It’s Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Pie Spice Chia Pudding Tis the season for pumpkin – and for those who crave it, pumpkin pie spice.    When I’m tempted by a syrupy, pumpkin spice latte, I stir up a batch of this Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding. I get my pumpkin spice fix and a nutrient boost. Pumpkin spice not your […]

Preoccupied with Protein?

We chatter about fat and carbohydrate, but Americans are preoccupied with protein. It’s no surprise – protein is associated with positive outcomes like health, strength and performance (2). The word “protein” comes from the Greek “proteios” which means “first place.” (1). Plant protein is a hot sub-category of the protein craze, driven by interest in […]

Give Your Eggs Benedict a Healthy Twist with Avocado

Eggs Benedict with Avocado “Butter” Sauce Americans love avocados. The world loves them, too. Consumption is “off the charts” according to the World Avocado Association (1,2). U.S. avocado consumption has tripled since the early 2000s to 7.8 avocados per capita. We gobble up 75% of Mexico’s avocado production, the world’s top producer (3). The silky […]

What is Healthy?

Thai-Inspired Turkey in Lettuce Cups (Larb or Laab) I get lots of questions about foods and diets- many about what is “good” or ‘bad.” Are potatoes bad? Is a low-carb diet good? Is whole milk healthy? Can I drink diet soda? Most of the time my answer turns into a series of questions. What foods […]

A Loaf of Bread

Start 2019 with More Whole Grains and  Less Kitchen Waste January is time for fresh starts and circling back healthful practices that have slipped away after a month or two of merry-making. The gym is crowded.  One person I know is getting up early to start a 5-minute meditation routine. Another is hitting reset with […]

Love Lamb…or Not? The Answer is In the Fat

Boneless Leg of Lamb with Fig-Olive Vinaigrette Lamb is traditional at Easter meals, with symbolism linked to both Christian and pagan celebrations (Reference 1), but not everyone is a fan. On a recent Splendid Table Podcast (Reference 2) Lynn Rosetto Kasper stated that Americans consume 11 pounds of lamb compared to 65 pounds of beef […]

Chocolate Mousse for Just About Everyone

Chocolate Mousse Stress and eating often go hand-in-hand – and there are a lot of both during in the holiday season. What do people eat when stressed? Chocolate tops the list for many people.  It’s a popular celebration food, too, starring in cookies, desserts and gifts. There’s science behind the soothing effects.  Cocoa contains dopamine, […]

Earth and Ocean

Sea Scallops with Herbed Lentils, Champagne-Butter Sauce and Roasted Walnuts Many dishes are enhanced with contrast – elements of hot and cold, sweet and sour or bitter. A well-known example pairs foods from the land and sea- surf and turf, lobster and steak. My expression of a the land and sea idea came about when […]

Foods for Recovery

Recovery eating is a hot topic with athletes looking for an edge and recreational athletes who want to feel and perform their best.   Note: Recovery nutrition is most important for work-outs that are of high intensity, frequency and long duration.   It benefits competitive athletes, endurance cyclists, runners and those doing heavy weight lifting. Recreational […]

Farms, Food and Sustainability – The Tour Continues

  Salmon Braised in Red Wine with Greens, Crisped Prosciutto and Radish Crunch   The April, 2013 pre-conference tour for attendees of the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting continues to Willie Green’s organic farm in Monroe and on to Patterson Cellars in Woodinville.   April is a soggy month in the […]