Recipe: Spicy Chicken and Mango Lettuce Wraps

The springtime produce popping up on the shelves of grocery stores and farmer’s markets is enough to make me happy for days.  Yes, this kind of stuff really does make me happy.  But I digress.  Back to the fresh arugula, ripe strawberries, gorgeous red radishes, and deliciously sweet mangoes…

When I spotted a massive pile of perfectly ripe mangoes at my nearest market this week I knew instantly it was time for a warm weather favorite of mine – chicken and mango lettuce wraps.  Continue reading

Cooking Tip Thursdays: The All-Natural Nut Butter

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better…

Today’s cooking tip is less for cooking and more for efficiency and ease in the kitchen.

Ever buy a jar of all-natural nut butter (insert your favorite here: peanut, almond, cashew, etc.) just to find a puddle of oil sitting on the top?  All-natural nut butters will separate if made with only the nut, creating the oil to rise to the top and require continual stirring with each use – all too often creating sore biceps and a mess of oil spilling over the sides.  While indeed a nuisance, this is actually a good thing, because unlike those no-stir varieties, all-natural nut butters do not have added sugars, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, and goodness knows what else mixed in there to stabilize them.  More good news, for you and your arm, you don’t have to sacrifice that creamy spreadable no-stir texture by Continue reading

Food Labeling Misconception #4: Healthy Claims

Although food labels are meant to accurately tell us what’s in the package we’re buying, marketers have devised a clever little system to make foods sound more healthful than they really are.  More specifically, a food item can claim any number of vague health statements that may or may not be scientifically valid.  There’s been a recent trend in products suggesting that they can boost immunity or defend against illness – but there’s typically little or no evidence backing up such claims.  This rather large white lie is permitted because of the lack of regulation regarding labeling rules. Continue reading

Friday Roundup: Week of 3.31.12 – 4.6.12

Welcome to the Friday Roundup – a little something new I’d like to present every Friday highlighting the links that were hot, and not so hot, in the world of food, health, and nutrition news.

This week we saw even more reasons to increase red wine consumption, avoid added sugars, question poultry, and perhaps steer clear of the next centurion bike race.  And that’s just the beginning.  Here’s to a fascinating and thought-provoking week in the media that (thankfully) doesn’t involve a Kardashian.

Can Bicycling Affect A Woman’s Sexual Health – We’ve all heard about what cycling can do to men, but check out this new study on the affects for women.  Sorry all you spinners out there.  (NY Times) Continue reading