Category: food for thought

Balsamic-Brown Butter Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Greens

What to Bring to a Backyard BBQ? It’s the first days of September and Labor Day weekend, and LA is going through a late-season heat wave with triple-digit record-shattering temperatures. It’s effecting the whole state, actually, with unheard of 95°F heat in a typically chilly foggy San Francisco! But I digress. The point is, it’s super hot just about everywhere in… Read more →

100-Calorie PB&J Fit Smoothie

I Can’t Believe I’m Into This I am the first to promote simple, uncomplicated food. Most of what I do involves wielding a chef’s knife and playing with fire and water to whip up meals. I don’t like food products that don’t look like real food. I don’t even really like energy bars, even if I can see the nuts… Read more →

How to Write a Nutrition Book in Less Than a Year Without Losing Your Mind

Are you a nutrition writer? Maybe you’ve written well-researched articles for health professionals as well as evidence-based but simplified consumer articles (read: no footnotes or heady explanations of methodology). And now you’re flirting with the idea of writing a book, but aren’t sure if you can do it? If you’re already a writer, the good news is that writing a… Read more →

10 Kitchen Essentials Culinary School Taught Me To Need

That was Then As a New York City transplant, I got used to preparing full meals in impossibly small kitchens with a minimum set of equipment. It became a point of pride – the things I could accomplish with little more than a chef’s knife. I am still a minimalist at heart, and cringe at excessive collections of one-use tools. But… This… Read more →

A New Way to Think About a Common Food: Bananas

Bananas are so common in the United States that it’s easy to forget they’re a tropical fruit. The yellow, crescent moon shaped Cavendish banana is America’s favorite. It’s a simple snack, works well added into breakfast (in hot and cold cereals, pancakes, on top of waffles), adds moisture and sweetness to baked breads and muffins, and finds its way into desserts,… Read more →

7 Myths About Cholesterol Debunked

When we talk about cholesterol, it’s usually in reference to blood cholesterol (vs. dietary cholesterol). It’s waxy, fatty and can be found in all of the body’s cells. The body uses cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D and bile acid, which helps break down fats. Cholesterol travels in the bloodstream in low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Too much… Read more →

7 Myths about Celebrating the Holidays with Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month. It’s also the start of the holiday season. Are you dreading the coming months of celebrations, wondering how you’ll manage the holidays and diabetes? Read on for 7 myths about celebrating the holidays with diabetes and tips to conquer these common misconceptions.   Myth 1: Having diabetes takes the joy out of holiday feasts It doesn’t have… Read more →

Q&A on Weight Management, Part II

In the second installment of a two-part guest blog on weight management for Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, I cover two areas many clients struggle with in their diets – snacking and eating breakfast daily. (In the first post, I answered questions about weight loss struggles, how to stay on track, and exercise for a busy lifestyle). Bell Institute: What are… Read more →

Q&A on Weight Management, Part I

Last week, the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition approached me about contributing a couple blog posts on weight management. They pulled questions from their Twitter community, and my responses will be posted this week and next. The first post went up today covering what people struggle with most and how to stay on track, along with recommendations on how to fit exercise… Read more →