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Date: 01/16/2016 | Life

Ben & Jerry’s now offering nondairy ice cream

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Raise your spoons: Ben & Jerry’s now has nondairy ice cream.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Business Wire

Obama to seek $12 billion from Congress for child nutrition

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed millions of schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer, the White House said Wednesday.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Nation & World

Senate panel approves bill to make school lunches tastier

WASHINGTON — School meals could become a bit tastier under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World

Breaking through your weight loss plateau

Most of you know what I'm talking about: You start an exercise program, clean up your eating and shed pounds. You put in the sweat, hard work and discipline. You're looking great and feeling unstoppable as you approach your target weight. And then,...

Date: 01/16/2016 | Life

When you're dieting, take it slow and steady

If going on a diet is one of your New Year's resolutions (like it is for many of us), you're probably wondering about all your options. Cutting carbs? Reducing sugar? Going Paleo?Wonder no more. We're here to break down the pros and cons of some popular diets. First, let's...

Date: 01/16/2016 | Life

Six things the government's Dietary Guidelines should say

Go through the fine print of the omnibus spending bill just passed by Congress, and you'll see that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, scheduled for release in — you guessed it — 2015, have been pushed out to 2016. You wouldn't think that the government's efforts, every five...

Date: 01/13/2016 | Life

Success of Mexico’s soda tax worth a look

One of the world’s highest soda taxes appears to be working. After just one year, purchases of sugary drinks in Mexico are down 12 percent, a new study shows. Even better, the biggest reductions have occurred among the poor, who can least afford health care.

Date: 01/11/2016 | Commentary

Government revises dietary guidelines for Americans

WASHINGTON - The federal government Thursday told Americans not to worry so much about cholesterol in their diets, that lots of coffee is fine and that skipping breakfast is no longer considered a health hazard.The recommendations were part of a new "Dietary Guidelines...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Nation & World

If you want to lose weight, eat that cake in front of a mirror

A new study has found that watching yourself eat something unhealthy, like a slice of chocolate cake, can make that food seem less tasty. And that, in turn, might make you eat less.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Nation & World

Enjoy your veggies during winter

It’s the time of year when fresh produce prices jump and you might wonder how to stay within a budget without sacrificing health and quality. There are great options for vegetables during winter months that aren’t expensive but deliver good nutritional value.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Life

‘Gluten-free’ joins food fads we’ll likley outlive

When the federal government's 1980 "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" warned about the baleful effects of saturated fats, public interest activists joined the fight and managed to persuade major food companies to switch to the shiny new alternative: trans fats. Thirty-five...

Date: 12/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

You don’t have to choose between pleasure and wellness

The glorious bounty of food that surrounds us this time of year makes the season a celebration. From cheese plates, party dips and turkey dinners to chocolates, cakes and cookies, it is a time when pleasure and indulgence rule. Many embrace the bacchanalia wholeheartedly and banish thoughts about...

Date: 12/23/2015 | Life

Adventurous home cooks will enjoy these 5 food magazines

Along with Bon Appetite, Saveur, Food + Wine and the other well known food publications, there are several craft magazines with a more specific focus that make the perfect stocking stuffer, but only if you get it right. We’ve found five that could fit the bill.

Date: 12/23/2015 | Life

Candied nuts spark Christmas memories

Like so many others, my family has its own collection of traditional holiday recipes. Most are known by heart or written in cryptic shorthand on faded recipe cards. In the weeks before Christmas, we divide the usual assignments to make sure everyone's favorite foods will be on the...

Date: 12/23/2015 | Light for Life

New guidelines boost screening for diabetes

More people who are overweight or obese may get screened for diabetes under new guidelines released by a panel of prevention experts this month. Those whose blood sugar is higher than normal now can be referred to nutrition and exercise counseling without paying anything out of pocket...

Date: 12/20/2015 | Nation & World

How to build yourself a more nutritious sandwich

The sandwich, America's favorite grab-and-go lunch item, can be a convenient option ... but what lies between the bread slices can range from healthy to decadent. These easy suggestions will produce a meal that's as healthy as it is quick!Health-ify the...

Date: 12/19/2015 | Life

There’s a lot of comfort in a perfect stew

This savory, simmered beef stew is the very essence of comfort food: a homey, warm and filling one-pot meal that will satisfy the most ardent meat-and-potatoes person. But with all its traditional flavor and substance, the recipe takes the old-word dish in a fresher, more healthful direction by...

Date: 12/16/2015 | Life

Something rotten about decision not to label 'Frankenfish'

"Frankenfish" warned us this would happen.

Date: 12/11/2015 | Web Monkey

Surprise! Processed food isn’t necessarily bad for you

Headlines scream it. Alarmists teach it. The default message: Processed foods are bad for us.Is this true?

Date: 12/05/2015 | Life

Healthful secrets update old casseroles

Say “casserole” and, depending on your upbringing, you may be reminded of dishes like kugel, spoonbread, spaghetti casserole, lasagna or enchiladas.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Life

Well-stocked pantry can prevent a junky diet

Most Americans have experienced the rush of daily living with demands from work, school or family obligations.Eating healthy can sometimes take a backseat to more pressing matters.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Life

Why that miracle diet was a dud for you

If you’ve ever tried out the latest diet fad only to find yourself gaining weight and feeling awful and wondered what you were doing wrong, scientists now have an explanation for you.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Life

Label genetically modified salmon

Salmon hold sacred status in the Pacific Northwest, literally for the people of the region's Indian nations. But the rest of us, specifically those who fish for salmon and those who serve them at family meals, also regard the fish as part of our heritage.So it's not hard to...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Editorials

Teaching children a joy that lasts longer than a calorie buzz

I want to teach my kids that the holidays are about more than an excuse to pig out. When I think back to past things I have said, I shudder.“Pumpkin pie counts as a vegetable.”“If we were Shakers, we would eat apple pie for breakfast. This is a history lesson.”

Date: 11/22/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Sugar, high fructose syrup lawsuit settled

LOS ANGELES — The sugar and corn industries ended their bitter billion-dollar dispute over sweeteners Friday in a secret out-of-court settlement.The deal midway through a trial in Los Angeles federal court put an end to dueling lawsuits that pitted sugar processors...

Date: 11/21/2015 | Business Wire

They may take our lives, but they'll never take our bacon

First, they came for our salt, and we didn’t want high blood pressure, so we learned to cope.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Web Monkey

It’s tabbouleh, but with earthy seasonal roots

Tabbouleh, the Middle Eastern bulgur, vegetable and herb salad traditionally made with fresh ripe tomatoes, is best in the summer, when tomatoes are in peak season. But the dish lends itself to the flavors and textures of autumn, too, as the accompanying recipe so beautifully proves.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Life

A tandoori payoff for weeknight chicken? No sweat

Although “tandoori” technically refers to food cooked in a tandoor, a type of coal-burning clay or metal oven, meats cooked that way are typically marinated first in a distinctive mix of yogurt and spices that translates deliciously, and healthfully, to a regular oven, too.

Date: 11/04/2015 | Life

The meat of the issue

Viewpoints: Quantifying the risk that bacon will kill you

Date: 11/01/2015 | Commentary

A golden, flaky turnover of a Greek treat

One of my formative food experiences was a first bite of a phyllo pastry. I was about 8 years old, at a Greek church festival in Queens, N.Y., where I grew up. The warm, golden pie — a savory one, filled with spinach and cheese — held so much mouthwatering promise in my hand. Its shatteringly crisp...

Date: 10/28/2015 | Life

5 myths about weight loss

Obesity has been on the rise worldwide for decades, putting people at risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and several forms of cancer. Today, two thirds of adults and one third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. As the numbers on the scale get bigger, so...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Commentary

‘Unsung hero’ lentils round out your diet

When it comes to preventing chronic diseases, no single food will make or break your health. The key is to focus on whole foods — lots of vegetables, lean proteins, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats.Some of your best preventive-food options are classic...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Life

Antioxidants may help cancer cells grow, study finds

Since the term “antioxidants” made the leap from the realm of biochemistry labs and into the public consciousness in the 1990s, Americans have come to believe that more is better when it comes to consuming the substance that comes in things like acai berries, green tea and leafy veggies.

Date: 10/14/2015 | Nation & World

Learn about healthful eating at EvCC’s free Food Day event

EVERETT — A national celebration of healthy, sustainable and affordable food includes Food Day events at Everett Community College.The free events are open to the public and include a sustainable food fair and cookbook swap.

Date: 10/14/2015 | Life

A healthful muffin that doesn’t taste like one

If you are skeptical about trying a healthful muffin recipe, I don’t blame you. Most of the better-for-you muffins I’ve tried have been disappointing: either dry or rubbery, or some sad combination of both. That precedent makes this recipe all the more compelling, because it will change your mind...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Life

A healthful grilled chicken salad that overturns convention

Salad topped with chicken is a healthful staple so commonplace, it is more likely to elicit yawns than excitement. But approached from a different angle, it is transformed into an enticing entree that’s anything but ordinary. Here that angle is 180 degrees different: The dish is turned upside down,...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Life

Parents must break kids’ fast-food habit

One in three children will eat fast food today, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's an appalling statistic that helps to explain why the incidence of childhood obesity has doubled in the past 30 years.The CDC's Center for...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Commentary

Blacks do better than whites when both get same health care

On most health measures, blacks fare much worse than whites - differences that have largely been attributed to socioeconomic factors, access to health care and discrimination by doctors in the treatments they prescribe.But if there were a health system in which all patients...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Nation & World

Everett High grad, first lady both passionate about Let’s Move! exercise initiative

Wooded Glenhaven was Diane Mortenson’s playground.She was Diane Dobler then, a girl who would go on to play soccer and basketball at Everett High School.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Some good reasons to flex your mussel repertoire

It is perplexing to me that mussels aren’t on more Americans’ dinner tables. The succulent shellfish have everything going for them. They are lip-smackingly tasty and fun to eat; they are inexpensive, widely available and packed with nutrients such as protein, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Life

Apples account for 29% of fruit consumed by American kids

Skip the acai berries and pass on the pomegranate juice. When it comes to fruit, American kids prefer apples — by a long shot.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Nation & World

Wireless scale informs dieters

A 2014 study from the scientific journal PLOS ONE indicated that dieters lost more weight the more they weighed themselves.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

Longer school lunch more healthful, study says

In the continuing quest to improve the health quotient of school lunches, experts have proposed fancy chefs, cutesy lunch boxes and smiley-faced stickers. Now comes a more straightforward suggestion - just make the lunch period longer.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

Still bargaining with kids to eat their veggies

It had to be a joke, a parody, I thought while reading of a new electronic gadget claiming to entice children to eat vegetables by rewarding them with video games. I've been taken in by less. But there was the Yumit being touted with a straight face on the website of the reputable Wired...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

This ‘aged’ balsamic vinegar tastes like pure luxury

On a family trip to Italy a few years back, I got to experience real aged balsamic vinegar — the kind from Modena that is barreled for at least 12 years — for the first time. It was a revelation. Strikingly different from the everyday balsamic we use on salads here, the good stuff was only slightly...

Date: 09/02/2015 | Life

Want a better smoothie? Make it yourself

The "smoothie" category covers a wide range of products and recipes that many people are surprised to find out aren't necessarily "healthy." Along with beneficial fruits and vegetables, many pre-packaged and store-made options contain added sugar. When a smoothie...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Life

‘School meals are healthier now than ever before’

Federal health authorities give American schools good grades for improving the nutritional quality of food served in their cafeterias — but there’s still room for improvement, they said.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Nation & World

Heavenly summer spoonbread makes good use of corn

I don't think I could ever tire of sweet summer corn. Simply steamed or grilled and eaten right off the cob, it is the very essence of the season. But sometimes those golden kernels call out for special treatment, and this dish is exactly that.Here, corn lends its essence to...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Life

Give kids healthy start to school year

The days are getting shorter and summer activities are winding down. School supply lists are appearing in stores and your in-boxes. Kids (hopefully) are finishing their summer reading lists. Back to School time is just around the corner, though it may feel like Memorial Day was just a...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Commentary

Help save the planet, skip the salad

As the world population grows, we have a pressing need to eat better and farm better, and those of us trying to figure out how to do those things have pointed at lots of different foods as problematic. Almonds, for their water use. Corn, for the monoculture. Beef, for its greenhouse...

Date: 08/23/2015 | Nation & World

Education, not taxation best way to address sugar

Champions of righteous eating have been saying terrible things of late about Coke. They're now focusing their wrath on a corporate campaign to place Coca-Cola in the context of a healthy diet.A New York Times editorial accuses Coke and other beverage-makers of forming...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Gardening in good taste

Mixing edible and ornamental plants can be nutritious, gorgeous

Date: 08/13/2015 | Home and Garden

An easy, delicious summer dinner, all wrapped up

Fresh fish cooked on the grill is one of summer’s simple pleasures. All you need to do to make it delicious is season it with salt and pepper, cook it and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Dinner, done.

Date: 08/05/2015 | Life

Day-old bread, brand-new meal

Panzanella is a Tuscan bread-and-tomato salad that, like most rustic Italian dishes, manages to be both simple and sublime. Invented as a way to make the most of day-old bread and a garden brimming with vegetables and herbs, at its most basic it consists of a piece of a crusty loaf, perfectly ripe...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Life

Summit’s goal: Improve health, quality of life

EVERETT — Hundreds of leaders in medicine, business, government and social services plan to gather next week to kick off an initiative that could reshape the way health care is viewed and practiced in Snohomish County.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News

Cottage peas and basil add a savory twist

Everywhere I look, snacks that were once typically sweet are going savory. In the past few months, I have sampled hickory-smoked and meat-based energy bars at my local grocery store, seen pulled-pork doughnuts and gazpacho sorbet on my Instagram feed, and tasted carrot- and butternut...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Life

A shot of gazpacho will cure what ails you

The playground bully hates his victim's guts. The fisherman guts his prey. The soldier guts it out. Strong stuff. It takes guts to deploy the word guts.Now guts is going glam. Against all odds, it's in.Whole books are devoted to cultivating a happy, healthy gut,...

Date: 05/13/2015 | The Dish

Crispy chicken will never miss the fryer

The inspiration for so many of my recipes starts with a craving. This time it was a hankering for fried chicken — the kind with a crisp, crunchy coating that flakes just enough when you bite into it and gives way to moist, tender and fulfilling meatiness inside; chicken that is heavenly served hot...

Date: 05/06/2015 | Life

Pulled pork tacos

Make a tasty restaurant favorite at home

Date: 05/01/2015 | Light for Life

Study links childrens’ brain sizes to affluence

New research that shows poor children have smaller brains than affluent children has deepened the national debate about ways to narrow the achievement gap.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Nation & World

The subtle difference between sugar and high-fructose corn syrup

WASHINGTON — For decades, Americans have sipped on fountain sodas, wondering, at least occasionally but likely much more often, what exactly that thing that makes the drink so sweet is. It’s called high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), that much we have known. And it could be bad for us in a way that...

Date: 04/15/2015 | The Dish

Bone strength tied to more than calcium

“Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it,” my mom used to say. That’s why we always had plenty of food for holidays and why I still tend to over pack when I travel.

Date: 04/14/2015 | Life

Will USDA fall for sweet talk of sugar lobby?

Our mothers told us: Sugar is filled with "empty calories," and it can rot your teeth, make you fat and give you diabetes.They told us this because, unfortunately, it's true. But this is Washington, and things operate here much like in Willy Wonka's world of...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Demand healthier options

American consumers have more power than the FDA or the CDC to create needed and healthy changes in our food supply. For example, people have decided that they don't want farm-subsidized high fructose corn syrup in nearly every product they purchase, beyond the obvious soda and cereal,...

Date: 04/06/2015 | Editorials

Lawmaker tries to cut steak, seafood from food stamps

WASHINGTON — In 2013, Fox News proudly broadcast an interview with a young food stamp recipient who claimed to be using the government benefit to purchase lobster and sushi.

Date: 04/03/2015 | Nation & World

Quite a combo

Hitting the ‘refresh’ button on everyday broccoli, pizza

Date: 03/25/2015 | Life

Use puffed wild rice for nutritious snack bars

When a cook from Minnesota’s Red Lake Nation showed chef Jerome Grant how to puff wild rice, amping up its nutty flavor, he knew just where to deploy it: in a grain-packed alternative to the granola bar.

Date: 03/17/2015 | The Dish

Will I always have to think about healthy eating?

Tell me if this sounds familiar?"I just want to get to a point where I don't have to think about it."The "it" in this case is eating for weight loss.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Light for Life

Gluten-free baking against the grain

Cookbook: “Gluten-Free Baking”Author: Kristine Kidd

Date: 03/11/2015 | Life

Sugary drinks out; Coffee, eggs and salt are back in

WASHINGTON — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables.Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally...

Date: 02/20/2015 | Nation & World

Worldwide diets are getting worse

LONDON — There may be more fruit, vegetables and healthy options available than ever before, but the world is mostly hungry for junk food, according to a study of eating habits in nearly 190 countries.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Nation & World

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