The Chef’s Take: Chris Barnett’s Trash Vegetables from Stir Market

by in Chefs and Restaurants, Dining Out, January 7, 2015

Beet Salad
There was a time when carrot skins, radish greens and beet tops used to go straight from the cutting board to the trash bin. Then came the compost movement and all those vegetable scraps were destined for a future as fantastic fertilizer. Now comes chef Chris Barnett of Los Angeles’ Stir Market — a boutique California take on the classic European food-hall experience — who’s decided that one chef’s trash is indeed another’s treasure. Rather than toss his vegetable scraps in the garbage or compost bin, he uses them on his menu — think nose-to-tail cooking but with a carrot standing in for a pig.

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6 Reasons We Love White House Chef Sam Kass

by in Food News, January 6, 2015


At the end of last month, Sam Kass — White House chef, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy — stepped down. Thirty-four and recently married, Kass, who has played a pivotal role in first lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to encourage healthy eating and reduce childhood obesity, said that, while he loves the first family (they attended his wedding in August) and remains a staunch supporter of their work and mission, he is ready to join his wife, TV journalist Alex Wagner, in New York. “I have to put our future first,” Kass, who started as the Obamas’ personal chef in 2005, when the president was but a lowly freshman senator, told the Wall Street Journal.

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Smoothie of the Month: Kale, Avocado and Flax

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, January 6, 2015


If you’ve been following my smoothie posts over the last year, you may have realized that I’m not a fan of the typical green smoothie. Don’t get me wrong — I adore dark leafy greens but prefer them enjoyed in savory ways, not blended with sweet fruits and ice.

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Nutrition Tips That Will Last All Year Long

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, January 5, 2015


It’s January, so get ready to be inundated with the latest diets, plans and cleanses destined to capitalize on your health and fitness desires. Unfortunately, the long-term odds are not in your favor when following these regimens – research shows a significant percentage of people will ultimately see a loss (or regain, more accurately) of those results within a couple of years. Why are so many of us destined to fail before we start?
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How to Cook with Healthy Fat

by in Healthy Recipes, January 4, 2015


For years we were under the impression that fat was bad. But things aren’t always so black-and-white. There are different types of fat, some better for us than others. Here’s the lowdown on the better-for-you fats — olive oil, safflower oil, almond butter and more — and ways to incorporate them into your favorite dishes.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, January 2, 2015


In this week’s news: Fast food may make grades sink fast; there’s new evidence that resveratrol in red wine may carry ancient benefits; kids diet for the darnedest reasons (i.e., the best!).

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Fire Up Your Fitness Plan for 2015

by in Diets & Weight Loss, January 1, 2015

Fitness Goals
If you’ve vowed to start exercising this year, good for you. But you may have made that promise for the past few years (it’s okay, we’ve all done it!) and not exactly honored and obeyed that vow. Here are a few tips to help you stay committed to your resolution. Read more

A Toast to 2015 with Holiday Cocktails Good Enough to Eat

by in Healthy Holidays, December 31, 2014


It’s New Year’s Eve — and we can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than gathering friends and serving holiday cocktails that embrace the traditional flavors of the season. Heat things up by adding hints of warm cinnamon and spicy ginger along with your basic stash of spirits and mixers like bourbon, vodka, gin and bitters. Muddle in some fresh cranberries or twist in fragrant orange peel and you have yourself a refreshingly fruity holiday drink. We’re even blending up creamy, nut-based versions of eggnog and Irish cream to make this season even richer. Cheers and Happy New Year!

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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Avocados

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, December 30, 2014

Bobby Flay's Crunchy Avocado Salad
If your New Year’s resolutions have anything to do with eating better, you may want to start by loading your shopping cart with avocados. These super fruits are not only delicious, but they are also packed with nutritional and health benefits — to your heart, eyes and much more — that may surprise you.

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Legumes for Heart Health

by in Food News, Healthy Recipes, December 29, 2014


Beans, beans are good for your heart—and so are peas and lentils! A new study concluded that beans, peas and lentils can help lower your risk of heart disease. Here are some delightful legume-filled dishes to include in your healthy eating plan. Read more