ask the nutritionist: is this really bad for me?

Since I am a Nutritionist, this is a question that I get all the time. And honestly, it is a pretty hard one for me to answer.  My mantra really is: Everything in Moderation. In my ideal world everyone would have access and be able to afford – and want to eat organic, “whole” foods, free of preservatives, artificial sweeteners and refined flours. I am also realistic though. I am certainly not going to “recommend” Doritos, but if they are what you are really craving than by all means have some Doritos!  I think the more high quality food you eat, the less you crave processed foods which really are no match to a great loaf of home-made bread.
So fill your diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish – and a little good cheese, olive oil and wine for good measure!

review: dr. kracker flax crackers

The self-described “uber crunch” crackers really are the crunchiest crackers I’ve ever tried. I had the Seeded Spelt which is 100% whole grain and has 110 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per flat bread – pretty impressive for a cracker! The pumpkin seeds that covered the cracker just add to the amazing CRUNCH!

They were delicious on their own and obviously amazing with some sharp cheddar. After visiting their website I read about some other flavors that were not in my store but sounded fabulous – Hummus Maximus and Fire Roasted Crisps.  I will definitely be on the lookout for these.

heirloom tomatoes & salad

These beautiful heirloom tomatoes were picked for their interesting shape but the flavor was unfortunately not as impressive. The salad however was delicious. I made a basic vinaigrette with shallots, mustard, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Tossed with Earthbound Farms Fresh Herb Salad, pine nuts and goat cheese it was a great combination for a hot summer night.

may cheese plate

Cheeses of May: 

Rosey Goat: I love goat cheese and I love rosemary.  Put them together and get Rosey Goat! It is not as soft as goat cheese normally is, but the rosemary adds such a great flavor. 

Carr Valley Creama Kasa: This is a Wisconsin Cow’s milk cheese that is very buttery and smooth.  I hope this is what heaven tastes like…


Aged Gouda: I always like to have an aged cheese on a cheese plate and gouda has been the preferred choice lately.