The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that half of our daily grain intake should be whole grains. Only 2% of adults meet this guideline. Do you? Whole grains – whole wheat, barley, sprouted grains, bulgur, amaranth, teff, quinoa, popcorn, brown rice and oatmeal -–add fiber, minerals, and B vitamins to your diet. They provide … Read More

It can be tricky to determine the actual calorie content of foods. Most calculations are done using the Atwater system, developed over 100 years ago, which showed that carbs and protein have 4 calories and fat has 9 calories in 1 gram. You can think of a gram as about the weight of an average paper clip. Comparing … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. As more people look for gluten free foods, brands are developing new and better products. Oats are inherently gluten free but often oat crops are rotated with barley (a gluten-containing grain) which can … Read More

Saturated, unsaturated, omega-3 fats — what do these terms really mean? Dietary fats, those found in meat, cheese, oil, butter and salad dressing are often discussed in the news with big sounding names. These terms refer to the type of fat, the length of the fat chain, and the type of bond holding the fat chain together. Most dietary fats (called … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Ravino Ravioli is a family owned business that produces handcrafted ravioli. The ravioli are frozen with 12 pieces to a box that are carefully packaged to prevent breaking. We found the pasta firm, not soft, which … Read More

No, that isn’t a typo. Veggans are those who follow a vegan diet, free of all animal products, but they have decided to eat eggs. The trend seems to have started in England but has jumped across the pond with more vegans becoming veggan. Some add eggs because they simply like them, others are looking for an excellent … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Viki’s Granola was inspired by a mom who was baking a batch of homemade granola for a school fund raiser. The brand is NonGMO Project Verified , Certified Gluten-Free, and kosher certified (OK). The flavors are … Read More

Numerous news stories have reported that moderate drinking can help you live longer and lower your risk for heart disease. But, the scientific evidence may be shakier than we once believed. A recent study reviewed 87 previous studies that showed health benefits from moderate alcohol use. The current analysis of past studies did not support the idea that moderate drinkers, those … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. We must confess that we have been fans of Cabot cheese since we first tried it many years ago in Vermont when it was still only sold regionally. The Founders’ 1919 Collection harks back to the … Read More

People who are significantly overweight often deal with sleep disturbances, most notably sleep apnea. Those who are chronically sleep deprived tend to gain weight more easily and have a tougher time getting the weight off. A recent study found that overweight adults who ate more protein while dieting had improved sleep quality. This was the first study to explore how diet can … Read More