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Stone Soup

Guest bloggers from around the world share with Food & Nutrition Magazine.

How Pureed Soups Can Teach Kids to Love Vegetables

Many parents struggle to get their little ones to meet their daily vegetable quota. I've found that kids shy away from vegetables for a variety of reasons.

5 Things to Know About Indian Ghee

Among cooks, clarified butter — known in Indian cooking as ghee — has is becoming a popular alternative ingredient, in part because of its use in Indian cooking, and also its suggested healing properties.


Cinnamon Roll Dip (Shh...It's Healthy!)

I firmly believe that healthy food and delicious food are not mutually exclusive — fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans, prepared well, are wonderfully filling and satisfying. That's not to say that I don't have a sweet tooth though. We're all programmed to love sweet things!


Leek-and-Potato Soup with Spring Pea Shoots

Spring has sprung, and tasty veggies are sprouting up everywhere. We’re talking leeks, scallions, garlic scapes, pea shoots and ramps!

Ready... Set... Walk!

Spring is here and if you have not already purchased a new pair of running shoes, what are you waiting for?! Think of them as part of your equipment for a brand new start to a healthy summer season.

Try This! Make-Your-Own-Granola

You’ll be amazed by how easy it is to make your own granola at home. It’s a fun baking activity to do with kids and the best part is you can get creative with the ingredients and flavors. You can go seasonal — like pumpkin spice in the fall — or just use ingredients that are tasty year-round — like what you’ll find in my recipe below.


5 Reasons Why You Aren't Losing Weight

Losing weight tops the New Year's Resolution chart year after year, and polls show that most Americans would like to lose weight. Though millions of people are spending time, money and energy towards this goal, weight loss seems elusive. Here is my hunch on why you aren’t losing weight.


My Pillars of Well-Being

I practice a special kind of meditation on an almost daily basis. Perhaps meditation isn’t the right word since it doesn’t require me to sit in silence with my eyes closed and legs crossed or anything like that. It’s more a form of taking stock of where my life is going at any particular time.

What We Know about Soy and Cancer

Whether the conversation is about cancer or vegan diets or just plain tastiness, everyone has something to say about soy. There's a lot of misinformation out there — perhaps from well-meaning sources, but potentially troublesome nonetheless. Here's an attempt to offer some clarity.

Is Eating Healthy a Full-Time Job?

A student in my Basic Nutrition class recently noted that what he’d learned after 10 weeks of class. That healthy eating was a full time job! Thinking about food is so deeply woven into my daily routine that it made me wonder: How much time do I really spend each week to feed myself with health in mind? I decided to keep track.


Summer-Ready Kiwifruit Cocktail

For a clean cocktail I created a tropical blended fruit base with a blast of chill, but infused the vodka with spicy hot scotch bonnet peppers to create something truly unexpected.


Meet the Burundian Farmers of Decatur, Georgia

I love farm tours! So when I heard that the Georgia Organics – Farm Rx Conference was having a cultural farm tour, I definitely knew I had to go!


Does Celiac Disease Cause Infertility?

It’s commonly known that around 1 percent of the population has celiac disease — a severe autoimmune reaction to gluten — and we often think of it as a gastrointestinal disorder. But celiac is four to eight times more common in women who are experiencing infertility without any other known cause.

Should People with Diabetes Eat Potatoes?

Myths about foods people with diabetes should eat or not eat are numerous. Potatoes are one of these foods that have gotten a very bad rap -- and because potatoes are known to be a “starchy” vegetable, and break down into sugar, many misinformed people believe that they should be completely avoided in those with diabetes. This couldn’t be further from the truth!


7 Reasons You'll Want a Dehydrator

I can justify the purchase of almost any kitchen appliance. Even though my condos kitchen was built for a bachelor not a food blogger, I find a way to fit almost anything you could possibly need to cook with into the space. If I can get more than three uses out of it, I usually buy it. When I first brought home my dehydrator from the store, I had only one purpose in mind: making my own tempeh.

This Treat is Bananas

I made a very nice discovery this week in the kitchen. Adding a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter to vanilla Greek yogurt makes a nice dip. Serious yumminess. I discovered this on a whim on my mission to make frozen banana pops.


Spring Forward: Farm Bill Updates and Challenges

Unfortunately, the 2012 farm bill never made it past the House of Representatives. The farm bill is supposed to encompass a lot of different elements, including food stamps (along with SNAP — a supplemental nutrition program) and legislators couldn’t agree on funding so the bill expired in September 2012. Currently, the 2008 bill is chugging along until the deadline of September 30, 2013, and with that extension, a whole new bill needs written as automatic spending cuts are starting.

Soup-and-Sandwich Season's Last Hurrah

As much as I'm excited about spring, there's at least one reason I am sad to see winter go — it's no longer soup weather. Not that I couldn't make soups in the hot Louisiana summer, but they just don't have the same appeal on a scorcher as they do when it's below 60 degrees outside.

I Like It a Latte! Spice Up Your Morning Mug

If you're trying to cut back on added sugars, sweetened coffee drinks are a great target. Mochas and blended coffee drinks are jam-packed with added sugars, added fats and aren't doing your waistline any favors. Try making your coffee at home to save money, calories and wasting paper cups.

Lunch Special Secret: Grain Salads

Ever since I started sharing pictures of my kids’ lunchboxes and wrote this post about the mechanics behind them, I realized how many people find the topic of lunch-packing as fascinating as I do. Someone asked me recently how long I was taking to pack lunchboxes in the morning. I said that it takes me only about 10 to 15 minutes to pack everyone’s lunchbox including my husband’s. And, when they asked me to share the secret to such efficiency, my answer was: “Plan ahead and use leftovers.”


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