Last week, 20-or-so local dietitians gathered at Blue Ribbon Cooking School to learn how to cook Nordic cuisine with Siggi Hilmarsson, the man behind Siggi’s yogurt. The food was delicious and nutritious…just the way food should be!
You probably saw the news earlier this year that organic dairy and meat are healthier for you because they have a more beneficial fatty acid profile. Are the fatty acid profiles of organic milk and meat really thats different from their conventional counterparts…and how much of that difference is due to grass-feeding? Here’s what I found out.
I was asked recently why I don’t “preach” to people that they should eat organic food. My response is that I don’t “preach,” because nutrition is a science, not a religion. That said, there are some good reasons to buy organic, as well as good reasons why organic s not always better.
Happy Monday! If you live in or around Seattle, I would like to congratulate you on surviving yesterday’s hotter-than-predicted temperatures. I can’t believe that it almost got to 100. Things were a bit touch-and-go at my house for a while (read: we were both a bit crankypants). If you too were grumbling about the heat […]
Ah, the difference a year makes! At FNCE 2013, I had an unpleasant experience with a standard, highly sweetened Greek yogurt brand on the last day of the conference. This year, I had siggi’s to save me! Tuesday morning, I was running on caffeine and carbs, hastily grabbed on the way from my hotel to […]
Happy Monday! The sun is shining in Seattle, and if you haven’t read my On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Got milk? Many nutritious choices are dairy-free” then just link on over and check it out. With so many beverages being called “milk” these days (the most recent one I noticed is quinoa milk), […]
Happy Friday! I haven’t had a links post in a few weeks, despite bookmarking lots of links, so today’s post features 60 percent more links! In “Holiday Health: Tips on not fixing what isn’t broken,” David Katz gently reminds us that it’s how we eat day in and day out, not during the holiday season, […]
OK, so we’ve covered how eating a healthy diet is super important when you’re pregnant, or planning to become pregnant in the near future. I’ve talked about how a healthy pregnancy diet doesn’t look all that different than a healthy diet for non-pregnant people, except that: Pregnant women need eat enough extra nutritious food that […]
I had a question from a reader about Nancy’s Yogurt. I had mentioned that people should look for the “Live and Active Cultures” seal on their yogurt to make sure that the probiotic bacteria in the yogurt have not been killed by heat processing (if they aren’t alive when you eat them, they have no chance of improving your intestinal bacteria population).
Happy Bastille Day! Late links this week. Time got away from me! Do you regularly skip meals? Pay attention to what you eat when you next eat. A small-but-interesting study from Cornell University’s food lab found that people tend to turn to high-calorie foods (and not to nutrient-packed, low-calorie vegetables) when they finally get to […]
So, how do exactly do you befriend your bones? Ideally, you develop bone-healthy habits as young as possible, but there are steps you can take at any age. (This is one of the many cases of “the earlier the better” but “it’s never too late to try.”) We actively build bone until our 20s. Specifically, […]
Happy Sunday. I say that tongue-in-cheek, as I’ve been chained to my computer all weekend (midterms…what can you do?). Below I’m posting my original version of my On Nutrition column in today’s Seattle Times (not available online yet). I won’t always post my original, but I had to cut more than usual from it to […]
Zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. That’s how last week felt! My second term of grad school begain bright and early last Tuesday and all memories of Christmas vacation are just that…memories. That’s fine, though, because my current lineup of classes is already proving interesting and, yes, satisfyingly challenging. This is what will be taking […]
OK, I did a pretty interesting kitchen experiment last night for my Molecular Gastronomy class. Here’s what I did: Made three 4-ounce patties (one each) of extra-lean (less than 9% fat), lean (16% fat) and regular (20% fat) ground beef and pan-fried them (without added oil) until they were medium done (155 degrees internal temperature). […]
Farmers’ market at my door. Farmers’ market out-of-doors! Yesterday’s highlights definitely involved local food. After a week of vacation hiatus, my weekly produce box from Full Circle arrived on my doorstep bright and early (oh, how I missed it so!). Then, after work, I met Jeff at the Columbia City Farmers Market to pick up […]
I personally strive for optimal health, and nutrition is one of my top tools for getting there. That means I care a lot about what I do and do not put in my mouth. So while I’ve been a lifelong milk drinker, I’m currently a milk drinker only because I’ve recently done a lot of […]
Milk. For some people, it’s just one more item on their grocery list. For others, it’s a heated “food politics” issue. I, myself, stand somewhere in the middle. Should we drink milk? Let me start with the easy part: If you are allergic to milk, you should NOT drink it! Having a true milk allergy […]
OK, I’ll admit I like knowing where my food comes from as much as possible (particularly my meat, eggs and milk), but this clip from the IFC series “Portlandia” (which is set in Portland, Oregon) is so over the top…and freakin’ hilarious! And…I dare say it’s more true-to-life than you might think.
My mention of avoiding soymilk in the “Decisions, decisions” post last week raised some questions about milk drinking from a reader. “Anonymous” asked some good questions…ones I had been meaning to write about for months but have so far not gotten around to. I’ve touched on the milk issue several times (if you go to […]