There is one thing I consistently avoid during the holiday season. I refuse to give candy, chocolate or gourmet desserts as a gift. Okay, maybe it is the “dietitian side” of me that just can’t go there (and let’s be honest, most people would be surprised if I did), but honestly during a season of indulging and decadent foods, do we really need gifts that encourage more of the same?
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Ready or not… the holidays are coming! While you have been focusing on the day to day and enjoying the smell of pumpkin spice candles, the sun has been setting earlier and earlier while the holidays creep closer and closer. It’s usually about this time that you promise yourself that this year you won’t let the holidays stress you out… that this will be the year you give thanks and remain joyful no matter what.
You’ve probably heard that tryptophan is responsible for that sleepiness you feel after your big Thanksgiving meal or found a list of other tryptophan rich foods when searching for natural ways of getting more zzz’s. Have you ever wondered about the science behind what is going on when you digest tryptophan and why these foods encourage sleep?
I just returned from the annual conference of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This fall ritual, which attracts countless food manufacturers and others from the industry along with over 5,000 dietitians, offers a sneak peek at what’s to come in the following year in the world of food. From the immense exhibit booths to the seminar topics and more, it is easy to see what the industry believes you care about most. If they have it right this year, it is the environment, sustainability and corporate responsibility that is top of mind for you.
Halloween gives us an excuse to play with our food. Carrots can become fingers while blueberries can take on the look of eyeballs. With a little creativity you can turn ordinary (dare I say sometimes “skipped over”) fruits and vegetables into the star of the show at your next Halloween party. So, think like a kid and bring on the Halloween fun with these spooky, yet perfectly healthy, Halloween “treats.”
You’ve planned for months, packed with precision and finally you are on your way…road trip 2015 here you come! You can’t imagine that you have forgotten anything, but unless one of those bags is devoted to the perfect road trip food, you may just find your tank on empty. Luckily I love a good road trip…and of course, I love food. So here we go… my perfect packing list for summer road trip snacks and meals.
Halloween is one of those holidays that we almost feel like we need to “give in” to. The candy flows, parties and gatherings abound and before we know it our kids have a bag of candy the size of their body and we have more spider-decorated cupcakes and cookies then we know what to do with.