• H is for Hummus

    Over the last decade, hummus has become a popular dip and spread. The options are limitless when it comes to hummus. Below are a couple simple recipes to try out. Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans, the debate rages on) are a fantastic way to add vegetable protein and fat to your diet. Chickpeas are also high in fiber (so they’ll keep you fuller longer), folate, and manganese. Freshly made hummus lasts about a week in the refrigerator and is an inexpensive party treat, snack, or appetizer. While some people prefer to use dried chickpeas, I always buy canned because I never know when I’ll make a batch of hummus. We tend…

  • G is for Green Beans

    I know, I know….we skipped the letter ‘F’. Actually, it works out that ‘F’ and ‘I’ go together in this series. Stay tuned a couple more weeks to find out the scoop (pun intended). In the meantime, let’s look at G is for Green Beans. Green beans are synonymous with the holidays in my family. But we don’t usually have the typical green bean casserole for Thanksgiving. Instead, my mom makes this sautéed green bean recipe for Christmas and New Year’s Eve every year. One of the best things about food is that certain dishes can bring back comforting, nostalgic feelings. When I eat this dish, I’m always reminded of…

  • Let’s make New Year Revelations for 2019

    It is that time of year again. As the New Year approaches, everyone begins formulating their New Year resolutions. More often than not, these resolutions focus on the desire to improve one’s health in some manner. For most, it is a resolution to eat less and move more in an effort to lose weight. While the intent is good, the approach is lacking.   I offer a different approach for 2019, but first a brief vocabulary review. The word “resolution” is defined as: a firm decision to do or not do something; the action of solving a problem. The term itself is restrictive and implies you are in some way a…

  • E is for Eggs

    The bad rap suffered by eggs in the media for the past few decades is completely unwarranted. Eggs are the culinary “multi-tasker”. They can go from a quick, savory breakfast to a sweet, satisfying dessert with ease. To top it off, they are great for your brain! Choline, a nutrient found in the yolk of the egg, promotes healthy brain development and may also play a role in boosting memory. Below is just one way to enjoy this versatile food. I’m all about a one-pan meal, especially for breakfast, because mornings can be hectic! Cooking everything in one pan is typically quick and saves me from doing a large pile…

  • D is for Dill

    Dill adds a unique, delicate flavor to recipes. When looking for dill in your grocery store, make sure that the stems and fronds (leaves) are crisp. If you aren’t going to use fresh dill right away, make sure to wrap it in a damp paper towel and store it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Fresh dill tends to wilt fairly quickly and will lose much of its flavor after it dries out. Try this recipe for “Chicago style” chicken and dumplings as the weather turns chilly outside. The first time I encountered “Chicago style” chicken and dumplings I was at first confused, then completely fell in love. This…

  • C is for Cottage Cheese

    Before I dive into cottage cheese, I want to give you a little background on why I chose cottage cheese for the letter ‘C’ above the plethora of other yummy ‘C’ foods. Growing up I would be classified as your typical “picky eater”. I survived on peanut butter sandwiches, chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, corn and green beans. That was pretty much the extent of my culinary palette. While my palette grew some as I reached adulthood, it really exploded when I began studying nutrition and dietetics. I do not want to give the impression that this was simple. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide I liked spinach. I…

  • B is for Berries

    Every time I step into the grocery store and see those small plastic containers filled with fresh red raspberries, I’m instantly transported back to the memory of picking berries with my grandparents. It’s July, the sun is warm on my skin, and I’m standing in a thicket of berry bushes along the path at their mountain house in Pennsylvania. At eight years old, I can vividly remember the little cuts that were all over my hands and arms from reaching for the big juicy ones buried beneath the thorns. I was terrified of the possibility of spiders and bears around me. And to be honest, I still am afraid of…

  • A is for Avocado

    Avocado is a great addition to any meal or snack. Haas avocados are a good source of Folate (vitamin B9) which has been found to support brain function. They also assist the body in the transport of vitamins A, D, E and K. This fruit (yes, it is a fruit) can be enjoyed all by itself, in a soup, on a salad, or as a spread. Simply spread one-third to one-half of an avocado on your favorite toast for a quick and easy breakfast. Tip: Check out this video on how to easily cut an avocado. What is the first thing that usually comes to mind when you hear Avocado?…

  • Series : Food Fun from A to Z

    Introducing a new series here on the Nutrition Anthropology blog – Food Fun from A to Z! After all, food is meant to be enjoyed and we want to show you fun ways to enjoy foods throughout the alphabet (Spoiler Alert: the letter X is going to be eXtra fun). We are sure you remember your preschool alphabet lesson – A is for apple and B is for Banana. Well, we won’t be that predictable because Nutrition Anthropology is all about experimenting and approaching life with curiosity. With the help of awesome dietetic students from The University of Alabama, each week we will share stories and recipes introducing you to…

  • What is Nutrition Anthropology?

    Before we jump into Nutrition Anthropology specifically, I think it would be a good idea to define anthropology itself. According to Merriam-Webster, anthropology is “the science of human beings; especially: the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture”. Nutritional anthropology narrows that focus to food and food systems. With that in mind, let’s talk about what I mean by Nutrition Anthropology and why it is the title of this blog and the future podcast. Registered dietitians are often touted as the food experts. I would argue that this may be true. Goodness knows we…