Healthy Foodies: Giveaway: "Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Grapefruit" Gift Pack

Post three reasons why you love grapefruit and you can have this gift pack shipped to your address! Be sure to include your email address so I can notify the winner (only one, sorry) and get a mailing address. The gift pack includes: ·         New Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas red grapefruit ·         A spoon and knife specially designed to help prep and eat grapefruit ·         A saver to keep your grapefruit half fresh either at home or on-the-go ·         Grapefruit-scented votive candle . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Giveaway: "Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Grapefruit" Gift Pack

Healthy Foodies: The Gluten-Free Scam

It seems like a scam to me, because very few people actually need to avoid gluten for health reasons. But there are plenty of gullible targets out there who think that buying the (more expensive) “gluten-free” products will cure their real or imagined ills.Here are excerpts from a New York Times article about the money that food manufacturers and retailers are making off all this. The Girl Scouts recently introduced a gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookie to their annually anticipated line of sweet treats. Vodka companies vie over which one of them was the “first” to introduce a gluten-free version (Read more...)

Healthy Foodies: Beef Stew, Lightened up & good comfort food

Beef stew doesn’t have to be a no-no for the healthy foodie.If you emphasize a pot full of delicious, hearty vegetables made even more scrumptious by a judicious amount of high-quality, grass-fed beef, you can enjoy this delightful comfort food with… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Beef Stew, Lightened up & good comfort food

Healthy Foodies: Winter Blues Chaser

One of the (few) things I love about winter is the citrus fruits. They are in peak season now — oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, even lemons are better now than at any time of year.I’m especially fond of juicy, red grapefruit, and have a half of one … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Winter Blues Chaser

Healthy Foodies: Grading a few local restaurants

Here’s a quick look at some of our recent restaurant experiencesTiny “cassoulet” at NuvoNUVO in Covington: Had a great adventure there, much fun and delicious food. As I posted after our visit, there’s no menu and you just eat what the kitchen sends ou… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Grading a few local restaurants

Healthy Foodies: Microbrew Bison Chili

Use ground bison instead of beef. Bison (or buffalo) meat is much leaner than any cut of beef, and in a big pot of chili, nobody can tell the difference. And the addition of a good bottle of beer — preferably something deep and flavorful, like a stout or porter — makes it even better. Serve some of the beer with the meal! Meaty chili Recipe: Microbrew Bison Chili Serves 6-8, or more Ingredients: 3 T canola oil, divided 1 large onion, diced 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced ½ cup (Read more...)

Healthy Foodies: Wowed by a restaurant! (And we’re not easy to wow….)

Foodies in the metro Cincinnati area, take note. Nuvo at Greenup, a less-than-six-months old venture by chef/owner Mark Bodenstein, might be the best restaurant in town.We (finally) made it over there — Covington KY — last night, and it was a first r… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Wowed by a restaurant! (And we’re not easy to wow….)

Healthy Foodies: Why Breakfast is a MUST

And finally, Healthy Foodie Rule #10 EAT BREAKFAST EVERY DAYIf you don’t already follow this important healthy-foodie rule — what’s your excuse?That is: always start your day with a healthy breakfast. Even a less-than-healthy breakfast (bacon and the … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Why Breakfast is a MUST

Healthy Foodies: Dining out is fun, but perilous.

Healthy Foodie Rule #9: Be Careful at Restaurants Before You Go Don’t arrive starving! Eat a little healthy fat — like about six walnut halves — before a meal. The healthy fat in walnuts triggers a chain reaction that slows the rate at which your stomach empties, so you’ll feel fuller faster. But the chain reaction takes 30 minutes, so plan for it. The First 10 Minutes Raise a glass. Of water. To your lips. This can fill you up, so you don’t overeat. Ask for cut-up veggies instead of bread. Most quality restaurants (including inexpensive ones) provide this option. Dip in olive (Read more...)

Healthy Foodies: Snacking is Good….If you "snack smart"

Healthy Foodie Rule #7: Snack Smart I don’t skip meals, and I don’t skips snacks, either.While not all nutritionists agree about the wisdom of snacking, I find it helps me keep from eating too much at mealtime.The key, of course, is to choose your… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Snacking is Good….If you "snack smart"

Healthy Foodies: Eat Fat to Lose Fat

It’s a tough time of year, weight wise: we’ve evolved to store calories in winter, and if you’re like me — that’s what your body is doing!So I’ve been reiterating some of my guiding principles in recent posts. These are health/eating/activity “rules” … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Eat Fat to Lose Fat

Healthy Foodies: Being healthier in 2014: here’s how

Just adhere to these Healthy Foodie Principles, as much as you can.The ones I’ve covered so far (details in previous posts, below), are:1. Eat at home and cook your own food2. Eat 9 servings of fruits and veggies daily (not as hard as it sounds)3. Exer… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Being healthier in 2014: here’s how

Healthy Foodies: More useful foodie rules to live by

Here’s my next installment (see prior posts for Healthy Foodie Rules #1-3)Healthy Foodie Rule #4: NO SUPERMARKET OR FAST-FOOD MEAT If you have watched ”Food, Inc.” or ”Fresh,” and/or read Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma or … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: More useful foodie rules to live by

Healthy Foodies: Healthy Foodie Rules to (try to) Live By — Part 2

(Continued from post below this one….)Healthy Foodie Rule #3: EXERCISE 45-60 MINUTES A DAYTo stay fit and healthy while also being a dedicated foodie, you simply must exercise (almost) every day of your life.Obviously, that can be a tall mountain to … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Healthy Foodie Rules to (try to) Live By — Part 2

Healthy Foodies: Healthy Foodie Rules to Live By — or try to — PART 1

To enjoy food while staying fit and healthy, it helps to have a few guiding principles.This post and the next couple will reiterate my Ten Healthy Foodie Rules, posted each year around this time as we recover from our holiday excesses — if not yet, th… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Healthy Foodie Rules to Live By — or try to — PART 1

Healthy Foodies: Really good news for lovers of cheese, butter & eggs

Here is a terrific article about the now 99-year-old scientist who first discovered how BAD trans-fats are for the human body — way back in the late 1950s.  Most of his peers didn’t believe his research, but he carried on with it and eventually w… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Really good news for lovers of cheese, butter & eggs

Healthy Foodies: Comfort food "ne plus ultra" — Oyster stew!

This soup is simple, delicious and soul-warming.Homey oyster stewRECIPE: Oyster Stew(Makes four large servings)Ingredients:2 T canola, peanut or olive oil 1 leek, trimmed, washed and thinly sliced1 large shallot, minced1/2 gallon (two quarts) milk One … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Comfort food "ne plus ultra" — Oyster stew!

Healthy Foodies: Day job keeping me WAY too busy!

It’s exam week — I’m a college professor, teaching journalism and communication courses — and it’s all I can do to get my “real” work done.This week I published an article/review about the new Bistro Grace restaurant in Cincinnati. In ran in print an… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Day job keeping me WAY too busy!

Healthy Foodies: Boca: Reinvented

Certainly the new Boca is the most spectacular dining room in Cincinnati–or even between Chicago (hard to match Spiaggia or Everest, to name two gorgeous settings) and, I don’t know, Philly? The redo of the old Maisonette space is a visually magnifice… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Boca: Reinvented

Healthy Foodies: Long-awaited: Boca for dinner tonight!

We were worried that the snowstorm might keep us from honoring our long-time reservation to dine at the new Boca, downtown where Maisonette used to be.But the roads are passable, and we will be there!Details to come, of course……..and also of course… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Long-awaited: Boca for dinner tonight!

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