healthy eating for healthy aging

Author: Donna Feldman MS RDN

Winter squash for my favorite risotto

Winter squash for my favorite risotto

When a craving for cold weather comfort food hits, some people do mac and cheese. I do risotto. It’s easy to put together on short notice, filling, and delicious. Add a green salad or some chopped raw vegetables and you’ve got a meal. Cooking risotto 

Yes, choline is a nutrient

Yes, choline is a nutrient

Last month I attended an online conference. One of the speakers promoted meatless burgers. One reason: unlike beef burgers, meatless burgers contain little choline. Why is this important? Some gut microbes can metabolize choline into a chemical linked to increased risk for heart disease. I 

10 reasons I love roast turkey

10 reasons I love roast turkey

Without Sarah Josepha Hale, we might not be eating turkey in late November. She grew up in the early 19th century celebrating a day of thanksgiving that was a widespread if unofficial practice in the U.S. As the editor of a popular women’s magazine, she 

Stuffed Pumpkin for Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Stuffed Pumpkin for Vegetarian Thanksgiving

What’s a vegetarian to do? Thanksgiving dinner is built around the turkey. Roast turkey is a showpiece food, plus it smells wonderful. The side dishes are typically vegetarian: green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, cranberries and green vegetables. Even dessert is OK; pie 

Cranberries: not just for Thanksgiving anymore

Cranberries: not just for Thanksgiving anymore

There was once a time when cranberries weren’t everywhere, year round. Just a few decades ago, cranberry consumption was limited to canned jelled cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner. Now cranberries in multiple forms are everywhere. And why not? They add interesting flavor, they’re a good 

Immunity, aging and nutrition

Immunity, aging and nutrition

Immunity has been a hot topic for almost 2 years, for obvious reasons. Strangely, the link between immune function and nutrition is not front-and-center. It should be. Without nutrients, you don’t have a functioning immune system. To make matters worse, immune function deteriorates as we 

Did lactose intolerance creep up on you?

Did lactose intolerance creep up on you?

It crept up on me. Several years ago I finally had to admit that dairy foods were causing digestive upset. Milk on cereal was suspect. So was yogurt. The final straw was butterscotch pudding. I have a killer recipe for homemade butterscotch pudding from a 

I love peanuts

I love peanuts

Some people love ice cream. Some people love chocolate. Some people can’t stop eating chips. My secret food addiction: homemade bread + a touch of unsalted butter + a generous dollop of so-called ‘old fashioned’ creamy peanut butter. I love peanuts, but old fashioned style