Category for nutrition

5 Reasons to Give up Coffee

Posted on November 11, 2014

I drink homemade Dandelion Root Coffee many times per week. Every time I happen to mention this, or post a photo of my morning joe on Instagram I get the same questions, “Why give up coffee? What’s wrong with coffee? Why do you use a coffee substitute?”

Of course, giving up coffee is not for everyone. It’s what works best for me and my nervous system. If coffee agrees with you I see no reason to give it up. But take […]

Is Store Bought Chicken Broth Unhealthy?

Posted on November 3, 2014

Around the holidays I’m frequently asked if there is a brand of store bought chicken broth that I use. Although I rarely purchased it, several years ago I would have said that anything organic would be fine on occasion. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for me anymore.

I now realize that even though it is labeled “organic” store bought chicken broth can contain one insidious ingredient. That would be yeast extract, aka MSG, or mono sodium glutamate. For people such as […]

Will the Healthiest Flour Please Stand Up?

Posted on July 19, 2012

Recently it was brought to my attention that I made a rather large factual error in my post Gluten Free is Not Healthy. You see, in this post I claimed:

Gluten free goods are generally made with ingredients such as rice, corn, potatoes, sorghum, tapioca and millet, which are higher in carbohydrates and lower in protein and other nutrients than wheat flour.

I apologize, as I did make a mistake in claiming that sorghum is not as healthy as wheat flour itself. […]

Gluten Free Is Not Healthy

Posted on July 11, 2012

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker. Hopefully, people have begun to realize that the gluten free diet is not a shortcut to health.

Gluten Free is not healthy? Blasphemy –you must think someone has hijacked my blog, but it’s true. Just because a food is gluten free does not mean it is healthy.

Sadly, the recent popularity of “gluten free” has many thinking that if they eliminate gluten, they are on a healthy diet.  As Michael Pollan wrote last year in the New York Times […]

Nutrition Information

Posted on December 14, 2011

I like to cook. This is a website about cooking. I’m not a nutritionist, nor have I ever pretended to be. I don’t like to count calories or other nutrition information for that matter. So imagine my surprise when I received this comment the other day:

Yes, we know you do not answer nutrition questions, but it would be helpful, useful, and simply kind if you would simply supply this information with the recipes you provide. Organic Valley egg nog has […]

Healthier Halloween Candy

Posted on October 25, 2011

If you find the ingredients in Halloween candy a little spooky, you may want to try making treats for your children this holiday. The recipes below for healthier Halloween candy are a great way to please palates in search of sweets this season.

Hospital Food

Posted on August 1, 2011

-photo from toyfoto on flickr

I was quite inspired yesterday when I saw an article in the New York Times about healthy hospital food.  Healthy hospital food?  Yes, this term need not be an oxymoron.

You may want to take a look at the entire article as it is filled with detail and solutions (on a small level, though it’s a start) to our national health crisis.  What health crisis?  One-third of Americans are diabetic or pre-diabetic which in the coming years […]

Licorice Root

Posted on February 17, 2011

-photo from brook a schneider on Flickr

It seems like everyone I know had a sore throat last week.  So I made a big pot of my favorite healing brew, Ginger Licorice Tea.

As I often do, I went on twitter, this time to chat about my fave tea for colds and sore throats.  While everyone was familiar with ginger, several folks told me they hadn’t ever heard of licorice root.  So here we go, I’ll tell you all about licorice root […]

Larkspur: Gluten Free Mountain Dining

Posted on December 28, 2010

-Pictured above, Larkspur Restaurant

I’ve been meaning to do a post about gluten free dining in Vail for eons.

And I could easily title this “Gluten Free Dining in Vail,” or give it some other similar such name, however, when it comes to dining gluten free in Vail, there is really only one “place” that I feel entirely at home and taken care of.  Where would that be?  Larkspur Restaurant, or, for that matter, any of the restaurants owned by Thomas Salamunovich.

Gluten-Free Halloween Treats

Posted on October 21, 2010

Looking for Halloween treats that won’t make your little ghosts and goblins frown?  So am I.  Hence, I’ve composed the lists below of gluten-free goodies.

This year, I’ve purchased organic (gluten-free) milk chocolate squares to hand out to the trick-or-treaters.  My children and I had a funny conversation about this at Whole Foods the other day while we were grocery shopping.  When they asked what we would be passing out for Halloween this year.  I told them, “organic milk chocolate.”

Their response?  […]

Healthy School Lunch

Posted on September 27, 2010

When Ali at Whole Life Kitchen told me she was hosting this month’s Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten-Free: Ideas for Packing a Healthy School Lunch, I knew I would want to participate in this blogging fête.  Healthy food for children is a passion of mine.  And I’m a big fan of Naomi Devlin’s blogging carnival, Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free!

The lunch that I have prepared for this blogging festival is simple and easy to make; a sandwich, fruit, veggie sticks […]

Napa Valley Restaurants

Posted on August 10, 2010

As I blogged about in yesterdays Grilled Portabella Mushrooms post, my husband and I just returned from a vacation in Napa where we had an amazing time.  After dropping the boys off at my parents house, then catching up on sleep for the first 3 days of our trip, we stepped out to some of the valley’s fabulous restaurants.

First we went to a restaurant in St. Helena called Press.  It was easy to get into and they handled the gluten […]

The Gluten Free Diet

Posted on June 29, 2010

For me, diet is a four letter word, I doubt you’ll find it very often on this website.  I don’t spend a lot of time discussing gluten free around here either.  That’s because I take it as a given that the food I eat will be gluten free, that’s just part of my life at this point, though it wasn’t always this way.

Lately, a number of people have asked me to share the story of my celiac diagnosis and personal […]

Gluten Free Candy Lists for Halloween

Posted on October 31, 2009

My son and some of the other boys from the neighborhood in their “Go Green” cheerleading uniforms.

I’m posting links to some gluten free candy lists for parents who might be digging through piles of Halloween candy right about now.

My children are still out trick-or-treating and I’m sure they will eat quite a lot of candy tonight, though I have a whole table full of organic turkey, lettuce, strawberries and raspberries sitting here for them.  Thankfully, every time they’ve come home […]

Gluten Free Restaurants in New York City

Posted on October 11, 2009

-photo from weisscj on Flickr

Last night my husband and I went out for dinner in Boulder and had the worst meal we’ve had since we moved here 7 years ago.  That meal (at a place which shall remain nameless!) made me yearn for my favorite restaurants in New York City.

Not that we don’t have some amazing restaurants here in Boulder that happily cater to diners with special dietary requests.

So after last night, while pining, I decided to put together a […]

Gluten-Free Restaurants in Boulder

Posted on August 18, 2009

Below is a list of my favorite restaurants in Boulder Colorado. I am asked by readers daily about good restaurants here in Boulder that will cater to special dietary needs and work for those eating gluten free.

Keep in mind, these restaurants for the most part do not have dedicated gluten free kitchens, or even gluten free menus.  They are simply restaurants that I go to that have great, fresh, wholesome food (well, at least the restaurants listed in the first box) […]

Finally! Some Answers

Posted on August 5, 2009

Hi there.  I’d like to take some time to answer several of the interesting questions that are left in the comment section of this site.  Here goes…

Storing Gluten Free Bread
Mollie left this question on the Flax Focaccia Becomes Parsely Bruschetta Post:
Q. I made this bread yesterday and having been eating it with some homemade dairy free pesto. Delicious!! Just one question – how do you store it?
A. Storing breads is easy and significantly extends “shelf life.”  After baking the bread, […]

Superfoods: the Almighty Almond

Posted on May 1, 2009

Almonds are in.  And guess what?  They’re good for you.

Almonds are easy to incorporate into your everyday routine.  Eat them as a snack (raw or dry roasted), or use blanched almond flour in your baked goods to reap the numerous benefits of this incredible superfood.  Almonds are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and fat.  Yes, that’s fat.  However, almonds are high in good fats –that is the heart healthy monounsaturated fats that are found in olive oil.

And almonds seem […]

Halloween Candy

Posted on October 15, 2008

-photo from Lauro Maia on Flickr

Every year I receive countless emails requesting ideas for healthier Halloween candy.  Now there’s an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one –“healthy candy.”  Does such a thing exist?  Well, probably not.

Now, with suggestions from many readers, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list that is full of what I refer to as the “lesser of all evils” when it comes to candy.  Trust me, I will not be eating any of the items below.  That […]

Top Ten Tips for Healthy Shopping

Posted on February 25, 2008

-photo from vgm8383 on Flickr

Here are some things I keep in mind when I go grocery shopping:

Fresh is better than frozen, frozen is better than canned
Fresh produce is full of nutrition and far tastier; for veggies, we eat what’s in season, I keep frozen organic fruits on hand to make the boys smoothies in the winter or to use in muffins (blueberry for example); I avoid canned food whenever possible
Ocean raised fish is better than farmed
Farmed fish is often […]