How do you know that cauliflower is good for you? Why did you decide to start adding more beans to your meals or cooking with olive oil? In other words, where do you get your nutrition information? If you’re like most Americans…it’s from watching TV. After that, according to a survey by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, we pick up our food and health tidbits from magazines, the internet, newspapers, and doctors…in that order. (This latest data is from a couple of years ago, so maybe newspapers not so much anymore.) But how do those sources stack up in terms of accuracy? Continue Reading →
Seattle has a pretty hip food scene, which may be why the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) keeps showing up there. (Seattle also has a lot of hipsters. Coincidence?) Portland was my first experience with IFBC in 2012, but the conference is on a roll in Seattle for 2013-2015. I keep going back because I always learn something new, the eating opportunities are fantastic, and I can sort of justify the cost because it’s in my neck of the woods. (If you’re a history buff, you can read about my past IFBC adventures here.) Continue Reading →
Since I don’t have kids of my own, I probably shouldn’t give out too much advice about packing lunches; for children anyway. But on occasion I do pull together lunches for myself and the other adult in our family, and my new favorite tool is a bento box-style lunch container. Continue Reading →
I love to meal plan, but I think I’m in the minority on that one. And most of the time I enjoy strolling through the store loading my cart with groceries for the week. But, since most people consider these time-consuming, unfun chores, a handful of new companies have found a market: they’ll deliver a box to your door with everything you need to make a meal. Or several meals. Virtually all the measuring is done, you just have to do a little chopping and cooking and dinner’s on the table. Voila!
Snacking gets a bad rap. It seems to have a negative connotation, like you’re cheating somehow or breaking some rule about not eating between meals. It’s certainly not going to be a good habit if you use snack time as an excuse to munch on chips and candy bars. Each snack is an opportunity to make that day’s nutritional impact better or worse. When you choose wisely, snacks can add valuable nutrients to your daily intake, and more importantly, give you something to look forward to at 3:00 pm. Continue Reading →