Ready to make 2018 your year to take charge of your health? If past year’s New Year’s resolutions haven’t turned into real solutions that work for your busy life, this year is going to be different. That's because this year, I teamed up with health and happiness expert, Gillian Mandrich to create a revolutionary program with you in mind — The GoClean45 Challenge.Read More
My latest article in Clean Magazine is on shelves (and online) now!
In it, I tackle a term that is just starting to go mainstream - regenerative agriculture. Good food pioneers are rapidly pivoting to this more holistic, regenerative farming method which focuses on the importance of building healthy, resilient soil as a touchstone for better food, better farms, and a better world. (The Rodale Institute offers a helpful primer on the research here. )Read More
Food waste has been one of the hottest topics of 2017. And it's hight time-as Americans toss roughly 40% of its food before it's eaten. (Psst that's like dropping 1 out of 3 grocery bags in the parking lot on your way out of the supermarket ...and just keep walking!). To make things tricker, the biggest culprits are very the foods that we nutritionists encourage you to shop for in abundance, and eat more of: fruits and veggies.Read More
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?Read More
While there’s plenty of buzz right now about plant-based veggie burgers upending the status quo in meat cases in markets across the country (Safeway recently joined the meatless trend), there’s another breakthrough idea that's reshaping the food system in an equally powerful (though quieter) way from the ground up. It’s bee the health of bees.Read More
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?).Read More
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.Read More
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”?Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.)Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More