Older Not Old -- Sensible Portions

In my early days in NYC, I was on a mission to find the best and biggest muffins in town. Two places stand out — Lincoln Square Deli and a bakery near NYU, where I was taking courses toward my Master’s degree. I think the muffins weighed 4-6 ounces, for about 500 calories. The

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Older Not Old -- Omega-3s

Somehow as I’ve gotten older, the number of pills I have to take has grown. I even had to get a weekly pill holder to keep me on track. In the mix are calcium and vitamin D, vitamin B-12 (I’m mostly vegetarian), and a blood pressure pill. So understandably I am resisting taking omega-3s. Plenty

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Older Not Old -- Figs, Fats, and Financiers

First, the figs. Years ago, my colleague and friend, Stephen McCauley, asked me to bring him back fresh figs from a shopping adventure in Florence, Italy. At the time, he worked for the PR firm Porter Novelli and was in charge of the meeting I was attending. The month was February, not exactly fresh fig

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Older Not Old -- Hungry Not Hungry

If you’ve met my mom, you know that she’s a wisp of a person, not someone I’d take with me if I was a tornado chaser. I visited her a few weeks ago on my way home from a Dannon Institute Nutrition Leadership Institute meet-up at the Experimental Biology meeting and was tipped off by

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Story Behind the Story -- Nick Coleman

Anyone following nutrition news over the past few years knows that fat no longer is the bad guy that it was in the 80s and 90s. Apart from the fact that eating a low fat diet made Americans fatter, not slimmer, it turns out that various types of fat don’t harm the body the

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Older Not Old -- Fussing about Fiber

The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans came out a few months ago with new strategies for sounding the alarm on the American diet. As called out in previous guidelines, we continue to eat too much of some foods and not enough of others. With too few vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes (beans) in

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Major culinary and food trends in 2016

On a recent sponsored trip to London, I got a preview into food and culinary trends for 2016, with a perspective from across the pond. Here, a brief write-up in Produce Business UK; photos courtesy of The Big Event (DMC).

http://www.producebusinessuk.com/insight/insight-stories/2016/02/16/foodfluence-event-identifies-major-culinary-and-food-trends-to-watch-in-2016

 

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Story Behind the Story -- Alfonso Cano

In the course of my work as a food and nutrition journalist, I interview dozens of interesting people with stories that go far beyond what I can capture in short quote. So I am bringing them to life on my blog, where I give them a chance to talk about themselves, their heritage, and their

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Older, Not Old: Healthy Eating in a Bowl

Last week, I met with two different Boomer clients. They had different food priorities – weight management for one and recently-diagnosed illness for the other – but both asked about eating to improve their health. Did I mention that they have busy lifestyles and don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen?

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Older, Not Old: Flavor Bombs with Umami and EVOO

When I was a kid, and later during my dietetics education at UCLA, I learned about the four basic tastes in foods – sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. Relatively recently a fifth taste, umami, joined the classic four. Umami translates as “savory,” and it’s hard to describe in words. To borrow from United States Supreme

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