Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Food Day 2012

Happy Food Day! While everyday should be food day in my book I'm happy to join in a "nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food" Now is a crucial time for food in America!

How are you celebrating real food today?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Elizabeth Cooks: Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Really I don't think I have to tell you how much I love Pumpkin. I think I say that enough. I really really really really really love pumpkin.  And while I adore cooking, baking always stresses me out (the precision, the things that can go wrong. the disasters! oh my!). So I decided to challenge myself thanks to the prompting of Recipe Redux and brighten up a rainy fall day with a loaf of pumpkin bread. That's vegan. That uses 100% whole wheat, and reduced sugar. That still tastes good. It could have been a recipe for disaster, but amazingly this is my new favorite thing. I'm making another loaf this weekend. Enjoy!

Vegan Pumpkin Bread
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (or 100% whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 2 cans 100% pumpkin (no pumpkin pie filling!!)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Line loaf pan with coconut oil so you don't have any unfortunate sticking incidences. Combine all ingredients but flour and chocolate chips. Slowly mix in whole wheat flour, and then once it's completely mixed stir in the chocolate chips. Baked for 1 hr at 350 degrees. Enjoy!

Want some more pumpkin love? Check out these Recipe Reduxs!

Friday, October 19, 2012

City Chicks: Bringing Modern Home Ec to Boston

I feel so lucky to have amazing friends in Boston who are doing some pretty rad things. Like the ladies of City Chicks Boston, as they bring modern home ec to Boston, teaching us all how we can be domestic divas (who also work fulltime). Bringing things that my mother did, back into my home. Like canning. Many fall days were spent getting chokecherry jam canned, making homemade salsa and canning beets. My mother's gorgeous garden had to be preserved somehow throughout the winter. And while it always seemed like a chore as we were doing it, the end product was always worth it. I demanded that my mother ship me supplies of salsa and beets winter in college, and the pantry is one of the first places i head to when I get home. So when I saw there was a canning class I thought why not revisit it, and see if I could maybe bring it back into my Boston Household.
Master canner  Ken showed us how to preserve tomatos and make bread and butter pickes. I mean who doesn't love pickles?
Your grandmother may have not had an iPad, but you can follow in her pickling footsteps:
I think Heather summed it up best:

City Chicks’ army of Doyennes (and Dudes) are here to bring back the forgotten skills of the homemaker with an approach that’s designed for the way we live today. With a team of experts sharing skills that range from the perfect pie shell to shucking oysters to basic mending and sewing to at-home bang trims & updos – we show you how to reclaim grace and fill your home life with fun, food, and the satisfaction that comes from mastering a new skill.

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Check out their Class Schedule and register for Knife Skills, Holiday baking 101 and so much more! Gift cards make great presents too!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hello Philly!

This past weekend my travels brought me to Philadelphia for the first time, for the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo(FNCE)-basically a gathering of 10,000 dietitians from around the country for 4 days of educational sessions and a food expo that really does not compare to Expo East.
Here are some of bytes I picked up along the way.

iPads kinda rock. I used to talk a lotta smack about them, but it sure does make for a greener conference when you can take notes on them! Add Priority Matrix + Adobe Reader and I really don't know what I would do without it!

PROTEIN: Protein was a very hot topic here at FNCE with a lot of differing opinions, and most of the resource being funded by the Egg Nutrition Center, Beef Council and Pork Board (yes they are real). People seem to agree however, that no matter what the type, a slight increase in protein while decreasing simple carbohydrates -improved satiety, and lean muscle mass while decreased body fat. 30g per meal x 3 meals a day seems to be optimal for the average consumer. Anything more than that is pointless and won’t have any increased effect on body composistion or fullness. What’s 30 g of protein you ask?  1 serving vega one + 1cup hemp milk+ 2 T nut butter ~30 grams. Are you an athlete? Nutrition is not an add on but a necessary part of training plan. Have to commit to your nutrition plan every day-you wouldn't just brush your teeth once a week! Get all the players in the game-don't just favor one protein/food.

 Plant Based Eats- Loved Hip City Veg where I had my first Philly Cheesesteak-and it was completely Vegan!  Got to go there with the wonderful dietitian Trish O'Keefe who is rocking health in the Bay Area!

Catching up! It was great to see dietitian friends from around the country. Plus a couple that live 1 mile away but that crazy schedules get in the way of (looking at you Janel)
Joining a crew of RDs against GMOs-including Louise and Janel
I love raisins. and Rachel Perez
Goofing around- with my social media savvy RD soul mate Carlene Thomas. If you or anyone you know is getting married soon HIRE THIS GIRL!!
Fabulous Boston ladies-Allison, Ayla and Katie
Hanging out with Corinne at the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Speed Networking event
Enhancing Communication Skills- A presentation is a conversation not a performance, but it is often also an audition. This isn't at all evidence based but in 7 seconds you make 11 judgements about people- and confidence is something that's often assesd first. You are what you say. Remember the power of three-Direct Concise Precise. Eliminate word clutter, More is less Short sounds confident and gets heard  
Talking about Plant Based Nutrition with the Vega Team-it wasn't all play-we had to get some work done too. We had a whirlwind of trainings with Vega and 2 public lectures on getting back to a healthy routine this fall. I've seen a lot of Philly and the surrounding area in 48 hours and will be excited to return again soon!

Oh and of course a trip to the Rocky Steps. Thanks for a great time Philly! See you again soon!