Dandelion Green Fettucini

Dandelion Green Fettucini

When Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food…” he may well have been talking about dandelion. Dandelion has been used in many traditional medicine systems as a remedy for liver, kidney, and spleen diseases. Today, dandelion gets a nod in its role as a diuretic or treatment … Read more

A Squash for All Seasons

A Squash for All Seasons

During the summers, when the sun is blazing and the temperature becomes unbearably hot, there is one excellent way to make it through, and that is by making yourself a refreshing glass of squash. Not many people are aware that there is a huge variety of squash that could be made, including … Read more

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cutting carbs with cauliflower is a great way to enjoy your favorite foods at a fraction of the calories. Carb lovers can cut calories by adding creamed cauliflower to mashed potatoes, and even riced cauliflower to flour for baking. But pizza crust? I had heard about cauliflower’s extender power when it came … Read more

5 a Day Could Save Your Life

5 a Day Could Save Your Life

Hot on the tail of news showing that Americans are living longer but not necessarily better lives, comes a large study from Sweden linking fruit and vegetable intake with overall mortality. The study, published in the August edition of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed over 71,000 Swedish adults for a period … Read more

Plant Eaters Live Longer

Plant Eaters Live Longer

A vegetarian diet may be good for your longevity. Or so says a new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The study looked at over 70,000 Seventh-Day Adventists over a period of 6 years and found that vegetarians (who ate seafood, dairy, and eggs) had a 12% lower chance of … Read more

Alexia Sweet Potato Fries

Alexia Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries tend to come with a health halo: because they’re made with sweet potatoes, people automatically think they’re healthier than white fried potatoes. With most sweet potato fries, that’s not the case. Deep frying any product, and then salting the heck out of it quickly reduces the food’s nutritional benefits. … Read more

Apples Atop Dirty Dozen List

Apples Atop Dirty Dozen List

Apples top the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) ninth annual “Dirty Dozen” list of the top 12 fruits and vegetables that show the highest levels of pesticides for 2013. It is EWG’s recommendation, that when possible, you should avoid conventionally (non-organic) versions of the dirty dozen, instead purchasing and consuming their organic counterparts. … Read more

Rock the Boat: Bring Kale Salad

Rock the Boat: Bring Kale Salad

Hot on the heels of Taco Bell pulling their ad chastising veggie-toting football-watching fans comes the Wall Street Journal’s 22 Super Bowl Party Rules. Rule 7. A good Super Bowl prank is to show up with big bowl of kale salad and yell, ‘WHO’S READY FOR SOME KALE SALAAAADDD!!!” Now, what’s ironic … Read more

Foodborne Burden

Foodborne Burden

A recent report from the CDC analyzed the sources of foodborne illness in the US from 1998-2008. Cited as one of the most comprehensive analyses of attributing illness to food, the results of this report might surprise you – namely because of the role that fresh produce plays. The researcher found that … Read more

12 Fabulous Fiber Finds

12 Fabulous Fiber Finds

Here are 12 fiber finds to check out: 1 – Pears – most fruits have 2-4 grams of fiber per serving, but a large pear clocks in at 7 grams. How to know when your pear is ready? “Check the neck” says USA Pears. 2 – Lentils – these powerful legumes are … Read more

Produce Pump-Ups

Produce Pump Ups

The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics offers the following ideas to get you packing your plate with nutrient-dense, lower calorie fruit and vegetable options: Begin with Breakfast Wake up to fruit; make a habit of adding fruit to your morning oatmeal, ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle Mix up a breakfast smoothie … Read more

Organic: Good, Not Great

Organic: Good, Not Great

While there certainly remains a number of convincing arguments for buying organic produce – you may be surprised to learn they don’t have to do with nutrition. A review article to be published in the forthcoming issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine found that organic fruits and vegetables do not contain … Read more

Finally: a Fiber Report Card

Finally: a Fiber Report Card

Nutrition screeners are a great way to obtain a quick snapshot of the adequacy of a particular person’s nutrient or dietary intake. They can be used in many settings: for weight loss, education, as part of a larger nutrition assessment, or just for fun to figure out how you stack up to … Read more

My Cruciferous Vegetables to Bear

My Cruciferous Vegetables to Bear

Just in time for Easter comes good news about cruciferous vegetables: women who consumed the most cruciferous vegetables were 62 percent less likely to die from breast cancer and 35 percent less likely to have a reappearance of the disease, when compared to those women who ate the least amount of cruciferous … Read more

Kids Now Need Cholesterol Screening

Kids Now Need Cholesterol Screening

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently endorsed the new National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) recommendation to begin screening children for high cholesterol as early as age 9. While the importance of early detection of cardiovascular disease – the number one killer of Americans – cannot be understated, these recommendations do … Read more

Holy Hominy

Holy Hominy

Hominy is a term not known to many. It is a food that is produced from dried maze (corn) kernel that has been treated with alkali. This process is known as nixtamalization. In Mexican cooking, Hominy is used to make masa, after it has been finely ground. Previously, it was said that … Read more