Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN

We’ve always known that a good meal releases the feel-good hormone dopamine and drives the desire to eat. Dopamine is released when we eat a food and a second time when food reaches the stomach. A recent study from Germany showed that when we crave a highly desired food it can suppress the stomach-induced dopamine … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Planet Oat Oatmilk is a plant-based milk substitute. It is made from oats and water with enzymes added to break down the oat starch into smaller pieces resulting in a smooth … Read More

Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. All teas, but especially black tea have been linked to a decreased risk for heart disease. Tea contains EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) which decreases inflammation and narrowing of arteries and increases protective antioxidant activity. Tea is virtually calorie free and contains no sodium, fat … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. No Sugar Aloud are cake mixes that are made in individual cups either in the oven or microwave. Rodolfo Fernandes, who learn to cook with his mother in Brazil and became … Read More

Never heard of them? Most people haven’t either. But there are websites warning against eating beans and whole grains, a major source, because lectins incite chemical warfare in the body causing digestive problems, weight gain, high cholesterol, arthritis, brain fog and adult acne. It is a wonder most humans haven’t already perished. First, there is … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. You are thinking that picture looks like yogurt containers, so what is quark? Quark is a cultured dairy food used throughout Europe and central Asia with a non-tart taste, thick texture … Read More

Participation in school breakfast programs have traditionally been very low. A study looked at breakfast programs and found that students needed more time to eat. When provided with 10 extra minutes in the morning in the school cafeteria, they ate a better breakfast and did not overeat. Participation increased by over 20%. When school breakfast … Read More

We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets.  Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Food Cubbyis a BPA-free, silicone, dishwasher-safe, plate-divider that keeps food separated on a plate. The package comes with two sizes to fit all plates or they can be used together on … Read More

Human metabolism is the sum of all the chemical reactions that occur in your body. Your body takes in foods, burns some to generate power, uses some to produce new material, and routes the rest into storage for future use. The chemical reactions that occur either break down large compounds into smaller units (the foods … Read More

We enjoy trying new kitchen gadgets.  Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. Ezpz has designed a line of food-grade silicone, eating utensils for infants that are FDA and CPSCapproved. The utensils are microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and can be heated in the oven … Read More