Healthy work snacks dried cherries, sweet peppers, hummus, tortilla chips

April 26, 2017
by Kristine
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Healthy Snacking at Work: Part 2

People eat what’s in front of them; most of the time anyway. If there’s a bag of potato chips on the counter at home we grab a handful, if there’s a box of donuts in the conference room at work we figure we deserve one, and if there is a basket of freshly baked bread provided at the Italian restaurant we empty it. For my last post I talked about a collection of snacks I recently added to my office, with hopes of offering healthy alternatives for hungry students and coworkers. Today I want to continue that theme by telling you about another way I put healthy food in front of people intentionally. Continue Reading →

Heirloom Huevos Rancheros

March 22, 2017
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Vancouver BC: Heirloom Restaurant

We are lucky to live so close to Vancouver BC. It’s just about an hour away and it affords a seemingly limitless supply of good vegetarian spots to eat. We’ve started going up so often, in fact, that we got ourselves Nexus passes. That means we can speed past the 45 minute back-up of cars to our own special, expedited lane that usually has a 30 second wait. It’s really glorious, I tell you. On a recent trip we found a new favorite place to dine: Heirloom Restaurant. We were so impressed we ate there twice, once for dinner and again the next morning for brunch. Continue Reading →

Finger food bento with tofu with carbohydrate

February 15, 2017
by Kristine
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How Much Carbohydrate is in My Lunch?

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 →