5 common sense tips about bacon (and nitrates)

Bacon -- nom, nom, nom.

Bacon is the Comeback Kid. Foodies are more excited about it than ever. Creative recipes sizzle all over web: chocolate-covered bacon, bacon ice cream, bacontinis, and more. Whether it is rebellion against chia seed or an unabashed reclamation of hedonism, eating bacon is IN. But how much SHOULD we eat if no bacon is truly “nitrate-free”?

Boo! Why Halloween candy doesn’t scare me

halloween candy

Halloween is an event where this kale-serving mother looks the other way, pretending she doesn’t see that red ring of high fructose corn syrup circling her son’s mouth. She figures his diet most of the year balances out these days of intense unhealthiness.

The cold lunch revolution: Better school lunches

brown bag lunch

Public school lunches have been the butt of jokes for generations. Upon closer inspection of the school cafeteria, however, we’re finding that mystery meat ain’t so funny anymore. As the second largest nutritional assistance program in the nation, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) [.pdf] should come under scrutiny. It serves over 30 million kids […]

What’s the big deal with farmer’s markets?

Lettuce at the Farmer's Market

Imagine a place where you can find all of the locally grown, fresh picked, organic produce that you could ever want. A place that has handcrafted clothing and jewelry, locally tapped maple syrup, eggs harvested from free range chickens that very morning, homemade ice cream, and soap made from natural ingredients. That’s a Farmer’s Market.

Why are health books written at such a high level?

Health books written at high grade level

Literacy skills are the strongest predictor of health status, more than age, income, employment status, education level or racial/ethnic group. Most adult Americans read at an 8th to 9th grade level, with 20% of us falling below a 5th grade level. So why do we write most health care materials above the 10th grade level?

3 “grab-n-go” snack ideas & 4 healthy snacking tips

healthy snacks

Healthy snacking is all about portions and planning. We all live busy lives, so having healthful food that is easy to eat on the run is a great way to make sure we have plenty of energy and plenty of time. And with summer coming up, healthy snacks can keep your diet in tact and make sure your bathing suit doesn’t revolt against you.

Quick lunch: Veggie nori wraps

eden spicy nori wraps

Looking for a quick, easy, “grab and go” type recipe? Eden’s Spicy Toasted Nori Strips aren’t just great for homemade sushi. They can be used in all kinds of snacks. Wrap up some cut-up cucumber, scallions, avocado and carrots in some nori strips and you’ve got yourself a tasty snack that will beat the pants of anything Subway could offer.

Start your own indoor garden with sprouted seeds

seeds sprouting

If you’re looking for a fun and quick way to introduce your children to growing their own food, sprouting seeds is a great place to start. It’s quick, cheap, extremely nutritious, clean (no dirt under the fingernails!), is arguably the most local food source EVER, and is super simple. If you can pour water into a cup, then you can sprout seeds.

Healthy homemade nori sushi roll recipe

Healthy homemade nori sushi roll recipe

This recipe from the book Crazy Sexy Diet is called “I Am Loved Nori Rolls”. It sounded so good that I decided to try it out with my kids. It was a big hit, with both kids eating at least one roll themselves, and asking me to make more. Making sushi at home is healthier and cheaper than going out to eat it and this recipe is a great place to start.

Are fruits and veggies the key to weight loss?

crazy fruit and vegetable diets

More people than not are all too familiar with the diet roller coaster. Crazy diets and food delivery services exist for any trend you can find, but can organic fruit and vegetable diets be just as crazy? Diets that encourage eating 2 pounds of bananas at a time would seem so…the difference is they might actually work.