Cold weather comforts

By Carol Berg Sloan RD Nutritionist Although we live in Long Beach (which most of the country thinks is in perpetual summer), fall is here, which in turn influences our palette to lean towards cold-weather comfort foods and seasonal, traditional favorites.

Summer Good Eats

By Carol Berg Sloan Columnist Well, the summer has flown by, but end-of-season produce is still available. So run, don‘t walk (for exercise purposes) to the produce section or local farmers market to grab a bagful of corn, tomatoes, peaches and green beans.

A wake-up call to keep kids fit

By Carol Berg Sloan, RD I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled that First Lady Michelle Obama has gotten on the bandwagon to bring the childhood obesity onto center stage with the Let’s Move Campaign (letsmove.gov). I sometimes wonder if Americans realize what a health crisis the number of overweight children is now…

Fall Harvest festival celebrates local farming

BeachGreens, a Long Beach company that delivers organic and sustainably grown produce directly from local Southern California farmers to homes and workplaces, will sponsor a Fall Harvest festival Thursday, Nov. 19 from 3pm to 6pm at The Growing Experience, 750 Via Carmelitos. Participants can snack on farm-fresh food and beverages prepared by local chefs, build…

Nutrition: Snacking on the Go

By Carol Berg Sloan RD I have been traveling quite a bit, and one of the biggest challenges isn’t getting through the checkpoint line. It’s finding something decent to eat while on the go. Anyone flown out of Long Beach lately? While I love the convenience of flying out of our neighborhood airport, if you…

The Vegetarian Dish

By Jamie Mok Vegetarianism 101 More than likely, you or someone you know is a vegetarian. A vegetarian, as defined by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), is a person who does not eat meat, fish, fowl, or any products containing these foods. Vegetarian diets basically consist of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. The…

Solving the “gluten free” mystery

By Jamie Mok CSULB Dietetic Intern What is gluten? Is gluten-free the new fad diet? You may be asking yourself the same questions as gluten-free foods continue to pop up on the shelves of your neighborhood grocery store. The growth of gluten-free food products reflects the rising prevalence of gluten-intolerant individuals, young and old alike.…