Starbucks cup with purple contents

May 23, 2018
by Kristine
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6 Drinks This Dietitian Orders at Starbucks

I pick on Starbucks sometimes when I’m teaching my Nutrition 101 course. It’s easy to poke fun at their 430+ calorie muffins and scones. (That’s a reasonable amount of calories for breakfast…until you add a drink.) I use their Frappuccinos as an example of the shocking amount of “invisible” sugar in our beverages. (The Grande White Chocolate Creme flavor has 11 teaspoons added sugar, not to mention 400 calories.) We see the single teaspoon of sugar we add to our coffee or the drizzle of honey we stir into our tea, but it’s easy to forget about the rest of it when it’s added in by food manufacturers, restaurants, and coffee shops before we actually start sipping. And more sugar = more calories.  Continue Reading →

Bottle of green juice on a wooden table in front of a brick wall

April 25, 2018
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Vancouver BC: Melu Juice and Health Bar

Want to improve your odds of success for eating well? Find a place that serves only healthy food and you can’t go wrong. Take your pick of menu items. Anything your heart desires is fair game, and actually good for you. No guilt, no gluttony, no regret. Just one more meal on the books where you put the right stuff in your cake hole. I’ve got to tell you, it feels good. This was the case for me on a recent trip to Vancouver BC at a darling little spot called Melu Juice and Health Bar.

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Bottles of kombucha

April 11, 2018
by Kristine
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My Take on the 2018 Healthful Eating Trends Report from Allrecipes

A long time ago, back when I was regularly attending blogging conferences like IFBC as a newbie blogger I must have gotten myself on a mailing list. Or maybe it was when I visited Allrecipes headquarters in Seattle for a local bloggers event. I don’t have an accurate recollection. But whatever I signed up for, I like the result: about once or twice a year a trend report shows up in my inbox with lots of data about eating habits in the U.S., particularly for those folks that use the immensely popular site Allrecipes. Continue Reading →

Glass with ice and apple date vinegar with a small straw garnished with a star anise

March 28, 2018
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Bellingham: The Temple Bar

Mood lighting is nice, especially in a restaurant. Everything feels romantic, everybody looks their soft blurry-edged best, and the food appears to be starring in a film noir movie. But man it makes life difficult for food bloggers. We eat somewhere yummy, we try to capture the creatively crafted dishes with our cameras so we can pen a highly appetizing restaurant review post, but instead we end up with frisée with too much noise and cauliflower with the wrong white balance. (Or we get completely distracted and forget to take pictures at all because we’re concentrating too much on how the lighting is no good.) This is exactly what happened when we recently dined at The Temple Bar.

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