She Might Be (Healthy) Soul Food’s Biggest Champion

If you’re celebrating National Soul Food Month and Juneteenth this month, you’re probably well acquainted with crispy fried chicken, ham hock-laden collard greens, smothered pork chops and gooey macaroni and cheese. But what about wheat sautéed tilapia salad, grilled salmon cake panini, black-eyed pea dip and roasted green beans? In the eyes of restaurateur Vonda McPherson, that’s soul food, too. The chef and owner of Vonda’s Kitchen in Newark, N.J., is on a mission to make fresh and organic a …

Dear Mrs. Obama: How About Obesity in Older Women?

Dear Mrs. Obama: Congratulations on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that shows that obesity among preschoolers has plummeted 43 percent over the last decade. Certainly that was good news to coincide with the fourth anniversary of your Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. As nice as that is, that’s not really why I’m writing you. I’m writing about the rest of that study, which included the less than stellar news about the obesity rate among …

7 Healthy Things To Eat Instead of a Twinkie

Among the big news stories yesterday: The return of Twinkies! Yeah, so what. What is the big deal about this processed snack cake? Just because it’s been around since our childhood (or our parents’ childhood) doesn’t make it terrific or healthy or something worth celebrating. When it was announced eight months ago that Hostess was seeking bankruptcy protection and the iconic “golden sponge cake” would disappear, all the people who hadn’t bought Twinkies in years – but still adored them, …

Superfood Kale Fuels Good Health

I’ve recently discovered something new about myself: I have an addiction to kale (well, at least that’s what my husband tells me). I eat it, drink it, write about it. I’ve been known to dream about a particularly delicious

Is How You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

In predicting future cardiovascular disease in preschoolers, is how children eat as important as what they eat? The surprising answer is yes. A Canadian study led by Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician, found “a significant association between poor eating habits in kids ages three to five and their levels of non-HDL-or ‘bad’-cholesterol, putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.” The eating habits that place children at risk for heart disease in adulthood are – eating while …

Swimsuit Time Is Pantry Makeover Time

Standing in front of a three-way mirror trying to find a flattering swimsuit may not be your idea of a fun time. You aren’t alone. More than any other time of the year, the approaching warm summer days that call for swimsuits, sleeveless blouses, cropped pants and shorts make us self-conscious about the shape of our bodies. But how we look on the outside is only part of the picture. How we look on the inside is just as important. …