Vitamins and Supplements

  • 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

    February 10, 2014

    The Truth About Aphrodisiac Foods, or Do Oysters Really Make You Horny?

    It is said that Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, the notorious 18th-century lover, ate 50 oysters each morning for breakfast to increase his sexual stamina. Earlier, herbalist Nicholas Culpepper wrote that asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman." And back before we even had a word for aphrodisiac, the ... 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

    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

    July 19, 2013

    Hardly Beyond The Pale: Top 5 Healthful White Foods

    Pigmentally-challenged foods get a bad rap. While it's generally true that a plate filled with fresh produce, meats, and grains of vibrant hues is likely to be more healthful, that doesn't mean naturally plain white fare is always already bad for you. Here are five white foods that are just as good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Rich Food, Poor Food Authors on Choosing a Nutrient-Rich Diet and Avoiding Pitfalls at the Grocery Store

    I'm not much for diet books. I'm not much for diets, period. They're too often nonsensically restrictive and disappointingly uneducational. So you lost 10 pounds on the Atkins diet -- what did you learn from that other than how to avoid potatoes and Cinnabons? So you dropped a pant size on Weight W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Five Foods That Make You Happy and Others That Make You Sad

    We have all heard the saying, you are what you eat. This common phrase implies that the types of foods you consume directly correlates with your outer appearance. But your food affects your body in more ways than one. Researchers have conducted experiments and studies to discover how foods make an ... 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 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Top 5 Foods (Almost) As Good Canned As Fresh

    Canned foods get a bad rap, and for good reason. They're often high in sodium, lower in nutrients, and less flavorful. Sometimes, however, the "real" or "fresh" version is only infinitesimally better, and if you don't plan on using all or most of a particular ingredient immediately, canned may be m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Natural Skin Tanner Smoothie

    This week on Pinterest, I wanted to create a beverage instead of food. The Food & Drink section was filled with cocktails and alcoholic beverages, but all of them seemed ordinary and simple. I then started looking for a milkshake, but none of them struck me as exciting. Then I came across a vibrant, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    The Many Uses of Avocados

    I'm about to let you in on a little culinary secret. And very soon, you're going to thank me for sharing it. Ready? Avocados can be used for so much more than for guacamole. Among other things (like toppings and side dishes), they can be used as cooking substitutes, as the basis for sweets, and as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Food Fight: Battle Bottled Green Smoothie

    I blog a lot about booze and other processed beverages, but once in a while I really do try to drink something a bit more healthful, like milk, juice (100 percent) and water (the non-coconut kind). Smoothies might be more regular members of my healthful drink rotation if they weren't so darn expen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Dogfish Head's Aprihop: A Portmanteau for a Waste(Land)ed T.S. Eliot

    I don't really get T.S. Eliot's beef with April. "Winter's over, stuff is growing again, woe is me." I think maybe he was just vitamin D-deficient as a child, the resulting rickets keeping him from playing with the other kids. It must have been a vicious cycle: Stay inside writing impenetrable ver ... 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

    December 15, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Beets

    Photo by Wright Reading Taste that rainbow.​What is it? The most common variety is the garden beet: deep red in color and bulbous in shape. It was first discovered in the Mediterranean some millennia ago. Beets are high in phytonutrients called betalains, which are antioxidant and anti-infl ... 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

    October 24, 2011

    Houston Is the First (and Only) City to Get New Borden Milk

    Who'll be the first to get these milk and OJ jugs confused, and pour orange juice all over their Raisin Bran?​Borden milk has made a move on Houston, hoping to seduce shoppers here with a brand-new line of milks that aren't available anywhere else in the country. Borden Life! is the newest pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Leeks

    What is it? Part of the onion and garlic family, leeks are large green stalks that resemble scallions or green onions on steroids. The flavor is described as falling somewhere between a mild onion and a cucumber, similar to the shallot but sweeter. Unlike scallions, leeks are not pungent or bitte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Hey Wino, Eat This: Top 5 Liver Friendly Foods

    Yesterday, October 4, was National Vodka Day. Did you celebrate? If so, listen up. You may not feel it now, but eventually the happy hours, pub crawls and Sunday fun-days are gonna catch up with you. Sure, everyone's got a hangover remedy, a fix for the morning after, but what about the long run? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Brew Blog: Isastegi Basque Cider

    Note the instructive illustration.​Unless you've had this, it's not what you're thinking. I suppose this could be an overly broad generalization, but it seems the the general market for hard cider is something akin to the market for "hard lemonade." The resulting expectation is for sweet, fizz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Greek Yogurt

    Photo by John SuhFalafel with garlic yogurt dip​What is it? Greek yogurt is a strained yogurt that has been filtered to remove whey, which means it has twice as much protein but less carbohydrates than regular yogurt. In addition to protein, it is a good source of probiotics, calcium, ribofl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Top Five Foods As Good On Your Face As In Your Mouth

    Heiaken​As a wee thing, I frustrated my mom by smearing my dinner on my face rather than putting it in my gullet. Little did she know I was actually experimenting with edible skin care treatments. (Turns out spaghetti sauce does not clear your pores.) Here are five foods, however, that are as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Top 5 PMS Snacks

    IssIoan​I'm a firm believer that there are foods and drinks to match every occasion...even the less than pleasant one that occurs roughly every 28 days. If Aunt Flo is coming to visit/ you're just about to ride the crimson wave/you're feeling "menstruiffic" (is that enough euphemisms for ya?) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Top 5 Healthy and Unique Smoothies

    ilovemypit​For nearly two years I lived without a blender. I know, talk about a hardship, right? Well, the dog days are over, because I have been reunited with one of my favorite kitchen appliances once again and am making up for lost time. In addition to being a blender enthusiast, I also h ... 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

    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

    February 23, 2011

    How Cherries Can Improve Your Workout

    mrbendy​Whether you're looking to run the Houston Marathon next January or just get back to the gym before swimsuit season, new research suggests that incorporating a tiny, little, red fruit into your workout routine could prove highly beneficial. Aside from being associated with lowering ur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Swiss Chard

    rachelsbabies​What is it? I'd heard of it, seen it at the grocery store and read about how delicious and healthy it is, but I'd never tried Swiss chard until last week, when I was looking for a leafy green to serve with dinner. It was much less bitter than I expected and also cooked much quick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Red Cabbage

    ​What is it? Red cabbage is exactly what it sounds like. While it isn't as exotic as a lychee or Chinese broccoli, it wasn't something I ever ate growing up in Southeast Texas, so it is exotic to me. Until later in life when I experienced some tart, sweet and savory red kraut at a German rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Sweet Potatoes Versus Yams: The Real Story

    Now that's a yam. ​Sweet potato season is upon us. And though most Southerners, such as ourselves, correctly refer to the orange root vegetable by its rightful name "sweet potato," some people (i.e. Yankees) insist on calling them yams. Intrigued by the various appellations, I set out to dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    The 5 Most Underrated Vegetables

    Photo by norwichnutsChayote-jicama slaw in tortillas.​With fall headed our way, one of my favorite things to do in cooler temperatures is to roast vegetables. Breakfast, lunch or dinner; it doesn't matter. Heating up my old oven long enough to roast sweet potatoes or brussels sprouts isn't suc ... 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

    August 30, 2010

    Food for Geeks: Look to the Cookie...for Augmented Reality

    vodule.comThis guy should have taken the blue pill.​Self Refilling Wine Glass The Kyouei Design website describes the Drink Tank best: "It is a glass for drinking a lot." Yes, indeed it is. It's also designed to keep your glass full, but not overflowing. Several blogs had comments along th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    McDonald's New Fruit Smoothies Surprisingly Good

    Stock photo courtesy of McDonald's because - unlike other menu items - the smoothies really do look just like this.​At a chili cookoff a few months ago, I struck up a conversation with one of Houston's many McDonald's franchise owners. The gentleman had owned and operated the McDonald's near t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Face-Off: Alterna-Milks, Part 2

    ​Our previous foray into the world of dairy alternatives pitted the previously reigning champion Soy Milk against underdog fighter Almond Milk. We promised to bring you round two, Almond Milk versus Rice Milk.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Face Off: Almond Milk vs. Soy Milk

    ​ There are numerous reasons why a person might seek out a milk alternative. Maybe you oppose the dairy industry or are simply trying to stay away from animal products. Maybe you're lactose intolerant or have a dairy allergy. Or maybe you just think it's kind of weird to be drinking something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    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

    November 11, 2008

    Houston's Darque Tan, Leading The Fight Against Cancer

    Here's some news you can use, assuming you believe the word of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott -- tanning beds don't prevent cancer. Abbott filed an injunction Monday against Houston-based Darque Tan (here's a copy of it) accusing it of false advertising. False advertising? For the kind of peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Sued By AG, Texas Company Takes Its Game Elsewhere

    So you own a company in Coppell that sells “wellness” products, such as skin cream and nutritional supplements, and you were sued by the Texas Attorney General in 2007 for alleged false advertising, because your promotional materials implied your products could treat cancer, muscular dystrophy, ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    July 31, 2008
  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    Red Wine and Homegrown Tomatoes for Breakfast

    I pulled the cork on a California Cab yesterday morning. Then I had a big glass of red wine and some homegrown tomatoes for breakfast. I had never felt better. The idea that red wine is good for you isn’t new. But scientists now think red wine is gushing from the fountain of youth. The new eviden ... More >>

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    July 13, 2006
  • News

    July 21, 2005

    Doctor Nice

    Steven Hotze uses a warm, easygoing manner to peddle natural hormones to women, at thousands of dollars a pop. So who cares about credentials or documented results?

  • Music

    April 5, 2001

    Jennifer Lopez/Vitamin C

    J. Lo (Epic)/More (Elektra)

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