Once upon a time, beans had kind of a bad reputation. They were considered bland, mushy, tasteless, and pardon my bluntness – gas producing, budget food. Not the semi-tasty Ramen noodle kind of budget food that most of us lived on in college, and actually loved when we came rolling home from the bars, but the kind of budget food that you know you should eat to be healthy, but you just can’t force yourself to eat it… Wow – times have changed, haven’t they? Continue Reading..
I signed up to do the Go Plant-Power Challenge, and it started this week. It’s a two-week challenge to eat more of a plant-based diet, and I’ll share some of the tips, recipes and ideas I learn from nutritionist and author Sharon Palmer, RD. If you’re interested in doing it with me, just like the Go Plant-Power Facebook page, and you’ll get all of the information first hand. There’s also the chance to win some great prizes, so let’s jump on the bandwagon together!
Many people are afraid of plant-based or meatless diets, because they feel they will be too restrictive. I can’t tell you how many clients say “that’s never gonna fly with my family”. Well, the beauty of a plant-based diet is that it’s completely flexible. You just try to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains – all the stuff that’s good for you, and less meat. It’s not vegan, there’s no scouring the food labels for certain ingredients you have to avoid, you can eat dairy if you like, and really, if you’re craving some fish or chicken or even a burger, you can still have it. You just have to try to eat more plants. Continue Reading..
The USDA released new data this month, which shows that we’re eating more whole grain foods – 23.4% more between 2008 and 2010, which is great news. Looks like women ages 30-39 are leading the pack in terms of overall consumption, and greatest increase in whole grains (you go girls!). Their data also showed, however, that the amount of refined grains Americans are still eating hasn’t really changed, so there is still more work to do to get our diets in better shape and make half our grains whole. Continue Reading..
Does everyone know about wheat berries? I’m guessing not, because I’ve mentioned them to several people in the last few days, and all they gave me a blank stare. “Berries made from wheat? That can’t be good…” If that’s you, please write this one down on your grocery list, and promise you’ll try it! Continue Reading..
Wow! I’m already 5 weeks into the New American Plate Challenge, so it’s time for another update. The past two weeks have had me focused on eating more whole grains, and making each of my plates as colorful as possible. The goal for week 3 was to replace any refined (white) grains with whole grains like whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice or quinoa. Week 4 had me working on making rainbows– on my plate that is. The goal was to eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal, and try to hit all of the colors in a rainbow. Continue Reading..