Carbohydrates are often a vilified nutrient. Messages abound that carbs make you fat, low carb is the pathway to health, and eating carbohydrates is equivalent to eating straight sugar. On the contrary, many of the healthiest diets on the planet, like the Mediterranean diet or the DASH diet, are built on a firm foundation of carbohydrates, and the recommended Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges (AMDRs) set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine suggest that in fact the majority of our daily calories should come from carbohydrates. These recommended ranges give us targets for how all of our daily calories (or 100% of them) should be allocated to each of the three nutrients that give us calories: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Here’s how it shakes out: Continue Reading →
Are you someone who enjoys looking at data? How about crunching numbers or tracking trends? I get an immense amount of joy out it myself, which is partly why I became a dietitian. Food science and nutrition is all about numbers and I enjoy the orderly, informative nature of it. Continue Reading →
Calories matter, even if we don’t want them to. Foods give us energy; some foods a little more, and some a little less. It may sound trite, but it adds up. It really does. Nutrition is a numbers game and you can bet your body is keeping track even if you aren’t. Despite all the diet strategies out there describing nifty ways to gain or lose weight, I still believe it comes down to calories in and calories out. (Am I bumming you out? Making you feel glum? Why am I starting out this post with such a downer message? Nobody wants calories to count. Ever. And nobody needs reminding of this sad fact.) Continue Reading →
Another smoothie post. Are you kidding me? Let me explain.
I was looking at my WordPress dashboard this morning and noticed I’ve written 160 posts. That doesn’t seem like much for a blog turning 5 years old in a few weeks, but it does mean I’m going to start repeating myself at some point. I’ve definitely written about smoothies before, and smoothie delivery companies, and dinner kit services, but this post is a slightly new take on all three. Green Blender sends you a box full of fresh ingredients, just like the dinner kit services, only it’s for breakfast this time. You do a tiny bit of prep, blend it all up, and start sipping fruits and veggies in no time. Continue Reading →
I waited patiently while the clerk lifted each item out of my Trader Joe’s cart to wave across the scanner. As he reached for the crackers he asked, “Have you had these before?”
“No,” I replied.
“They’re really popular. I’m surprised we even have any. Usually when we get an order in, they get bought out immediately. People just sweep their arm across the shelf, dumping all the packages in their cart. And then we’re out again right away.”