Blog entry | Jul 05 2016
I got mixed reactions from friends when I told them I was going vegan. Some were supportive: “Oh, you can make so many great vegan meals!” Some were aghast at the idea: “Why would you do that?!?!” But no matter what, I was determined to stick to my diet for a goal of five days (Monday-Friday). A vegan...
Blog entry | Jul 01 2016
This weekend we celebrate America. It’s the Fourth of July. You will most likely don an ensemble of red, white and blue. It’s only fitting. What is the perfect accessory? Some Fourth of July ice pops. Ice pops are a refreshing, tasty treat that make summer even sweeter.   Luckily, they are easy to make...
Blog entry | Jun 30 2016
Managing our social media accounts, I engage with many of our followers in discussions about nutrition and agriculture. While most of the time we are in agreement, sometimes we aren’t. That’s perfectly OK, and oftentimes I am able to engage with them and have a very productive conversation. But then...
Blog entry | Jun 30 2016
A group of California farmers did the unexpected this year: They beat their water conservation goals. In spite of an ongoing drought and scorching temperatures, Western farmers continue to produce food, while also cutting their water use. How is this possible? Today’s farmers make use of a variety of...
Blog entry | Jun 28 2016
"Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it." This phrase would rattle around in my head every time I had a negative thought about juice cleanses, or cautioned a friend against them. Sure, I could point to a bevy of scientific reasons why cleanses were pointless at best, but I'd never had the personal...
Press Release | Jun 28 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the eve of a first-of-its-kind law on GMO labeling scheduled to go into effect on July 1 in Vermont, Americans remain divided on their perceptions of GMO labeling and their use in the food supply, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2016 Food...
Blog entry | Jun 23 2016
What’s not to love about jerky? It is a portable snack that is full of protein and goes great with some veggies or nuts. I used to think getting some jerky required a trip to the store, but to my surprise, it’s actually really easy to make. You just need an oven and a broiler pan. The best thing about...
Blog entry | Jun 23 2016
If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s the constant source of fresh fruits and vegetables. Growing up, my mother would take my brother and me to a local farm, where we would pick as many fruits as we could. I would stand in the fields picking and eating sweet strawberries, tart raspberries, and...
Blog entry | Jun 23 2016
Want to know how to pique someone’s interest if you are talking about food or nutrition? Mention the word “antioxidant.” Seriously, it has some special power or something. Family and friends, ranging from my teenage sister to my best friend from college to my 80-year-old grandpa—each person has asked me...
Blog entry | Jun 22 2016
This past weekend, I treated myself to a sunrise hike up Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park. And it was spectacular. When starting a hike at such an odd time (2:45 a.m.), it is important to pack food and drinks that will help keep energy levels up. This hike promised some chilly...
Blog entry | Jun 21 2016
I have a riddle: What’s only 1 mm in length, created a cult indoor garden classic, and can be added to a variety of foods and drinks for a nutritional lift? If you guessed chi-chi-chi-chia seeds, then you guessed right! Originating in Central America and a staple in the ancient Aztec diet, the chia plant...
Blog entry | Jun 20 2016
Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  As we celebrate the summer solstice and the year's longest day of sunshine, many people also are coming together to participate in the Alzheimer's Association's "The Longest Day" event. The purpose of the "The Longest Day" is to raise...
Blog entry | Jun 16 2016
Every weekend morning for a span of my childhood, my grandma and grandpa, living on the street behind me, would open their house and brew coffee. I remember rolling out of bed way too early, used to my Monday through Friday routine, and being aggravated by my body’s affinity for habit. But the reward was...
Blog entry | Jun 16 2016
Father’s Day is almost always accompanied with grilling and spending time together outside with your old man. Don’t let this year be an exception.   You may have heard of some risks from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs) from grilled meat. According to the NIH, these...
Blog entry | Jun 16 2016
It’s officially National Splurge Day, or as Parks and Recreation fans may know it: “Treat Yo Self 2016”. Splurge Day reminds me of an article I saw recently. The author, Gretchen Rubin, proposed that there are two kinds of people: “abstainers” and “moderators.” According to Rubin, these two groups...

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