source of calcium and protein. Because I’m always on the go, I like the cottage cheese and fruit combinations. Although they may have some added sugars, they are loaded with nutrition and are especially convenient for a busy work day. Later on in the afternoon, I like to have an apple because it is high in fiber and vitamin C— and very refreshing!



  • 1 whole wheat wrap
  • 6 oz. tilapia marinated with chopped cilantro,
    Tbs. olive oil, lime juice and black pepper
  • ½ avocado
  • homemade tomato salsa:
    chopped up tomatoes and red onion
  • shredded red cabbage
  • roasted asparagus with olive oil, garlic and paprika

Fish tacos are a quick and easy option after a long day at work. Tilapia, my source of lean protein, contains unsaturated fat as well as vitamin B12. I prepare it with olive oil, which is high in monounsaturated fat, and I use whole wheat wraps to make sure I’m getting my daily fiber. My homemade tomato salsa is great because of its lycopene content, which can help fight cancer. Avocado is not only delicious but also a terrific source of monounsaturated fat and potassium—and it’s fantastic for your skin and hair! The red cabbage is very high in anthocyanin polyphenols, which are great antioxidants and contain antiinflammatory properties. For an extra veggie, I add some roasted asparagus on the side, which is a good source of fiber, folate and antioxidants.


After-Dinner Snack:

  • 1 small piece dark chocolate and 4 oz. red wine

I have a sweet tooth, especially after dinner, and I satisfy this craving with a small piece of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and can help lower the risk of heart disease (of course, only when eaten in small quantities). My 4-ounce glass of red wine is a good choice because it contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that may help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. It’s important to note that these benefits disappear if you exceed the recommended daily amounts, which is why I stick to 4 ounces. (For men, it’s 8 ounces.)