Tag Archives: real food

What is Real Food?

bright leafy greens

Let’s be honest. Transitioning to a real food eating style is like trying to spread cold butter on toast. It’s tricky until you warm up to it. But while we inherently know that real food is healthier for us, we’ve become increasingly disconnected from the sources of our food and more reliant on convenience foods. With so many […]

Nutrient Declines in U.S. Produce (and What to Do About It)

Bright green curly lettuce

Over the past 50 to 70 years, the concentration of nutrients in U.S. fruits and vegetables has been declining — by about 5% to 40%, according to researchers at the University of Texas. But the reason for those nutrient declines is where things get sketchy. What is the primary cause of the decline? Is our soil depleted? […]

Mushrooms, Health and Self-Care

paul stamets with a giant mushroom

Before I dive too far into this post, I want to point out that plucking up random mushrooms from your backyard and eating them is a really dumb idea. There are a growing number of known health benefits associated with our fungal friends, but there are plenty of reasons to exercise caution, the most obvious of which […]

Stop Using Your Body As a Trash Can with Cynthia Lair

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Cynthia Lair, nutrition and culinary arts professor at Bastyr University, and author of Feeding the Whole Family, reminds us just how important mindfulness is when it comes to nourishing our bodies. (After all, we’re not goats, people!) Listen to the podcast here: Cynthia’s lighthearted thoughts on the benefits of developing a personal relationship with food […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 53): Grocery Shopping

bright leafy greens

On day 53 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored grocery shopping as an act of self-care. Grocery shopping is a dreaded task for many people; I happen to be among the few that love it. Something about the process of selecting beautiful, healthy ingredients just puts me in a good mood. I even look forward […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 48): Eating Colorfully

On day 48 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored the art of eating colorfully. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables have more to offer than just good looks. Plants contain vitamins, minerals, and thousands of phytochemicals that have been linked to good health. The red pigments found in tomatoes are rich in lycopene. Cherries, plums and […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 42): Eating Local

On day 42 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored eating local as an act of self-care. Buying and eating local is important to me. Not only do I like to support local businesses and growers, I also like knowing where my food comes from. Like many other Americans, my decision to not grow all of my own food […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 27): Cooking with Garlic

bowl of garlic soup

On day 27 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored cooking with garlic, an herb that’s commonly used throughout the world. Garlic has been used throughout history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Allium sativum, garlic’s botanical name, often attracts special attention due to its beneficial organosulfur compounds, alliin being just one of them. I […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 11): Using a Pressure Cooker

On day 11 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored using a pressure cooker to make meal prep faster and easier. Before my beloved pressure cooker entered my life, I thought waiting 6 to 8 hours for slightly-tender BBQ ribs was unavoidable. But then I discovered I could get a much better result in just 30 […]

Vegetable Fermentation with Elijah Santoyo

Making kimchi

When we think of sauerkraut, most of us think of Germany. The word itself, which means “sour cabbage” in German, often brings to mind its close companions: beer and Brätwurst. But some would argue that fermented cabbage actually originated in China, long before Germany staked a claim. Regardless of origin, lactic acid fermentation is one of […]