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National Nutrition Month: Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

This post was written by Tiana Yom Every month there seems to be something to celebrate in the food and health community. February was the American Heart Association’s Healthy Heart month and this month is National Nutrition Month®. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month. Since 1973, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) has created a month-long nutrition education and information campaign, National Nutrition Month (NNM), which focuses on informed food… read more »

Menu Plan Monday (March 4-March 10)

What do you do when you have leftover mint? Make mojitos! That’s what I’ll be doing this week. I bought mint a couple of weeks ago to make a side dish. Of course I only needed a little bit, so ever since I’ve been trying to use it before it goes bad. Last week I included the mint in a frittata and last minute threw it into my barley dish on Friday (recipes to come). But I still have a lot left and I just can’t think of anything else to make right now (most of what I like with mint isn’t… read more »

Greek Night Dinner: Spanakopita {Recipe}

Yesterday I told you about the latest research on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. As promised, today I am sharing one of my favorite Greek recipes, Spanakpoita. I wouldn’t say this is the healthiest of all Mediterranean food, but it is absolutely delicious. At restaurants you can find Spanakopita in small triangles (like that shown below), which are more of an hors d’oeuvre, but traditional spanakopita is made in a casserole dish.  Image Credit: greek.food.com I mad… read more »

Mediterranean Diet Good for Your Heart

The benefits of following a Mediterranean Diet have been touted for quite some time based on observational studies, which showed an inverse association between following a Mediterranean Diet and risk of cardiovascular disease. Until now. This week, the results of a randomized controlled study – the cream of the crop when it comes to research – were released and showed that about 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high r… read more »

Menu Plan Monday (February 25-March 3)

It’s the last week of February, can you believe it? I am so ready for spring – slightly warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and of course some new produce to add to the repertoire. I have to admit, I’m getting a little tired of the limited winter fruit and vegetables and finding it hard to come up with new and exciting meal ideas for every day of the week. It took me longer than usual to put together this week’s menu. Some of it was inspired by what I already have in the fridge, as… read more »