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7 Almonds a Day

7 Almonds a Day

True story: a friend told me that her doctor advised her to eat “seven almonds a day”. Why? No explanation given. I’m not sure what the specific benefit would be, but nothing wrong with eating seven almonds, which is about 1/3 ounce. Seven almonds provides: 

Should you be taking vitamin C?

Should you be taking vitamin C?

In this time of increased concern about immunity, our thoughts turn to … megadoses of vitamin C? True, vitamin C — ascorbic acid — does play a critical role in immune function. Can megadoses boost immunity? Until around 1970, vitamin C was just another vitamin, 

Recipes should be easy

Recipes should be easy

If you want to discourage people from trying to do something new, make it look expensive complicated fussy When it comes to food and recipes, let me add: no guarantee of success might not even taste that great Exhibit A: the plant-centered (sometimes vegetarian) diet 

For older adults, it’s always hydration season

For older adults, it’s always hydration season

As the weather heat up, people start thinking more seriously about hydration. You might be more diligent about drinking water or carrying a water bottle with you. All well and good. But for older adults, hydration isn’t just for hot weather. Aging messes with our 

Green beans and Julia Child

Green beans and Julia Child

Green beans are always high on my garden priority list. First, because they do well in my garden, and I’m always in favor of vegetables that aren’t problematic and fussy. Second, because fresh green beans from the garden taste great. Cooked just right, they’ve got 

Quinoa: ancient grain with modern uses

Quinoa: ancient grain with modern uses

Quinoa wasn’t always on the foodie radar screen. It rose to prominence several years ago, as the idea of plant-based eating took off. Now it’s seemingly everywhere — in cereal, fake meat products, snack bars, restaurant menus, and prepared foods. You’d think it was the