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Roasted Radish and White Bean Salad

Roasting radishes brings out a sweetness you never knew existed! Pair them with white beans, fresh parsley, feta and a lemon vinaigrette for a healthy and delicious side dish.

One of the worst things, (for me) about writing a food blog is that I can almost never eat the same meal twice.  Really.  No matter how much I loved it – there’s always a new blog post to write, which means a new recipe to create.  On the other hand, one of the best things about writing a food blog is that it pushes me to always try something new.  New cuisines; new cooking methods; new ingredients.  So I had to smile when I read the theme for this month’s Recipe ReDux -“Show us how you’re cooking with something new (to you!) in 2016″. Continue Reading..

Two Things All Women Should Know About Breast Cancer

Two important things all women should work on to reduce their risk of breast cancer.

Two things. Sugar, and telomeres. Just before Christmas, a few studies came out with some important information for women.  Things were a little bit hectic, so I didn’t get a chance to mention them, but before I forget, here are two important things all women should know about breast cancer, from two recently released studies — that might help save your life. Continue Reading..

Is This Hot Dog Really Gonna Kill Me?

Does the recent World Health Organization announcement about meat mean you should kiss your hot dog goodbye?

The other day I was standing at the deli, waiting on my order of maple glazed turkey breast, when the man next to me asked if he thought deli turkey was one of the processed meats on the “Do Not Eat” list.  My response was, no way – turkey is totally fine – it’s those “processed meats” that are on the list.  But as I drove home, I started to wonder if I was right.  After all, isn’t pretty much everything from the deli processed?  The round shape of those turkey loaves and lack of fat or bones is kind of telling… Continue Reading..

Spicy Broccoli with Peanut Sauce

I’m wondering…. If you knew a food was really good for you, even had super powers, would you eat more of it?  I have a few favorite foods that I try to eat regularly because they are really good for me, but I wonder if I’m just weird like that because I’m a nutritionist, or do others do that?

One of the things I love best about my job is that I get to share what I learn about healthy food, and how to make it taste good so that you’ll eat it more often.  Broccoli is one of those foods.  I think we all know broccoli is a healthy vegetable, and many of us will eat it because it’s good for us.  But here’s the story on broccoli, and let me know if I can inspire you to eat it more often. Continue Reading..

Spices for Winter Wellness

You probably don’t think about it when you reach for a pinch of pepper, or a teaspoon of cinnamon, but the spices in your cabinet were once rare and treasured for their medicinal properties.

Today, it’s mostly chefs and foodies who treasure spices as a secret ingredient or a delicious way to enhance a recipe without adding extra salt, sugar or fat.  However, it seems that ancient medicine may have had it right, as scientists are rediscovering the powers of some of our favorite spices.  Adding an extra pinch or teaspoon of most spices provides a healthy dose of disease fighting antioxidants, and a major boost to the immune system.  Continue Reading..

Latest Research on Alcohol and Breast Cancer

Just as millions of students head back to college, comes word of an important research study that all female students should be aware of, before they head out to bars and dorm parties.  In a study just released in the August 28 Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have determined that there is a link between drinking alcohol in the years between adolescence and first full-term pregnancy, and increased risk of breast cancer. Continue Reading..

Counting Calcium- Roasted Red Pepper and Sun Dried Tomato Dip

I’ve been counting calcium milligrams lately.   Partly because it was my assignment for week 10 of the New American Plate Challenge, and partly because I recently found out I’m developing osteopenia, which means my bones are getting too thin.  I’m not really surprised about the thin bones.  Everything about me is pretty thin, including my bones.  I occasionally make jewelry, and I realized that I have the same sized wrist as a seven year old :(.  I’ve always been a small girl, can’t really help it.  Continue Reading..

Picture Perfect Portions – A New American Plate Challenge Update

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like summer lasts for 2 weeks and winter for 10 months?  I can’t believe it’s August already :(.  I was just starting to get used to the hot weather, and next week’s forecast is already calling for “fall like temperatures”, AND Target is already full of school supplies.   Summer is flying by as it does for me every year, and I need to savor every last minute of it.

Much like summer, my 12 week New American Plate (NAP) Challenge, is also flying by.  We’re already on week 11, so it’s time for a recap.  I’ve been posting about my experiences with each challenge to reduce my risk of cancer, all summer.  There is so much great information to share about the challenges the past few weeks, so I’m going to break weeks 9 and 10 into two posts. Continue Reading..

Fruited Iced Sun Tea and A New American Plate Challenge Update

If you follow my blog, then you know I’ve been working on the AICR’s New American Plate Challenge for the past two months.  It’s a twelve-week challenge to get your plate and your body in better shape, to reduce your risk of cancer.  The challenge goals for the past few weeks were to continue working on exercise, by picking up the intensity, and to work on limiting meat. Continue Reading..

Does Grilling Cause Cancer?

The 4th of July is right around the corner, which means grilling season is in full swing!  I love to use my grill all summer, and rarely turn on the oven from May until September.  So imagine my dismay when I found out that there is an increased risk of cancer from some types of grilled food.  Yup.  Is there anything in this world that is safe anymore? Continue Reading..

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