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Foodie Underground: Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week

I’m guilty as charged when it comes to a standard farmers’ market routine; my Saturday morning market run always includes a visit to my egg guy, then my favorite stand for whatever greens are in season, and then a swing by the Irish man who runs a smoked salmon stand. After that […]

Going Local Online: The Rise of the Online Farmers Market

Can digital platforms open up the booming farmers market category for easier access to local foods and goods? Using online services to live a more local lifestyle is a concept that seems like a paradox – it’s the worldwide web after all – but in the food realm, the digital world […]

It's a Lemon! It's an Orange? It's a Meyer!

Thank goodness citrus ripens in the winter, because after months of the chilly blues, we need that tangy pick-me-up. Today we celebrate the exotic Meyer lemon, revving up our chilled taste buds with a more fragrant, less acidic flavor than the more common Eureka and Lisbon lemons, and packing a […]

Better than Milk? Dairy-Free Calcium Sources for Strong Bones

Most of us grow up with the conception that milk is the number one source of calcium and a crucial part of a healthy diet. However, much of this hullabaloo is the result of strategic and clever ad campaigns by the dairy industry. Milk is actually neither the most reliable source of […]

3 Recipes to Try This Memorial Day Weekend

I’ve been eating eggs on almost everything and anything lately. I’ll cook up a pot of beans just to have around and find myself heating them up and eating them with a fried egg on top and whatever leftover greens I have for a quick, filling meal. Brown rice and lentils […]

Can You Be Too Alkaline?

You are concerned about your health and living a healthful lifestyle. You’ve heard that one effective way to ward off disease and premature aging is by keeping your pH balanced through an alkaline diet. But is there such thing as being too alkaline? Avoid acidic foods, eat alkaline foods. This […]

10 Holiday Cocktail Recipes to Kick Off Any Good Party

A round up of cocktail recipes that are sure to add some cheer to any holiday party. Mediocre spiked egg nog isn’t the only holiday drink on the block. There are plenty of creative combinations that bring together seasonal flavors and festive spices. Couldn’t your holiday party do with one […]

There’s a Hotel for Your Sourdough Starter… in Sweden

Concerned about how your sourdough starter will fare when you’re on vacation? Drop it off at the sourdough starter hotel. Sweden is known for baking culture. If you’re not baking your own bread, then you know a good bakery to get it from. The bread is usually dense – none […]

Foodie Underground: How to Travel Like a Foodie

ColumnA step-by-step guide to making sure you travel like a food lover. “You can’t eat yet.” My tablemates were ready to dig into their meal when my best friend and travel partner Rachel alerted everyone that they had to wait for a few. “Just one second,” I said, while whipping […]

10 Essential Items for a Vegan Pantry

Stock up on these 10 basic essentials for your vegan pantry including beans, whole grains, non-dairy milk and a variety of seasonings. Contrary to the assumptions of many a meat eater, vegans don’t solely subsist on lettuce and carrots. But what, exactly, should be stocked in a vegan’s pantry? Anyone […]

Why You Should Not Diet in 2014: Foodie Underground

ColumnSkip the diet and go for the lifestyle change. Resolution this, resolution that. As we come closer to 2014 everyone is abuzz with good intentions, and that’s all well and good, but here is one thing you should not do in 2014: diet. Seriously, don’t do it. We’re diet obsessed, […]

The Ecology of Food

ColumnThe real danger of functional foods. You’re standing in the cereal, snack, drink, or dairy aisle and the packages are screaming their claims at you: “high fiber,” “low fat,” “contains probiotics,” “now with added soy protein.” Welcome to the world of functional foods—foods that claim to have health promoting or […]

A Simple Tip to Lower Your Blood Pressure

My boss has hypertension. And about two years ago, he nearly died. He was hundreds of pounds overweight, but because of a disciplined diet and exercise regimen, he’s lost 150 pounds (with more to go) and is feeling much better. One of his newly found secrets? He eats a banana […]

Kale Pesto Recipe

In this kale pesto recipe, the basil typically used  in pesto is replaced  with the earthy kale, which gives the sauce a bolder, slightly spicy flavor. This condiment is delicious mixed with scrambled eggs, spread on a sandwich or pizza, whisked into salad dressing, or spooned over grilled fish. Kale Pesto […]

Salad Days: A Review of 15 Popular Foodie Greens

In thinking about salad greens we know and love, and those we don’t know so well but might also love, I wondered how best to compare them. Should I rate different salad staples according to my own opinions? I thought back to the obsessive watercress phase I went through or […]

Foodie Underground: Corporate Food Cart Nation

ColumnAs the food truck trend grows, corporate chains like Jack in the Box are paying attention. It was only a matter of time. There was no way we could keep guerrilla marketing techniques and word of mouth culinary tips to ourselves. No, after several years of brief stints in the […]

Foodie Underground: It’s Not All Food Snobbery

ColumnGood food doesn’t have to be pretentious. It has happened again. You’re surrounded by smoke-infused drinks in mason jars and salads with shaved fennel, all paired with a group of friends that can’t stop raving about the local biodynamic wine they serve at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that you’re all so […]

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Are All Those Superfood Smoothies Making Us Fat?

Are you making superfood smoothies? Spoiler: They may be the reason you’re gaining weight. What started as a general, well-intentioned suggestion to eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables has now spiraled out of control. Instead of appreciating the produce that is so readily available at our local farmers […]

7 Scrumptious Grain-Free Side Dish Recipes

Fill up on any of the following 7 grain-free side dish recipes, which all happen to be bursting with flavor. Whether you’re by the pool, having a barbecue, or simply enjoying the summer heat, these recipes are sure to keep you full without weighing you down. 7 Grain-Free Side Dish […]

Paleo, Gluten-Free Zucchini Flatbread Recipe

This zucchini flatbread recipe re-inspires your love for bread, only without the wheat. I’m always looking for low-carb alternatives to foods that I tend to overindulge in. I have a hard time holding back from chips, cheesy sauces, and, of course, bread. As I eat, I like to use bread […]

1-Ingredient Parmesan Crisps Recipe: Low-Carb Chips for Chip Lovers

Parmesan crisps are the new chips to your healthy dips.  After I conquer a healthy dip recipe, I’m often left with not-so-lust-worthy options for dipping. Vegetable crudités are colorful and all, but they don’t quite mimic the gloriousness of salty and crispy chips. Meanwhile, store-bought chips are often deep-fried, packed […]

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Cauliflower Tostada Recipe with a Citrusy Black Bean Salsa Topping

Enjoy a lower-carb version of a regular tortilla with this cauliflower tostada recipe. Tostada is Spanish word meaning “toasted.” In Ecuador, it’s prepared as a corn-based (and gluten-free!) version of a white flour tortilla and is used as a base to a plethora of various toppings. In the following tostada recipe, […]

Vegan Peanut Butter Oat Bars Recipe with Flax Seeds and Coconut Milk

These vegan peanut butter bars are packed with flavor and nutrition. There are so many nutrition bars brands out there, many of which boast pure, organic ingredients and a glowing nutritional profile. Even so, nothing beats the potential of what you make in the comfort of your own kitchen. You not […]

Vegan Lemon Cake Recipe: Light, Refreshing, Perfectly Tart

Lighten up your dessert with this delicious vegan lemon cake recipe. When I think of dessert cake, I imagine decadence, density, and a surefire means to a splurging waistline. However, not all cakes are created equal. Some thrive being light and fluffy, just like this vegan lemon cake. It bears […]