Nancy Copperman, RD

Director of Public Health Initiatives
Office of Community Health
North Shore-LIJ Health System
Assistant Professor of Population Health
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine


Recent Posts By: Nancy Copperman, RD

Summer Squash, Simply Made

So plentiful now, quick-growing summer squash come in many shapes and sizes. The most common are zucchini, yellow (straight-neck and crook-neck) and patty-pan. Summer squash are excellent sources of Vitamin C, potassium and phytochemicals. One cup contains fewer than 20 calories, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants… Read more »

Corn-Tomato Sauté for Meatless Monday

This dish features two fresh vegetables that are so plentiful this time of year: Corn has a bad rap for providing few nutritional benefits. In reality, corn provides nearly 10% of the recommended daily value of folate, thiamin, phosphorus, Vitamin C and magnesium, according to the USDA. Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate,… Read more »

Quinoa “Pasta” Recipe

This primavera quinoa “pasta” recipe boosts protein power by using the powerhouse seed as a base rather than traditional macaroni. A veggie assortment adds color and nutrition. Created by Anthony Volpe, a chef at Plainview Hospital, Quinoa Primavera works as a side dish or main course. Serving size: 8oz. Serves four. Per serving: 114 calories,… Read more »

Barbecue Star: Simple, Savory Cauli-Salad

Cauli-Salad is a satisfying side dish for an Independence Day barbecue. This alternative to potato and macaroni salad dishes up tang and texture without skimping on good-for-you nutrients. Domingo Martinez, a chef at the Orzac Center for Rehabilitation in Valley Stream, created the recipe. Cauliflower, a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, provides the bulk… posted in: Nutritiontags:


Vegetarian Chili Recipe Filled with Veggies and Flavor

As the Fourth of July approaches, it’s crucial to consider some healthy, meatless alternatives to offer at your weekend barbecues. With the smoky flavor of a traditional meat chili, this vegetarian chili recipe will also provide some important nutrients to keep the party energized for the nighttime festivities! With the variety of beans providing high… Read more »