Posts By: allisonjstowell

A Review of The Third Plate: Field Notes for the Future of Food

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

It is not often that you read a book that transforms the way you think about food. Sure, books are written that intend to change opinions on the food industry and subsequently alter diets, but generally the result of these books is that the reader is moved toward an “eat this, not that” approach to grocery shopping and cooking. In this case, the reader isn’t so much transformed as they are modified. Their habits may change (at least temporarily), but their understanding of why and how foods make it to the store and ultimately their kitchen largely remains unaffected. Award winning chef Dan Barber’s The Third Plate is the book these individuals need to read if they really want to understand how foods make it into our supermarket carts and onto our restaurant plates.

A Review of The Third Plate: Field Notes for the Future of Food

How Does Your Garden Grow?

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Gardening for kids and similar activities to engage kids in growing fruits and vegetables are “sprouting” (pun intended) across the US. These programs are getting kids excited about gardening, teaching numerous lessons, and most importantly leading to increased consumption of produce among children.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle with Ancient Grains

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

You’ve heard the phrase, “what’s old is new again,” and have likely seen many trends, including food and diet trends come, go, and return again. Knowing this, the food industry uses words like “classic” or “original” and gets creative with packaging to ensure a “throwback” take on older foods that are “new” again. Ancient grains, which may date back 10,000 years, are a throwback food that is definitely seeing a fresh surge.

Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle with Ancient Grains

Easy Meal Ideas

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

“We’re having chicken…again?” A common phrase that presents like a question, but clearly is meant to be more like a complaint. For home cooks, the challenge of making meals that excite their household without requiring hours in the kitchen is a daily struggle. Despite the abundance of recipes and other resources for home cooks, sometimes we just need basic, simple ideas for creating meals that intrigue without requiring complicated ingredients or too much time in the kitchen.

Easy Meal Ideas

Heart Healthy Comfort Foods

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Allison Stowell

Hearty winter foods are not generally known for their heart health benefits. Often thought of as calorie and fat laden, the creamy soups, heavy casseroles, hearty breakfasts and more that make up your winter menu may warm your soul, but they do little to promote heart health. However, there are many comfort foods we can turn to during the cold, short days of winter that not only offer coziness, but are healthful too.

Heart Healthy Comfort Foods

Winter Weather Exercises for Kids

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Allison Stowell

When the weather outside is frightful, you need fun indoor physical activity ideas for kids. As a mom of two young children, ages 6 and 9, I wanted to find activities that engage kids for more than a few minutes and exercises that tire them out. Here are some of the activities I found…and more importantly here is what my kids had to say about them!

Winter Weather Exercises for Kids

Winter Hydration

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

We think about hydration on a hot day and are especially aware of our potential for dehydration when we hike, bike or engage in other outdoor activities in the warm summer sun. But what about on a cold winter day when we are bundled up to enjoy the snow, staying indoors to hide from the elements, or worse, when we are suffering from cold or flu and using medications or decongestants? The colder air may not remind you to consume fluids and you may not feel thirsty the same way you do on a hot summer day, but you are still at risk of dehydration even when the temperature drops.

Winter Hydration