Nutrition

  • Yum! Why Beef, Butter, and Eggs Are Back on the Menu

    If you’ve banished red meats and egg yolks from your diet for health reasons, there’s reason to rejoice. I think the notion that saturated fat and cholesterol are the demons in the diet is 100 percent wrong. When you look at the data, it’s very clear: Most of what we’ve been told about saturated fat and cholesterol is simply not so.

    A surprising list of the new health foods—and some to avoid
    By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, aka “The Rogue Nutritionist”
  • Fresh Herb Frittata

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    SERVES: 6

    9 eggs

    2 tablespoons heavy cream

    2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

    2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

    1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill

    1 teaspoon chopped fresh chervil

    2 tablespoons unsalted butter

    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Break open the eggs into a large mixing bowl, pour in the cream, and beat them together until loosely combined. Whisk in the herbs. Melt the butter in an ovenproof skillet over medium-low heat; when it froths, pour in the beaten eggs with cream and herbs. Let the eggs cook, undisturbed, for five minutes or until the bottom of the frittata is cooked through, but the top is still liquid. Transfer to the oven and bake for five minutes before serving. Source + image: The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther

  • Fiber First

    Most people know that the dietary choices we make play a huge role in heart health. Eating the right foods can dilate your arteries, reduce inflammation, prevent clotting, and promote circulation. What is less well known is the role of fiber in heart health.

    The unsung hero in heart health
    By Steven Masley, MD, FAHA, FAAFP, FACN, CNS
  • The Aztec Multivitamin

    Although it has been around, quite literally, since the dawn of time, it’s only within the last few millennia that some of our more enterprising ancestors decided to try out this blue-green algae as a foodstuff.

    Why spirulina may be the perfect whole food
    By Adam Swenson
  • The Changing Face of Omega-3s

    Fish oil has long been the king of omega-3s, but the field is changing. Omega-3s show up in a wide variety of foods and supplements originating from both plants and animals. They come in three varieties (each of which have their own merits), are an essential part of the membrane of each cell in the body, and help correct or prevent a long list of conditions.

    Why we need them and where to get them
    By Adam Swenson
  • A Million Years of Pistachios

    If you like pistachios you’re in good company: as in the Queen of Sheba, Israel (the man), Babylonian kings, Alexander the Great, and, more recently, the USA Water Polo team.

    A look at the health benefits of one of nature’s greatest nuts
    By Adam Swenson
  • Chokeberry

    Perhaps better known as aronia berries, these little gems have long been grown in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia and they are just catching on in the US. They have a host of health benefits like enhancing blood flow and lowering blood pressure; anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; and immune-boosting effects.

  • Island Creamy Fruit Salad

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    2 medium bananas, diced

    2 medium apples, diced

    1 lemon (juice of)

    1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained, juice reserved

    2 cups sliced strawberries

    2 cups grapes

    1/4 cup pecans, chopped

    1 (1 1/2 ounce) box sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix or 1 (1 1/2 ounce) box vegetarian sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix

    1/2 cup water

    Combine bananas, apples, and lemon juice in large mixing bowl. Toss until evenly coated. Add pineapple, strawberries, grapes, and pecans. In small mixing bowl, combine pudding mix, water, and pineapple juice with a wire whisk until smooth. Add pudding mixture to fruit. Mix gently until thoroughly coated. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Source: Chef Charles Mattocks

  • Superfood: Apples—Quite the Reputation

    If you thought you knew all there was to know about apples, you’re wrong. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, one bad apple spoils the bunch—while these clichés are true, they are only half the story.

    The mythology

    On apples, love, and health
    By Amy Vergin
  • Behold the Beet

    For some kids, eating a beet could be considered a form of torture. Maybe if they knew just how good beets are for you—or that astronauts on Apollo 18 served them to their Russian comrades in a traditional borscht meal—they would be more willing to let beets into their lives.

    Use this venerated vegetable to benefit your well-being
    By Amy Vergin