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Veggies and the WHO

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | November 12th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: clean eating, clean eating recipes, food, Food for Thought, foodie, healthy foods, healthy recipes, homemade recipes, local food, natural food, recipes, seasonal food, vegetable, vegetarian, veggies

Learning to love—no, crave—the only non-controversial food group.

I was cooking up some turkey bacon for my kids’ breakfast when my husband read me the headline about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to designate processed meat as a “Group 1 carcinogen” (that’s the same category as cigarettes). Up until that moment, I’d been pretty proud of the recent addition of bacon to our morning repertoire and was pleased to cut out carbs and replace them with “healthy” protein. Now I was throwing my hands up in frustration. Was I poisoning my children?

Celebrate Vegetarians

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | October 20th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: fall, food, Food for Thought, healthy food, meetup, natural food, organic food, superfood, superfoods, vegan, veganism, vegetables, vegetarian, vegetarian awareness month, vegetarianism, veggies

When Andrine Nichols decided to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle nearly 20 years ago, she admits that it was quite a challenge at first.

“Whenever I went out to eat, I’d have to order a pasta entrée or salad and tell them to hold the meat, and it really bothered me to have to pay for meat that I wasn’t even eating,” says Nichols, who lives in Maryland. “These days, it’s a lot easier; most restaurants, even steakhouses, have at least a few vegetarian dishes on the menu.”

Harness The Power Of A Summer Superfruit

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | August 5th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: cherries, food, fruit, fruits, green festival, homemade recipes, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, miracle fruit, natural food, recipes, summer, summer cooking, summer foods in-season, summer fruit, summer fruits and vegetables, super fruits, superfood, Wisconsin

Quick—which one fruit most reminds you of summer?

Did you say watermelon? If you didn’t say watermelon, I suspect the beautiful photo gave it away. Anyway, if you did say watermelon, you’re not alone; I conducted an informal poll at a recent get-together, and every single person I asked (all 8 of them) said watermelon too.

The Basics of Clean Eating

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | July 7th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: clean eating, food, natural food, nutrition, nutrition tips, nutrition. health

Besides practicing poses and breathing, yogis also need to nourish their bodies. Since there’s been so much talk lately about clean eating, I decided to talk to an expert about all that it entails. Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN, the spokesperson for the California Dietetic Association, agreed to answer my questions.

What exactly is clean eating?

Put Mother Nature to Work Feeding Your Family

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 19th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: food, healthy-eating, natural food, organic, organic foods, organic garden

My grandfather, not one given to understatement, frequently declared many modern-day foods to be “poison” and dismissed them with a wave of his hand. Among the offenders? Margarine (“anything that doesn’t freeze at freezing temperatures isn’t right…”). Pam cooking spray (“work of the devil!”). Whipped cream in an aerosol (“Unnatural!”).

I can only imagine his response to today’s offerings.

Cool and Quirky Sources for Eco-Friendly Shoppers

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | February 16th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: fair-trade, gifts, green gifs, Green Living, natural food, organic products

green shopping cart containing plant

I had an interesting realization last month when I joined my sisters-in-laws on their annual pilgrimage to the mall for some Black Friday consumerism. We all left the mall pretty much empty-handed, and I realized that I just don’t really shop at malls and chain stores anymore, particularly for gifts. Instead, I am trolling the cute indie boutiques for the perfect, unique gift, and searching online for interesting options from fun online retailers. Luckily, when it comes to foodies on my list, there are plenty of options, so shopping’s a breeze. Here are some places to look online for some wonderful cooking-related gifts that have an environmentally friendly focus.

5 Things to Be Thankful For

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 25th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: food, holidays, natural food, thanks, thanksgiving

I’ve mentioned before my family tradition of sharing what we’re thankful for before we begin eating our Thanksgiving feast.

While this year has been a challenging one for so many people I know (and certainly my family hasn’t been immune to this) I think that there is still plenty for us to be thankful for, particularly when it comes to food and our food sources. This year, I’m looking more broadly than my little family. Here’s what I think we all can be thankful for:

What I’m Thankful For

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 19th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: food, holidays, natural food, thanks, thanksgiving

In our house, as in many, we have a Thanksgiving tradition where we go around the table and each person shares what he or she is most thankful for. It’s a nice, introspective pause before we all dig in to an enormous feast that took days to prepare, and my only regret is that it’s something that we only do once a year.

Getting A Head Start on Turkey Day

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 12th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: food, natural food, thanks, thanksgiving, Thanksgiving dinner

This year, for the first time in many years, I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my mom. It’s the favorite for both my mom and myself, so you can imagine we’re pretty jazzed about it. In fact, we’re already working on planning our menu and figuring out the timeline.

Healthy By Convenience

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | July 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: cooking, food, natural food

The other day I was frantically grocery shopping at 6pm, trying to find something nourishing and wholesome I could make for dinner that very night. My idea was stir-fried vegetables over brown rice, but I knew brown rice would take way too long to cook.