September 18, 2015 |
On busy weekday evenings in one household in Princeton, the kids are just as likely to be cooking dinner as their parents. Emily and Lyla Allen, twin sixth-graders, have culinary skills and ambitions far beyond their 11 years. Whereas most tweens favor kid-friendly classics like burgers or grilled cheese, Emily and Lyla prefer vegetables. The sisters became vegetarian (like their mom) after a farm trip during which they learned that their favorite long-eye-lashed cow would soon be butchered for meat.
December 1, 2014 |
They say one healthy choice leads to another. So it seemed fitting that I discovered a health-food store on the way home from my new gym. The store is Health & Harmony, and to pass through its doors is to enter the rabbit hole of rabbit food. I don't mean Kashi cereal or that Greek yogurt John Stamos sells. Uncle Jesse is for amateurs. This was some next-level, Goop.com kind of stuff. The dairy aisle isn't hemmed in by the confines of a cow. There's almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, Tofutti cream cheese, anything but milk from a mammal.
June 25, 2014 |
A KNIFE-WIELDING robber tried to bilk Sharon Doyle out of a hard day's pay at Stan's Health Food, her store on Frankford Avenue near Wellington Street in Mayfair, police said. But he didn't realize that Doyle, 46, spent more than a decade working in law enforcement, including stints in the Philadelphia Police Department and the Secret Service. He also didn't know that he had brought a knife to a gunfight. And he ended up in the morgue with a bullet in his chest from Doyle's .38-caliber revolver, according to police.
May 9, 2014
WRITER/producer Laurie David has a new anti-sugar movie, "Fed Up," opening tomorrow, and has written a cookbook ( The Family Cooks ) to go with it. We sat down with David recently to talk about her crusade against sugar and processed food, and her complementary campaign to get American families back in the habit of cooking together, eating together and having fun in the kitchen. Q: "Fed Up" identifies sugar as a cause of obesity and chronic illness, singling out culprits like soda.
September 27, 2013 |
As the leisurely rhythms of summer give way to the more frantic routines of fall, those responsible for feeding a family have the challenge of navigating mealtimes around multiple schedules. I have always felt, and research bears out, that sitting down to eat, even for a few minutes, is better than eating in front of the fridge, or in the backseat of the car. Sit-down meals with others promote better eating habits, better relationships, and even better grades. So how can a busy family manage to eat healthy home-cooked meals here in the real world of competing priorities and overfilled schedules?
November 30, 2012
IF YOU STARTED November as a junk-food junkie, it was kind of a rough month. Papa John's threatened a 14-cent-per-pizza hike. A Denny's franchise (soon contradicted by the parent company) promised a similar 5 percent surcharge. And Hostess, in a fight over union benefits, pulled the plug entirely. All just after President Obama's re-election. Geez, does first lady Michelle Obama's healthier-foods crusade really wield so much clout? If only. Whether economic outcry or postelection posturing, these blips won't budge the monolith of U.S. junk food.
September 20, 2012 |
Does a healthy diet cost more than a junk-food diet in America? That depends on whom you ask, how you measure food and, most important, if you know how to cook. This year the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new analysis indicating that fruits, vegetables, grains and low-fat milk tend to be less expensive by weight and serving size than fatty, sugary foods and meat, fish, and poultry. The takeaway message, according to its authors: Healthful foods actually cost less than foods we are supposed to restrict.
July 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Turns out it's possible to make a fast-food lunch a bit healthier even without skipping the fries. New York City now has hard evidence that its ban on trans fat in restaurant food made a meaningful dent in people's consumption of the artery clogger and wasn't just replaced with another bad fat. The findings published Tuesday have implications beyond heart health, suggesting another strategy to curb the nation's obesity epidemic fueled...
February 16, 2012 |
PHOENIX - A federal trial began yesterday for an Indiana man accused of forcing his grandsons to hike for miles in the Grand Canyon without food or water in brutal August heat. Investigators have said that Christopher Alan Carlson of Indianapolis told them that the boys were overweight and that he thought hiking the Grand Canyon would help get them into shape. Carlson, who is in his mid-40s, has pleaded not guilty to six counts of child abuse. The criminal complaint against Carlson said the boys told investigators that Carlson hit, pushed and choked them repeatedly and kicked them with his steel-toed boots, and also forced their fingers down their throats to make them vomit during trips into the Grand Canyon.
January 20, 2010 |
I've never met Allan Borushek - "The Calorie King" - but he's usually with me wherever I go. His handy little book fits nicely in my purse, helping me decide when to resist tasty temptations and when to give in and chow down. If I'm stumped, I gaze at his wise eyes and mustard-yellow crown and ask, "What would The King do?" To make myself feel extra awful, I also consult Eat This, Not That , from Men's Health magazine's best-selling "food swap" series. (I got it from a friend who spent her teen years making me Butterfinger Blizzards - 105 percent of daily saturated fat!