High protein lentils for easy meatless meals

An inexpensive protein powerhouse. If you’d like to add more plant-based proteins to your diet, look no further than lentils.  They’re legumes like kidney beans, black beans and garbanzo beans, which are all high protein plant foods.  But there’s one key difference: lentils cook much more quickly than the larger legumes, in about 20-30 minutes.  That makes […]

Vegans: where’s the protein?

Two random articles got me thinking about vegans and protein. Don’t get me wrong.  I’m a big proponent of plant-based eating.  Vegetarian and vegan diets can be nutritionally balanced and extremely healthy.  But when it comes to vegans, protein can be very tricky.  After all, a vegan diet means avoiding all of the high (and high […]

Are protein recommendations antiquated?

A new method is proposed to determine protein requirements I came across an interesting article about protein requirements that deserves some discussion.  The gist of the article was this: the traditional way of measuring protein needs is out of date.  It likely underestimates requirements.  A new way of assessing requirements is proposed which results in […]

Boosting protein with real food

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to focus more on protein.  Why?  Unfortunately, as we age, we tend to lose muscle mass.  I didn’t want to increase my risk for that by slacking off on protein intake. So how’s that going?  Strangely, it’s hard for me to do.  For one thing, I don’t eat […]

10 nutrition trends for 2015

My predictions for the food, diet and nutrition trends that will make headlines in 2015: Fad diets will continue to be a source of comic relief or endless annoyance to nutrition experts everywhere. Sensationalism, magical thinking and “sciency” explanations are all it takes to sell diet books and products. If you doubt me, consider these […]

Featured food: refried beans

The Bad News about refried beans: They aren’t photogenic.  Other than that, they’re great! Refried beans have come a long way from the traditional take-it-or-leave-it version, made with lard.  There’s plenty of choices now, available in most grocery stores: regular, made with added fat like bacon fat vegetarian, made with added vegetable fat low fat/nonfat […]

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