This post is sponsored by Kraut Source, who kindly sent me a home fermentation kit to test out and review. As always, all opinions are my own.
Let me introduce you to my newest obsession — fermented vegetables. I am totally fascinated by the process of fermentation. The fact that bacteria can be used to preserve a food, and those bacteria are actually good for you is totally the craziest concept, and the coolest ever kitchen-science experiment.
When most of us think of fermented foods, we think beer, wine or yogurt – OK, well, at least I do. But there’s so much more out there – kimchi, kombucha, and even sauerkraut are all fermented foods, and it turns out that pretty much any vegetable can be fermented. The process of fermentation produces those gut-healthy bacteria known as probiotics. Yes, they really can help your GI system run a little smoother, but did you know probiotics can also boost your immune system, help your insulin to work better, and they may even be helpful for weight loss? I kid you not! Continue Reading..
Ahhh, iced-cold WATER. Just saying the word kind of cools you down, doesn’t it? And since we’re well into the dog days of summer, let’s talk about water and how much you really need. Somewhere along the way, it was pounded into our brains that we should drink about 8 cups, each day. I know plenty of people who get really worked up if they only make it to 7, and plenty more who think a cup is one of those 16-ounce tumblers.
So let’s clear up the confusion.
Thank you Kim Tessmer, RD for sending me a copy of Your Nutrition Solution to Inflammation!
When you hear the word inflammation, most people think of an injury – sprained ankle, torn muscle, lots of pain, swelling, redness, and bruising. While it’s not fun to go through, that temporary or acute type of inflammation is your body’s way of healing itself. We’ve all had it, and (hopefully) we’ve recovered, survived and learned to be a little bit more careful next time. In my case, that means moving the ladder closer to where I’m painting so I don’t have to reach – and fall… But that’s another story for another time. Continue Reading..
Have you ever visited any of the countries around the Mediterranean Sea? We’ve been fortunate to do a little bit of traveling to that part of the world, and next to the breathtaking scenery, the thing I enjoyed most about those vacations was the food. Never have I eaten so well – in terms of amazing, fresh flavor and ingredients, and good health. The Mediterranean Diet is full of fresh fruit and vegetables, flavorful grilled fish, local cheeses, legumes, olives, nuts, herbs, and of course lots of olive oil. Almost nothing is processed, deep fried, or contains preservatives, and meals are a time to relax and talk and spend time with friends and family, rather than eat on the run or in your car. Continue Reading..
Did you know that every bone in your body is constantly changing? Bones are made of cells that grow and die, just like every other tissue in your body, and every day, you lose some bone but then it’s replaced. When you’re young (until your 20s), your bones are doing lots of growing and strengthening, so you tend to gain more bone mass than you lose. But around the age of 30, everyone’s bones start to break down a bit more quickly, and new bone is replaced a bit more slowly. So if you’re a women who is over the age of 30, you need to show your bones some love every day to help maintain them. If you’re a postmenopausal woman, you REALLY need to pour on the love, because the process of breaking down bone density really accelerates, and the process of forming new bone slows down considerably after menopause. Continue Reading..
“I received free samples of California Dried Plums mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Dried Plum Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
Here’s a totally random tip for National Osteoporosis Month. Dried plums (AKA prunes) are really good for your bones. I’m sure you know all about the “other” benefits of prunes – or dried plums as they prefer to be called these days. Feeling a little bit constipated? Try some prune juice. Need a shot of fiber? Eat a few prunes… Yes, it’s true that prunes can help with that problem, but there are some new studies out that show that California Dried Dlums can also help to prevent osteoporosis by helping to increase bone density. Hmmm… Interesting, and kind of nice to know about for anyone who’s small boned, fair skinned, and at risk for bone loss. Yikes! That’s me! Continue Reading..
Spring is all about new, fresh starts. Mostly because half the world has been buried in cold and snow and hiding under layers. This year in particular, it’s been lots and lots of layers. Now, the reality that it’s time to start shedding sets in, and thoughts automatically turn to healthier eating and getting back in shape. The word detox is thrown around quite often, but detoxing, or purging the bad stuff so you can take in more of the good stuff isn’t as easy as just drinking some green juice.
Clean eating definitely helps get rid of lots of the bad stuff you may have been taking in all winter, and so does some good, regular exercise. For me though, detoxing my mind is always the hardest part. I get way too caught up in the troubles of the day, or week and thinking about tomorrow and where I want to be instead of where I am today. As a result, I forget to just live and notice and be grateful for the wonderful parts of today. When I work harder on it, I feel so much better. Cleaner almost. Continue Reading..
Happy Registered Dietitian day to all of my smart, fabulous, hard working RDN (registered dietitian nutritionist) friends and colleagues out there! How cool is it that we have our own day? RDNs work hard to educate the public about healthy eating, and present scientifically backed facts and advice about food and health. Our advice might not always be all sexy and mind blowing, but it’s sound and based on research, and that’s what sets apart from many other “nutritionists”. Continue Reading..
Have you ever been eating say… French fries, your favorite flavor of ice cream, a package of Oreos or tortilla chips and said (or just thought) OMG I am SO addicted to these… Now think, have you ever been eating baby carrots or a kale salad or cucumbers, and thought the same thing? Yeah. Me neither. Turns out, someone paid researchers at the University of Michigan to confirm what we all know is true. Highly processed and junk foods are more addictive than healthy foods. Continue Reading..
This is the time of year that most of us start to lose it. The days are still too short – at least for a few more weeks. The snow is piled up so high you can’t see around the corners. Ice storms mean you either take your life in your hands if you have to go out, or else you’re housebound. And I’m pretty sure that damn groundhog predicted another 6 weeks of winter. Again. Has anyone checked to make sure he doesn’t need glasses? Continue Reading..