Happy Friday! I’m down in lovely Portland, Oregon for three days of nutrition counseling workshops. I look forward to having a few great meals while I’m here, and Pok Pok is at the top of my list. I am practically salivating at the thought of their roasted game hen and green papaya salad.
- Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and one reason is that as the weather starts cooling down I can start roasting things in the oven again. Not just chicken and grass fed beef, but veggies, too. And roasted cauliflower is one of my favorites! I loved this Chicago Tribune article on “Coaxing Cauliflower.” So many great ideas for this underrated vegetable.Yum!
- I’m looking forward to attending the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in a few weeks, and one of the talks I’m particularly looking forward to “Is ‘eat less’ the best message” by Barbara Rolls and Ellie Krieger. Barbara Rolls is the nutrition scientist and author of the Volumetrics books. Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian and author of some great cookbooks, and she had a nice article in the Detroit Free Press this week on how “Bigger portions of the right foods can help dieters.”
- Why do we crave certain foods…sometimes even foods that don’t taste all that great? Is it because we are lacking a certain nutrient? Maybe not. The Wall Street Journal article “How to Fend Off a Food Craving” looks at some of the recent science behind why we want what we want right when we want it.
- Thinking about going vegan? Peruse this article on the pros and cons of a vegan diet: “Would We Be Healthier With A Vegan Diet?“
- The New York Times article “In ‘Obesity Paradox’ Thinner May Mean Sicker” touches on some areas I’ll be exploring in one of my workshops this weekend.
- Finally, I have a ton of tomatoes out in my backyard garden, and maybe you do, too. I made this Mediterranean Baked Feta with Tomatoes recipe from Smitten Kitchen last week and it was the BOMB! I used the oven method, not the grill method, but that would be fun to do, too.
I can’t believe I start my second-and-final year of grad school Monday. Whatever your plans are for Monday…have a great weekend!