Diet and Nutrition

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Up All Night: The Energy Drink Taste Test

    It's not that I have a death wish or am a glutton for punishment. I'd been intending to taste test energy drinks for nearly a month now, but I kept putting it off because, quite frankly, I didn't want to do it. Then this past weekend, two people on two separate occasions asked me my thoughts on ene ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Snap Kitchen Opens Downtown Location & Offers Light, Tasty Meals

    Snap Kitchen opened its newest location downtown Monday at 1200 McKinney in The Shops at Houston Center and the surprise was with all that emphasis on health, its food tastes really good. The Houston Press received a sampling of the various menu items available and just about every meal resonated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Summer Date Night in Old Town Spring: Pizza and Wine

    Old Town Spring is known for its antique stores, funky yard decorations and charm. But there is a lot more to this quaint neighborhood off of I-45 than just adorable vintage furniture and decorations. Old Town Spring is an excellent spot for a date night involving shopping, pizza and wine. After wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Here's A Secret: Gluten-Free Doesn't Mean Calorie-Free

    I'll never forget watching the Heisman Trophy announcement the year Robert Griffin III (RGIII) won. While my Baylor friends and I watched our quarterback on TV, hoping he would be awarded with the trophy, we were enjoying a spread of snacks, including two types of cookies. One was the peanut butter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Baker Spotlight: Dylan Carnes, Owner and Vegan Baker of Sinfull Bakery, Wants To Go National

    Not many people wake up and say they want to be a baker when they have never baked a single thing in their entire life, but Dylan Carnes is one of those people. And she didn't decide she was going to be a regular baker -- she chose to be a vegan baker. After moving from Houston to the northwest, se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Taste Test: Battle Low-Fat Egg Nog

    Thank God egg nog rears its delicious head only around the holidays. Although I'd struggle if you asked me to drink a cup of heavy cream straight, I have no problem with guzzling an entire pint of egg nog. My cardiovascular and digestive system, however, do not benefit from so many ounces of liquid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Juice: It's What's for Dinner, But Is It as Good as an Actual Meal?

    As usual, some people think Houston is a little behind the times. Juice bars -- as in restaurants/cafes/bars that serve only fresh squeezed juice -- have been a mainstay of New York and Los Angeles dining culture for years now. With the recent opening of several new juice bars in Houston, it seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Deepak Doshi of Doshi House, On Making Tasty Vegetarian and Building a Community Space

    This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat series. If you missed our previous post, you can read it here. Yesterday, in our chat with Deepak Doshi of Doshi House, we talked about his vegetarianism and growing up in the area of Houston called Alief. Today, we talk about his food, about the tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Ten Tips to Eat & Get Beach Body Ready

    Swimsuit season is here and most of us are probably not quite ready to set foot on the beach or go poolside. Along with working out in the gym to burn some calories and get your body in shape for the summer, you'll need to alter your diet to get your body where it needs to be. Here are ten tips to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    McDonald's Egg White Delight McMuffin Makes Healthy Taste Good

    In an effort to lighten up its menu, McDonalds offers new breakfast sandwiches made with egg whites. With its new motto -- "Turning breakfast on its head" -- McDonalds has reduced the calories in various breakfast options by employing egg whites instead of eggs and white cheddar cheese instead of A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Study Says Chewing Gum Does Not Aid Weight Loss

    People across the nation have used chewing gum to help them lose weight. It's a sort of a logical theory if you think about it: Chew gum instead of food so you won't overindulge and gain weight. However, according to a recent study published in the journal Eating Behaviors, chewing minty gum has th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Darque Tan Settles With AG Over False Claims That Tanning Is Healthy

    With people so worried about skin cancer that they're looking for triple-digit SPFs, it takes guts to claim that spending time in a tanning bed is healthy. Orange-y, unnaturally colored guts. But Houston Darque Tans have apparently continued to say their beds increase Vitamin D in their GTL custome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Salads: Not Your Diet's Best Friend

    Whenever someone says they are on a diet, look for them to eat more salads. With the base of every salad being a leafy green, it's understandable why dieters migrate to the salad bar or choose a salad on a menu when dining out. But dieters, be warned -- the salad bar is not your diet's best friend. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Girl Scouts Get Healthy: Mango Cremes with NutriFusion

    Girl Scout cookie season is my absolute favorite time of the year. Samoas, Thin Mints and Do-si-dos make me a happy camper (no pun intended). With the 2013 season upon us, Girl Scouts have released their lineup of cookies, including a new flavor, which doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the cookie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    How Does Your Garden Salad Grow? Ranking 7 Fast Food Salads from Best to Worst

    Since I've made a New Year's resolution -- along with half of America, as with every year -- to eat healthier, I've been investigating fast food salads every now and then as a quick lunch option. I'm not one of those for whom eating salads is a penalty, however: I love a good salad, the crunch of go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Are Other Nut Butters Healthier Than Peanut Butter?

    I found myself a bit stumped last week when trying to decide which nut butter -- peanut, almond or cashew -- to choose as the spread for my Monster PBJ sandwich. The food truck offers all three, as well as gluten-free bread and other options for the truly discerning sandwich diner. I've been attempt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Making the Most Out of Kimchi

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Uncover the Seedy Underbelly of Sandwich Breads with Sprouted Grain Bread

    I have a tendency to get obsessed with foods, especially when I find something healthy that I like, because left to my own devices I would probably only eat pasta with garlic and oil, pepperoncini, dark chocolate, and the occasional pizza. I discovered sprouted-grain bread back when a turkey sandwic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Garlic Mustard Beef Skewers, Tomato & Goat Cheese Tarts More

    I love homemade meals with my fiancé, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't have a game plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I HATE wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Pork Chops, Teriyaki Burgers & More

    I love homemade meals with my fiancé, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't have a game plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I HATE wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Sweet 16: The 2012 Burger Bracket Begins

    The Final Four venue has been secured. The judges have been chosen. The Sweet 16 have been selected. The 2012 Burger Bracket commences today. The 16 competitors listed below will compete in one of four brackets: Fancy-Pants, Fast Food-Style, Extreme and Veggie, categories as defined by our Burge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Photo by FotoosVanRobinCooking low and slow can make the Moroccan Spiced Stew that much better. If you have extra time and a tagine, go for it.​Romantic seafood dinner. Check. Chocolate. Check. Roses. Check. Chocolate mousse. Check. Champagne. Check. Eating leftover chocolate all freaking week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Fast Times: Whataburger Chicken Strips Salad

    Photo by Christina UticoneFind a tomato, win a prize.​I'm experiencing a serious case of fast food burger fatigue -- it was only a matter of time. Looking for something on the light(er) side of fast food, I zipped through the drive-thru at Whataburger recently and ordered a Chicken Strips Sala ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Eat Smart: Top Brain Boosting Foods

    With the multitude of mind-numbing reality television shows that I can't stop watching and people like this parading around the internet, it's become blatantly obvious; I'm getting stupider more stupider just more freaking dumb by the second. Luckily, research has shown that what you eat plays an im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Vegetarian Day is October 1, Celebrate with a Burger!

    Omnivores, grab your favorite herbivore and head to The Counter. The Washington Ave. burger joint, as well as the Woodlands location, will be celebrating Vegetarian Day on Saturday, October 1, with their "Veg Out at The Counter" promotion. Customers will receive a complimentary mini veggie burger wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Happy and Mike Tsai of Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderHappy and Mike Tsai helm Pepper Tree.​Like so many delicious Texas institutions, Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine is tucked in a cozy little strip mall. But inside, it's a zenned out vegan refuge. We caught up with Happy Tsai, the owner of Pepper Tree, over a glass of de-chl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Five Healthy Burger Alternatives

    karitsu.​With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, it may be tempting to heat up the grill and cook up a giant burger. However, the holiday also marks the start of bathing suit season. Whether you are trying to lose a few or are looking for some interesting alternatives to another bori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Leafy Greens in a Pinch

    Shaw GirlArugula.​Momma always said to eat your vegetables, but I don't think she meant that tin of creamed corn. I never had trouble eating my veggies as a kid, but now that I have to cook for myself I've been noticing a lack of green -- and I don't just mean in my bank account. Leafy greens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Rolled Wheat Flakes

    ​What is it? I'm a whole grain freak. There's almost always a loaf of whole wheat bread sitting on my counter, a package of rolled oats in the pantry and whole wheat pasta just around the corner. So when I came across some rolled wheat flakes, naturally, I had to try them. According to Bob's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    New Year's Diet Tips: What To Believe? Seven Bits Of Crucial Information

    Photo by Britanie SheyWorking out that resolution....but are you hungry?​The Downtown Y was packed yesterday morning, the first workday after all those New Year's Resolutions were made. Is it likely to be as packed on a typical February morning? We're guessing not. But everyone starts out th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Pat Greer's Raw Vegan Kitchen

    Pat Greer and her assistant Ray in the kitchen.​Yesterday we chatted with the lively raw vegan chef Patricia Greer. Today we discuss some of the items she makes - some even carnivores will enjoy. EOW: Here in Houston, you definitely have a niche market, which might be more difficult than oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Unbelieva-Burger (Again)

    ​In another "does-the-world-really-need-another-giant-burger" story, Hardee's (in Indiana) and Carl's Jr. (in Southern California) are testing out a new 12-inch burger. In the anti-Subway move, these abominations contain three large patties and three cheese slices wedged into a foot-long sub r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Three Easy Recipe Swaps

    ​Dieting is tough. Sometimes, you may think that your favorite recipes are now off limit, that you will have to say bye-bye to making until you reach your goal weight. Not true! Here are some simple swaps for your at home cooking and baking to effortlessly shave off calories. Swap: Eggs for e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Three Easy Food Swaps

    LauraFries.comPutting these on a salad wouldn't make them any healthier...​Clever marketing from your local eateries can fool you into thinking your not-so-healthy choice is healthy. Here are a few simple tricks that will help you shave off some major calories.

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Five Easy Food Swaps That Help Trim Pounds

    ​If your regular food selections are leaving you feeling less than thin and sexy in this unrelenting heat, you're not the only one. Summer months generally mean less clothing which in turn means more exposed skin which means we better actually give some thought to what we're putting in our mou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Drinking Your Dinner: 5 Calorie-Laden Classic Cocktails

    Photo by coffeegeek​Vintage cocktails are undeniably the booze craze of the moment. Blame it on Mad Men. Blame it on "getting back to our roots" and people starting victory gardens once again. Blame it on books like Ted Haigh's Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. But classic cocktails are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Top 5 Roughage Foods

    justmakeit​After a weekend of meat and carb, that immovable-brick-in-the-stomach feeling is inevitable. If you need a little kick-start to get things, um...moving, eat a lot of this stuff and get your body back on track. Just keep your social calendar free as you wait for the magic of Mother N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Healthy Alternatives: Late Night Breakfast

    ​Cramming for finals and 24-Hour diners go together like butter and salt. Diners and eating healthy, not so much. So when we decided to step up the difficulty level and make this week's healthy-alternative meal center on late-night breakfast, we enlisted a little help via the Internet. Living ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    What the Oughts Brought: Top 10 Innovations and Trends

    Photo by Marco VeringaMolecular gastronomy, one of ten major innovations and trends of the last decade.​What funny food trends have marked the last decade? And what innovations do we hope carry us into the middle ages of the millennium? Here are a few things that have kept our tongues wagging. ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    In the Little Stalls Behind Caninos: Got Guayaba?

    ​The first guavas of the season are starting to appear in the stalls behind Canino's. Guayaba is the Spanish word for guava. The fruit is native to North America, and the word derives from the Arawak tribe of the Caribbean, who called a guava tree a "guayabo." The green-skinned, white-fleshed ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Top 5 Worst Food Fads

    Photo by thehoneybunny​Fusion "Fusion" food came into vogue decades ago and has informed the food we eat in ways we don't even realize. We have delicious things like banh mi and peach salsa thanks to fusion, but also borderline insulting innovations such as taco pizza. At what point do things ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Breaking News: Candy Bars Can't Cure Alzheimer's

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced this morning that he's charging a Fredericksburg company called Nature's Candy with violating the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. (Woe to the person who violates the "cosmetic" part of the first act. Grandma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Rice Biology Students: Making Beer Better

    Winos have been enjoying the “but it’s good for me” excuse for too long. Some Rice University students are slicing and dicing genes so that now beer drinkers can enjoy some health benefits, too. International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) is the world's largest synthetic biology comp ... More >>

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    January 17, 2002

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