Penelope Wall's Blog (Page 4)

March 16, 2011 - 9:58am

My parents were back-to-the-land kind of folks, so I grew up eating all sorts of interesting whole grains. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually heard of quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”). And it wasn’t until the last several months that I’ve noticed a growing buzz around this quite petite, mild-flavored grain. Quinoa is everywhere. Some would say it is, in effect, one of the “hot” foods you should be eating this year. (See more trendy foods to watch for here.) But quinoa isn’t exactly new. It was, in fact, a staple in the ancient Incas’ diet. So why has this very old grain been given a new second life in 2011? Why quinoa and why now? full post »
March 1, 2011 - 11:44am

The way I see it, you’re either a coffee drinker or you’re not: you unequivocally love it or you avoid it completely. And wouldn’t you agree that what kind of coffee drinker you are says a lot about who you are as a person? I love the coffee die-hards at EatingWell Magazine where I work as a Web writer and producer—joined at the hand with their trusty old mug. They’ll drink their coffee any old way so long as it’s constant and caffeinated. On the flip side, there are the coffee purists who scoff at cream and sugar (let alone mocha frappuccino with extra whipped cream and caramel sauce!).

How healthy is your coffee habit? 4 benefits and 4 cons to know about...

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February 3, 2011 - 11:34am

The last time my husband and I ate at our favorite French bistro, our post-meal bliss was slightly dampened by the arrival of the bill: costing almost $100 once we counted the tip. $100 for two people! I do love eating out at restaurants, but sometimes I wonder: are those few hours of indulgence really worth the cost?

Well, yes, sometimes for a really amazing meal—and if you can afford it—it is nice to just get away. But my husband and I are trying to be more careful with our spending this year. So lately on date night, we opt to save a little moolah by cooking together at home.

Recipes to Try: Romantic Date-Night Dinner Recipes

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January 18, 2011 - 10:57am

Are you planning to watch the Super Bowl this year? I am. But I don't watch the Super Bowl for the football—or for the commercials. I do it for the food (and the company, of course). I love football food. My favorite? Dips. Any kind of dip you can imagine. I love bean dip with tortilla chips. I love creamy dips with crunchy vegetables. I love guacamole with... anything! My husband’s favorite is blue cheese dip with Buffalo wings.

But here’s a stat I read recently that made me rethink my dip cravings: the average football fan takes in an estimated 1,200 calories while watching the big game. Plus many store-bought dips can be loaded with saturated fat, salt and additives. I’m not a linebacker—I don’t need to eat like one either!

So I’ll pass on the store-bought...

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January 13, 2011 - 10:41am

I’m trying to eat more healthfully in the new year and that means trouble-shooting one of my problem areas: snack attacks. I usually come home from work ravenous. Like clockwork, I’ll walk in the door, drop my things, reach into the snack drawer and grab the first snack-like thing I see. Then I’ll proceed to munch, munch, munch, all the while standing up, in the kitchen, more likely than not with my hat and coat still on. (Healthy 5-Minute Snack Ideas)

My husband likes to poke fun at...

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