As I expected, I received quite a few emails related to my column in Sunday’s Seattle Times on the documentary “What the Health?” Rather than answer the emails individually, I’m turning them into this admittedly rather loooong blog post.
There are certain Mediterranean dishes that just scream “summer” and ratatouille is one of them, although honestly this dish will work any time of year, even if the staple ingredients—eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes—are not in season. I enjoy making a big batch that I can eat for days, especially when it’s too hot to want to cook every evening.
My latest On Nutrition column in The Seattle Times, “Coconut oil: It’s really not that good for you,” is my attempt to set the record straight on whether we should be eating coconut oil with abandon (hint: we shouldn’t). As a result, I received a number of questions via email regarding my suggestion in that column to use olive oil as a primary cooking fat.
I blogged about my recipe for rustic gazpacho when I first adopted it into my repertoire back in 2014. Much like ratatouille (more on this soon), it inexplicably fell out of favor after a few intense years. How fortuitous that I was re-inspired to make this fresh, lovely, easy soup as I was flipping through Nancy Harmon Jenkins “Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil” before giving a talk on the Mediterranean diet.
I have a handful of regular breakfast options in my rotation, but one of my favorites is what I call “Turkish Breakfast,” which is inspired by the hotel breakfast we had during our stay last year in Istanbul. It’s not only flavorful and satisfying, but quite nutritious!
I plan to write a much longer piece about olive oil for The Seattle Times in a few months, but I was so excited by what I learned about this healthful oil when I was at the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) a few weeks back that I wanted to offer a “highlight reel,” so to spea
M is for May, and also for Mediterranean, which might not be why May is Mediterranean Diet month, but if nothing else the alliteration is fun. The Mediterranean diet is one of my favorite ways to eat, and Oldways is one of my favorite resources for all things Mediterranean.
It’s always interesting watching reactions to my Seattle Times columns on social media and via email. My most recent column on whether alcohol is healthful got a lot of mentions on social media, but it also got pushback from some clear wine aficionados, as well as a number of comments that suggest that the commenter didn’t read my entire column.
Ask me what my favorite whole grain is, and my unhesitating answer will be, “Farro!” Not that quinoa, barley, oats or rices of various incarnations (brown, black, red, green, wild) don’t play a role in my kitchen, but farro is my true love, lending its appealing nutty chewiness to soups, pilafs, salads.
I though I had this year’s vegetable garden planned months ago. While I planned for my normal roster of greens (assorted lettuces, kale, swiss chard, mustard greens), I have become positively entranced by the notion of upping my greens game. As with many things in my life, a few books are to blame.
More of my interviews with David Ludwig, MD, PhD, author of Always Hungry (a book grounded in the science that will hopefully put to rest the mistakes and misinformation of the low-fat era) and his wife, Chef Dawn Ludwig, who developed the easy, healthy, delicious recipes in the book.
I’ve had grains on the brain lately. I’ve long had a soft spot for hearty, nutritious whole grains (farro is my true grain love), but it’s been spurred on by the fabulous grain dishes I enjoyed last month at the Finding Common Ground conference, and by the latest cookbook I’m perusing from the library (and will likely be adding to my own collection, sigh), Ancient Grains for Modern Meals by Maria Speck.
A little behind the scenes look at the amazing gathering of nutrition scientists, medical experts, food systems experts and health/nutrition journalists (most them registered dietitians) who gathered in Boston on one chilly weekend to talk about Finding Common Ground among seemingly disparate nutritional philosophies.
Happy Friday! It’s official…Seattle had the hottest June on record, a record that was last broken in 1969. I do NOT want to see my water bill! I’m going camping this weekend (to the Oregon Coast, where it will blessedly be in the low-to-mid 70s) and I fully expect to have ripe tomatoes when I […]
Happy Friday everyone! I had an unplanned absence on Wednesday due to a crazy schedule (lots of patients + 2 speaking engagements) and now my immune system appears to be giving up the fight against the crud my husband has been home sick with all week (darn it), so this is going to be a quick […]
Happy Friday! I had a busy, crazy but awesome week, which means it went by like that (snap!). I’ve got lots to look forward to this weekend, like a holiday party, lunch with my mother, a trip to pick up our annual quarter-share of local grassfed beef from the butcher, an interesting movie to pop […]
This time of the year, as the weather grows cooler and the leaves start turning red and gold, I am happy to trade summer squash for winter squash, tender greens for denser kales and collards. Roasted chicken was on the menu Monday, and spent some time pondering what to have alongside it. As I mentally […]
Happy Monday! I’m still in the thick of things at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Atlanta. While I’ve been away, I had my latest “On Nutrition” column appear in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Don’t just count calories – eat the right ones.” Check it out if you haven’t already. On a […]
Happy Valentine’s Day! Odds are I’m thousands of miles up in the air as you’re reading this, heading to chilly Philadelphia (I almost said “chilly Philly” but just couldn’t…oh, wait, I just did) for a weekend getaway. Yeah, Philly in February, the day after a winter storm warning…we’re crazy like that. I’m actually quite excited. […]
Happy Halloween! Yesterday I talked about the science part of the American Institute for Cancer Research webinar, “Eating Patterns to Lower Cancer Risk: More than One Route to a Plant-Based Diet.” In the second part of the webinar, Sharon Palmer, RDN, brought the science to the dinner table by discussing indigenous, traditional diets from around the […]
I listened to a great webinar yesterday from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), “Eating Patterns to Lower Cancer Risk: More than One Route to a Plant-Based Diet.” AICR is one of the two not-for-profit organizations (the World Cancer Research Fund is the other), leading the way in understanding the complicated link between diet and […]
Happy Friday! I swear, we are enjoying eternal summer here in Seattle, which I would be enjoying more if I wasn’t ready for fall! Still this is payback for one missing summer (two years ago) and one partial summer (last year). And now…links! Today is National Celiac Awareness Day! If you’ve had symptoms that you […]
If you would like to know more about glycemic index and glycemic load, below are three of the best, most accessible (i.e., you don’t need to know how to read an original scientific article) sources I’ve found. You’ll get good basic information, plus ideas for incorporating a lower glycemic way of eating into your life, […]
Happy…Saturday. It’s a late links post this week, because I had a good-but-crazy week and my blog-post-writing time got snapped up by other deadline projects. I didn’t even get caught up on the week’s nutrition news myself until Friday morning! Here’s the best of what I read: The mechanisms by which cancer cells develop and […]
Happy Friday. Really happy, since it’s 70+ and sunny here in Seattle (I’m not thinking about the fact that it’s supposed to be mid-50s and rainy this weekend…good thing I have a lot of indoor projects planned…including pre-writing some blog posts, hopefully! Until then, here are some good nutrition-related links from the past week: I’m […]
Happy Friday! I had a busy week, what with orientation for my upcoming 10-week internship rotation at Harborview Medical Center, on top of everything else. But it went well, and I’m excited. I’m also excited about all the interesting nutrition news this week. Here are some highlights: Respect! In light of the recent study, published […]
You thought I was going to let National Heart Month slip by without saying anything about it, didn’t you. How silly. I’ll admit, it’s kind of down to the wire, but how could I not stand up and shout when yet another study is extolling the virtues of my beloved Mediterranean diet. The study, published […]
I know I’ve mentioned the Oldways website before, but it bears mentioning again. I love that site…love it! I wish I had more time to spend mining it’s amazing depth of nutrition resources. Everyone I know who’s discovered the site can’t stop raving about it. Most recently, my mentor, who found the “Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal with […]
Easiest (healthy) dinner ever: Cook enough pasta for two people (I used a hair over 3 ounces dry weight, although two servings would technically be 4 ounces based on the Nutrition Facts Panel). While pasta is cooking, drain and rinse a can of white beans, open a can of tuna (olive-oil packed, if you have […]
My most exciting piece of news in RDville is my placement for next term’s supervised practice experience hours! I’ll be at Harborview Medical Center, which was tied for my top pick. My other top pick was University of Washington Medical Center, but since I’m doing PE hours in an outpatient clinic there right now, I […]
I’m a fan of Mediterranean-style diets in general, and the Oldways website specifically (“Health Through Heritage”). Oldways has a great Mediterranean diet pyramid, as well as a ton of other resources on traditional diets. If I had more time, I could easily spend hours on their website. Seriously. Anyway, since I don’t have time to […]
Happy Friday. Are you ready for spring? I sure am! Sadly, I can’t influence the weather…but I here’s some interesting nutrition news from the last week or so: To say that inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is no fun is a massive understatement. It may not be a fun topic, and some people are quite embarrassed […]
So, what is fat, exactly? Fat as we know it in our food and in our blood is called a triglyceride. A triglyceride is made up of three fatty acid “tails” attached to a “backbone.” A triglyceride can have three of the same fatty acid, or it can have a mixture of fatty acids. A […]
Happy Friday! No links this week, because I spent most of this week off the grid, camping in a lovely place on the Washington coast where there was no e-mail, no electricity, no cell service, no 3G…and even no E. So, I have not exactly been keeping up on the latest in nutrition news. So […]
Since I try to eat seasonally as much as possible, there are certain foods and tastes that remain strongly linked to summer: Basil, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon. Picking a favorite is hard, but the scales do tend to tip toward basil, since whenever I eat it I think of Italy, which is on my long […]
Happy Friday! I’m back to my traditional links schedule, as my schedule is finally settling down into something close to routine. Lots of interesting nutrition news floating around this week, and here are some of my favorites: I’m a fan of quality “bar” products (meal-replacement bars, energy bars, granola bars), as long as they are […]
Happy Tuesday. I’ve been out of commission the last handful of days, and it’s NOT because I had too much fun while I was at my Las Vegas convention. I did have fun, but just the right amount. No, I had a ton of deadlines for various projects that came due last weekend, so that […]
I’m finally getting around to sharing one of the two great new recipes I made last weekend. What I loved about this recipe was its delicious simplicity. While I love an occasional cupcake or slice of cake with really good buttercream (read: not that cheap, grainy stuff made with shortening), I find that my taste […]
Greetings! I had intended to post a few recipes this weekend, but my cooking plans got all tossed out of whack while I was writing a position paper for my Nutrition and Chronic Disease class about why most people don’t need to avoid egg yolks. I had planned to do my tiny part to participate […]
If I had to shop every week for everything I eat in that week, I think I would go insane. Even in my perfect ideal world where I have lots of time to cook and plan meals in advance (a world I don’t currently inhabit, alas), I like being able to “shop” my pantry. It’s […]
Hey, did you know it’s Mediterranean Diet Month? I admit that I did not, until I got an e-mail about it from Oldways, a non-profit food and nutrition organization that promotes “heritage” diets. They saw my Mediterranean diet column in The Seattle Times and thought I’d be interested. And I am! Oldways is often known […]