Myth: To optimize cardio exercise, you need a carbohydrate supplement

TRUTH:  Research that looks at the ingestion of whole food carbohydrates is seriously lacking.  Now that the local, organic, and whole food industries are taking off, the research is quickly following.  There’s been a recent influx of information about using whole foods instead of sports drinks and chews (or goos).  However, two very important studies […]

Recipe: Minted Green Tea Yogurt Filled Raspberries

Anyone who’s ever had green tea ice cream knows that it’s an earthy flavor and with a little creamy sweetness, it becomes delicate and light.  I suggest using Matcha green tea because it’s finely ground and powdery. If you have large berries (or are using strawberries), use an egg carton to keep the berries upright.  […]

Recipe: Whole Fruit Pops

One of my biggest issues with summer desserts is that it is very often unhealthy.  Ice cream, gelato, sorbet with added sugar, fruit pies and cobblers, and chilled cheesecakes often top the list of sugary sweets.  Not necessary!  Making refreshing desserts doesn’t have to be highly caloric. Try using some creative molds to make these […]

Recipe: Spicy Plum Salsa

This salsa is great because it’s sweet and very colorful if you choose a variety of colored plums.  It’s can be served as a side salad, dip, or with grilled fish or chicken.   Spicy Plum Salsa Serves 6 6 plums, diced – yellow, red and purple 1 small cucumber, seeded and diced 3-4 dried […]

10 No-cook meals for hot summer days

Everyone is miserable in this heat.  Luckily, in NYC, we got a break this week and temperatures are (only) in the mid 80’s.  Last week, with temperatures in the high 90’s, many people were scrambling for easy and cool meals. Though the recipes below aren’t exact, experiment with the ingredients until you find a balanced […]

Recipe: Cooling Cherry Granita with Mint

For those of you who may not be experiencing this, we’re in a heat wave for the next few days in NYC.  Heat wave means sticking no-cook recipes and enjoying cold foods that cool me down.  Fresh cherries are in season right now, and they’re a perfect treat to cool down with. ‘Granita’ is an […]

Seasonal Jam Recipe: Apple Pie Jam

Not exactly seasonal but last harvest’s apples are at farmers markets – they might not be as crisp as they were, so using them for a cooked recipe is a great way to use ‘em.  Apple pie jam is a sweet spread best served cold and a great way to enjoy the flavors of apple […]

News Flash: Organic food customers are selfish and rude!

I’m about to blow your mind.  We’re jerks.  All of us (as a group), not as individuals.  How can I make such a terrible, blanket statement like that?  Well, I’m merely the messenger so don’t shoot me. A new study came out recently that our moral processing is related to our tastes and those also […]

Seasonal Jam Series: Gingered Rhubarb

For general jammin’ information, check out this post about water bath canning or this general guide to home canning. *Remember: you can always make jam and eat it right away (no canning necessary)! Gingered Rhubarb Jam Makes about 1 quart 8 cups chopped rhubarb, chopped 8 cups halved strawberries (you can use frozen if you […]

Guide to Jammin’ and Cannin’

Jams, chutneys, preserves – whatever you want to call them, they’re basically the same thing: some combination of fruits and vegetables that are cooked into a thicker, gel-like substance and are great as spreads, glazes, and fillings.  However, there are definitely a few things you need to know before embarking on this endeavor for the […]