Blog entry | Aug 24 2016
Twitter users often use #FF (short for "Follow Friday") to highlight people they think their followers should follow as well. Today, though, I’m using #FF for "Follow Farmers." When I first started to explore agriculture a few years ago, I was surprised to discover what a great resource Twitter is. There...
Blog entry | Aug 23 2016
We all know how important fruits and vegetables are in a healthy diet. With micronutrients like vitamins A, B6, and C, antioxidants, and fiber, fruits and vegetables are vital components to a well-balanced diet. For me, the easiest way to get them in the diet is with smoothies, which is probably why many...
Blog entry | Aug 23 2016
I recently got back from an epic adventure: two weeks backpacking through India. This was my first time traveling in a country so different from my home, the United States. All of the advice in the world couldn’t have prepared me for what was ahead. I just knew I needed an open mind, patience, and to...
Blog entry | Aug 18 2016
On a recent trip to Prague, I got to taste true Bohemian food. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and former capital of the region of Bohemia, which is where the food gets its name. Prague turned out to be more beautiful than any of the photos I have seen, and the locals are some of the...
Blog entry | Aug 18 2016
When it comes to my Tuesday evenings, there’s always one show I tune into, "Chopped." If you haven’t seen it, it’s a show where four chefs compete by using an unusual combination of ingredients to create a delicious meal. Entertaining and exciting, as a foodie, I just can’t get enough of it. One of the...
Blog entry | Aug 17 2016
I’m always up for a challenge, particularly when it comes to food. My mission this summer (and I chose to accept it) was to visit two fish markets in regions of the country renowned for their seafood: New England and the Northwest. My first stop was Block Island, Rhode Island—a tiny isle with tons of...
Blog entry | Aug 16 2016
If you’ve enjoyed any of our recent posts from IFIC Foundation staff trialing various diets and eating styles, then you may be interested in this one as well. I came across this diet many years ago—never followed it (until know, that is), but never forgot about it either. After all, who could forget...
Blog entry | Aug 15 2016
With the Olympics in full swing, we had the opportunity to sit down with two-time Olympic swimmer Gideon Louw to see how he uses nutrition to fuel him through training, competing, and recovery. Read on to see what this superstar swimmer had to say about fueling for fitness. Megan Meyer: Thanks for...
Blog entry | Aug 10 2016
Floral, grassy, sweet, slightly bitter, nutty, astringent—only a few of the many flavors of tea. For us purists, tea is the beverage produced by adding hot water to leaves of Camellia sinensis, a shrub originating in Asia. So how do we get so many flavors and styles of tea, if it all comes from the same...
Blog entry | Aug 10 2016
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance to reduce sodium in packaged and processed food products. While sodium is essential for many basic human activities, such as muscle and nerve function, too much can increase blood pressure and lead to hypertension. The new Dietary Guidelines...
Blog entry | Aug 09 2016
Let me start by saying that I am not a dietitian, nor am I a scientist, so none of what I am about to tell you should necessarily be taken as “advice.” According to my own reading of the available science, low-carb diets indeed can be effective for weight loss. The main area of debate is whether such...
Blog entry | Aug 08 2016
Whether you are an Olympic athlete or just starting an exercise routine, there are a variety of nutrients that play an important role in reaching your health and fitness goals. Check out this infographic to learn more about what nutrients to look for and how they can benefit your overall health and...
Blog entry | Aug 05 2016
The air is abuzz with excitement as the Summer Olympics get underway. With the opening ceremony kicking off today (Aug. 5), let’s take this time to learn about a whole different set of superstars: the foods and nutrients that keep us healthy, ready to attack any fitness goal and go for the gold!...
Blog entry | Aug 04 2016
Do you prefer pancakes or waffles? It’s almost as contentious of a debate as creamy or crunchy peanut butter. Personally, I am on “Team Waffle.” But I digress. No matter if you choose pancakes or waffles, this Saturday morning breakfast staple can be either a healthful addition to a balanced diet or it...
Blog entry | Aug 04 2016
In the world of Instagram food photography, Buzzfeed recipes, and do-it-yourself gourmet cooking, there are endless opportunities to try some really incredible food.  Trying out steak tartare on vacation, making your own ceviche, or biting into a “sushi burrito” (Google it, they’re crazy!) may all be...

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