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Fermented Foods Revival

Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival. Grassroots Groundswell “I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither ... Read More »

Eating Vegan on the Road

Clever Ways to Eat Healthy Anywhere JUDITH FERTIG Traveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned ... Read More »

Backyard Pizza Party

Grill Scrumptious Pizzas and Flatbreads CLAIRE O’NEIL Summer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a ... Read More »

Milk Minus the Moo

JUDITH FERTIG Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us. Almond Milk Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of ... Read More »

Eggs-pert Advice

How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens JUDITH FERTIG Janice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black ... Read More »

Fearless Eating

How to Move Past Food Sensitivities KATHLEEN BARNES Complaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wide-ranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran ... Read More »

Thumbs-Up on Fats

Good Fat Doesn’t Make Us Fat JUDITH FERTIG In an era of too much information, the role of fats in our diet has been a victim of not enough information. Today’s turnaround in nutritional thinking acknowledges natural fats as being vital to heart health and weight loss. Heart Health Benefit A recent metastudy in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal ... Read More »

Indoor Kitchen Gardening

Easy-Grow Microgreens Are Big on Nutrition BARBARA PLEASANT Fast, fun to grow and packed with flavor and nutrition, tender young microgreens can go from seed to table in as little as a week. Close cousins to edible sprouts, microgreens are grown in potting soil or seed-starting mixes instead of plain water. They customarily grow beyond the sprout stage until they ... Read More »

The Dark Side of Gluten-Free Living

Most People Benefit from Gluten JUDITH FERTIG Sales of gluten-free products reached $973 million in 2014 and are projected to grow to $2.34 billion in 2019, according to Packaged Facts, a market research publisher. Many such products cost more than their gluten-based counterparts. Gluten Sufferers The latest study, published in the American Medical Association publication JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the ... Read More »

Healthy Holiday Libations

Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer During jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add ... Read More »