Posts By: allisonjstowell

The Science of Charcoal

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Warmer weather begs for firing up a charcoal grill. In preparation for a barbeque, we shop for the best cuts of meat, marinate them in our favorite sauces with careful attention to the ingredients and put together a meal that almost tastes like summer. Unless you are giving the same attention to the way you grill your meal, however, you be getting more than just the nutrition you are aiming for.

The Science of Charcoal

Show Someone You Love Them…with Brunch

by in Our Dietitan

Allison Stowell

Who doesn’t love brunch? With the perfect blend of wholesome, satisfying dishes along with just a bit of decadence to bridge breakfast and lunch, it is the symbol of a relaxing day. Brunch tastes best when it is shared with family and friends. Create a bountiful brunch and there is no doubt your guests will know they are tops on your list.

Show Someone You Love Them…with Brunch

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