Food for Health

There is so much more to rhubarb

Ah, rhubarb, so often underutilized. Every year around this time, all across the country, this beautiful vegetable is baked into strawberry rhubarb pies. Don’t you think it’s time to learn a little bit more about this pink, tart goodness and give it the respect it deserves? 

The Tommy Atkins?

I’m disappointed and feeling just a little bit cheated. The most popular mango in America, or rather the one that we most commonly find at our local supermarket, is apparently a variety called the Tommy Atkins. 

I think it’s perfectly fine and delicious, especially on those rare and wonderful moments when I get one that’s perfectly ripe. But it did always occur to me that these mangoes have a lot of fiber in them.

A dinner cooked on the run can be both healthy & nutritious, but tasty as well


No doubt you’ve been waiting eagerly for me to tell you about my new favorite fast-food creation. In my opinion, it’s yummy and very easy to make — and yes, it’s nutritious, and invites nutritious side dishes.

Some like it hot (breakfast, that is)

After graduating from college, I spent the latter half of 2015 as a residential volunteer, serving in the kitchen of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Woodstock, N.Y.

This experience was quite interesting because, for one, living at the monastery was very different from my previous years in college. 

But more relevant to this article (and to the job I’d been assigned), I’m not a cook.

Baby carrots: 24kt or fool’s gold?

Spuds: Mash ’em, gnash ’em, yum


Celeriac is a bizarre little vegetable that, honestly, doesn’t have a lot to offer. There’s some potassium. There’s some vitamin C. Shrug.

But they’re just so wonderfully weird looking that I love to buy and cook with them. And they do taste good, sort of a slightly more tart, zesty and creamy version of a potato.

A grand, great year for grapes

My general feeling about green seedless grapes is that they’re fine but not really worth the effort it takes to wash them. And then they get wrinkly too quickly.

This year is the exception. The green seedless grapes have been huge and sweet and crunchy. They’re easier to wash because they’re so big. And they don’t get wrinkly because they’re not lasting more than about 30 hours after I buy them.

Fighting the common cold and eating foods you like

Doctors don’t seem to support the theory that an increase in vitamin C will help fight the common cold and the flu. Of course if you’re actually worried about getting sick this winter, contact your doctor or the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association and get a flu shot (see story, this page).

All hail the magical kale


This is where we discuss the fact that I’m probably not as healthy an eater as you think I am. I mean, here I am writing a column about healthy eating when the truth is that I will never, ever drink a kale smoothie.

But perhaps that’s why you enjoy this column (if you do): It offers comfort to know that I’m not going to try and talk you into drinking a cup full of bitter, green juice.

Black raspberry, or what?

One of the highlights of summer for me is picking berries, especially raspberries. As a kid I remember finding it difficult to put the raspberries in my bucket, rather than eating them.