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Category Archives: Healthy Cooking & Eating

Spud Safety

December 2, 2015
Spud Safety
Potatoes are a vegetable – a white vegetable.  They are not a green vegetable.  In other words, if you see any green under the skin, you don’t want to eat it. It’s rare, but some potatoes develop a green tint. That color is caused by high levels of chlorophyll, which by itself is harmless....

Are Hikers Healthy Eaters?

July 16, 2015
Are Hikers Healthy Eaters?
Yesterday, my husband and I went on a hike to Little Mt. Si near North Bend, Washington.  It was a lovely day and fortunately, plenty of trees to keep us from getting roasted.  (Yes, even in Washington state we can get some warm weather!)  With an ascent of 1300 feet and a round trip of 5 miles,...

Don’t Store All Produce in the Refrigerator

May 7, 2015
Don’t Store All Produce in the Refrigerator
While we intuitively think that anything put in the refrigerator will last longer, you shouldn’t store certain produce in the refrigerator because it may lose a lot of flavor.  It can also lose its characteristic texture when doing so.  Here’s a quick guide to get the most out of your produce.   TOMATOES Always...

Strong Bones

December 2, 2014
Strong Bones
Nutrition Action Health Letter had an interesting article this month on bone health.  Bone health isn’t just for women to be concerned about.  Men can also get osteoporosis.  While genes play into the problem, what you eat and whether you exercise, smoke, or overdo alcohol are even more important...

What’s On Your Wish List for the Holidays?

November 25, 2014
What’s On Your Wish List for the Holidays?
Anyone who enjoys cooking or even wants to learn should consider adding some kitchen equiment to their wish list for thier holiday gifts.  I think a must have is a pressure cooker.  With time being so limited for many to get a meal on the table, a pressure cooker can speed up the cooking process often...

Become the Master of Meringues

November 24, 2014
Become the Master of Meringues
How many failed dishes have you made that required beaten egg whites?  Whether the frothy egg whites become part of the dish or splendidly sit on top, if you don’t beat them correctly, you’ll know immediately by the resulting dish.  Maybe your Angel Food cake didn’t rise like it should. ...

What Do YOU Think Will Be the Next New Food Trend?

November 21, 2014
What Do YOU Think Will Be the Next New Food Trend?
Do you ever wonder what transforms a food from just every day fare to a food trend?  David Sax, in his book, The Tastemakers, explores a number of foods and how they became part of the social consciousness. There’s cupcakes, a treat when we were kids and now a newly discovered treat for us as...

The Big Fat Surprise

October 28, 2014
The Big Fat Surprise
As much as my education and training wanted to deny anything Nina Teicholz said in her book, The Big Fat Surprise, I couldn’t. For some time now I’ve questioned the low-fat diet approach because the only option left for someone once fat has been eliminated is to increase carbohydrate intake....

Time Magazine article says “Eat Butter”. Really?

June 17, 2014
Time Magazine article says “Eat Butter”.  Really?
I’ve got to give credit to Bryan Walsh, author of the article, “Eat Butter”,  for such a catchy title.  It appeared in the June 23, 2014 issue of Time Magazine.  He did with that title what all articles should do —he got my attention.  As a dietitian, I was compelled to read on.  How, after...

Which Nuts are Best and Why

June 10, 2014
Which Nuts are Best and Why
Nuts are a powerhouse of a snack. They provide protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals. Satisfying and flavorful, almost everyone enjoys including nuts in their diet. With all of the news in the media about the benefits of nuts, many people wonder “which nuts are best and why.” Here are the facts....