What is Biodynamic Farming?

What is Biodynamic Farming?

That’s the question driving one of the biggest breakthrough ideas to move into the mainstream in 2017: Biodynamic Farming

If you haven’t yet brushed up against biodynamics at the grocery store, in your meal-delivery kit or during a recent restaurant outing, expect to soon.

Why? I tackle that question in my latest column with Clean Eating Magazine: Is Biodynamic the New Organic? But it's part of a broader push by good food innovators to rethink what's possible when it comes to agriculture...how can we go a step beyond organics to farm in a way that's resilient, restorative, and helps regenerate not only the quality of our food, but also the planet?

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8 Green Picks to Refresh Your Diet This Spring

8 Green Picks to Refresh Your Diet This Spring

I am so thrilled to be partnering with Clean Eating Magazine to regularly bring you tips to on how you can step into a cleaner, greener lifestyle with minimal fuss and maximum flavor.

And right now, well...spring has sprung! This month, I share 8 Green Picks to Refresh Your Diet this season. From innovative ways to pack more plant-based nutrition into your diet (bonus: it helps you slim down for summer), to specific foods to add to your Spring Shopping List - all of these picks help renew our planet and create a healthier food system. Also on the list is a surprisingly easy tip to tackle food waste (one of the biggest culprits) from your produce bin, as well as some next-generation, exciting new foods hitting shelves now. (Insects, anyone?).

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Announcing My New Clean Eating Magazine Column: A Greener You

Announcing My New Clean Eating Magazine Column: A Greener You

I’m proud to announce that I'll be partnering with the amazing folks at Clean Eating Magazine to bring you my new column, A Greener You. And it's launching this month! In each issue I’ll be sharing my freshest ideas, latest food finds, and tips that I use myself - all to help you on your journey towards an even cleaner, greener, leaner lifestyle. 

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5 New Trends Potentially Defining the Future of Food

5 New Trends Potentially Defining the Future of Food

If Elon Musk is in a race to Mars, Esca Bona is in the race to hack the Good Food Future.

Check out the Esca Bona Conference Program and Speakers and follow the conversation with #EscaBona. (Disclosure: I was given a Press Pass to attend.)

The conference was held last week in Austin last week. And its vision was bold: to map the best ideas on how we can build and scale a new kind of food system. One that’s better for both people and planet, and massively available and affordable to all.

Before you pooh-pooh this type of thinking as far out or fringe, consider this: these are some of the very same folks who ushered in our current obsession for things like kale chips, chia pudding and quinoa. 

So what rose to the top of this “Best Idea Blitz”?

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Sustainable Diets: The Paradox at the Front Lines

Sustainable Diets: The Paradox at the Front Lines

I am just back from Granada Spain, where I spoke last week at the International Congress of Dietetics. The theme was sustainability and the crucial role that sustainable diets play.  I met some truly visionary global colleagues who are creating the framework we need to shift to a new paradigm of planetary health.

But I see a deep paradox emerging for those of us who work in sustainability and who believe in sustainable diets. At the heart of our challenge is this:

How does someone passionate about building a more sustainable, healthy and just food and nutrition environment justify un-sustainable behaviors?

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The YOU Food Economy: 4 Trends Revolutionizing the Way We Eat

The YOU Food Economy: 4 Trends Revolutionizing the Way We Eat

Unless you’v been living under a rock, you know how rapidly the food landscape is changing. You know that today eaters are increasingly calling the shots-through their food dollars, social entrepreneurship, social media influence, or even with products they have created for the marketplace.

The mega-trend that’s emerging from all this? I call it the YOU Food Economy.

Far beyond debating  fat vs. carbohydrate, practicing Paleo or slashing sugar, the YOU Food Economy is about creating a food plan and eating philosophy that’s uniquely based on the total sum of YOU. Here are 4 ideas transforming the nutrition arena now-and that are worth watching closely.

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How to Build A Plant-Based Healthy Shopping Cart-Step By Step

How to Build A Plant-Based Healthy Shopping Cart-Step By Step

Can the Right Groceries Change the World? It’s a simple idea. But the truth is, plants hold incredible power to help us fuel an amazing life and a better world. A plant-based diet brimming with a variety of the right foods can help fix flagging energy levels, trim your waistline, reduce chronic inflammation, as well as cut your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. (Reference: Position of the American Dietetic Association: Vegetarian Diets.)

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With Clean Eating Magazine: Your One Week Jump-Start to Wellness

With Clean Eating Magazine: Your One Week Jump-Start to Wellness

Want to step into summer feeling vibrant and energized? Start now with the One Week Jump-Start to Wellness plan I created with Clean Eating Magazine. You'll find everything you need for success. It is all laid out in an easy-to-follow meal plan, with a shopping list and even a bevy of easy, fresh, and healthy recipes. I even included some of my favorite time saving tips. It 's all here for you!

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5 Simple Ways to Add More Plants To Your Diet this Summer

5 Simple Ways to Add More Plants To Your Diet this Summer

You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to fall in love with the power of a plant-based diet this summer. Today’s amazing abundance of plant foods at the grocery store has made it easier (and more delicious!) than ever for you feel good about what you put into your body. Whether you’re just getting started on a plant-based lifestyle or are looking for fresh ideas to inspire you on your journey, here are 5 no-fuss ways to deliciously add more plants to your day.

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3 Secrets for Optimal Energy: My Event With CLIF Bar

3 Secrets for Optimal Energy:  My Event With CLIF Bar

We all know from experience that optimal energy is the vital juice that helps us feel supercharged to perform our best during athletic adventure, and even just to take on our day. In the business world a sense of abundant, high quality energy can actually be a competitive advantage, as so many of us struggle with feeling flat, foggy and fatigued. (3pm slump, anyone?) Yet while many people commonly confuse "stimulation" (think caffeine or energy drinks) with energy, they could not be more different.

I just got back from the Registered Dietitian Retreat in Napa, where I was honored to host a forum about "How to Eat for Optimal Energy" with my partners at CLIF Bar. We explored 3 essential ideas that help create optimal energy. (With full disclosure, CLIF Bar is a client of mine). The event was hosted for some of the country's top dietitians. And, the setting? The incredibly gorgeous CLIF Family Organic Farm at CLIFs Regis.

I would love to share with you what we explored.

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Carrot Top Pesto Recipe

Carrot Top Pesto Recipe

I wanted to make sure you knew about my favorite springtime snack recipe. This quick, ultra-simple carrot top pesto lets you finally embrace those fluffy carrot-top greens that peek out from your bag on your way home from the farmer's market. Don't toss them in the trash, or even the compost! This surprising ingredient is not only brimming with good for you nutrients and antioxidants, it's a fresh, crave worthy take on pesto.  And eating "root to tip"  is one of the best ways to get more value for your for food dollar while eating in a way that helps regenerate both body and planet. A fun tip is to slice those beta-carotene-rich carrots on the diagonal. It makes for a welcome change from ho-hum carrot sticks (not to mention, they also provide the perfect shelf to slather pesto on — think carrot chips).

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Is it Time to Spring Clean Your Diet? 10 Ways to Eat Green and Stay Lean

Is it Time to Spring Clean Your Diet? 10 Ways to Eat Green and Stay Lean

Ready to step into the best foods spring has to offer? As the season when fresh, healthy, nourishing options abound, check out these 10 no-fuss ways I shared with Clean Eating Magazine this month on how a greener diet can also help you stay lean this spring – while loving every delicious bite along the way.
Clean Eating Magazine: 10 Ways Eating Green Can Keep You Lean

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The GMO Labeling Debate and What it Really Represents

The GMO Labeling Debate and What it Really Represents

Tomorrow, the Senate is set to vote on legislation that would potentially override a patchwork of state initiatives and pass a federal mandate that would block any mandatory labeling of GMO foods.

However, I don’t want to just talk about the GMO labeling debate, but rather that struggle it represents.

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Why Authenticity is the New Transparency in Food

Why Authenticity is the New Transparency in Food

Pick up a bag of standard potato chips from any major food company today, and you are likely to see two things. One, an ingredient list that sounds simple and familiar such as“Potatoes, Vegetable Oil, and Salt”. Two, a story of a farmer who grows potatoes.

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No Sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines? Why That May Not Really Matter

No Sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines? Why That May Not Really Matter

In the nutrition and food world, the Dietary Guidelines are the equivalent of our “fashion week." Thus, when it was announced earlier this week that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines won’t include sustainability in their diet recommendations for Americans, it set off a ripple of chatter. (For the first time ever, sustainability was proposed in the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) Report earlier this year).

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