What’s Bean Going On in Snacks?

As a co-author of Bean Briefs, a twice-yearly summary of research on beans, I keep an eye on what’s going on in the world of beans. So I was pretty excited to see and taste lots of new snacks made with beans at Expo West. Some of these likely were introduced as part of the

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Power of Protein

Protein is king in the eyes of the American shopper. A March 27, 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal explains why: dieters think it fills them up, athletes turn to protein for muscle building and endurance, and parents push protein to keep kids going during the long school day. Does it really work? Science

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Food with a Purpose

I recently attended ExpoWest, where I turbo-shopped through thousands of booths at the Anaheim Convention Center. Apparently I was in good company – reports say that 63,000 folks in the industry attended, setting a new record. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my observations, along with introducing a few of the inspiring

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

@nutritionjill @davidgrotto @sarahjaneRD @writerunlive Yum on the roasted Brussels sprouts. Try with a drizzle of walnut or hazelnut oil.

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 – Muffins

Last week, I spoke for a group of nursery school teachers on healthy snacks for preschoolers. When I asked the director whether the kids cooked in school, she mentioned that they made muffins but needed healthier ideas. Hey, who says muffins can’t be healthy? These get their moisture from pureed fruit or veggies. You can

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Shop BedBathBeyond to LoseWeight

Did you know that getting different plates, bowls, and table linens might boost your weight loss efforts by helping you manage portions?

In a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, people ate less when the color of the plate and the food on the plate contrasted, such as pasta in red sauce on

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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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Cooking by Number -- Main Dish Salads

It’s Thanksgiving week and the official start to the holiday season. What a perfect time to look for ways to get through November and December with your weight and health more or less intact. So I’m kicking off my Monday blog post with Cooking by Number.

Did you ever “paint by number”? You start

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Canning As Therapy -- A Bushel of Peaches, 48 hours

For the past two months, I’ve been pestering my farmer’s market friend Sharon, of Mead Orchards in Tivoli, NY, to sell me a basket of peach seconds. I have fond memories of the crazy weekend I spent a few years back making peach ice cream, jam, and pies in 100 degree heat after buying a

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