healthy eating for healthy aging

Diets

In the land of the Mediterranean Diet

In the land of the Mediterranean Diet

Mmmm. A plate of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and goat cheese, drizzled with olive oil and herbs, with olives on the side. To me, that’s the quintessential Mediterranean meal. Simple, loaded with vegetables, unprocessed and delicious. You can make that sort of meal anywhere, but somehow 

Hummus Salad

Hummus Salad

Protein intake might be the first thing on a person’s mind when switching to a mostly meatless diet. It’s a valid concern, particularly for older people. I’m a big advocate of real food, so I love to talk about plant foods that boost protein intake. 

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: 

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 

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