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

Tajín Shakes Out the Salt

Tajín Shakes Out the Salt

If you know Mexican food – then you probably know Tajín. Tajín is made by the Mexican company of the same name, and it’s a spicy, tangy sprinkle on flavor additive known for its chili and lime combination. Tajín is a ubiquitous condiment in Mexico, available pretty much everywhere food is made, … 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

Fruits & Veggies Fight Childhood Constipation

Fruits & Veggies Fight Childhood Constipation

One of the many benefits of a high fiber diet is that – when combined with adequate fluid intake – fiber helps prevent against constipation. This apparently applies to children as well as adults. In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, researchers in Hong Kong found that primary … Read more

Gigantes – The Giant Greek Lima Bean Dish

Gigantes – The Giant Greek Lima Bean Dish

Most Americans know lima beans as the green – usually Fordhook – frozen variety found in our grocery stores. But the Greeks…they know lima beans! “Gigandes plaki” or “Gigantes” is a Greek dish meaning “giant lima beans” baked in a savory tomato sauce. Here’s a great recipe made from dried giant lima … Read more