Diet and Nutrition

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    MALK Offers All-Natural Plant-Based Milks to Houston

    Alternative milks, such as soy, almond and coconut, have become a lot more popular over the years. Those who are lactose intolerant or don't eat products from animals have opted for plant-based products, such as the aforementioned variations on milk. August Vega has been making alternative milks fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Ripe Cuisine Set to Launch Vegan Food Truck With Help From Kickstarter

    When Stephanie Hoban moved back to Houston after living in New Work for a few years, she was struck by the disappointingly small number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in town. Rather than complain about it, she got to work. The registered dietician and graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Taming Sugar Cravings and Balancing Blood Sugar: What I Learned at Monica Pope's New Food-As-Medicine Dinner

    "If there's one thing you remember from tonight, remember 15 grams," said Ali Miller, a registered dietitian who practices functional medicine. It was the inaugural dinner for the new Food-as-medicine dinner series she'd designed with chef Monica Pope at Sparrow Bar Cookshop, and we were about hal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Rest of the Best: 10 Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Houston

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Vegan with a Vengeance: Pizza

    We'll get it out of the way right now: I'm being a bit loose in my veganism. I'm not eating any animals, dairy products, or eggs, but I'm not strictly avoiding sugar, nor actively eschewing honey. Call me a bad vegan. That's fine, because I'm not actually a vegan, I just play one on TV. Or for Lent. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    5 Ways to Lighten Up Macaroni & Cheese

    Don't get us wrong; every now and then we love ourselves some full-fledged fatty and buttery cheese-loaded mac n' cheese. But we run into a bit of a problem when we want to make it at home. After contemplating the amount of butterfat and milkfat and cheesefat that we've thrown into the pan with reck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Top Ten Foods You Think Are Healthy But Aren't (And What to Eat Instead)

    New year, new resolutions to exercise more and eat better to achieve a healthier lifestyle. These are worthy goals, of course, but many people don't realize they're sabotaging their attempts at healthy living with food and drinks that masquerade as nutritious but actually aren't. Sneaky little devil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Knock-Knock! Who's There? Girl Scouts! Cookie Season Is Back With Two New Flavors

    So, you're probably well into your New Year's resolution of giving up sweets or eating healthier. After the past few months of indulging in Christmas cookies, holiday dinners and endless amounts of booze, the last thing you need is more sugary food. Unfortunately, you're going to have to put that di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    10 Back-To-School Lunchbox Recipes

    Last week we gave you ten back-to-school snack ideas to serve your hungry kids when they get home from school. This week, we are helping you pack a healthy and filling school lunch with ten recipe ideas. School lunches typically are boring, mundane and not as nutritious as they can be. However, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Hey Dummy, Read This Book To Stop Eating So Much Sugar: Beating Sugar Addiction for Dummies

    How many times have you heard about the keys to weight loss, or have been given a list of foods you should avoid because they cause you to gain weight? Probably a lot, right? Well, I'm sorry but here is another method for losing weight and getting rid of your addiction to sugar. Beating Sugar Addict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Burger King Takes a Swing at "Healthy" Turkey, Veggie Burgers

    "Being lazy" and "eating healthy" do not exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly. So imagine my excitement when I saw Burger King advertising both a turkey and a veggie burger. Huzzah! I can exert zero effort and enjoy healthy-ish fast food? Sounds too good to be true!* I'm not one of thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Teach Your Kids That Cows Don't Make Artificially Sweetened Milk

    Let's face it -- kids are not consuming enough milk today. Most children would rather drink sugary juice or a soda rather than a glass of milk. The reason for these choices can be attributed to the fact that kids like foods with lots of sugar -- one ingredient that plain milk does not have. Unfort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Super Bowl Makeovers: 5 Favorites Lightened Up

    Super Bowl Sunday is most definitely a day of indulgence. Beer, wings, nachos, sliders -- it's all so good, but so, soooo bad. Normally. Have no fear -- with just a few simple tweaks, you can still enjoy these game day favorites, and with only a fraction of the guilt. Check out our secrets to makin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Take-Out Fake-Outs: 5 More Favorites Lightened-Up

    We love Friday-night pizza or lazy-Sunday Thai delivery as much as the next guys -- but we can't say the same for our waistlines. Luckily, we have a few tricks up our sleeves. By remaking your favorite take-out foods at home, you can get all the pleasure...with none of the guilt. All it takes is a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Energy Drinks Are a Crock of Crap, But You Knew That...Right?

    On the front page of yesterday's New York Times was the headline: Energy Drinks Promise Edge, But Experts Say Proof Is Scant. And not that people feeding their babies Mountain Dew out of a bottle nor concocting go-go juice for their kids, Honey Boo Boo-style, will notice or care what the New York T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    5 Post-Holiday Juice Cleanses You Can Make at Home

    So you've made it through the piles of stuffing and gravy at Thanksgiving, the heaping plates of fried latkes and donuts at Hanukkah, and the 18 trays of Christmas cookies your aunt made. Now, you have to fit into that now super-tight fitting outfit on New Year's Eve. Shit. Well, dont worry -- we'r ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2012

    Pass the Vegenaise

    Houston's top 10 vegan restaurants.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    A Food Scale That Tells You More Than Just Weight

    Last Christmas, my mom purchased the Eat Smart Nutrition Pro Scale for me to use while I cook. I have type 1 diabetes and need to know how many carbohydrates and grams of fiber are in each item of food I eat. So, when I'm cooking, especially with foods that don't have a nutrition label on the back o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    The Mediterranean Diet: Listen to Mom

    It has long been common knowledge that a diet of healthy fats and lots of complex carbs, fiber and protein is sensible, but more recent nutritional findings have pointed specifically to the Mediterranean diet's advantages in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A Mediterranean diet consists of fish a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Pancakes vs. French Toast: What's for Breakfast?

    When it comes to breakfast, everyone always has a preference, especially when it comes to deciding between pancakes and French toast. I am definitely on team pancakes. Sorry, French toast, but pancakes have stolen my heart. The light and fluffy cakes have endless possibilities that French toast ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    What To Eat After You Pump Some Iron: Best Post-Workout Foods

    Summertime means swimsuits, which means many of us are realizing it is now time to dust off that gym membership and get ready to show a little more of ourselves than we usually do. Granted, in Houston, this season lasts about six months. But if anything, that is merely impetus to get into better s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Vegan Cooking 101: Chef Sabali Mpozi Shows How It's Done

    Sabali Mpozi is one of Houston's growing number of vegan gatekeepers. She makes it easy for anyone to adopt a plant-based diet with her series of basic, advanced and master vegan cooking classes and demonstrations. As the chef scooped avocados, chopped carrots and sautéed them in sunflower oil a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Keep the Love Alive: Top Heart-Healthy Foods (Wine Included!)

    In honor of February, American Heart Month, The American Heart Society is promoting a Go Red for Women campaign. With heart disease being the number one killer of women, AHS is spreading the truth and myths about the disease and tips for prevention. Since eating well is a huge part prevention, we at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    How To: Lighten Up Cake

    My birthday is coming up, and after the shit ton of holiday sweets I devoured last month, I'm trying to watch what I eat. But that doesn't mean I can't have my (birthday) cake and eat it too. In fact, my inner fat kid will probably try to shank me if I don't have at least a bit. So I've put together ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Top 5 Ways to Clean Out Your Colon: Detoxing Debunked

    By now you have either disregarded your New Year's resolutions with a long list of very convincing reasons (I actually enjoy being unemployed) or you haven't even started them yet. If cutting back on the excess was on your list of things to do in 2012, it's certainly not too late to start. When we s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Happy New Year, everybody! You know that that means; it's now time to join the gym, vow to stay true to your healthy resolutions, and give up by the time Cupid comes bearing promises of love and boxes full of chocolate-covered everything. You'll start with one or two strawberries, naturally; it's no ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 24, 2011

    Good Seed

    A food truck in the Third Ward serves vegan fare that's never bland or boring.

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Blissful Chef Christy Morgan Chops It Up In Houston

    ​Vegan chef and book author Christy Morgan has been taking her food philosophy all over the U.S. "I want people to know that food is very powerful," Morgan said. "That cooking healthy is easy and doable." This past Friday the chef stopped in Houston to give a cooking demonstration, tasting a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Get Lit for the Holidays at Book Signings This Week

    ​It's definitely too early to start putting up Christmas decorations, but it's not too early to start stocking up on presents for the holidays. And although this may just be me, a signed book is always a fantastic gift to open up on Christmas Day or after singing Ma'oz Tzur or however your fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Vegan DreamQuest Dinner: Vegan Burrito at Field of Green's

    I am an unrepentant lover and devoted consumer of animal products. This is not to say I haven't often wondered what it might be like to live like The Other Half (well, more like .2 percent), those disciplined folks who strive to follow a vegan lifestyle for ethical, political, and/or medical reasons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Upscale Vegan

    Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In return, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Going Vegan in Houston: Where to Get Your Grub

    Earlier this week, we featured some stunning vegan donuts from local vegan and gluten-free baker Jodycakes. Even in a carnivorous city like Houston, eating vegan can be done -- and done surprisingly well. Jodycakes isn't the only vegan baker in town; Sinfull Bakery's vegan cookies and other sweet t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Going Vegan: Trimming My Waistline, Trimming My Budget, Expanding My Horizons

    For the past two weeks, in an attempt to experiment with new ingredients and foods, I've been eating vegan when I haven't been working. Admittedly, I "work" -- that is, eat -- for about half of my meals. But the other half have been [almost] entirely vegan. And it's been a fulfilling challenge. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Fast Times: Breakfast at Burger King Surprises

    Christina UticoneBurger King breakfast buffet for $4.21.​As I was pulling into Burger King on Kirby I noticed the McDonald's across the street. My husband had requested a McMuffin, but since I was in a hurry and already approaching the BK drive-through, I decided to stick with BK. When I pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Pizza: The Perfect Quick and Healthy Dinner

    Kristen Majewski​When I was still working in an office, every day I was faced with the same annoying choice: either get in a good workout or cook a good, homemade meal. No matter how hard I tried to cram everything into those few precious hours after work, I could never balance the two so I co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    In Defense of Bread

    ​Food critic Jeffrey Steingarten proposed that the world could be divided into two types of people: those who can enjoyably live on bread alone, and those who need all the other food groups for gastronomic pleasure. I am of the former group, but with one condition: The bread must have butter. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Diet Cherry Seven 7Up Antioxidant

    ​Forever on the lookout for new diet or light beverages, I picked up a two-liter Diet Cherry 7UP Antioxidant. I usually snub Diet 7UP, as Sprite Zero or Diet Sierra Mist are my no-calorie "lemon-lime" mass-market beverages of choice, but this flavor attracted my attention primarily because of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Whole-Wheat Pasta Versus Regular: Spaghetti Corazon

    ​It's New Year's resolution season. We've started small: drinking more green tea, taking the dog for an extra walk, and switching to more fiber-rich foods. The gym will come next week, we swear. Keeping with the small changes theme, we decided to try something we swore would never land on our ... More >>

  • News

    February 19, 2009

    Calorie Restrictors Stay Hungry in Hopes of Living Longer

    An SMU biologist searches to unlock the secrets to the fountain of youth

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Kale to the Rescue

    Times like these call for food superheroes: foods that are tasty, healthy, easy to fix and -- most of all -- cheap. And, if it's your thing, easy to grow, too. And that's where kale comes in. Kale is one of the more unappreciated leafy greens, playing second fiddle to its more well-known cousins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    This Just In: Watermelon Good for Blood Flow (and Erections)

    Remember that scene in the movie Kids where one of the protagonists talks about how he got turned on watching a girl eat a watermelon on a hot summer day? If you were thinking his arousal was the result of his being a teenage boy, you're totally right. However, according to recent studies from the g ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 19, 2007

    Sandy's Produce Market

    One healthy meal at Sandy's Produce Market will wipe away all of your high-cholesterol sins

  • Resolutions

    January 20, 2005

    Think Thin

    Diet season is here -- which one will you choose?

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Ground Zero

    Houston's been the No. 1 city in America in the obesity crisis. But hype doesn't mean help.

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    A Figure to Die For

    Community Health Systems cashed in big on the stomach stapling rage. It almost cost Kaye Parsley her life.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Tofu/Soy Products

    Whole Foods Market

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Bread

    Whole Foods Market

  • Dining

    September 7, 2000

    High on Fat

    Lard may be a four-letter word, but you shouldn't treat it as one

  • Dining

    May 20, 1999

    94 Percent Dogma-Free

    At Ziggy's, health food includes burgers and fries

  • Dining

    May 16, 1996
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