I love watching the winter Olympics. It’s so exciting to watch the world’s top athletes defy gravity, speed and the normal boundaries of human strength. As I watch the games and munch on my popcorn, I often wonder what Olympic athletes eat before and after their workouts. Power bars, peanut butter and jelly, eggs and toast? What do they put in their bodies to fuel their wins? (And although I’m already incorporating some proven natural fuel foods into my workouts, I think maybe I could get more healthy ideas on pre- and post-workout foods from these pros.)
I recently had the opportunity...read full post »
My husband and I are members of a year-round CSA (community-supported agriculture, with shares for members). In Vermont. That might leave you scratching your head, wondering what the heck we’re getting from a farm in Vermont in the middle of winter, but it’s a pretty sweet deal. The farmers store a lot of root vegetables and winter squash, plus they put up lots of goodies in the summer for the winter share. Just last week we got homemade pesto and frozen tomatoes—a little taste of summer on a cold winter day!
Even though we do our best to eat locally, we do supplement what we eat—...read full post »
When I read this week that former President Bill Clinton had two stents inserted into a clogged coronary artery, I thought of my own family. I’ve been focused on eating a heart-healthy diet for more than 20 years and I’m only 34. Why? When I was in junior high my dad was diagnosed with high cholesterol and Mom announced we were going to start eating more heart-healthy meals. My mom, who’d lost her dad—my Grandpa Bill—to a massive stroke at 62 (after he’d suffered several heart attacks, strokes and open-heart surgeries) was serious about helping our family make important lifestyle changes that beget healthier hearts...read full post »
We’re finally getting a little snow here in Vermont, but it’s nothing like the dumping the mid-Atlantic states have been getting (and will continue to see, according to the latest news reports). I have family in Virginia, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania and while the snow is hitting them hard and keeping them home from work, they’re hitting the kitchen to cook some warming winter meals during their extra time stuck in the house.
Like so many people who are snowbound and in the kitchen, members of my family have been making comfort foods like spaghetti with homemade pasta sauce and cookies. (And calling me for recipe tips for EatingWell’s...read full post »
If my house ever caught on fire, I wouldn’t be scrambling for my wedding album or my jewelry box. Of course I’d rescue my husband and pets, but the one item I’d fight to save is my enamel-coated cast-iron Dutch oven. I can’t imagine my life without it. It’s the perfect vessel for cooking up a warming winter supper. It conducts heat evenly, which is perfect for braising. It goes from stovetop to oven with ease and the enamel surface makes it a breeze to clean.
Some Dutch ovens can be on the expensive side, but the truth of the matter is that many of them last forever and if they don’t, many companies will send you a replacement. Mine has taken a lot of abuse and it keeps on ticking. In...read full post »