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Choose the right snacks

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

Today's Health and Nutrition Bite is a cautionary tale on reading published research carefully.

A group of researchers in Poland surveyed 302 postmenopausal women to assess whether snacking between meals was associated with body weight (Nutrition 2021;83:111063).

The women completed a three day dietary recall, were weighed, and had their waist circumference measured. Snacking was initially defined as an eating occasion in which the women consumed less than 15% of their total daily calories. Read the article »

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Glass of MilkLactose Intolerance Diet

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The Mediterranean Diet

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What is a Mediterranean Diet? Find out how familiar foods are part of this healthy style of eating.

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Featured Recipes

Quinoa Salad with Chicken and Peruvian Green Sauce

Quinoa is a great ingredient for making salads. You can use it in place of pasta in almost any composed salad like this one. The best part is that quinoa is one of the most amazing whole grains you can eat, with tons of fiber and complete protein.

White Bean Caprese Salad

There is just something magical about the flavors that make up a caprese salad. At its essence the salad is fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, oil, vinegar, and a bit of salt. The perfect dish for a Summer day when the breeze is light and the sky is impossibly blue. Even in the darkest of winter that feeling of a simple and carefree Summer's day is all there on a plate.

Can that be improved upon? Probably not, but this composed version with white beans is still pretty darn delicious.

Tahini Cauliflower Salad

The dish was on the menu with this same title - Tahini Cauliflower Salad - and the description sounded so good and the premise is great. Creamy tahini with roasted cauliflower and pine nuts paired with lemon and chickpeas. However, the dish was terrible. Far too salty and greasy and definitely too lemony.

The concept had so much promise I had to create a version that lived up to the great name.