Eat For Longevity

Costa Rican-Style Black Beans & Rice Can you eat your way to a longer life? Dan Buettner’s work over the past 20 or so years, studying and writing about Blue Zones™ (BZ), 5 places around the world with populations that enjoy especially long, healthy lives, suggests you can (1,2,3,4).   It’s not the only thing. […]

Trending Now – Less Sugar and More Plant Protein

Honeynut Squash with Black Lentils, Black Rice, Hazelnuts and Pomegranate Food and diet resolutions reign in January. Slashing added sugars and boosting plant protein are trending now. I address both in this recipe. If you like winter squash you’ll love honeynut squash. They look like baby butternut squash but are sweeter and roasting concentrates that […]

What does “Diet” Mean?

Indian-Spiced Shrimp En Papillote   This is an excerpt from a “Fresh Bites” guest blog posted January 11, 2013, I wrote for at the request of Senior Communications Director Judith Dern. is the  largest digital food brand in the world, averaging more than 30 million unique visitors each month and posting double-digit growth […]

Shopping for Whole Grains

My son recently called me from the grocery store with a question.  ”Hey Mom, what is the best source of whole grains –pasta, bread, cereal or brown rice?”  A fabulous question that is not easy to answer.   A college student, he explained that adding whole grain sources of carbohydrates to his diet made him feel […]

A Cup of Rice and…

Fried Rice   This week I had the pleasure of working with a group of Nutrition Assistants to develop culinary and food demonstration skills at the Seattle Culinary Academy.  These women have an important role in society.  They are first-line educators, whose job is to teach the women receiving food assistance [as part of the Special […]