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by | Aug 27, 2014

In case you haven’t noticed I’m out of the office this week on summer vacation.

We’ll return to our regularly scheduled content next Wednesday, September 3.

Aloha,

Darya

For the Love of Food

by | Aug 22, 2014
For The Love of Food

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

This week breakfast and salt are back under fire, how to count your bites, and a possible risk in hand sanitizers.

Want to see all my favorite links? (There’s lots more). Be sure to follow me on on Delicious. I also share links on Twitter @summertomato,  Google+ and the Summer Tomato Facebook page. I’m very active on all these sites and would love to connect with you. (Yes, I took that picture of the pepper heart myself.)

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Foodist Approved: DIY Quinoa Salad

by | Aug 20, 2014

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So you want to eat healthier but you’re not sure where to begin? A good place to start is revamping your lunch.

Lunch is easy to overlook, inconveniently located smack-dab in the middle of the day. This means you might be tempted by anything you can grab on the go, often a processed-deli-meat sandwich or a deceptively-labeled energy bar.

Since a long lunch and an afternoon siesta are not likely to become a part of our culture anytime soon, the best routine you can get into is to make a big batch of a veggie-loaded whole-grain salad on Sunday evenings. My go-to is a seasonal quinoa salad that I pack with whatever veggies I have left over from our weekly farm share and toss with my favorite lemon miso dressing.

Below is a recipe guide for creating your own quinoa salad. Keep the basics in mind (grain + veggies + dressing) and you really can’t go wrong with mixing and matching. Once you’ve made this recipe a couple of times, you’ll be able to accomplish it in 30 minutes or less.

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How to Kill Cravings, Reduce Your Appetite and Lose Weight Without a Magic Wand

by | Aug 18, 2014

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Last week I received a comment on an older blog post that really took me off guard. The post was about 9 Simple Tricks to Eat More Mindfully and Kelsey, a recent foodist convert, had one of the strangest problems I’ve ever heard after implementing some of the tips.

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Improve Your Salads 237% With Carrot Ribbons

by | Aug 13, 2014
Carrot ribbons are better than Christmas!

Carrot ribbons are better than Christmas!

I hate to break it to you, but you’ve been using your vegetable peeler incorrectly for your entire life. And so have I, until recently.

A few weeks ago I was casually browsing the internet looking for a recipe to include in my weekly For the Love of Food link roundup, when I stumbled upon an intriguing carrot salad recipe. The recipe itself was mildly interesting, but that wasn’t what captured my attention. I mean, how good can a carrot salad really be?

But I do eat a lot of salads, especially this time of year when the farmers market is exploding with delicious produce, and something about this particular preparation caught my eye.

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When Is a Habit Not a Habit?

by | Aug 11, 2014

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Recently a reader contacted me with a curious concern. She was a big believer in the power of mindful eating and set about diligently performing all the guidelines of mindful eating practice, including sitting at a table, removing distractions, eating only when hungry, chewing thoroughly, etc.

It was going really well for a few weeks, until it all came crumbling down. Something in her day caused her resolve to crack, and without being able to stop herself she continued to break every rule in the mindful eating book: eating while standing, distracted, not hungry, and making poor food decisions that weren’t worth it.

“It was almost as if I was deliberately doing exactly what the guidelines told me not to do.”

I immediately knew what her problem was, because I had faced exactly the same thing when I was trying to build mindful eating habits.

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For the Love of Food

by | Aug 8, 2014
For The Love of Food

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

This week one fish serving is linked to bigger brains, omega-6s aren’t so bad for you, and BPA linked to developing food allergies.

Want to see all my favorite links? (There’s lots more). Be sure to follow me on on Delicious. I also share links on Twitter @summertomato,  Google+ and the Summer Tomato Facebook page. I’m very active on all these sites and would love to connect with you. (Yes, I took that picture of the pepper heart myself.)
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Foodist Approved: Spicy Shrimp and Cherry Tomato Linguine

by | Aug 6, 2014
Spicy Shrimp and Cherry Tomato Linguine

Spicy Shrimp and Cherry Tomato Linguine

Being that this is Summer Tomato and that we’re lucky enough to be in the midst of summer with local tomatoes at their peak, I thought we were due for a recipe that highlights this colorful and flavorful lycopene-rich vegetable.

To me no country knows its way around a tomato better than Italy, so in July and August I find myself gravitating towards cooking a lot of Italian-inspired cuisine… which naturally means pasta!

And if you’re going to eat pasta, I say go all out and buy fresh linguine from a local artisan producer (none of that quinoa brown rice wanna-be pasta). There is a time and place for quinoa, don’t get me wrong, but for this recipe we need the real deal.

The best part about cooking seasonally is the minimal amount of ingredients needed to create a memorable dish. Local tomatoes are naturally sweet and don’t require a lot of extra help from ingredients we don’t love, like sugar. You can make the meal complete by adding a simple side salad of arugula, walnuts and shaved parmesan.

Oh and don’t forget the wine!
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5 Simple Ways To Eat More Probiotics

by | Aug 4, 2014

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Although it isn’t particularly glamorous, gut health has become something of a hot topic among scientists and doctors interested in health and nutrition. Specifically we are realizing that it isn’t just our own health and happiness that we need to be concerned with.

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For the Love of Food

by | Aug 1, 2014

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

This week 5 minutes can add years to your life, rethinking food prices, and the unseen health benefits of trees.

Want to see all my favorite links? (There’s lots more). Be sure to follow me on on Delicious. I also share links on Twitter @summertomato,  Google+ and the Summer Tomato Facebook page. I’m very active on all these sites and would love to connect with you.
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