You May Have Skipped The First Step For Healthy Eating

Our resident Registered Dietitian shares a common pitfall for those trying to make healthy (and sustainable) changes.

As a dietitian, this is a common situation I encounter: a new client explains that she/he has been trying to make some healthy eating changes for the past few months, but is feeling frustrated with how tough and unsustainable it all feels. Upon further discussion, it is revealed that they have been tracking all of their calories, often trying to hit specific macronutrient (carbs, fat, protein) ratios. Many times this is in conjunction with a newly-adopted exercise regimen that is just shy of Olympic training.

  • June 21, 2017

After The Amazon Deal: What Will Shopping At Whole Foods Feel Like?

Analysts say that the experience of shopping at Whole Foods might change in the near future now that the retailer is being bought by Amazon.

When the news broke that Amazon had agreed to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, the retail food sector went a little bananas.

The stock prices of large food retail chains, such as Costco, tumbled a bit.

And this headline from Business Insider helps explain it: Amazon is acquiring Whole Foods — and Walmart, Target, and Kroger should be terrified.

  • June 17, 2017

'Supersizing Urban America': How U.S. Policies Encouraged Fast Food To Spread

A new book examines how federal government policies made it easier for minorities to open fast-food franchises than grocery stores. Today the landscape of urban America reflects this history.

In 1974, McDonald's set its sights on opening a new franchise in Manhattan's Upper East Side at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 66th Street. This location wouldn't be anything like the ketchup and mustard colored buildings in the suburbs. It would be tasteful and blend in with the townhouses surrounding it. Regardless of aesthetics, Upper East Siders were having none of it.

  • June 15, 2017

This Baker Makes Internet Trolls Eat Their Words — Literally

The social media world is heavily populated by trolls — you know, those people who write nasty, mean comments online. Sometimes it can be tempting to respond back, but what if there's a better alternative? Like sending them a cake.... with their words written on it.

New York City baker Kat Thek does just that. She's the founder of Troll Cakes, a bakery and detective agency.

  • June 12, 2017

Want More Traditional Chinese Fare? Panda Express Says: Give Us A Try

One of the new dishes being tested at the Panda Express Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, Calif., is this beef brisket stew. It was inspired by a dish of braised beef that chef Jimmy Wang's mother and grandmother used to make for him when he was growing up in Taiwan.

While many Americans are familiar with dishes like egg foo young, there are Chinese-American and Chinese immigrant communities throughout the country where foods like ma po tofu and congee are also on menus.

And Panda Express, America's biggest Chinese fast-food chain, hopes to make those more traditional dishes mainstream. "Panda Express ... has the opportunity to be the ambassador of Chinese food to many people," says Andrea Cherng, the company's chief marketing officer.

  • June 9, 2017

You Don't Have To Go Far To Have A Vineyard Getaway. Just Head To The South Coast.

If sipping great wine in a comfortable and welcoming environment while sitting in an Adirondack chair overlooking a vista of vines sounds like an appealing way to spend an afternoon, look to the Westport Rivers Vineyard.

Located sixty miles south of Boston, Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery offers visitors a taste of the wine life, which is to say the good life. Known for their excellent sparkling wines made in the traditional style, this full-scale vineyard and winery also offer up tasty reds, whites, rosés, and even aperitif and dessert options. With an indoor tasting room and wine bar outside, it’s real easy to let your cares slip away over a glass (or two) of expertly-crafted juice while basking in the warm sun and gorgeous views.

  • June 7, 2017

An Illustrated Guide To Master The Elements Of Cooking — Without Recipes

An Illustrated Guide To Master The Elements Of Cooking — Without Recipes | WGBH | Craving Boston

Samin Nosrat has become known as the chef who taught Michael Pollan to cook, after the famed food writer featured her in his book Cooked and his Netflix show of the same name.

Now, she's sharing her wisdom with the masses in her new, illustrated cookbook called Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. The key to good cooking, she says, is learning to balance those elements and trust your instincts, rather than just follow recipes.

  • May 30, 2017

Why Are Americans Drinking Less Cow's Milk?

Why Are Americans Drinking Less Cow's Milk? Its Appeal Has Curdled | WGBH | Craving Boston

When's the last time you had a glass of cow's milk?

Americans are drinking a lot less milk than they used to. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the average person drinks 18 gallons a year. Back in the 1970s it was more like 30 gallons a year. We once hoisted a glass with dinner, soaked our breakfast cereal or dipped into the occasional milkshake. This habitual milk drinking was no accident.

  • May 16, 2017

Here Are 5 Things You Must Do At The Nantucket Wine & Food Festival

With a lineup of top-notch winemakers, award-winning chefs and renowned luminaries, the festival's 21st year is sure to be one of its best.

Here Are 5 Things You Must Do At The Nantucket Wine & Food Festival | WGBH | Craving Boston

It’s May, and it's time to party island-style. The Nantucket Wine & Food Festival is back in full swing for another spectacular experience. With a lineup of top-notch winemakers, award-winning chefs and renowned luminaries this year’s festival is sure to be a showstopper. Grab your Sperry Top-Siders and crisp up the collar on your Izod - we’re heading to Nantucket. And here are some of the things you won't want to miss. 

1. Island Hopping with Chefs Jose Enrique & Michael Scelfo

  • May 16, 2017

Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines

Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines | WGBH | Craving Boston

The advice to eat a healthy diet is not new. Back around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Greek doctor, had this missive: Let food be thy medicine.

But as a society, we've got a long way to go. About 1 out of every 2 deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. is linked to a poor diet. That's about 1,000 deaths a day.

  • May 8, 2017

Why Taste Buds Dull As We Age

Why Taste Buds Dull As We Age | WGBH | Craving Boston

Sometimes people develop strange eating habits as they age. For example, Amy Hunt, a stay-at-home mom in Austin, Texas, says her grandfather cultivated some unusual taste preferences in his 80s.

"I remember teasing him because he literally put ketchup or Tabasco sauce on everything," says Hunt. "When we would tease him, he would shrug his shoulders and just say he liked it." But Hunt's father, a retired registered nurse, had a theory: Her grandfather liked strong flavors because of his old age and its effects on taste.

  • May 5, 2017