Food Allergies Can Cause Nutrition Gaps

18 September 2014

 The first mission in creating safe meals for children with food allergies is avoiding the offending ingredient. But, there can be a downside to diets that miss out on the nutritional value found in foods kicked off the menu. A study in The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (JAND) cautions that inappropriate […]

Breakfast Skippers Stay Slim

28 August 2014

Are you a breakfast skipper? Then you’ve probably been lectured about breakfast being ‘the most important meal of the day’ as the culinary kick-start you need to fuel a healthy day ahead. But, take heart. Two new studies published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, one conducted by a self-proclaimed breakfast skipper at the […]

Let’s do lunch! School Lunch!

7 August 2014

  The smiling and some not-so-smiling faces in first day back to school photos posted on Facebook inspired me to think about what’s on the menu for school lunch this year. And wow school nutrition folks are getting a A+ for menu makeovers and building dedicated teams of chefs, dietitians, food safety pros and local […]

Peru Holds Adventures for the Palate

28 July 2014

Peruvian Culinary Treasure Chest  The spiritual draw of Machu Picchu combined with the gastronomic fame of Peru’s cuisine lured me to Lima and the Andes mountains. I joined grazing llamas and fellow travelers to explore the stone structures and staircases throughout the majestic and mysterious mountaintop ‘lost city of the Inca.’ Discovered by American historian […]

Celebrating with Seafood and Champagne

14 July 2014

    Really Good Nutrition Research Starts with a Pie Chart As a registered dietitian who’s been writing about food for more than two decades, I’m always worried that what I know and what I share will ultimately be proven wrong. After all, there’s a cavalcade of new studies, reports and surveys released just about every […]

Grilling Secrets from Montana Master Grillers

30 June 2014

 Montana is my 50th state. Not on purpose, just because.  Even though I traveled all over the place with CNN for so many years as a correspondent covering food, health and then travel; I realized I hadn’t been to three states: Alaska, Wyoming and Montana. Last summer I took a cruise to Alaska with my […]

Healthy Demand for Splurge Foods

16 June 2014

Healthier Menu Options Don’t Appeal to Everyone  From soft tacos topped with fresh pico de gallo salsa at Taco Bell and whole-wheat linguine with pomodoro sauce at Olive Garden to braised kale and baked sweet potatoes on many menus; there’s definitely a healthy selection of more nutritious options at restaurants today. But that doesn’t mean […]