Don’t get rid of that chocolate!

So, it’s the day after Valentine’s Day. Your loving valentine has just gotten you a box of chocolate. Sure, you indulge a little bit on V-Day – but what do you do the day after? You don’t want to scrap the box (it might make your valentine feel bad), but you can’t keep it around (you’re still kicking butt on your New Year’s Resolutions after all) – you’ve reached a predicament.

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Does How a Food Look Impact it’s Flavor?

In short, the answer is an overwhelming yes!

Indulge me for a moment. If I offered you each of the plates below, nutrition and different photography skills aside, which one would you choose?

1EF1DD587  vs.  1011-oatmeal-berries

Both oatmeal, both delicious and nutritious, but weren’t your eyes drawn to the one with blueberries and raspberries? That pop of color on an otherwise bland background instantly had me hooked. You see it all the time in restaurants, hear it all the time on cooking shows, witness it in those beautiful Instagram pictures: presentation matters. But, did you ever realize that the nicer something looks on the plate, the better it actually does taste?

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Fighting Off Depression with Food

Can it be better than taking antidepressants?

Hello everybody! I hope wherever you are you’re making it through the winter blues. For those of us in the Northeast U.S. this winter has been brutal and I’m sure I’m not the only one loving the taste of spring we’ve had. Hopefully it sticks around for the long haul!

Speaking of winter blues, let’s talk about nutrition and depression.

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Eating for One, Feeding Trillions

What is this gut bacteria stuff really all about?

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I know I’m significantly happier now that midterms are over and I’m home for spring break 🙂

Last week I had the opportunity to attend my college’s annual nutrition lecture, and this year the topic was gut bacteria. The nutrition department brought in Dr. Toddy Gray, a public health scientist from the state’s department of health who specialized in microbial genetics. Currently he’s been doing research on gut bacteria and just how important they are even though we might not think about it.

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