by Amy Reiter in Food News & Trends, July 24, 2015
by Victoria Phillips in Cookbooks, October 16, 2011
Feel Good About Olives
Are olives a food you can feel good about eating? A panel of nutritionists and diet experts polled by Time magazine all say olives make a very healthy snack indeed. They point out that about four large olives have only about 20 calories, are nutritionally rich and contain about two grams of healthy monounsaturated fat, which benefits your heart, your brain and your belly. What’s more, olives are packed with antioxidants like biophenols, which keep bad cholesterol from building up in your artery walls. They’re also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, and aid in disease prevention. Plus, as a fermented food, they offer gut-friendly bacteria. One drawback: Because they are cured, olives may be high in salt, so the experts suggest you compensate by cutting out another salty snack. A small price to pay … Read more
Robin Mather, author of The Feast Nearby, lost both her marriage and her job during the same week in 2009. A food writer for more than 30 years, Mather retreated to a cottage in her native Michigan for solace.
“Everything had to change really fast,” she says. “I had no way to pay for what I was used to paying for.”
A proponent of eating locally, and sparked by this life change, Mather embarked on a year-long project to sustain herself on $40 a week. Not only did she end up sustaining herself, but she also put money back into the community by choosing to support local farmers instead of going to a chain grocery store.
Mather says it was important for her to convey in The Feast Nearby that eating locally isn’t just for the foodie-elite.
“If you can make five meals a week of locally produced food, you have already improved the situation in your community immeasurably,” she says.
Try some of Mather’s tips for working more local produce into your life. Your local farmers will thank you.