Brenda Schwerdt, For the News Tribune
I'm typically not a fan of hiding fruits or vegetables in foods to make foods seem healthier. Yes, zucchini chocolate cake can be delicious, and slightly more healthful than plain chocolate cake, but it is still chocolate cake. I especially do not like hiding foods in children's food. You are not teaching your child to like their vegetables if you have to hide them. You are not learning to like zucchini; you are learning to like a different kind of chocolate cake.
The world of dietary supplements is controversial. Some vitamin and mineral supplements show protection for certain diseases, while there is also evidence that supplementation may increase prevalence of some diseases.
Milk is likely the single food item that I am asked about the most often. There is good reason why I get so many questions, it seems like every day there is a new type of "milk" for sale at the local supermarket. Milk protein allergies, lactose intolerance and just looking for different alternatives have driven the increase of new milks and alternative milk products. When asked, "What type of milk should I drink?" my answer is always, "It depends; what kind of milk do you like?"
The Nordic Diet has been around for as long as people have inhabited the regions of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. "The New Nordic Diet," however, came into the spotlight after being spearheaded by Nordic chefs in 2004. Come 2018, and enough time has passed to collect scientific evidence about the diet's benefits.
As of last week, the Food and Drug Administration requires calories counts on menus at chain restaurants and bars, convenience stores, supermarkets and movie theaters with greater than 20 locations. There are many locations in the U.S. that have been requiring calorie count labels at restaurants for some time; in New York, it has been required for nearly a decade.
I'm going to make the call and say that beets are going to be the next food trend. They are versatile, inexpensive and loaded with antioxidants; plus they come in many beautiful colors. Some of our local restaurants have been featuring bright red beet cocktails. Beets have both a sweet and earthy flavor that allows them to work in sweet and savory dishes. All parts of the beet plant the bulb, stems and leaves, are edible. The bulb is most commonly a dark purple-red color but can also be yellow, orange or even striped.
I recently came across an article in Reader's Digest, "13 Nutrients Even Nutritionists Don't Get Enough Of" by Jennifer Bowers, Ph.D., RD. I thought it would be fun to evaluate my diet and see how I stack up. This article is commentary on the Reader's Digest article and an example of my eating pattern and sources of featured nutrients; it is not advice on how your diet should be.
Snacking can absolutely be part of a healthy diet, however, it is important to plan ahead and be mindful about your snacking selections. We are constantly being bombarded with the newest and best snack options. Often times, it is more convenient to grab a high-calorie, high-sodium, high-sugar item from a vending machine than it is to find a more healthy option.
The Duluth Community Garden Program has proclaimed kohlrabi the vegetable of the year for 2018. Kohlrabi is part of the Brassicaceae family of plants, which also includes cabbage, broccoli and kale. Kohlrabi is a bulb that grows just above the soil with stems and leaves. It is a cold-hardy plant and is available locally grown in Minnesota as early as spring but is at peak season in the mid-summer months of July and August.
Often, pizza is a food that gets cut out when trying to eat healthy, especially heart-heathy, because it's laden with sodium and saturated fats. However, there are many strategies you can use to make your pizza more healthful.