Food Trends

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Whether you’re gifting for Christmas or another holiday, here are a few ideas for those you want to have a healthy new year:))

For the chef-in-training, how about a cutting board that helps differentiate between a small and medium dice (they’re on their own for a rough cut!). Markings on the board eliminate the need to get out a ruler (if millennials use rulers). Obsessive Chef is one brand of these cutting boards; could you use one too?

We flavor foods with fat, salt and sugar. Not too healthy, right? Culinary grilling planks are a cool alternative. The wood imparts a flavor (cedar, hickory, cherry or alder for example) but you can also soak the boards in wine or a fruit juice for even more flavor. You’re adding no calories, just another layer of taste. Fish is probably the most commonly grilled food but veggies could be another easy idea for planks on the grill.

Meal kits are just the thing for the new or easily bored cook. They are quite pricey but their step-by-step instructions, inclusion of every last ingredient (garnishes too) and unique flavor profiles will make an adventurous eater happy. Skill level demanded for the many brands is highly variable, so make sure you make those two elements a perfect match too.

Finally, I keep reading about (but have never tried) an airfryer but they get rave reviews. Fried foods with a minimum  amount of fat sounds like a nutritional winner to me. Superheated air surrounds your food to cook it; it’s the circulation that provides the all over crispness. These are sold at every size and price point. While they are one more bulky appliance to store in your kitchen, I’m guessing you just purged unused appliances just last month. This looks like a fun one.

Share your ideas on gifts to be well.



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New semester

We’re beginning a new semester at Purdue Fort Wayne and I’m happy to be back for both the routine of the day but also the terrific students I have. For years, we start class with a discussion about some nutrition topic in the news (distinguishing between real and fake news!!) but this year, I thought I’d supply the topic questions ahead of time:

For your contemplation, here are just a few:

  • is eating healthy expensive?
  • how helpful is nutrition info on menus?
  • is organic food necessary for a healthy diet?
  • should you go gluten free?
  • are herbal supplements safe?

Often, we get caught up in the latest headlines without putting much thought into the topic. My Minute readers are looking for more substance and context and I hope I’m keeping you current and on the RIGHT path to BE WELL.


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