From every turn we are encouraged, cajoled and admonished to eat more fruits and vegetables. From the “5 a Day” campaign to Produce for Better Health, to the First Lady, Dr. Oz and Jamie Oliver on the Food Network we have been bombarded with this message. No one could have escaped it unless you live…Read More
A Colorful Salad for a Warm Autumn Day
With a large swath of the country suffering through the mega storm Hurricane Sandy, I feel guilty enjoying the last warm days of autumn last weekend. While biking along the river with the fall color changing I was struck with the fact that most people don’t even think about Sacramento, Ca when they think of…Read More
Frozen vs. Canned Food
Portland Tribune writer, Nate Ford, tackled this issue from a sustainability perspective in a recent issue of Sutainable Life (July 26, 2012). As he stated, “we all know we should be eating fresh fruits and vegetables, but sometimes you just have to have produce that isn’t in season”. Research indicates that consumers have a tendency…Read More
A Refreshing and Healthy Dessert for Summer
While traveling in Portland last week for business I found myself in a Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop drawn in by the sign featuring Greek Frozen Yogurt. Greek Yogurt is all the rage right now because the fat free version is so creamy and delicious and packed with protein. I eat it almost every…Read More
The Queen and The Produce Man-Berry Fest 2012
It’s berry season in the west and that gives rise to Berry Fest celebrations all over the place. The season in California is early and Mother’s Day weekend I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Michael Marks Your Produce Man in Roseville, California. The theme was a side by side bake off with…Read More
Decadent Breakfast on the Run
Sometimes you just need to treat yourself. I don’t know about you but life has been pretty hectic for me lately. I find myself running from place to place, generally late for everything. I am not sure why exactly so I have been thinking about how I can get some balance. I am thinking about…Read More
Cherry Chocolate Smoothie
½ cup nonfat Greek Yogurt ½ cup vanilla almond milk ½ cup Oregon Fruit Dark Sweet Cherries, drained syrup reserved 2 Tbs. Dark Sweet Cherry Syrup 1/8 tsp almond extract 1 Tbs. Dark Chocolate Chips ½ cup crushed ice Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Serves 1 …Read More
What’s Better than Cherries and Chocolate?
Some of the latest research on both of these foods has demonstrated how good they are for us. Of course we are talking about SMALL amounts of good dark chocolate, not the whole 1 lb. bag of peanut M&M’s! And everything in moderation is a good rule of thumb. Coffee has also had some good…Read More
Let’s See if We Can Keep Our Resolutions Until March!
I was working out with my personal trainer at the gym today (I am SUCH a New Year’s cliché!). He told me that most people drop their gym memberships purchased in January, by Valentine’s Day. I am determined not to be one of those people so I have signed up for several runs of increasing…Read More
Healthy Fruit from a CAN?
Last time we talked about the new “My Plate” guidelines designed to help consumers make better food selection choices and how the Supermarket industry is trying to help as well with food ranking systems right on the shelf. I visited my local Raley’s store in Sacramento to check out the NuVal rankings of Oregon Fruit…Read More