5 cups of brewed tea next to piles of loose tea

November 22, 2017
by Kristine
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My 5 Favorite Teas (including 2 holiday teas)

I like a warm beverage any time of year, but especially as fall rolls in and the chill of winter makes itself at home. In the past decade or so I’ve joined the legions of coffee fans so I can always appreciate a cup of joe, but my heart really belongs to tea. Old dry leaves soaked in hot water is now part of my unalterable morning routine. Continue Reading →

Farmer's Fridge Salads

November 8, 2017
by Kristine
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Farmer’s Fridge: A Vegetarian’s Review

When 12,000 dietitians gather together for the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, let me tell you: food is on everyone’s mind. We’re thinking about food during the educational sessions (from a scientific perspective), while we’re strolling through the exhibitor hall (from a free sample perspective), and all the time in between (from a personal satiety perspective). This year the meeting was in Chicago, so there was no shortage of cool restaurants near and far to check out. So I was surprised and delighted to find myself eating breakfast from a vending machine in my hotel. Twice. Continue Reading →

Black background with 9 different breads laid out with calorie values

October 25, 2017
by Kristine
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Are All Breads, Buns, and Bagels the Same? How the Calories Compare

I’m beginning to think only dietitians look at the Nutrition Facts Label on food packages. (It’s like leisurely reading for us. Soothing even.) The multitude of numbers can feel overwhelming to a mere mortal and many folks don’t even know which values are the most important to look at. You might be the exception, and if you are, well done! You’re using a tool designed to help you eat better, possibly gain or lose weight if that’s your goal, and potentially reduce your risk of chronic disease.

If you’re not someone who’s in the habit of flipping the package over to peruse the numerals, this post is for you. With a few tips and a handful of visual comparisons, I’m hoping to convince you that looking at labels is fascinating, practical, and worthwhile even; especially for staple foods you regularly keep stocked in your fridge and pantry. Continue Reading →

ClickList sign

October 11, 2017
by Kristine
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ClickList: A Vegetarian’s Review

I love grocery shopping. Or at least I can love it, when the conditions are right. But as I get older I find I’m having less and less patience with navigating clogged aisles and searching endlessly for products I can’t find. I can’t imagine what it’s like for you non-weirdo-food-obsessed people who don’t enjoy grocery stores in the first place.

That’s where ClickList steps in. I started seeing signs at my local Fred Meyer (Kroger) grocery store for ClickList, but I honestly didn’t know what it was. Then I started seeing people shopping alongside me with these strange multilevel carts stacked with what appear to be milk crates. Several months later, I realized my neighborhood grocery store offers a service wherein I select my items online and someone else wanders the store for me. Sounds just about perfect. Continue Reading →

A close up of 9 nutrition bar dough balls

September 13, 2017
by Kristine
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Unwrapp’d Nutrition Bar Dough: A Vegetarian’s Review

There is no shortage of nutrition bars on store shelves. According to Business Insider, as of 2015 there were over 1,000 to choose from with predictions of continued growth. What’s the appeal? Why have we as consumers decided to reach for bars on a regular basis to feed ourselves? It’s probably a variety of reasons like convenience, availability, and a hefty dose of marketing. If we can get 300 calories and a decent amount of fiber and protein in bar form, why would we cook a meal and deal with the shopping, prepping, and dirty dishes? Bars can be eaten one-handed so we can multi-task or exercise while we’re noshing, they have a long shelf life so we can stock up and stay nourished for a while, and they require no preparation except opening the wrapper. What could be better? Continue Reading →