11 Feb 2014
in Appetizers, food, health, science, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, brain, men's health, minerals, nutrition, nuts, omega-3, vitamin E, walnuts
Can you spot the walnut hiding among all these other tasty tree nuts?
Develop the jaw,
But walnuts, stewed,
Are more quietly chewed.
—with a gentle nod to Ogden Nash
I’m nuts for walnuts…
I lied, when I promised I’d stop waxing poetic about nuts. I forgot about the walnut, one of nature’s treasures! Carrying on with my nutty soliloquy, I present verse 4.
Crunchy or pureed, if we’re smart, walnuts will be found hiding on our plates in everything from soup to salads! I’m so impressed with walnuts’ healthy benefits, I hardly know where to begin… perhaps with the letter A. More
25 Jun 2013
in Appetizers, Desserts, food, health, recipes, Side dishes, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, bromelain, fruit, immunity, minerals, nutrition, pineapples, spices, vitamins
Pineapple wears a crown for a reason. It is royally healthy. In fact, it may be the healthiest fruit we can eat. More
26 Mar 2013
in Breakfast foods, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, stories
Tags: balanced meals, carbohydrates, Easter, eggs, family, humor, minerals, nutrition, presentation, protein, vegetables, vitamins
Humpty on the half-shell, with hard-boiled egg and beets on toast
“What experiments are we doing, today, Vinny?’ asks Will, poking his head into my basket of vegetables.
“So many ways to cook eggs for breakfast,” says Vinny with glee. “Today, we’re going to try three of them.” More
12 Mar 2013
in food, health, recipes, Salads, Side dishes
Tags: antioxidants, bones, eyes, fiber, heart, minerals, nutrition, omega 3 fatty acids, squash, vitamins
- Squash-o-copia: butternut, acorn, and ambercup
“Simple!” Dr. Mike says. “Roasted squash is a delicious, low-fat side dish. Enjoy it on my 17-day diet, once you’ve completed the first cycle.”
So I decided to give it a try. The roasted butternut was so good, my friend ate the skin! I suppose that’s one way to boost your fiber – but not one I’d really recommend :). Squash tastes wonderful with lean poultry or pork.
Tip: to make the squash easier to cut, More
19 Feb 2013
in Appetizers, Dips, food, health, recipes, Salads, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, beets, carbohydrates, chick peas, cumin, family, fiber, hummus recipes, minerals
Awhile back, we roasted up some tasty garbanzo beans to zap our good health with fiber and minerals. That bland little bean, which is part of the legume family… comes into its own, though, in the near Eastern dish known as hummus.
Let me introduce you to the Cinderella of the hummus crowd, a beet and garbanzo duo that knocks your slippers off! More
04 Sep 2012
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, science, Snacks
Tags: apples, avoiding sugar, baking, cake, carbohydrates, children, digestion, fiber, minerals, nutrition, Stevia, vitamins, weight control
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
This little rhyme is one of the first things kids learn about healthy eating. One of baby’s first solid foods is apple sauce. And as kids grow, they often choose apples as a favorite snack. But are apples really so good for us? More
01 Aug 2012
in Appetizers, food, health, recipes
Tags: children, escargots, fats, French, garlic, goat cheese, gourmet, herbs, meat, milk, minerals, nutrition, protein, snails, traditions, vitamins
Bon Appétit !
Escargot, if you don’t already know this, boys and girls, is French for snail. Many of the best restaurants offer escargots on their menus. They’re delicious!
I know one little girl who ordered escargots whenever she had a chance, which was most often when we were traveling in Quebec or France. She liked her snails with lots of garlic butter, washed down with chocolate milk. Servers shook their heads in wonder when she placed her order. More
13 Jun 2012
in food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: corn, fats, fiber, flavors, iron, maple syrup, minerals, nutella, nutrition, popcorn, protein, taste
Rain pounds against our skylight. We can hardly hear the movie above the noise, as Harry Potter and his friend Ron swap their Bertie Bott Every Flavor Beans. Toast, sardine, grass, and dirty-socks are all up for grabs. More
03 May 2012
in Breakfast foods, food, health, Main dishes, recipes, Soups, stories
Tags: antioxidants, blood, bones, broccoli, cancer, eggs, eyes, fast food, fiber, heart, immunity, minerals, nutrition, stir fry, vegetables
Brocky Lee’s Slaw fortifies a lunch-time soup
Brocky Lee is a fine fellow. He’s a member of a well-recognized vegetable family, the Cabbages. Many of Brocky’s famous cousins include such luminaries as Sir Cauliflower, Mr. Kale, the brothers Radish and Turnip, and the little Missies Brussels Sprouts and Arugula. More
27 Mar 2012
in food, health, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, cactus fruit, children, dragon fruit, fiber, fruit, minerals, nutrition, presentation, tasting, vitamins
Great bowls of fire!
There’s a strange new animal stalking the aisles of the produce section of our grocery store these days. It’s beautiful and a little dangerous looking… with long, scales tipped in green overlying a glossy, red, leathery skin. It’s almost as if it’s breathing flames at you… or getting ready to stab you with poison darts!
Oh No! It’s Dragon Fruit… Hide!
Of course it’s not an animal at all. It’s a delicious but sinisterly attractive food called the Dragon Fruit. I say ‘sinister’ because you do have to be a little careful. More
12 Mar 2012
in food, health, recipes, Salads
Tags: cancer, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, minerals, mood, protein, quinoa, seeds, vegetables, vitamins
Quinoa is the star of this dish, packed with the power of a whole crowd of superfoods… rock on!
We’re going to a party, and I offered to bring along something for the table. The request: a quinoa salad. “Quin-wha?” I asked. More
13 Feb 2012
in Breakfast foods, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes
Tags: carbohydrates, fiber, heart, minerals, potatoes, sugar, Valentine's day, vegetables, vitamins
Luv U… B mine?
Here’s a terrific treat for the family on a day that celebrates all things close to the heart! It’s terrific because this valentine doesn’t involve candy, but it tastes wonderful, anyway.
My mystery delight involves sweet potatoes. They release their sugar gently, taking their time, so you don’t suffer from sugar spikes associated with refined white sugar that is added to most sweets.
Sweet potatoes make healthy eating
The Centre for Science in the Public Interest ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition of all vegetables. It beat out white potatoes by more than 100 points!
Points were given for content of dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars and complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Points were deducted for fat content (especially saturated fat), sodium, cholesterol, added refined sugars and caffeine. The higher the score, the more nutritious the food.
Sweet potato ranked highest with a score of 184. Potato came in at 83.
26 Jan 2011
in Breakfast foods, food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: children, cranberries, dates, fiber, immunity, minerals, mood, nutrition, oats, yogurt
Dates and cranberries make a good pair. Orange horsey likes oats, too!
Dates and cranberries are best friends. These squares make a super healthy breakfast or snack choice, with fuel that lasts and nutrients that are sure to brighten your family’s mood. More
16 Jan 2011
in food, science
Tags: apples, chemistry, dates, fruit, leafy vegetables, meat, minerals, mood, nutrition, potatoes, vegetables
Roast turkey cheers us up for the holidays!
Which foods do you turn to when you need cheering up? Donuts, maybe? Better think again. More