Older Not Old - Family Meals with Mom

I am a first generation American daughter of parents who were born in Germany. They worked hard to assimilate into American culture — Dad ditched his German accent in high school to avoid being teased by his classmates, Mom made time for youth sports by allowing my sibs to skip Hebrew school on occasion, and

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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 -- 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 -- 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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Cooking by Number -- Stuffed Squash

Here on the East Coast, we haven’t had much of a winter. The temps are pretty warm – today’s one of the colder days and we’re in the high 30s – and snow has been in short supply since the freak October 29 snowstorm. Nonetheless, it’s still the perfect season for stuffed winter squash. I

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Cooking by Number – Stir-Fry

One of my sons used to groan when homemade stir-fry was on our dinner menu. After all, Asian cooking is not in our culinary genes, except to order in a Chinese restaurant. But two things helped turn him around – his non-Chinese nutrition professor at Cornell, who cooked a stir-fry in the lecture hall that

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Cooking by Number -- Meatloaf

My kids were about 10 years old before I cooked meatloaf for them. I am not sure what took me so long – maybe memories of overcooked school cafeteria fare scared me off. One of my sons loved the meatloaf so much that he wanted to tell his friends about the gourmet dish his mom

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Cooking by Number -- Bean Soup

With winter on the way — never mind the sneak preview of snow in New York in late October — the weather is perfect for bean soup. By beans, I mean the whole family of legumes, including black beans, white beans, pinto beans, split peas, and lentils. And there’s a lot to love: • Beans

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