Acorn, Butternut, Delicata, oh my! Around this time of year, there may not be much local produce available, but winter squash is still in season. These versatile and hearty fruits come in an array of shapes, sizes, and colors, adding warmth and flavor to seasonal dishes.
Autumn is known for its colorful foliage and crisp, cool air. There’s more to enjoy, though, than just the scenery and change in temperature. As the seasons change, so do our tastes, and pumpkin spice is front and center during this time of year. Aside from the delightful aroma and the comfort it adds to some our favorite dishes, pumpkin spice has a surprising array of nutritional benefits.
October is National Apple Month, and it’s not hard to see why. It is the height of the apple growing season. For some, visiting an apple orchard is a rite of passage into the fall season. Agreed, apple pie, apple cider donuts, BBQ sandwiches, apple butters, and other apple products offered at the apple orchards don’t fit the WFPB lifestyle, but don’t let that stop you from going to the orchard.
Romans considered them “food of the gods.” Egyptians believed that they granted immortality and only pharaohs could have access to them. Common people were not allowed to touch them, let alone eat them. What was this magical food? Mushrooms!
Slow Food Movement originated in Italy in 1989 when it was learned a McDonald’s was going into a building near the iconic Spanish Steps in Rome. As a form of protest, journalist Carlo Petrini and his friends passed out bowls of pasta declaring “We don’t want fast food, we want slow food.
The holiday season is fast approaching. It is a time of joy, excitement, celebration, increased festivities, and social and family gatherings. It can also be a time when differences in food choices among friends and family are more at the forefront, bringing about tension and frustration – from all sides.
Last week, we were joined by Janet Pearson to discuss her plant-based journey. Janet was a Founding Board Member to Plant Based Nutrition Movement with the goal of bringing her experience to the southwest suburbs of Chicago where she resides and raised a family.
CH-CH-CH-CHIA! You may remember this TV commercial from the 1980’s advertising Chia Pets. They were small clay shaped animals covered with “hair” which was really green sprouted chia seeds. The same chia seeds on these clay animals are the very seeds we eat today to boost our health.
Well, it happened. I had just finished my exercise class when the instructor asked, “Who wants some zucchini?” Ahh – zucchini, you either love it or hate it. And for those who grow it, they have more than what they know what to do with.
This week we brought on Deepa Deshmukh to talk about her experience as a plant-based nutritionist. Deepa has a unique background that includes training in food science and nutrition. She is one of only a handful of dietitians nationwide, who are Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM). She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDCES) and holds a certificate in Adult Weight Management.