Nutrition

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Just Raw: Almond Craze

    The almond is a perfect example of a food best eaten raw due to its nutritional benefits and the plethora of ways to eat this tiny pseudonut. Botanically speaking, almonds are considered seeds, not nuts—they come from the almond tree and are the seed of the drupe fruit. However they are commonly (though inaccurately) referred to as a nut.

    Nut or not, eat your almonds raw
  • Let’s Talk Spinach

    Anyone who has grown up with the cartoon Popeye has an image seared into their brain of Popeye defending Olive Oyl’s honor, his superhuman strength fueled by a can of spinach. While the cartoon’s nutritional depiction is, well, cartoonish, spinach is still a food your body desperately needs.

    I yam what I yam …

    Popeye’s secret weapon, working for your body
    By Amy Vergin
  • Enjoy Better Energy this Summer

    Summer brings us sunshine, longer days, vacations, and delicious fruits—so many things to welcome with open arms that can provide better energy.

    The essential foods and supplements
    By Ashley Koff, RD
  • A Recipe for a Healthy Sex Life

    There’s an old adage that, when it comes to sex, men are like a microwave and women are like a crockpot. The crock-pot analogy works insofar as it goes: a crock-pot takes a while to warm up and start cooking, whereas a microwave can get there in a minute flat.

    Eating to enhance the physiology of sex
    By Robert Fried, PhD