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Popcorn for dinner again? Try these tips for solo meals

Wednesday, July 1 2015 2:14 PM
Categorized In Diet
    Do you remember the last time you cooked for a house full of people? What about the last time you cooked for two people? If cooking for one is the norm now, embrace the ease and freedom that comes with making whatever you want.   Not sure you know your way around the kitchen? Follow these tips from chef and author Marc Matsumoto, contributor to PBS’ Fresh Tastes recipe blog, and you’ll be eating like a pro.   &ldq… Read Article

Are organic foods really better for you?

Tuesday, June 17 2014 4:21 PM
Categorized In Diet
We often hear the terms “organic,” “locally grown,” “sustainable” and “natural,” but it can be difficult to understand exactly what these terms mean. The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) certifies organic food production, and only foods grown under certain conditions can be marketed as organic.   These certified organic foods are produced under certain conditions that are ecologically friendly, but research co… Read Article

Making smart meal choices

Friday, April 4 2014 4:06 PM
Categorized In Diet
The best way to a healthy, well-nourished body is through smart meal choices and regular exercise.   A healthy eating plan means choosing from a variety of foods packed with the nutrients you need while staying within your daily calorie needs. According to the American Dietetic Association, a healthy eating plan:   • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans… Read Article

Colorize Your Plate!

Thursday, November 8 2012 7:25 PM
Categorized In Diet
Red, yellow, purple, green… Just about any color you can think of can be found in nature. But what about on your dinner plate? The colors of fruits and vegetables have meaning. For example, red fruits offer a different array of nutrients than yellow vegetables. Eating a variety of colors means that you benefit from a broader range of nutrients, and that’s important to your well-being. The USDA’s Choose My Plate campaign recommends that fruits and vegetab… Read Article

The Buzz About Pink Slime

Tuesday, May 15 2012 3:04 PM
Categorized In Diet
Do you remember a time when news came from a more limited number of sources, such as the daily newspaper or Walter Cronkite? Not that any news source has ever been perfect, but these days it’s easier to get hit with news about a particular subject from a wide-range of sources and media, each with its own unique bias or angle. Stories can take on a life of their own, and you simply don’t know who to trust. For me, recent reports about “pink slime&r… Read Article

Should You Drink Less Soda?

Tuesday, March 6 2012 4:16 PM
Categorized In Diet
Is soda your drink of choice? It tastes good and delivers a quick jolt of caffeine and/or sugar to help you through the day. But as with many things that are quick and easy, there are downsides.As a dietitian, I recommend that if you do drink soda, you do it very moderately. There’s nothing wrong with an occasional soda, but it contributes more to your state of mind than to your physical health, especially if it’s a habit you’ve come to rely on. The America… Read Article

So You Ate Too Much Over the Holidays. Now What?

Tuesday, December 27 2011 9:38 PM
Categorized In Diet
Good food is part of many holiday traditions, but enjoying time with family and friends can often include eating too much. As you move into 2012, what resolution will you make? Perhaps you’ll resolve to eat better during the new year or lose the five pounds you gained in December. Whether you make it a resolution or not, you likely have room for improvement, and there is no better foundation than the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. According to the American Dietetic … Read Article

Drink Up!

Monday, November 21 2011 2:14 PM
Categorized In Diet
Dehydration is a dangerous condition at any age. Chronic dehydration can cause fever, gastritis, heartburn, arthritis, headaches, depression, weight problems, premature aging and organ failure, among other issues.The best way to avoid dehydration is to make sure you get enough fluid in your diet. As we age, we need to pay even closer attention to our hydration level for a number of reasons, including:  The percentage of body weight made up by water decreases as we ag… Read Article