Baking with Beans

by in Healthy Tips, March 12, 2016

Looking for a way to make your baked goods healthier and add extra nutrients to other everyday dishes? Then you’ll want to start keeping some pulse flours in your kitchen pantry. If you search online or in specialty grocery stores, you’ll find a wide array of flours made from pulses — like green pea, white bean, chickpea, fava bean and black bean. And more and more, you can find one or two varieties (chickpea being the most common) even at mainstream groceries.

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News Feed: Raw Milk’s Revenge, Ugly Produce and Fasting

by in Food News, March 11, 2016

Raw milk or raw luck?

Oh, the irony! Just weeks after passing legislation making it legal to drink raw milk in West Virginia — despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration that unpasteurized milk may “pose a serious health risk” — members of the state’s House of Delegates celebrated by drinking raw milk. Guess what happened? A bunch of the lawmakers fell ill. Some of the delegates, including some of those who drank the milk and the guy who distributed it to his colleagues, insist that one had nothing to do with the other, blaming the illnesses on a stomach bug that was going around. “There’s nobody up there that got sick off that milk,” Delegate Scott Cadle, who sponsored the legislation and shared the milk, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “It’s just bad timing, I guess.” The West Virginia Bureau of Public Health is investigating.

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7 Brilliant Ways to Replace Bread with Veggies

by in Healthy Recipes, March 11, 2016

Breadless Italian SubIt’s not that we don’t love you, bread, but sometimes we just need some space, OK? Cutting down on this carb (especially the white stuff) is often a quick way to lower a dish’s calorie count and likely reduce the sugar, too. But the best part is really that (hello!) veggies taste great. The flavors could totally transform your meal for the better, as we think they did in these recipes.

Breadless Italian Sub Sandwich (above)

This sandwich mimics the classic shape of its namesake by swapping a doughy hoagie roll for a couple of meaty, chubby portobello mushroom caps.
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5 Better Ways to Put Bacon on Everything — Comfort Food Feast

by in Healthy Recipes, March 10, 2016

There is perhaps no other food that inspires the same degree of fanaticism and controversy as bacon. From a near-cultlike following that’s led to the creation of bacon-themed apparel to the less-than-glowing WHO report from late last year warning that those who eat diets high in bacon and other processed meats might be elevating their cancer risk, it’s safe to say the crowd is split 50-50 between blind devotion and fearful skepticism. Where does that leave us when we’re trying to clean up our eating, but we also really want a comforting slice of bacon crumbled into our salad or sandwich?

Let’s work with the facts: Bacon is delicious, and while research has made a pretty strong connection between daily processed meat consumption and the possibility for illness down the road, dietitians have said that occasional bacon consumption is perfectly fine, especially when you buy “uncured” bacon.

Rather than using bacon as the centerpiece at mealtimes, we should be thinking of it as a garnish or topping — a small flavoring component, like an herb or spice. Careful with “topping,” though. We’re all intrigued by the notion of a bacon-lattice apple pie, but unless it’s Thanksgiving, it’s better to stick to the “in moderation” mantra.

Need a few examples? Try using bacon as …

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Is FODMAPs the Next Diet Trend?

by in Healthy Recipes, March 10, 2016

If you’re on the fad-diet bandwagon, you may have heard about the low-FODMAP diet. Some folks mistakenly think it’s a new way to lose weight. The low-FODMAP diet is actually used for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Research has shown that the diet can help alleviate symptoms associated with IBS such as gas, abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Here’s a more in-depth look to see if you could benefit from a low-FODMAP diet.

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The Health Benefits of Tart Cherries

by in Healthy Tips, March 9, 2016

I know you’re asking: How is March tart cherry month? Tart cherries are different than the sweet cherries that are in season during the warm summer months. These sweet-sour cherries aren’t eaten fresh; rather they are enjoyed year-round dried, frozen, canned and as concentrated juice. Research has also shown that these delicious cherries contain numerous health benefits.

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8 Foods That Are More Heart-Healthy Than You Think

by in Healthy Tips, March 8, 2016

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the United States. Encourage your loved ones to eat smart for their heart: Getting in more fruits and veggies is clearly a good choice, but these eight foods should be on your radar as well.

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The Healthier Side of Fast Food

by in Dining Out, March 7, 2016

Healthy fast food might seem like a complete contradiction, especially to a registered dietitian but there are a few places out there striving to do it right. Here are 6 joints aiming to clean up menus and change the trajectory of traditional fast food.

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Good or Bad: Seltzer

by in Is It Healthy?, March 6, 2016

Interested in staying hydrated with options beyond flat water? Effervescent seltzer may seem like a refreshingly healthy choice, but how healthy is it? Find out.

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Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

by in Healthy Recipes, March 5, 2016

When it comes to healthy eating, accessibility is key. Dinner choices are often rooted in convenience, so we need to make the healthy option an easy option. If the thought of putting dinner on the table seems too daunting on my car ride home, you’ll likely find me snagging pad Thai and drunken noodles from my favorite neighborhood Thai joint. Conversely, if I have dinner prepped and ready to go at home, I’m less likely to swing by a drive-thru. As a dietitian, I know that many of my clients have this same mindset. Therefore, my goal is always to simplify the healthy-cooking process.

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