Older, Not Old: Pumping Up Protein

I just returned from California, where I spent time enjoying meals with my 88-year-old mom. Much of our conversation revolved around protein – Mom, like many older and older-older adults, doesn’t eat enough of it and we were brainstorming ways for her to up the protein. She needs quick and no-fuss, with portions suitable for

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Tale of Two Cities + one, and their farmers markets

Actually a village and two towns, but that’s not how the book title reads. In a true embarrassment of riches, I live within a 10-minute drive of three farmers markets, and each is different.

The upscale Pleasantville Farmers Market is where we go to shmooze first with our friends and buy stuff second. Replete

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Ramp-ing Up the Spring Celebration

This past Wednesday morning was beautiful and clear, too nice to spend our usual hour or so working out in the gym. Eric and I decided instead to walk on our local treasure, the North County Trailway. Formerly train tracks, the Trailway has been paved over for use by walkers, runners, and cyclists. It

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Back to Blogging

It took some doing to get me back into blogging. With inspiration from blogger colleagues @karensblog, @robinsbite, @theeverydayrd and so many others, I decided it was time to jump back in.

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist by training, a marketer by education, and a communicator by day (and night). Like my good friend Robyn

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New Nutrition Labels – A Call To Action For Nutrition Analysis And Label Design

When the Nutrition Facts panel first appeared on food packages approximately 20 years ago, it forever changed the back of the food package. Every food product large and small was required to display the now-familiar Nutrition Facts box with its regulation size, layout and Helvetica font.

The purpose of Nutrition Facts is to help people

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Screaming for Ice Cream

If I could choose only one food to eat, I would pick ice cream. I love its combination of cold and creamy and never tire of trying new flavors. Here’s my little secret – ice cream is the first thing that I eat when I wake up in the morning. A couple of spoons of

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Food as Art and Craft

On a beautiful Saturday in May, my husband and I spent the afternoon at Crafts at Lyndhurst, a well-established and well-attended crafts festival at one of the historic Hudson River mansions. What I noticed more than the art was the food. Whether the organizers were filling booths or filling shopper stomachs, they included in the

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Humming About Hummus

Wow, not that many years ago, most people hadn’t heard of hummus, let alone ever tried it. Thanks to companies like Sabra, Tribe, and Athenos, hummus has become ubiquitous in the supermarket. In fact, an article in the Wall Street Journal on April 29, 2013 says that the growing popularity of hummus is creating a

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Grains Go Old-School, Really Old-School

I am very much a whole grain gal. My mom made our sandwiches on whole wheat bread before it was fashionable to do so. I eat whole grain cereal for breakfast almost every day. And dinner usually includes a whole grain side dish. So I was really excited to see a lot of whole grain

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Sneaking in Vegetables and Fruits

For as long as I’ve known her, my mom has had a great instinct about nutrition. Remember the Five-a-Day campaign to get people to eat at least five daily servings of vegetables and fruits? That was no problem in my house. My mom always served fruit at breakfast and fruit and carrots

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