Older Not Old -- Warding Off a Broken Heart

No, this post is not about romance or about secrets of a lasting marriage! But with Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Month just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think about hearts in general and my heart in particular. Nearly every late relative on my dad’s side of the family had heart disease

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Older Not Old -- Food Legacies and Traditions

Thanksgiving is just around the corner so my mind is on our dinner menu. The stakes are a bit higher this year, as we are hosting my son’s future in-laws, whom we will be meeting for the first time. They, like many people, eat a fairly traditional meal. And I, making Thanksgiving dinner for only

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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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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: 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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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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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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