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RECIPE ROUNDUP: Fresh Start to the New Year

By Heeseung Kim | January 1, 2014

detox collage

detox collage

The holidays are wonderful for a number of reasons. It’s a special time of year when you can spend quality time with your family and friends, actually like it when it snows, and pretty much have a license to eat and drink in excess. But following all the roasts and the cookies and the cocktails, I like to change it up for the new year. Here is a day’s worth of recipes that I think bring it back to the basics: food that is fresh, flavorful, healthy and delicious.

BREAKFAST: Avocado-Banana Smoothie

LUNCHPan-Seared Salmon with Cauliflower and Pine Nuts, and Broccolini and Sweet Sesame Salad

DINNERQuinoa, Fennel, and Pomegranate Salad

DESSERT: Roasted Pineapple Smoothie

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Now Available By Prescription: Fruits and Vegetables

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 30, 2013

stone fruit

stone fruit

In a new program to increase access to healthy foods and improve nutrition, doctors will be able to prescribe vouchers for fruits and vegetables to low-income, high-risk patients who need to change their diet for their health.

As reported by Gothamist, the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program is in its pilot stage, launching at Harlem Hospital and the Bronx’s Lincoln Medical Center.

Conceived by Michel Nischan and his incredible Wholesome Wave team, the patients receive the equivalent in coupons of a dollar per day for each person in their family for at least four months. In addition to receiving nutrition counseling, the participants’ weight and body mass index will also be monitored by their doctors. Read More

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Best of the Week: Our Most Popular Stories

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 26, 2013

Photo: cleber
Photo: cleber

Photo: cleber

It’s never possible to make all the right choices when it comes to food. Sometimes we think we’ve got the basics down, but then we realize that the labels on our food aren’t as straightforward as we thought. The low-fat diets we thought were getting us closer to happily healthy? Turns out, sugar might be the bigger and unseen culprit. But in better news, maybe we can throw out the no-pasta rule: there’s a local, slow-food (not to mention gourmet and tasty) option now from two Italians in California. And when it comes to protecting our skin from the sun, there’s a (tasty) extra step we can take without that sunscreen smell. And, the city of New York is joining us this week and expanding its recycling programs to include compositing initiatives. There–feeling better already. Read More

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Want to Eat Better? Here’s How to Start

By Christopher Stewart | July 22, 2013

Photo: cleber
Photo: cleber

Know the difference between Natural and Pasture Raised? Read on. (Photo: cleber)

With all of the amazing chefs, restaurants, food carts, and everything delicious in between, it’s hard to keep a complete healthy diet. Everyday, a new chef is born, a new meal is created, and a new dining option is widely available. It gets to be a bit much sometimes, keeping up with not only the Joneses, but also keeping up with everything the food world has to offer. Now more than ever, it’s important to not only know where our food source is coming from but to also know key factors when it comes to feeding ourselves and our families.  You always hear words like “grassfeed”  and “sustainability” but do we really know what any of these words mean? Here are a few key definitions to help you eat better. Read More

Food Stories

Animal Feed is Going Gourmet

By Christopher Stewart | July 8, 2013

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pigs, farmers, antibiotics, health,

Photo: Vicky T.

With the rising concern of GMO’s, animal health, and the effects of the food we are consuming at record numbers, I believe everyone has a concern about the foods that we digest. In the times of numerous restaurants opening up every day, and the constant want of a 24-hour restaurant, food is being produced faster and faster, even if it’s not the safest. Farmers are taking notice of their animals and switching up things for the better, not just for the animal, but for the customer as well. Gourmet animal feed is now the topic of conversation, and farmers are designing specialty feed for their animal’s health and enjoyment. Read More

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Caffeine Withdrawal Classified As Mental Disorder

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 17, 2013

coffee, caffeine, coffee addiction, caffeine addiction, caffeine withdrawal
coffee, caffeine, coffee addiction, caffeine addiction, caffeine withdrawal

Photo: Tim Geers

More than once, I’ve suffered through a bad headache only to realize, midday, that somehow I left my regular cup of coffee out of my morning routine. Annoying as it is, it’s an easy problem to fix…with a cup coffee.

According to the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, caffeine withdrawal is a mental disorder, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Read More

Health & Wellness

Teens and Calorie Counting

By Christopher Stewart | June 4, 2013

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burger, fries, calories

Photo: Jeannie

“When calorie information is available at a fast food/chain restaurant, how often does this information help you decide what to order?” 

Ever since the additions of calorie counts have been placed on menus across America in recent years, this question has been lingering over diner’s heads. Recently, studies show that it’s now a question being asked to teens, not adults. Published online from the Journal of Public Health, a new study has reported that out of 721 teens surveyed, 40% of tweens and teens between the ages of 9-18 years old pay attention to calorie counts and calorie information when it is available in fast food or chain restaurants. Read More

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The New Effects of Flax-Fed Beef

By Christopher Stewart | May 22, 2013

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flaxseed, beef, science, eating, food

Photo: Alisha V.

It’s hard to keep up with today’s food trends, fads, diets, and constant chef news. New topics are coming up everyday about the foods we consume and it’s hard to keep up. Staying healthy is another important topic of conversation and the foods we consume all play a part in this ongoing conversation. Beef has been a “hot button” topic of conversation for some years now, everyone from the NYTimes to vegetarians are talking about whether beef is a good choice. Jim Drouillard, professor of animal science and industry at Kansas State University believes that everyone can benefit from the health food flaxseed, even cows. Read More

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Top Five Foods to Avoid

By Kendall Kish | April 30, 2013

ice cream, worst foods to eat

Everyday there are new reports on what you should and should-not eat, new diet trends, and new food buzz-words. Of course if you eat a balanced diet of whole grains, lean protein, fruit, and vegetables, it’s okay to indulge every once in a while in your favorite guilty-pleasure food of choice. But there are certain foods that should be avoided as much as possible, and luckily there are plenty of flavorful and healthy substitutions you can make so you don’t have to feel like you are making sacrifices. Read More

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