How To Eat Legumes

Legumes

Here’s a little quiz: what do mesquite, beans, carob, peas, soy, peanuts, lentils, and even alfalfa and clover all have in common? Say it with me: “lay-gooms.”  Legumes–the food group with a weird name–are plants whose seed grows inside a pod. I love legumes! This whole class of food is highly underrated. I’m going to…

Wheat Is Good For You! (But Not How You’re Eating It)

Wheat is good for you

Food fads haven’t served America well. Not one of them has restored us to health, and that’s because each one is underpinned by profit motives, rather than scientific evidence that manipulating macronutrients, or eating specifically for your blood type, or putting your body into some kind of unnatural state, is a positive or sustainable way…

You can lose weight and SAVE MONEY too?

Lose Weight & Save Money

So many people think that to lose weight they have to spend a lot of money. And there are certainly ways to spend a lot in that process. It’s a mega-billion-dollar industry, and there are plenty of people lining up to take your hard-earned paycheck! But today, I wanted to share with you a few…

Counting Bites Health Fad

Have you heard of the new diet “Counting Bites”? This is a new fad that has you obsess about counting bites instead of calories or grams of fat. We already know that counting calories leads to suppressing calories which leads to depriving yourselves of food in general. When we deprive ourselves of food, we experience…

What’s for dinner, Mom?

I used to get asked, “What do you eat in a day?” all the time, but since the blog is searchable, you can find my answers to that question, in specific. So I don’t get asked that QUITE as often—just by new readers. But just as an example, tonight I made Indian Dahl (last recipe…

Grains and legumes made easy

I think sometimes we don’t make brown rice, split peas, lentils, or other wonderful whole-grain or legume dishes, only because we get home from work and don’t want to wait 45-60 minutes for those items to cook.   A reader wrote me with this tip, which I have used, too, for many years–I hope it…

Food combining for “perfect proteins”

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:  Do you have any information on what kinds of vegetables need to be eaten together to make a complete protein? Do they need to be eaten at the same time, or just within the same day, so many hours of each other, etc.   Answer:  This is an excerpt from Ch. 6 of…

PCOS and protein

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: I have PCOS and I have battled weight for years.   I am currently 275 lbs and 5’10”.   I believe that what we eat does impact our health dramatically.   I was on a green smoothie a day for over a month and started to feel better.   Then I was told…

defending that my diet’s not all raw

I read the raw foodists all the time (Patenaude, Wolfe, Boutenko, and lots more).   I think their diet is fantastic.   Sometimes I go all raw, for a few days, weeks, or even months.   I wouldn’t criticize anybody for a minute who wants to do it permanently, as some of my friends do–they…