The Twelve

Be Portion-Smart with Tips from Healthy Habits Hero Dr. Jim Painter

This time of year, more than any other, it’s far easier to be happy about the foods we eat than the amount we eat. How much healthier would it be to skate from Thanksgiving to New Year’s without having to make midnight resolutions on December 31 about “eating better” that mostly reflect five weeks’ worth of overindulging? Resolutions often spring […]

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Eat fish with your kids, and they’ll eat fish.

Picky eaters have always been a pet peeve of mine. When I had children, I wanted to do whatever I could to ensure that they were not picky eaters. As soon as they started eating solid food, I was determined to expose them to a wide variety of options. Fish, being brain food and all, was high up on my […]

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Making Lunch for the Week

Let’s get something straight—I am NOT a morning person. That being said, waking up early to make a healthy lunch every day is just not an option. I would rather feast from a vending machine than sacrifice my last 20 minutes of sleep to pack my lunch. Pathetic, but the truth. And since I cook dinner at night, I find […]

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Ease Up On Salt with Tips from 12 Healthy Habits Hero, Jeremy Bearman

This summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a plan to focus its attention on the notoriously high sodium levels found in some restaurant food. Details were still being worked out as of press time, but restaurants are logical targets: Fast-food meals can exceed the whole-day sodium recommendations for adults. Chain restaurants publish their nutrition numbers, but few chefs […]

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Cooking Vegetarian Dishes is Easy with Smart Meal Planning

by Allison Task, author of Lighten Up, America! and our 12 Healthy Habits Coach I am one of those people who, as soon as I’m told I can’t have something, I must have it. It doesn’t matter if I like or don’t like that thing; just tell me I can’t have it and it’s the only thing I crave. This personality […]

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Paiche: Chicken of the River

If you haven’t come to know and love paiche already, this summer is the perfect time. Paiche (pie-chay) is a sustainably farmed fish from the Amazon river that’s been showing up in more and more U.S. fish markets every day. There’s plenty to love about this 300-pound prehistoric river beast, beginning with the fact that it’s an ideal grilling fish. The […]

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Change Your Fat Focus

by Allison Task, author of Lighten Up, America! and our 12 Healthy Habits Coach When I think “Eat more healthy fat” my mind instantly gravitates to avocados as a daily snack, adding handfuls of roasted sunflower seeds to my salads, and finishing that grilled fish with a generous drizzle of olive oil. I think I’m starting to drool.  It’s nice to […]

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The Benefits of a Two-Part Breakfast

As a child of the 70s, I remember watching commercials for breakfast cereals. Between The Smurfs, The Transformers, and Josie and the Pussycats, I’d learn how Lucky Charms or Cap’n Crunch were “part” of a healthy breakfast. The healthy breakfast would include toast (with visibly melting butter), orange juice, a bowl of berries, bacon or sausage (or both), sometimes a […]

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Vegetarian Week: Brussels Sprouts and Sunchoke Salad from Chef Aaron Woo of Portland’s Natural Selection

Standing out from the chef crowd is no simple feat in a food centric city like Portland… of course, there’s a reason Chef Aaron Woo landed our 2013 Trailblazing Chef Award for Produce Innovation. Since 2011, Woo has been consistently raising the bar for vegan and vegetarian cooking at his Oregon eatery, Natural Selection.  In each four-course prix fixe menu […]

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Vegetarian Week: Farmer’s Harvest Bowl from Chef Jesa Henneberry

Natural food chef Jesa Henneberry creates and prepares nutritious meals for people with specific health needs and weight loss goals.  After graduating from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, it became her passion to show people how they can achieve their goals and still enjoy delicious meals. For her Farmer’s Harvest Bowl, a dish inspired by Korean Bibimbap, […]

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