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Archive for February, 2012

Recipe: Savory Wild Winter Rice (plus a cost analysis!)

This recipe demonstrates the affordability of healthy eating and the ease with which you can prepare a healthy and hearty meal.  This recipe combines a whole grain, protein, 3 different colored vegetables and healthy fats (oil).  Further, the seasonal ingredients used help keep the cost down but the flavor bold.  To make this a vegan […]

Recipe: Blueberry Grape Relish

I know that a mere 4 weeks ago I claimed to be “dying” for summer fruits.  Maybe I was a little overdramatic, but again, I’m dying for summer fruits!  The strawberries in the Strawberry-Chipotle Compote were satisfying but they only satisfied my craving for about a month. This week, I’m moving onto a different summer […]

Myth: Early morning exercise on an empty stomach burns the most fat.

TRUTH: Many myths stem from reality or are vaguely similar to some extreme version of the truth. Well, in this myth the truth is that you do, in fact burn more fat during exercise after fasting, even an overnight fast.  However, you know this statement isn’t true in its entirety or this would be a […]

An In Depth Look at Organic

The million dollar question: does organic really have more nutritional benefits than conventionally grown/raised food? Answer:  Yes, no or maybe so.  The term ‘organic’ is associated with a variety of popular terms these days.  The easiest way to answer this question is to address each food category separately.  So, here we go! Produce: Organic fruits […]

Recipe: Enoki Miso Soup

Miso is traditionally made by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji-mold; the fermentation results in a paste that can be used in marinades, sauces, salad dressings, soups, desserts, or any other kind of dish you can think of.  Adding miso improves the  flavor profile by adding dimension and meatiness.  The meatiness it creates is called umami, which is now […]

Recipe: Perfectly Roasted Squash Seeds

I am, like many other people interested in cooking, sustainability and conservatism, interested in using as much of my produce as I can.  Not only to decrease the amount of waste I produce, but also because I don’t want to throw away perfectly good food! Squash seeds (including, pumpkin, butternut, acorn, kabocha, et al) are […]

Myth: A raw food diet provides necessary enzymes that improve digestion

TRUTH: The evidence is clear that that fresh fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and fiber that many processed foods lack.  However, the simple act of properly cooking them doesn’t make them any less nutritious. Cooking fruits and vegetables can cause nutrient loss if they’re overcooked or cooked improperly (like Vitamin C).  On the other […]

Athletic Supplements: Worth it or Work Harder?

Dietary supplements are any substances intended to provide nutrients in addition to food.  They are mostly unregulated and often make unsubstantiated claims about improving performance and endurance capacity.  Usually, the claims made are generalized results and are sensationalized in the media. What You Need to Know: A product may claim to contain substances that are not included […]

Recipe: Raw Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo salsa (aka salsa verde) is very common in Mexican and Latin American cuisine – sometimes spicy, sometimes sweet.  Though they’re typically green, there’s also a purple variety that tastes very similar. Usually the best way to bring out the sweet flavor of tomatillos is by roasting them – but boiling is not uncommon either.  […]

Recipe: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Feast

Though I strongly feel that as far as holidays go, Valentine’s Day is as Hallmark as it gets, it’s impossible to ignore.  Many of you probably have romantic dining-out plans and others are probably attending some other anti-Valentine’s Day soiree.  For those of you who haven’t planned an elaborate celebration of love, here’s a delicious […]