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New Snacks Taste Test, Part 1

School and football season have started, and that means snacks! Snacks are so appealing – they are tasty, fun, and take no work to prepare. I am always on the lookout for a snack that gives me all that without the excess fat, sugar and salt.  A snack should make me feel better, not worse. […]

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On Breakfast and Fasting

There was an interesting article in the New York Times on Tuesday (August 22, 2017) titled The Case for a Breakfast Feast by Roni Caryn Rabin. Its a good article, but like most nutrition articles it can be misleading if you just skim it. Articles like this are why so many people get frustrated with changing […]

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Which new oils are best

You have some new choices in the oil aisle of the grocery store, and some of them are definitely better and healthier than others. The good news is that there are some delicious oils now available (forget that old vegetable oil!) and they are healthy too. Here’s the scoop: Avocado Oil This is the new […]

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Arsenic in Rice

For several years now the FDA has known that levels of arsenic in rice are much higher than is healthy. They just don’t know what to do about it. Arsenic is a Class 1 Carcinogen, meaning it is a cancer promoter. Its on the same level as cigarette smoking, asbestos, and formaldehyde.  Arsenic also contributes […]

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How to Hit the Reset Button

The last two weeks have been like a vacation, although not a vacation. My 5 and 7 year old nephews (and their parents) have been visiting. If you want to remember what true exhaustion feels like take two super-smart kids to the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum on the same day. So […]

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Crispy tofu stir fry

Tofu: Crispy and Delicious

I’m learning how to cook tofu.   The first time I tried tofu was at a restaurant and I thought soft tofu would be a good place to start. It was not.  The tofu was squishy and slimy and completely gross.  We laugh about it now, and “soft tofu” is still our our code word […]

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Cancer, Part 2: the barnyard is happy

Sugar    We’ve talked about sugar and cancer, and while it seems nearly impossible to eliminate all glucose from our blood stream to “starve” the cancer, we don’t want to give it any extra fuel either. That doesn’t mean we should eliminate all carbohydrates from our diet. We should avoid refined grains and added sugars […]

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Cancer and Sugar: A Cautionary Tale

There is a lot of confusion about sugar and cancer.   There are many different types of cancers, with different characteristics. One thing most cancer cells have in common, though, is that they use only sugar (in the form of glucose) for fuel and not fat. Many of them have the basic machinery needed to […]

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Breakfast for a Week in Just Five Minutes

I love having oatmeal for breakfast, but I don’t love making oatmeal in the morning. Too much time on the stove, too much cleanup from the inevitable boil-over in the microwave. For the past several years I’ve been making oatmeal in the slow cooker overnight, but lately even that seemed like it took a lot […]

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Cauliflower Rice with Basil

Cauliflower “Rice” Taste Test

Bags of fresh and frozen cauliflower “rice,” cauliflower cut into rice-sized nuggets, are flying off the shelves at Trader Joe’s across the country. Some stores have a 2-bag per customer limit. For a vegetable! Be still my heart. Cauliflower comes in at about 25 calories per serving, versus white rice at 150. A big savings, […]

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