Barley vs Brown Rice: The Ultimate Smackdown!

Barley Salad

The other night, two moths flew out of our uncooked rice. New bag. Stored in airtight canister. Ugh! Unfortunately, this is a pattern. It seems every other bag of rice we buy hosts little moth families. So we tossed the rice (contributing to our 40% food waste), and I searched for a stand-in. A fresh bag of barley sitting in the pantry caught my eye.

My husband loves barley. I didn’t eat it much growing up, so I don’t think to cook with it often. But we whipped some up to accompany our chile rellenos. It tasted great — nutty, toothy — much better than our normal boring brown rice. So I started to wonder… Continue reading “Barley vs Brown Rice: The Ultimate Smackdown!”

Yet Another Reason You Should Eat Like You’re Greek

Want to cut your risk of heart disease in half?

A new study from the American College of Cardiology shows eating the heart healthy foods of the Mediterranean diet is the way to go.

Researchers followed more than 2,500 Greek adults from 18 to 89 years old for more than 10 years. Study participants followed the Mediterranean diet — a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, and olive oils accompanied by seafood and red wine and lesser amounts of red meat, poultry, and dairy products. The participants provided health information each year and completed in-depth surveys about their medical records, lifestyle, and dietary habits at three points during the 10-year period. Continue reading “Yet Another Reason You Should Eat Like You’re Greek”

Seven Misleading Health Claims You Should Never Believe

Most of us want to eat healthier. Food companies know this — and their marketers know just how to push our buttons. Just ask Bruce Bradley — a former processed food marketer turned real food advocate. He recently posted a list of 17 health claims food companies use to trick us into buying unhealthy processed foods. Continue reading “Seven Misleading Health Claims You Should Never Believe”

What is Sustainable Food? Learn from some Green Teens.

I’ve been writing about good eating for a couple of years now, but I still have to ponder the meaning of “sustainable food.” In my mind, it’s food of known origin — ideally local, ideally organic. It’s fresh and seasonal (or preserved from fresh, seasonal ingredients). It’s made without a lot of unnecessary and chemically harmful ingredients. And it has been produced with respect — whether grown from seed or harvested kindly from a well-treated animal.

Continue reading “What is Sustainable Food? Learn from some Green Teens.”