Eat, Drink, Live Longer

Liz Weiss, MS, RDN

If you’re hungry for the latest science and the freshest advice on how to age backwards gracefully and feel your best from the inside out, then you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to EAT, DRINK, LIVE LONGER, where every episode unlocks the secrets to the Fountain of Youth, one delicious bite and sip at a time. Join registered dietitian, cookbook author, and veteran podcaster, Liz Weiss, on your journey to living a longer, more vibrant life. read less
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118: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Anti-Inflammatory Diet with Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN
May 12 2022
118: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Anti-Inflammatory Diet with Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN
Welcome, Fellow Health Warriors! Today’s show is packed with valuable information about inflammation. Our focus is on chronic inflammation, how it impacts our health, and how to prevent and reverse it through diet. You’ll learn what chronic inflammation is and why it plays a major role in many diseases. Join us to learn about the anti-inflammatory diet and how you can follow it to better health! Ginger Hultin is a nationally-recognized registered dietitian and health writer. She owns the Seattle-based virtual nutrition practices Champagne Nutrition and Seattle Cancer Nutritionists, where she helps clients solve complex mysteries with an integrative approach. She specializes in vegetarian diets, oncology nutrition, supplements, and nutrigenomics (the scientific study of the interaction of genes in disease treatment and prevention). Ginger currently serves as adjunct clinical faculty at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, where she teaches master’s level nutrition students. She authored the Eat to Beat Disease Cookbook and the Anti-Inflammatory Diet Meal Prep book.  Show Highlights: Ginger’s life in Seattle and why she is passionate about clinical and integrative nutrition and solving complex health mysteriesThe nitty-gritty truth about chronic inflammation, its causes, and why it can make you feel tired and fatigued over timeHow to recognize chronic inflammation in your bodyCommon causes of chronic inflammation: cigarette smoke exposure, lack of physical activity, lack of sleep, excess stress, etc.How the immune system can turn against you because of chronic inflammationCategories of foods that cause chronic inflammation: excessive consumption of alcohol, added sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, and highly-processed foodsAnti-inflammatory food superstars: fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, plant-based proteins, whole grains, herbs, spices, tea, and cocoa (Aim to eat more of these!)Why meal prep can be a lifesaver for those with chronic inflammationGinger’s meal prep secrets: make a list, plan the week, and make use of grocery delivery/pickup as a timesaving toolHow Ginger sets the record straight regarding gluten and dairy in an anti-inflammatory diet (Hint: Research shows that they have nutritional benefits and are anti-inflammatory.)Ginger’s research-based opinions on controversial foods, like nightshade vegetables, coconut oil, and turmeric in the anti-inflammatory dietWhy cinnamon, ginger, and garlic are superfoods in the inflammatory dietHow Ginger’s book is structured with information about inflammation and nutrition, meal prep tips and sample plans, and helpful recipes How you can increase the nutritional benefit by making your own sauces, marinades, dressings, and vinaigrettesGinger’s favorite recipe in the book, Lasagna Roll-ups, which is vegetarian and plant-basedWhy the anti-inflammatory diet could help you live longer and enjoy a healthy lifeHow Ginger is focusing on better sleep and stress management moving into her 40sWhy focusing on familiar foods with a healthier twist is a good start to a better dietWhere tofu, tempeh, and edamame fit into the anti-inflammatory dietGinger’s recipe for with Sheet Pan Tofu and Vegetables with Simple Ginger Teriyaki SauceA few more of Ginger’s favorite recipes from her book, like Flourless Banana Pancakes and Vegetable Fried Cauliflower Rice Ginger’s final tips on looking at science-based research and evidence about nutrition and the anti-inflammatory diet Resources: Ginger's website: Champagne Nutrition Anti-Inflammatory Diet Meal Prep Ginger on Instagram Ginger on Facebook Ginger on Twitter
117: Longevity Kitchen: Kale Edition with Liz Weiss
Apr 20 2022
117: Longevity Kitchen: Kale Edition with Liz Weiss
Welcome, Health Warriors! Today’s episode is dedicated to one of my favorite anti-aging ingredients: kale. Not to be forgotten are some other leafy greens that are good for us, like collards and bok choy. We will talk about the health benefits of kale, the different varieties available at the supermarket, all about kale chips, and a new recipe for Kale and Pine Nut Pesto that I created specifically for this show. Kale has been the “veggie of the moment” for a while now, and it’s super nutritious and versatile. It can be added to soups, salads, and smoothies. Join me for a closer look at this superfood!   Show Highlights:   A little info about kale, a cruciferous vegetable related to cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, arugula, bok choy, radishes, turnips, watercress, and wasabiThe types of kale: Curly kale can be added to salads, soups, and smoothies.Dinosaur or Tuscan kale, Italian kale also called Lacinato kale, is distinguished by long, slender, blue-green leaves that are not curly but puckered like savoy cabbage.Red Russian or Ragged Jack kale is an heirloom kale that looks like overgrown oak leaves and ranges in color from blue-green to purple-red; it has a sweeter flavor. Baby kale is the term for the young, immature leaves of the kale plant that are great for any use.  Superfood nutrition and antioxidants in kale: Kale is packed with vitamin K, C, beta carotene, calcium, folate, and fiber.Kale is packed with antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamin C, flavonoids, and polyphenols, which help to slow the aging process and help reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and neurodegenerative disorders.How kale is one of the best sources of compounds that help protect our eyes against damage and degenerative diseasesFacts: only one in ten people in the US eats the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day!Why we shouldn’t pay too much attention to the recent Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen List of produce items with dangerous levels of pesticide residue (You would have to eat over 18,000 servings of kale daily to put your body at risk!)Ideas to add more kale to your everyday diet for dinner, breakfast, sides, and saladsMy favorite smoothie recipe includes orange juice, baby kale, Greek yogurt, fresh mint leaves, English cucumber, mango chunks, banana, and honey.The scoop on kale chips and my best tips for getting them not to be soggyMy recipe for Kale and Pine Nut Pesto: baby kale leaves, toasted pine nuts, olive oil, mint leaves, Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, dijon mustard, honey, salt and pepperCheck out the Recipe Roundup on the blog with recipes for Wild Rice and Kale Salad; Kale and Sausage Gnocchi Bake; Creamy Chicken, Kale, and Rice Mushroom Soup;  and Caesar Salad with Kale and Chicken Resources:   Helpful links mentioned in this episode: Cruciferous vegetables and cancer:      https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/cruciferous-vegetables-fact-sheet#what-are-cruciferous-vegetables  Don't be afraid of the Dirty Dozen: https://fruitsandveggies.org/expert-advice/should-i-be-afraid-of-the-dirty-dozen/ Safe Produce Calculator: https://www.safefruitsandveggies.com/calculate/   Liz’s Links:  My website: www.lizshealthytable.com   My email: liz@lizshealthytable.com
116: The Impact of Alcohol on Health, and How to Calculate a Standard Drink, with Kathleen Zelman, MS, RDN
Mar 22 2022
116: The Impact of Alcohol on Health, and How to Calculate a Standard Drink, with Kathleen Zelman, MS, RDN
Have you ever wondered how much impact beer, wine, and spirits have on your health and longevity? The US Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting the number of alcoholic beverages we consume, but that can be pretty confusing. How do we even know how much alcohol is considered moderate and how much is too much? Or if we’re offered a cocktail at a party, how do we know how much alcohol is in it? My friend, and fellow dietician, Kathleen Zelman is joining us today to answer all those questions and tell us how moderate alcohol consumption can affect our health. She will also explain how alcohol can sabotage our well-being and longevity. Kathleen Zelman is a food, nutrition, and media communications consultant, co-host of the new podcast, True Health Revealed, and owner of No Nonsense Nutrition. Kathleen helped launch WebMD and spent seventeen years as their Director of Nutrition. Kathleen has received many awards throughout her career, including the prestigious Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in recognition of her distinguished career and remarkable contributions to the dietetics profession.  Kathleen is also a consultant for the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), so she is savvy on the subject of alcohol. She is here to give us the scoop on alcohol and talk about a new online calculator designed to help us figure out how much alcohol we are drinking. We will also share some snazzy ideas for cocktails and mocktails! Show highlights: Kathleen is excited about her new podcast that launched in January! She and her co-host, Dr. Tom Rifai, are doing it on behalf of the True Health Initiative, a non-profit organization that wants to ensure that they get information to consumers, translate science, and give consumers evidence-based facts. Dr. Eric Rimm, a Harvard professor and true expert on alcohol, was on Kathleen’s podcast. He said it's okay to have a glass of wine now and then. What does moderation mean for men and women, and how does that translate into beer, wine, and spirits?To find out what up to one drink per day looks like, go to www.standarddrinks.org to find a calculator. One standard drink is one and a half ounces of 80-proof spirits, a 12-ounce bottle of regular 5% alcohol beer, or five ounces of 12% volume wine.An exercise to do at home is to measure five ounces of wine and pour it into different glasses to see what a standard drink looks like.Become aware of what you are drinking and what the alcohol content is. Most wines have 12% alcohol, but some have much higher alcohol content- 15 or 16%.Most ready-to-drink canned cocktails are 12 ounces and have 5% alcohol content. However, some brands could contain up to 8 or 10% alcohol, so make sure you know how concentrated they are before drinking them. The information is on the label.Get to know how much you are drinking using the standard drinks calculator. Kathleen explains how it works.Having too many drinks in a row or drinking too quickly is considered binge drinking. It is always best to moderate your drinking or have your drinks with food.Why does one type of alcohol impact some people more than another? If your face becomes flushed after drinking, it is your body telling you to slow down. It means you are not tolerating the alcohol.Kathleen discusses the potential health benefits of drinking in moderation, whether or not there is any truth to the French paradox, and how drinking too much alcohol can sabotage your health.Kathleen lists the people who should not consume alcohol at all. Some tips to help you enjoy alcohol, reap the health benefits and make your drink last longer. A standard drink contains roughly 150 calories. Calories add up, so try to use low-calorie mixers, like club soda, and DON’T drink with a straw!Kathleen enjoys a tall vodka soda with a splash of cranberry and a wedge of lime. Her latest favorite is the Aperol Spritz- a serving of prosecco over lots of ice with a splash of Aperol and a wedge of lime. Kathleen and I share some recipes for mocktails. They are a good option for a “dry January” or taking a break from alcohol.Blue zones are hot spots in various places in the world where people live particularly long and healthy lives. One of the common denominators in all the blue zones is moderate alcohol consumption.Kathleen talks about the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DISCUS) and explains what you will find on the DISCUS website.   Resources: The standard drinks calculator  The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) website is called Standard Drinks.Org   Liz’s Links:  My website: www.lizshealthytable.com   My email: liz@lizshealthytable.com    Mocktail Recipe: Pomegranate Winter Spiced Mocktail (Serves 2) Place a cup of 100% pomegranate juice, a cup of 100% orange juice, some cloves, star anise, and a cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes, and then allow it to cool.  Pour it into a tall glass filled with ice, and garnish it with some orange slices or a wedge of orange. You can also add a sprig of mint. Or stretch it by adding some sparkling water.
115: Longevity Kitchen: Dark Chocolate Edition with Liz Weiss, MS, RDN
Mar 9 2022
115: Longevity Kitchen: Dark Chocolate Edition with Liz Weiss, MS, RDN
In today’s Longevity Kitchen episode, we are highlighting one of my very favorite foods in the whole world: dark chocolate. Chocolate is universally adored and appreciated by people everywhere as the world’s favorite sweet treat. Beyond the fact that it’s delicious and versatile, dark chocolate has specific and proven health benefits. Don’t feel guilty; grab a piece of dark chocolate and savor the flavor. Chocolate comes from cacao, which is found in the seeds of football-shaped pods that grow on the cacao tree. So yes, there IS such a thing as a chocolate forest! I’ve never been in one, but I’m SO ready to go! Today I’m telling you why dark chocolate is good for us, along with a brief history of chocolate, the differences in types of chocolate, and I’m sharing some delicious recipes. I created a new recipe for Dark Chocolate, Pecan, and Dried Cherry Clusters; they are crunchy and yummy and very easy to make. I’ll also highlight a few favorites from my Recipe Roundup, which includes 40 recipes from some fellow dietitians who also love dark chocolate. Join me for this delicious adventure!   Show Highlights: The basics to know about dark chocolate: Cacao is high in magnesium and antioxidants.Dark chocolate has higher amounts of cacao and less sugar than milk chocolate.The health benefits are greater with dark chocolate than other varieties because of the phytonutrients, which may play a role in cancer prevention and heart health. Other health benefits of dark chocolate include reduced inflammation, lower blood pressure, better cholesterol levels, improved cognition, better mood, better gut health, and improved blood sugar levels. There is some evidence of dark chocolate preventing memory loss and lowering the risk of Type-2 diabetes. The facts: dark chocolate has more antioxidants than green tea or red wine (The darker the chocolate, the more antioxidants.)How dark and how much? Choose a cacao content of 70% or higher, and eat about an ounce each day for maximum health benefits.We go WAY back for a brief history of chocolate, spanning the Olmec tribes of present-day Mexico in 1500 BC, the Mayans, Aztecs, and Spaniards. (It was in the early 1800s when chocolate became available to the masses, and aren’t we thankful?!)Important nutrients in dark chocolate include iron, fiber, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.Chocolate isn’t just for desserts; there are great savory recipes for Triple Chocolate Beef and Bean Chili and Eggplant Caponata. (I will be trying these!)My new recipe for Dark Chocolate, Pecan, and Dried Cherry Crunchy Clusters–they are made with dark chocolate chips, flaked cereal, chopped pecans, and dried unsweetened tart cherries.From the Dark Chocolate Recipe Roundup:From Laura @lauramali.com: Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse is made with dark chocolate, silken tofu, orange zest, agave syrup, kosher salt, orange-flavored liquor, and sliced strawberries.From Jackie @jackienewgent.com: Double Chocolate Banana Dessert Bread is made with whole wheat pastry flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, ripe bananas, chopped pistachios, vanilla and almond extracts, bittersweet chocolate chips, sugar, butter, and eggs. From Kelly @kellyjonesnutrition.com: Vegan Turtles are made with dates, salt, walnuts or pecans, dark chocolate chips, and cayenne pepper.The differences in types of chocolate, like cocoa powder, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate (which isn’t really chocolate at all!)   Resources History of Chocolate:  https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeology-chocolate-180954243/ Video of Cacao Bean Processing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_JuQCiKWUc   Savory recipes with dark chocolate: Triple Chocolate Beef and Bean Chili:  https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Triple-Chocolate-Beef-Bean-Chili/  Eggplant Caponata: https://www.saveur.com/gallery/Savory-Chocolate-Recipes/   Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse:  https://www.lauramali.com/easy-dark-chocolate-orange-mousse/ Vegan Turtles:  https://kellyjonesnutrition.com/vegan-turtles/  Double chocolate banana dessert bread: https://jackienewgent.com/dessert-bread/    Liz’s Links:  My website: www.lizshealthytable.com   My email: liz@lizshealthytable.com
114: Recipes, Tips, & Strategies to Turn Burnout Into Balance with Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN
Feb 16 2022
114: Recipes, Tips, & Strategies to Turn Burnout Into Balance with Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN
Do you find yourself running in a million different directions all day long? Burnout is a reality for many people, especially busy women. It is terrible for our health and takes a huge toll on the quality of our lives. If you want to live a long and vibrant life, join me to learn more about the fight against burnout! Patricia Bannan is the author of the new cookbook, From Burnout to Balance: 60+ Healing Recipes and Simple Strategies to Boost Mood, Immunity, Focus, and Sleep. Patricia joins me to share her personal experience with burnout and how she turned it into balance. She’ll tell us how the foods on our plates can have a profound impact on improving our health and happiness. Her cookbook has solutions for breakfast, main meals, salads, snacks, and desserts, including her Fudgy Avocado Walnut Brownies. Yum! I tried her Zucchini and Black Bean Chilaquiles Skillet yesterday, and I’m sharing that recipe on today’s show and on my blog. Patricia is a nationally recognized dietitian and healthy cooking expert who has done thousands of media interviews, and she is a busy mom who lives in California.    Show Highlights: Get to know Patricia, an East Coast girl who loves living in the Los Angeles sunshine and has combined her loves of journalism and nutrition into her workHow burnout is characterized by feeling energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from work and cynicism about work, and a drop in professional performanceWhy burnout is best visualized with a holistic approach to work, personal life, and personality typeHow stress and burnout are differentHighlights of Patricia’s burnout experience a few years ago–and how she recovered by simplifying, prioritizing, and re-evaluating her lifeWhy Patricia wrote a book about burnout (The facts: ⅓ of women report feeling full-blown burnout, which has only worsened due to the pandemic)Why Patricia structured her book as part health book and part cookbookWhy the consequences of burnout include serious health risks and a heavy toll on longevity, relationships, and overall quality of lifeTips for busting burnout: prioritize plants and find balance in the kitchenThe connection between what we eat and our mood (“feel-good” foods can help!)How eating 30 different plants each week can help create a healthier microbiome in your gut (from the American Gut Project)How whole, unprocessed foods help with mood and gut health (“Whole foods make a whole person.”)How foods and healthy lifestyle factors can support a strong immune systemImmune system boosters include vitamin D-rich foods like mushrooms, dairy, and seafood, along with zinc-rich foods like red meat and shellfish  Patricia’s recipe for Golden Carrot Spice Muffins made with flour, oat bran, baking powder, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, honey, coconut oil, Greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla, grated carrots, and walnutsHow burnout impacts our brain health and ability to focusFoods to improve focus include blueberries, olives/olive oil, and walnutsFoods for better sleep include kiwi, peanut butter, and tart cherriesPatricia’s favorite recipe in her cookbook: Sheet Pan Salmon with Fingerling Potatoes, Asparagus, and Citrus Miso Sauce (This dish is a good source of 27 essential nutrients!)Patricia’s Zucchini and Black Bean Chilaquiles Skillet, a one-pot dish made with sauteed veggies, corn tortilla chips, green enchilada sauce, cheese, and toppingsA sleepytime beverage: Patricia’s Tart Cherry Chamomile Tea with Oat Milk Resources:   Patricia Bannan's website: https://www.patriciabannan.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/NutritionGoGo  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/patriciabannan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patriciabannanRD   Where to find Patricia's book: https://www.patriciabannan.com/from-burnout-to-balance-book  Connect with Liz: www.lizshealthytable.com
113: Longevity Kitchen: Chickpea Edition with Liz Weiss, MS, RDN
Feb 2 2022
113: Longevity Kitchen: Chickpea Edition with Liz Weiss, MS, RDN
This Longevity Kitchen episode is dedicated to one of my favorite anti-aging ingredients: chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. I love them so much, and they are always a go-to staple in my pantry. Join me to learn more about this superfood! Whether canned or dried, chickpeas are versatile, convenient, inexpensive, and incredibly nutritious. You can roast them, smash them, add them to soups and salads, and even add them to energy balls and desserts like cookies, blondies, and seven-layer bars. We are covering the history of chickpeas, where they are from, why they are good for the environment, and why they are good for your health. I have lots of ideas about adding them to your table! I’m highlighting a few favorite contributions from my chickpea Recipe Roundup, including my own new recipe for Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Coconut Soup. If you haven’t been giving chickpeas the love they deserve, listen in–and be inspired! Show Highlights: The lowdown on the lovely chickpea: a type of bean (pulse) which is sustainable, easy to grow, and extremely nourishingWhy chickpeas contribute to longevity, as evidenced by their place as the cornerstone of the diets of those in the world’s “Blue Zones”Why chickpeas can be a “gateway bean” that provides health benefits with just ½ cup each dayTrust the science! The WHO records that 20 grams of beans daily reduce the risk of death by 8%How chickpeas play a major role in the cuisines of Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, and Africa, and are one of the oldest cultivated foods in existence todayThe nutrition numbers: ½ cup of chickpeas has 120 calories, 6-7 grams protein, and 4 grams fiber, along with manganese, folate, selenium, and potassium–all of which promote heart health and immunityHow beans as a whole promote digestive health by improving our gut microbiomeHow chickpeas can lower cholesterol, help control blood sugar, help maintain a healthy weight, and help prevent certain cancersMy recipe for Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Coconut Soup: it’s made with diced sweet potato and bell pepper, red Thai curry paste, grated ginger and garlic, vegetable broth, coconut milk, chickpeas, brown rice, baby spinach, and lime juice/zest; the best part is the toppings of fresh cilantro, fresh mint, avocado, and chopped nutsFrom the Chickpea Recipe Roundup:From Laura @ Being Nutritious: Peanut Butter & Jelly Dessert Bars are made with chickpeas, dates, peanut butter, whole wheat flour, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt—then swirled with peanut butter and jelly on top.   From Chelsea @ Chelsea Dishes: Fresh & Herby Couscous Salad is made with roasted chickpeas, pearl couscous, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mint, parsley, feta, lime juice, and olive oil.   From Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy: Roasted Chickpea Cauliflower Sandwiches are made with roasted chickpeas, chopped cauliflower, Greek yogurt, goat cheese, red pepper, shredded carrot, corn kernels, dill, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper–and then stuffed into pita bread.    Resources: CannedBeans.org Recipe roundup  Sweet Potato, Chickpea & Coconut Soup Blue Zones: Why beans are the #1 longevity food in the world USA Pulses
112: What is Pre-Diabetes and How to Manage and Reverse It with Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN
Jan 19 2022
112: What is Pre-Diabetes and How to Manage and Reverse It with Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN
Do you or a family member or friend have pre-diabetes? Pre-diabetes is a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes. It impacts 88 million Americans (that's one in three!) and can zap years from your life and vibrant health from those years. On today’s show, my guest is Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, author of The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook. Together, we'll explain how to manage pre-diabetes through diet and lifestyle and in some cases, even reverse it. Lauren Harris-Pincus is the author of The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook: 200 Healthy Recipes to Help Reverse and Manage Pre-Diabetes. Lauren is a nutrition communications specialist, speaker, spokesperson, consultant, and registered dietitian in private practice. She is the founder and owner of Nutrition Starring You, LLC, where she specializes in weight management and pre-diabetes. She is the author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club as well as her latest cookbook already mentioned. After growing up with weight issues and obesity, Lauren dedicated herself to combatting the growing adult and childhood obesity epidemic. She has wisdom to share about pre-diabetes, a condition that impacts 88 million Americans.   Show Highlights: Get to know Lauren, a Jersey mom of two young adult kids; she is passionate about nutrition and healthy living and spends as much time as possible at the theaterWhat is pre-diabetes? A blood sugar level that is higher than normal but not quite high enough to be diagnosed with diabetesHow A1C measures blood sugar as a solid measure (5.7-6.4 is pre-diabetic)Why pre-diabetes is scary because one in three adults have it–and at least 90% don’t even know they have itWhy so many people are unaware that they have pre-diabetesWhy pre-diabetes is only the tip of the iceberg for what is going on with your insulin levels and your pancreasHarmful effects of pre-diabetes include elevated blood sugar that damages blood vessels, kidneys, and eyes; it can also cause neuropathy and affect your longevity and quality of lifeCauses of pre-diabetes can include weight gain, genetic components, high-stress levels, certain medications, lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, and moreHow Lauren’s action plan to address pre-diabetes includes positive steps with no stigma and focuses on what to add vs. what to take awayWhy it is important to add more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and seedsWhy Lauren’s plan includes ways to add better nutrition that helps you feel good, joyful movement that is sustainable, and managing stress, sleep, and mental healthHow to consider circadian rhythms in fueling our bodies earlier in the day vs. late at night because digestion and metabolism slow down as the sun goes downHow modest weight loss can impact pre-diabetes–but shouldn’t be the primary goalHow Lauren’s book is structured with 200 recipes in different categories of cuisine that feature “carb-controlled” ingredients of high fiber sources and nutrition informationWhy 95% of people don’t meet daily fiber intake goals, which impacts gut health and overall healthLauren’s favorite recipe: Deconstructed Spicy California Roll Salad made with romaine, cucumber, avocado, crab, spicy mayo, chopped seaweed snacks, and riceLauren’s Spicy Chickpea Tacos with Arugula made with chickpeas, tomato paste and sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, spices, dijon mustard, taco shells, arugula, and cilantroWhere sugar fits into the pre-diabetes story–the key is moderationWhy the prevalence of pre-diabetes reveals that most people are not eating the right foods for optimal healthLauren’s advice about where to start: “Try to eat a fruit or veggie at every meal, or even more than one is better. More produce, more produce, more produce! If your doctor diagnoses you with pre-diabetes and only tells you to lose weight, you need to go find another doctor.”   Resources: Link to The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook Lauren online and on social media: Website: Nutrition Starring You Find Lauren on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
111: Introducing Eat, Drink, Live Longer with Liz Weiss, MS, RDN
Jan 5 2022
111: Introducing Eat, Drink, Live Longer with Liz Weiss, MS, RDN
Welcome to my new podcast! This show is all about living a longer and better life, feeling vibrant and energized, and radiating good health from the inside out. On each episode, I'll be sharing simple changes to the ways we eat and drink that can add years to our lives and better health to those years. I look forward to being your tour guide on this delicious journey! Show Highlights: A little history of my podcasts: In 2008, I launched Cooking with the Moms, a podcast focused on family nutrition.From 2017-2021, Liz’s Healthy Table ran with 110 episodes!Now, in 2022, I’m launching Eat, Drink, Live Longer, which will take us down new roads related to longevity. How my website hub will still be www.lizshealthytable.com The blog takes a new spin in featuring nourishing recipes with a grown-up focus.The website includes information about my in-person and virtual speaking engagements, my cookbooks and freebies page, and links to my social media channels (which includes my new foray into the world of TikTok!). How my cooking life has changed since my boys are grown and out of the house, along with my interest in good nutrition as it relates to lifelong health and longevityWhat you can expect on Eat, Drink, Live Longer: With two shows monthly, one of them will feature a guest and important topics related to the quality and health of our lives.The other show each month will be my “Longevity Kitchen,” in which we will explore topics like stocking your fridge/pantry, and recipes with superfoods like chickpeas, salmon, kale, etc. We will share important secrets to living longer on topics like pre-diabetes, stress reduction, inflammation, and more.Part of our focus will be on the common health factors of those living in the world’s “Blue Zones,” like daily movement, stress reduction, a plant-based diet, and more. (You can find out more about the Blue Zones in Ep. 99 of Liz’s Healthy Table.)   Resources: Connect with me: www.lizshealthytable.com   Check out my closed Facebook group: Liz's Podcast Posse  Email me: liz@lizshealthytable.com
110: Feeding Picky Eaters with Sally Sampson
Dec 21 2021
110: Feeding Picky Eaters with Sally Sampson
Why are kids picky? Is it possible to turn finicky eaters into adventurous eaters? You'll be surprised, the answer is YES! Listen in to lots of veggie talk today, because I'm going to be talking about picky eating and I'm going to be sharing two recipes from Chop Chop. One of them is for a delicious, Raw Brussels Sprout Salad and the other is for a Carrot Salad, with mint, honey, lime juice and peanuts (only if you like them). Sally Sampson will be joining me on the show, today. She is the founder of Chop Chop Kids, which is the non-profit publisher of Chop Chop, the fun Cooking Magazine for Families.  This was named The Publication Of The Year by the James Beard Foundation, back in 2013. Sally has written twenty-three cookbooks, so she knows a thing or two about cooking! She's a mom of two and she's written a book called The Picky Eater Project, Six Weeks To Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes.   Whether you have picky eaters or not, I still think you're going to love this episode, because we have so many ideas for making vegetables more appealing and even including your kids in the cooking process. Listen in now to find out more!   Today, Sally talks to Liz about: A life and career changing event that happened in her family.More about Chop Chop Magazine, which is distributed in Pediatrician's offices all over the country.Her book, The Picky Eater Project and how it all started.Her rules, which are neither mean-spirited, nor rigid- they involve treating children with respect.What she's noticed about kids at her photo shoots.The negative messages that parents tend to give their kids.Dealing with issues about texture.90% of kids will eat food that they've cooked themselves.Making the dreaded green vegetable more appealing.Setting up taste tests for your kids as a fun game.The best way to cook broccoli florets.Tips for roasting vegetables.The thing about lettuce cups...The ingredients that go into the Raw Brussels Sprout Salad and why kids love it.A lazy tip to make the Raw Brussels Sprout Salad easier.Getting your child to do a Recipe Review.Letting kids learn about what they like.Sally's favorite Cookbook-The Chop Chop Cookbook.Sally's Online Cooking Club for Kids.     Links:    Sally's website: www.chopchopmag.org    Sally's Free Online Cooking Club for Kids: www.chopchopcookingclub.org    To be part of the Podcast Posse, go to the podcast page on www.lizshealthytable.com and there's a little button in the sidebar that says “Join the Podcast Posse”.
109: Winter Squash 101
Dec 1 2021
109: Winter Squash 101
They come in a wild variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and winter squash are everywhere this time of year. In addition to their vibrant beauty, winter squash are versatile and nutritious. The stars of today’s show are some of my favorite winter squash varieties--butternut, acorn, delicata, kabocha, Honeynut, spaghetti--and together with my two guests, we'll be sharing interesting ways to prepare winter squash that even your pickiest eaters will love. It's time for some winter squash wisdom!  My first guest today is Katie Morford, a registered dietitian, food writer, and cookbook author. She has a blog called Mom’s Kitchen Handbook: Raising Fresh-food Kids in a French-fried World, and her recipes rock. Wait till you hear about Katie's recipe for Delicata Squash Tacos with Quick Pickled Onions. My second guest is the Executive Chef at Wilson Farm, a family farm located down the road from my home in Lexington, Massachusetts. Chef Raymond Ost was on the show last spring to talk about asparagus, and he’s here again to share some of his favorite winter squash creations including a stuffed Honeynut squash recipe. What you’ll hear in this episode: The nutritional value of winter squash: high in beta carotene, vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, and potassium.The seeds can be roasted for an additional nutrient-dense food.Spaghetti squash: less nutritious than others, but lower in calories.Katie’s recipe for Spaghetti Squash Lasagna, borrowed from the Foodie Physician. It has lasagna flavors but a foundation of spaghetti squash instead of noodles.How to use the microwave to soften winter squashes, and then roast or puree.Katie’s recipe for Delicata Squash Tacos.Why delicata squash can be considered a “gateway” squash to get kids to try winter squash.Why most people are only familiar with a few of the winter squash varieties.Typical ways to prepare winter squash.Chef Ost’s recipe for delicata stuffed with onion, panko, sage, and chestnuts.The shelf life of winter squash and storing them outside in cool weather.How honeynut squash can be used in recipes. Check out my new recipe for Honeynut squash with Caramelized Onion, Cranberries, Spinach, and Bacon.Ideas for stuffing, baking, and roastingA good squash to use if you have picky kids: butternut or sugar pumpkin (Chef Ost’s favorite is to blanch pumpkin, puree it, and mix it with mashed potato)An idea for filling acorn squash “bowls” with butternut squash soupChef Ost’s favorite red quinoa salad with roasted squash and leeks.  Resources: Katie's recipe for Delicata Squash Tacos with Quick Pickled Onions https://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/recipes/roasted-winter-squash-tacos-with-quick-pickled-onions/  Spaghetti Squash Lasagna https://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/recipes/spaghetti-squash-lasagne-just-what-the-doctor-ordered/ Katie Morford, RD Mom's Kitchen Handbook: https://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MKHandbook Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/momskitchenhandbook/  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/momskitchenhandbook/ _________________________ Wilson Farm: http://www.wilsonfarm.com/v2.0/home.php Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wilsonfarm/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wilsonfarm  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shopwilsonfarm  www.lizshealthytable.com/roundup  Find a roundup of 17 winter squash recipes on my blog  www.superhealthykids.com
108: Health-ify the Holidays with Mona Dolgov
Nov 3 2021
108: Health-ify the Holidays with Mona Dolgov
On this week’s show, back by popular demand, is my guest from Show 88, Mona Dolgov. You’ll be inspired for the upcoming holidays with great ideas from Mona. Join us to learn more! Mona Dolgov is a nutritionist, cookbook author, and publisher with a lifelong passion for creating kitchen comfort and simple, healthy habits through her delicious recipes. Her new cookbook, Satisfy, is about to hit bookstores and your favorite online retailers, including Amazon, and she’s here today to help us “health-ify” the holidays. We have a lot in store for you! You’ll learn how to health-ify gravy, sweet potato casserole, appetizers, and a peanut butter sauce to die for. You’ll definitely want to try her ideas for this Thanksgiving. We also have desserts: mini-cheesecakes and personal pumpkin pies. You’ll learn how to make the best brussels sprouts ever in the air fryer.   Show Highlights:   Updates in Mona’s world: her new cookbook is out November 9, cooking classes are ongoing, and she’s working on a new cookbook for next summer; Mona loves her city apartment life in the Boston seaport areaMona’s philosophy to health-ify the holidays by lightening up dishesMona’s Butternut Squash Soup, made with roasted butternut squash and sauteed apples and onions; the mixture is blended with broth and spices that can be customized with different flavor profilesHow Mona and LIz will team up for cooking classes on Nov. 16th and 18th on appetizers and side dishesTheir favorite appetizers include Liz’s Roasted Carrot Hummus, Mona’s Peanut Sauce (made with peanut butter, coconut aminos, sesame oil, ginger, rice vinegar, and honey), Asparagus Wrapped in Turkey Bacon, and Cauliflower WingsHow Mona’s Peanut Sauce with fresh veggies leaves everyone wanting moreLiz’s funny story about “double-dipping”Mona’s chapter in the cookbook called “Snack-ertaining,” which features her Buffalo Cauliflower WingsHow the air fryer has become Mona’s best friend and a favorite time-saving tool for veggies and proteinCheck out the Phillips Premium XXL Airfryer giveaway in our Resources section, and use the 20% discount code “Mona20” to order yours!Liz’s favorite side dishes: Sweet Potato Casserole with orange juice, zest, cinnamon, and ginger; Brussels Sprout GratinWhy Mona makes a “Mona Salad” for many gatherings; it’s made with leafy dark greens, roasted squash and zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkin seeds, and pomegranate arils; her dressing is olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, maple syrup, canned pumpkin, and her spice blend of oregano, basil, garlic powder, and crushed red pepperHow Mona uses the air fryer for the best brussels sprouts ever: after cutting them in half, she sprays them with olive oil and sprinkles with salt and pepper; after 12 minutes, she adds minced garlic and cooks for three more minutes; she adds apples, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and a balsamic glaze at the endWhy the key to lighter desserts is to make them in bite-sizesMona’s crustless mini-cheesecakes: they are made with orange zest, sugar, and reduced-fat cream cheese and drizzled with melted dark chocolate and topped with an orange sectionMona’s upside-down individual pumpkin pies: they are made with pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and a pinch of salt; after being baked in ramekins, she tops them with a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamonFinal words from Mona: “Don’t stress about the holidays. Have fun. Be mindful. Focus on the traditions and bring your family in to help.”   Resources:   Sign up for our Health-ify the Holidays virtual cook-along. We'll be making appetizers on November 16th at 6 pm ET and sensational side dishes on November 18th at 6 pm ET. The cost for both classes is $69.00 (cost for single classes is $39). You can sign up on Mona's website. We hope to see you there.    GIVEAWAY: We have the most epic giveaway EVER going on until Monday, November 22nd! One winner will receive a Philips Premium XXL Airfryer with Fat Removal Technology. (Retail value: $299.95). Our second winner will receive a copy of Mona's new cookbook, SATISFY: Delicious, Healthy, and Full-Filling Meals for 500 Calories or Less! To enter for a chance to win one of these two prizes, post a comment in the comments section below and tell us about your favorite holiday recipe and/or why you want to win the air fryer or Mona's cookbook. This is a U.S. giveaway only. Good luck!   Find Mona online: Instagram Website  Cookbook on Amazon (official release date is Nov. 9th, but you can pre-order now) Facebook   Find Liz Weiss: Author, Color, Cook, Eat! coloring book series Website: Liz's Healthy Table Listen to my Podcast Read my Blog
107: Hello Leftovers: Turn Tonight’s Dinner Into Tomorrow’s Feast with Cassy Joy Garcia
Oct 20 2021
107: Hello Leftovers: Turn Tonight’s Dinner Into Tomorrow’s Feast with Cassy Joy Garcia
Leftover meals get a glamorous makeover in today’s show. With super practical planning tips and creativity, my guest has the scoop on elevating your leftover game from boring to spectacular. Join us to learn more about a new way to meal-prep fantastic meals with her new cookbook, Cook Once Dinner Fix.  Cassie Joy Garcia is a busy mom, meal planner, prepper extraordinaire, and healthy recipe guru. She joins me for new ways of turning tonight’s dinner into tomorrow’s feast. Whether you’re cooking chicken, beef, pork, seafood, or vegetarian fare, Cassie has you covered with creative dinner inspiration. For example, her Harvest Squash can be Monday’s dinner followed on Tuesday by Yellow Curry with Squash and Crispy Spiced Tofu. You can plan a dinner of Roasted Chicken and Potatoes with Fresh Arugula Salad on Friday, and turn these leftovers into Butter Chicken Bowls with White Rice for the next night. Cassie has pointers with every recipe in her cookbook to customize each one to your preferences and dietary needs.  Show Highlights: Cassie’s life in San Antonio, where she started her healthy living blog and became a holistic nutritionist; she makes her home with two young daughters (and a third due in a few months), her husband, and two large dogsHow Cassie’s Fed and Fit blog was birthed out of her personal journey of yoyo dieting and discovering the science of inflammatory foodsHow focusing on gut health gave Cassie a new lease on lifeWhy Cassie’s goal was to heal her gut, reintroduce foods, and eat as many different foods as possibleAn overview of Cook Once Dinner Fix, which gives the benefits of a prep day without having to have a prep day!An example using chicken that’s cooked and shredded is Chicken Sloppy Joes with Ginger Carrot Slaw and White Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Tomato-Avocado SaladCassie’s goal is to lessen the burden of getting an efficient meal on the tableHow repurposing the meal’s protein allows you to focus on side dishes to differentiate the mealsHow Cassie’s system allows her to “plate dinner with a more joyful heart”An example of a beef recipe is Garlic Peppercorn Beef Roast, which is slow-roasted in the oven with carrots and served with a horseradish cream sauce; it’s then used in Shredded Beef Ragout over Pappardelle Pasta with a rich tomato sauceHow Cassie is building adventurous food kiddos in her young children by getting them involved in choosing meals and preppingCassie’s favorite seafood recipe from the book: Dill Aioli Salmon Bake, which is a salmon fillet with a lemon dill aioli mixture served with roasted potatoes; leftover salmon is made into Salmon Cakes, which Cassie serves with pan-seared green beans   Resources: Cookbook Giveaway: We’re giving away a copy of Cook Once Dinner Fix: Quick and Exciting Ways to Transform Tonight's Dinner into Tomorrow's Feast (Simon & Schuster) to one lucky U.S. winner. Leave a comment in the comments section below telling me about your biggest dinnertime challenge or dilemma and/or why you want to win this book. I’ll pick the winner at random on November 3rd at noon. (U.S. only giveaway, please.) Link to Cassie’s cookbook on Amazon: Fed and Fit website: https://fedandfit.com/ Instagram: @fedandfit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fedandfit/ Twitter: @fedandfit
106: Kids, Cooking, and Sustainability with Jenny Chandler
Oct 6 2021
106: Kids, Cooking, and Sustainability with Jenny Chandler
Many parents fight a losing battle to get more fruits and vegetables into their kids’ diets, but there are simple ways to give kids more empowerment and control. Teaching them to enjoy cooking and eat more sustainably gives them more flexibility and a chance to explore. Join us as we dive into practical ways to get your kids involved in preparing and enjoying healthier meals.   Jenny Chandler is a cooking instructor and cookbook author who lives in Bristol, England. Her latest cookbook, Green Kids Cook, encourages kids to cook and eat food that’s good for their bodies and good for the planet. The book is aimed at ages 7-14 but is suitable for people of all ages with its recipes, crafts, how-tos, tips for reducing food waste, and so much more. On today’s show, Jenny and I share some of her plant-forward recipes from the book, including Green Pea and Coconut Soup, Seeded Oat Bread, and we’ll wrap up with dessert. Of course, we’ll share tips for getting kids to cook, appreciate, love, and eat more fruits and vegetables. Jenny has been on the show before to talk about pulses like lentils, beans, and chickpeas and to talk about one of her other cookbooks, Great Food for Kids. Her goal is to help you, your children, and grandchildren get more plants on the plate.  Show Highlights: Get to know Jenny’s life with her teenage daughter, a husband who makes wildlife films, and city life in Bristol that’s only a short walk to the countrysideWhy Jenny is passionate about writing and teaching people to eat more healthily and sustainably for regard for animal welfareWhat it means to eat sustainablyJenny’s mission: to teach, inspire, and engage kids in cooking skills, so they become more adventurous eaters, especially with fruits and vegetablesHow Jenny incorporated “theme nights” with her husband and daughter on Fridays during the COVID lockdownHow Green Kids Cook teaches kids to have fun in the kitchen, explore more fruits and vegetables, and learn more about where foods come fromHow the book covers snacks and desserts but focuses on skills for cooking simple mealsJenny’s recipe for Green Pea and Coconut Soup, made with sauteed green onions, garlic, ginger, cilantro, frozen peas, and vegetable stock; after pureeing the mixture, add coconut milk and lime juice. (Good served cold or hot--and it’s ready in 15 minutes!)How to balance plant-forward meals for those who love meatJenny’s tips for reducing food waste at home: Have a “use me now” shelf in the fridge.Incorporate recipes that can handle odd scraps of vegetables, like minestrone soup.Have a “clean sweep” every 3-4 days.Shop locally and more often, making it a family activity for everyone.  Jenny’s recipe for Seeded Oat Bread, made with rolled oats, yogurt, baking soda, various seeds, and molassesA family favorite dessert recipe for Galette, made with fresh seasonal fruit and a simple pastry Resources: Cookbook Giveaway: We're giving away a copy of Green Kids Cook: Simple, Delicious Recipes & Top Tips to one lucky U.S. winner. Leave a comment below telling me about the recipe your kids/grandkids love to make most and/or why you'd love to win a copy. I'll pick the winner at random on October 20th at noon. (U.S. giveaway, only.)   Link to Jenny’s latest book:  https://www.amazon.com/Green-Kids-Cook-Delicious-Recipes/dp/1911663585/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=green+kids+cook+jenny+chandler&qid=1633018328&sr=8-1)   Jenny's website: http://www.jennychandler.co.uk/   Jenny on Instagram @jennychandlerUK Jenny on Facebook Jenny on Twitter @jennychandlerUK    Liz's Links: Author, Color, Cook, Eat! coloring book series Website: Liz's Healthy Table Listen to my Podcast Read my Blog
105: A Year of Fruits and Vegetables with Andrea Mathis, MA, RDN
Sep 15 2021
105: A Year of Fruits and Vegetables with Andrea Mathis, MA, RDN
September is National Fruit and Veggies Month, and if that wasn't enough, the UN General Assembly designated 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. There’s no excuse not to elevate your fruit and veggie game! Who's with me? On today’s show, we’re talking about fresh new ways to add more fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruits and veggies to your family’s table every season and all year long. My guest is Andrea Mathis, MS, RDN from Beautiful Eats and Things, and together, we're turning our passion for produce into real-world recipes for you and your family. Andrea Mathis is an Alabama-based registered dietitian/nutritionist and the owner of two blogs: Beautiful Eats and Things and Little Eats and Things. She’s the mom of two little boys and the author of The Complete Book of Smoothies, which is filled with gorgeous and nutritious recipes that bring fruits and veggies to the center of the plate in easy and delicious ways. We are sharing delicious seasonal recipes and cooking techniques that will inspire you with great ideas. Most people don’t eat enough fruits and veggies, so we plan to change that with today’s show!   Show Highlights:   Andrea’s life in Birmingham, Alabama, with two little boys, two blogs, and a lifelong love of cookingAndrea’s cookbook, The Complete Book of Smoothies: 115 Healthy Recipes to Nourish, Heal, and EnergizeAndrea’s #1 tip to get picky eaters to try new fruits and veggies: pair the new food with something already familiarWhy people need to know that all forms of fruits and veggies count, such as canned, dried, and frozenHow Andrea uses “smoothie packs,” prepped fruits and veggies frozen in serving size freezer bags for smoothiesAndrea and Liz share seasonal fruit and veggie faves: Winter Brussels sprouts, roasted or sliced thin in salads or casserolesWinter squash, baked as a bowl to be filled or roasted with cinnamon and brown sugar Spring Asparagus, roasted or blanched and sliced in salads or dredged in egg and flour to be air-fried as “fries”Radishes, roasted or sauteed with onion and garlic Summer Corn on the cob, eaten whole or added as kernels to other dishes or buttered and spiced with flavorful seasonings and wrapped in foil to be baked in the ovenPeaches, sliced thin on BBQ chicken pizzas or grilled and spiced Fall Kale, in a salad or added to smoothiesPumpkin, canned pumpkin to be added in muffins, breads, pancakes, smoothies, chili, enchiladas, etc. or roasted and stuffed mini-pumpkins   Resources:   Andrea's cookbook The Complete Book of Smoothies: 115 Healthy Recipes to Nourish, Heal, and Energize   Where to find Andrea:  Beautiful Eats & Things: https://www.beautifuleatsandthings.com/ FB:  https://www.facebook.com/beautifuleatsandthings/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/beautifuleatsandthings/ Twitter (BeautifulEandT): https://twitter.com/BeautifulEandT Pinterest (BEandThings): https://www.pinterest.com/BEandThings/ TikTok (@beautifuleatsandthings): https://vm.tiktok.com/Jd728bJ/    https://www.tiktok.com/@beautifuleatsandthings/
104: Olive Oil: What Every Home Cook Should Know with David Garci-Aguirre
Sep 1 2021
104: Olive Oil: What Every Home Cook Should Know with David Garci-Aguirre
On today’s show, I'm joined by olive oil expert extraordinaire, David Garcia-Aguirre from Corto Olive Company with a primer on extra virgin olive oil, which he says is "the ingredient that farm-to-table forgot." Discover how olives are grown, harvested and pressed, how to choose the freshest EVOO at the market, how to cook with it, and get recipes galore ... and hear why David wants us all to think of EVOO as the "fresh-pressed juice of olives." David Garci-Aguirre is the Vice President of Operations and Master Miller at Corto Olive Company in Lodi, CA. With a focus on serving independent restaurants throughout the US, Corto uniquely harvests and produces fresh, premium-quality, award-winning Extra Virgin olive oils that enhance the flavor of foods. David is an olive oil guru who is dedicated to the advancement of high-quality olive oil production, research, and education. He’s educating us today about what to look for at the market to know you’re buying the freshest oil, how to store it at home to keep it fresh, and why heat, light, and air are the three biggest enemies of your bottle of olive oil. He teaches us about the latest innovations in packaging, how to use Extra Virgin olive oil to elevate everyday cooking, and why it’s a nutritious addition to your meals. David will bust some myths about olive oil and take us behind-the-scenes at Corto to highlight their gorgeous olive groves and their harvesting, milling, storing, and packing processes.    Show Highlights:   David’s life and work in Lodi, CAWhy olive oil is the ingredient that “farm to table” forgotHow olive oil is different from all other edible oils in that it’s fresh-pressed juice that retains the flavors and nutrientsWhy all olive oils are NOT created equal--and most olive oil in your supermarket is already rancid before you even get it home!How Corto focuses on a new technology called “vineyard-style” planting that allows mechanized fall harvests of the fruit when it’s perfectly ripeHow most olive oil is produced with olives harvested by the old-style “tree-shaking” method that yields poor quality fruit not at the optimal ripenessHow to tell if your olive oil is fresh by its smell and taste (Hint: it SHOULD have a taste!)David’s overview of the milling process: The fruit is crushed into a paste that’s mixed together and then separated with a centrifuge to obtain the oil at cold temperatures; the oil goes straight into stainless steel casks where oxygen can’t get to it.How the “Extra Virgin” olive oil designation is reserved for a natural, unrefined product (CA has the tightest legal standard for EVOO in the world!)Tips for buying olive oil: buy local, if possible, from a reputable company; make sure the oil is in dark glass, stainless steel, or a bag-in-box package, and always check the harvest dateHow flavor-lock (bag in box) packaging preserves the oil from light and airDavid busts the most popular myth regarding olive oil, which is that you should never saute or use high heat cooking with itBecause of the many healthy compounds unique to olives, olive oil is the #1 food item studied for nutritional health in medical journalsEasy salad dressing ideas using olive oil:  David keeps it simple with salt, citrus, and an oil variety that pairs with his foodLiz relies on the standard go-to of olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, shallot or garlic, and salt and pepper Unusual ways to use olive oil: drizzled on ice cream, as a dip for dark chocolate truffles, poured on popcorn, and homemade mayonnaiseHow uses olive oil in her rendition of Ina Garten’s recipe for gazpacho; it’s made with cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, red onion, red wine vinegar, garlic, fresh herbs, and fresh corn kernelsHow to introduce kids to the wonders of olive oil with creative thinkingDavid’s final words: “Rethink how you think about olive oil. Think of it as a fresh-pressed juice.”    Resources: Giveaway: We are giving away a 3-liter Truly 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California Grown, Flavor-Lock Box from Corto. I don't know about you, but I go through a lot of EVOO in my house, so I can attest that this oil rocks. I use it every day ... all day. To enter for a chance to win, post a comment telling me how you use olive oil in your everyday cooking or why you want to win this bag-in-a-box from Corto. (PS: US only giveaway.) (PSS: If you have an awesome recipe for olive oil lemon cake, please share it with me!) Website:  www.corto-olive.com    IG: @Corto_Olive FB: @CortoOlive
103: How to Raise a Healthy Eater
Aug 18 2021
103: How to Raise a Healthy Eater
On today’s show, we’ll be talking about how to raise a healthy eater, one nourishing bite and sip at a time. This episode is sponsored by Fresh Avocados – Love One Today®, a leading source of the healthiest reasons and tastiest ways to enjoy fresh avocados. A science-based resource, it provides recipes and articles to help make it easy for consumers and health professionals to learn more about the nutritional benefits of fresh avocados and ways to include them in everyday menus. As a mom of two grown boys, I’ve been in the family food and nutrition trenches for quite some time now, and so it’s no surprise that I’m often asked by listeners about the how-tos of raising a healthy eater especially when families are busy, kids are finicky, and unhealthy snack foods are a constant temptation. Well, on today’s show I’ll be giving you my top tips for raising healthy eaters including strategies on how to stock your kitchen as children progress from starting solids to school age and how to reduce the amount of added sugar in your family’s diet. I’m a firm believer that when families make the healthy choice the easy choice, they set a good example and help to build a foundation for life-long healthy eating. On the show, I also share a new, no-sugar-added recipe for Chewy Avocado, Apple, Banana and Oatmeal Cookie. This recipe is ideal for toddlers and kids, and it does double duty as a snack or dessert. But wait, there’s more. On the show, I’ll also tell you about this Avocado and Mango Smoothie. And yes, you guessed it: No added sugar. Show Highlights: Get my top 7 tips for raising your kids or your grandkids to be healthy eaters Set the tone for yourself and family from Day OneTake a strategic/thoughtful approach to transitioning infants to solid foodsFocus on fresh fruits and vegetablesRethink your drinkGet CreativeEat and prepare meals together as a familyAnd don’t deny dessert … but do pay attention to making them “better for you” and lower in added sugar CDC research shows that about a third of all US children are overweight… and that diseases with risk factors linked to poor nutrition like diabetes that were once unique to adults are now impacting our kidsMore research featured on LoveOneToday.com about the role of avocados in maternal diets that suggests eating avocados may support breastfeeding by supporting the production of nutritious breastmilk. So even before the baby arrives, whether you are the mom, the dad or grandparent, you can help set the family up for success by stocking the pantry with healthy, fresh foods like avocados.Make mealtime easier with the following free resources: 7-Day Meal PlannerSupermarket Shopping List 9 out of 10 Americans don’t eat the recommended number of fruit and vegetables servings each day. If you could only make one change to your family’s diet, I’d steer you in the direction of eating more fresh fruits and veggies.Learn about my Fruit First strategy at breakfast. Serve fruit before things like cereal or waffles are presented. Kids will gobble it up, because they’ll be hungry. Plus, fruit is naturally sweet and kids love itMake my pumpkin pancakesWhip up a fruit smoothieSmash avocado on whole grain toast Get strategies for reducing added sugar from your family’s dietNEW recipe for No sugar added Soft and Chewy Avocado, Apple, Banana and Oatmeal CookieThirsty for a new smoothie recipe? Try this one from Love One Today for Avocado and Mango Kick-Starter SmoothieTips for how to freeze fresh avocados (so you can use them up later!)A family dinner recipe for Avocado Shrimp TacosThe latest guidance from the USDA on nutrition: Resource: 2020 – 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
102: Michelle Dudash, RDN: Low-Carb Mediterranean
Jul 29 2021
102: Michelle Dudash, RDN: Low-Carb Mediterranean
The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets on the planet. It’s rich in fruits and vegetables, olive oil, seafood, nuts, and beans, and it makes good nutrition a pleasure to eat. But what about bread and pasta? Are they AOK to eat as well? Join me on today’s show with guest, Michelle Dudash, RDN as we tackle questions about carbs, kids, and how to enjoy a Mediterranean-style diet with the carbs you love … but fewer of them. Michelle Dudash is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, Cordon Bleu certified chef, a TV personality, and the founder of Dash Dinners Spice Kits. She’s the author of the top-selling Clean Eating for Busy Families, which was featured back in Episode 53. Michelle shares the benefits of a low-carb Mediterranean diet with recipes and tips from her newest cookbook, The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook: Quick and Easy High-Protein, Low-Sugar, Healthy-Fat Recipes for Lifelong Health. We are discussing a few recipes from the book, including Simmered Tahini Chicken and an unbelievably decadent dessert recipe that is low in carbs.    Show Highlights:   Michelle’s life in Indiana as the mom of two daughters and a regular on local and national TV ; she spends her time in recipe development, cookbook writing, and designing her spice kit dinners How Michelle’s Lebanese heritage gave her a love for a varied diet of Mediterranean foods that explores different cultures and new foodsWhy kibbeh was a childhood favorite for Michelle; it’s a traditional dish made with ground meat, seasonings, and bulgur wheatHow carbs fuel our bodies with energyWhy kids need carbs and parents want optionsMichelle’s new book: a mix of recipes of different types with readily available ingredientsMichelle’s favorite recipe in the book: Grilled Chicken Gyro Lettuce Wraps, which are made with chicken thighs marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, garlic, thyme, oregano, and salt and pepper--then served with a tahini sauce or cucumber yogurt sauceFrom the book: Simmered Tahini Chicken-- made with chicken tenders sauteed in olive oil and combined with onion, garlic, chicken broth, tahini, lemon juice, and soy sauce; to serve, top them with Greek yogurt and freshly chopped herbsMichelle’s daughters’ favorites from the new book are Fruit Tarts and Mini Molten Chocolate CakesMichelle’s Berry Tart with Almond Flour Crust is made with butter, honey, cinnamon, salt, dark chocolate, mascarpone cheese, and topped with fresh berriesHealthy salads in the book include a Lebanese classic made with iceberg or Bibb lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and a dressing made with lemon juice, mint, olive oil, and salt; the other salad is made with kale, blueberries, feta cheese, walnuts, and a basic vinaigretteMichelle’s experience in Croatia with a delicious adult beverage made from sparkling rosé with fresh herbs, elderflower liqueur, orange zest, and grapefruit-flavored sparkling waterMichelle’s advice for one change you can make for better health: “Plan a family meal and sit down to enjoy it together.”   Resources:     We're giving away a copy of The Low-Carb Mediterranean Cookbook: Quick and Easy High-Protein, Low-Sugar, Healthy-Fat Recipes for Lifelong Health. Leave a comment below telling me about your favorite Mediterranean recipe, a Mediterranean recipe you'd love to have lightened up, and/or why you'd love to win a copy. I'll pick one lucky winner at noon on August 11th.   Michelle on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michelledudash/ Michelle on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleDudashRD/   Michelle's website: https://www.michelledudash.com/
101: African American Cooking with Sadé Meeks, MS, RD
Jul 14 2021
101: African American Cooking with Sadé Meeks, MS, RD
On today’s show, I'm joined by Sadé Meeks, MS, RD to discuss the evolution of African American cuisine in the U.S.; the foods that define this creative cuisine; the vegetables and staple crops that have been an integral part of the African American table (hint: okra, sweet potatoes, kale, and corn.); how nutrition professionals can honor the traditional foodways of African Americans while emphasizing nutrition; and how African American cuisine continues to evolve. My guest is Sadé Meeks, MS, RD, a food activist and registered dietitian who was born and raised in Mississippi. She is the founder of GRITS (Growing Resilience in the South) with the mission to improve the health and well-being of communities through increased awareness of nutrition, food history, and culture. On the show, Sadé shares the history of African American cooking, traditional foods of the enslaved and how many of those foodways continue today, and she explains how to make small changes to traditional recipes to honor ingredients and flavors while reducing saturated fat and sodium. Together, we also talk about a few recipes you'll definitely want to try including Smoky Collards and Shrimp and Grits. Show Highlights: Get to know Sadé, her big Mississippi family, and why she pursued degrees in dietetics and food scienceHow GRITS helps bridge the gap between nutrition and cultureThe need for cultural competence in nutrition and food scienceHighlights of African-American cuisine as the slaves brought their food habits to AmericaHow slaves’ diets differed according to the regions they inhabitedHow true African-American cuisine relies on plant-based meals, one-pot meals, and the pairing of a starch, sauce, and protein, like Shrimp and GritsHow the history of fried foods and pork developed in the African-American community as a matter of necessityThe story of soul food as an affirmation of the resourcefulness of African-Americans and their meager rationsHow Sadé learned about cooking as she grew upThe importance of small changes in eating a healthier diet, especially in seasonings and cooking methodsSadé’s Smoky Collards, made with onion, garlic, vegetable stock, smoked paprika, seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, and a touch of brown sugarShrimp and Grits: how the grits are cooked in chicken stock and milk with added salt, pepper, butter, and cheddar cheese; the shrimp is seasoned with Cajun seasoning and paprika, and baby spinach is added at the endHow Sadé combines her favorite cheesecake with Red Velvet Cake for a delectable dessert   Resources: www.gritsinc.org   Grow with the Flow podcast Find Sadé on Instagram: @SadeMeeks
100: Healthy Aging from Your Head to Your Toes with Liz Weiss, MS, RDN and Love One Today
Jun 30 2021
100: Healthy Aging from Your Head to Your Toes with Liz Weiss, MS, RDN and Love One Today
For today’s 100th episode of Liz’s Healthy Table, I chose a topic that’s near and dear to my heart: Healthy Aging: From Your Head to Your Toes. The Fountain of Youth does not exist, but as you’ll learn on this week’s show, by placing certain foods at the center of our tables and living an active and vibrant life, we can help to set ourselves up for aging gracefully with a spring in our step and a twinkle in our eye. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fresh Avocados – Love One Today®, a leading source of the healthiest reasons and tastiest ways to enjoy fresh avocados. A science-based resource, it provides recipes and articles to help make it easy for consumers and health professionals to learn more about the nutritional benefits of fresh avocados and ways to include them in everyday menus. Show Highlights:  A discussion on nutrient density (a food that provides substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and other nutrients with relatively few calories.)Avocados are nutrient dense. One serving (1/3 of a medium avocado) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.Avocados contain 6 grams naturally good unsaturated fats per serving, and that fat acts as a nutrient booster in the body helping to increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D, K, and E.An explanation of cognitive health and how diet and physical activity can play a role.Why the antioxidant, lutein, may play a role in cognition and eye health, plus food sources (kale, spinach, eggs, avocados).A 2019 study of 40 healthy, older adults that looked at how consuming one avocado a day for 6 months impacted cognition.How following certain lifestyle habits, including the MIND Diet, can influence health.Two recipes shared: Avocado and Tuna Niçoise Salad (hyperlink to be added when available) and Avocado Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies.The best way to pick, ripen, and store fresh avocados.How I’ve been adding more physical activity into my daily life… and why!
99: The Blue Zones with Nick Buettner
Jun 16 2021
99: The Blue Zones with Nick Buettner
In today’s show, we’re exploring the blue zones, rare longevity hotspots worldwide where people are thriving into their 100s. Where are these hot spots, and who are these people who have discovered the secrets to living longer, better lives? Nick Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and NYT bestselling author. He has spent the past 20 years leading expeditions across six continents around the world, with three of these trips being to the world’s “blue zones.” These are places with longer-than-normal life expectancy and where more people reach age 100 than anywhere else in the world. Nick worked with his brother, Dan, National Geographic, and a team of longevity researchers to identify and explore these pockets of the world where people are living longer lives. In his current role as the VP of Product for The Blue Zones Project, Nick is responsible for taking the Blue Zone longevity lessons to communities across the US. The Project supports well-being initiatives that apply lessons from the Blue Zones to entire communities by focusing on changes to the local environment, public policy, and social networks. The Blue Zone Project uses evidence-informed, sustainable transformations with people, places, and policies to make the healthy choice the easy choice. To date, the Blue Zone Project has empowered over 5 million people to live longer, better lives.  Show Highlights: Get to know world-traveler Nick, who is from Minnesota but has traveled to 45 countries and 48 states in the USThe Blue Zones: What are they? How Nick and his brother, Dan, became interested in finding and identifying these places where mortality rates and disease rates are down, and longevity rates are higherThe five demographically confirmed Blue Zones: Okinawa, Japan; Icaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, CaliforniaCommon denominators in the Blue Zones that boost longevity and help people age healthfully: Daily movement and activity in natural waysSimple stress-reducing techniques, like prayer, naps, ancestor veneration, and gathering with friends and familyA strong sense of purpose throughout all of lifeWine, in moderation, as part of celebrations and family gatheringsMostly plant-based diets with smaller portion sizesLower caloric intakeA focus on family and love throughout lifeA strong sense of faithHealthy friends who support healthy behaviors How Nick is bringing Blue Zone living to US communities with policy change, purpose, accessible and affordable healthy food systems, policies to reduce tobacco use, lower obesity rates, engagement among citizens to eliminate isolation, and healthier places to live, work, pray, and playHow Nick collects data, does research, formulates policies and outcomes, and rallies people in forming committees to achieve common goalsHow we can eat a more Blue Zone-like diet by reducing meat portions, adding more vegetables, and using beans consistently for proteinNick’s favorite recipe in The Blue Zones Kitchen: Sardinia Minestrone--and the amazing family story behind this recipeWhy people in the Blue Zones have a different perspective on eating carbohydratesHow Nick has learned the importance of gardening from his time in the Blue ZonesHow exercise and movement, social engagement, and healthy foods have contributed to lower rates of dementia in the Blue Zones, along with a special tea made with dandelion, oregano, and thymeFive things we can do to live a “Blue Zone life”: Set up your environment to make the healthy choice easierBe a dependable, supportive, and attentive friendHave intentionality around your sleep habitsDe-convenience your life so that you take extra steps throughout the dayVolunteer to use your skills and passions to give back to your community How kids in Blue Zones eat with their families and eat the same foods as the adults--and are healthier than kids in the USNick’s advice for eating like you live in a Blue Zone: “Eat food that’s good for you, tastes good, is easy to prepare, and is affordable.”  Resources: https://www.bluezones.com