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Here are the best articles from 2021 according to our readers. If you are one of our readers or subscribers, thank you for a great year. As our world returns to normal after COVID-19 shifts from pandemic to endemic, health will never matter more. Check out the 2022 predictions and trends here.
National Nutrition Month(R) is just around the corner -- are you ready for it? Check out our themed materials here, complete with handouts, coloring sheets, and theme ideas! The theme for 2022 is Celebrate A World of Flavor. Nutrition Month is a registered trademark of the Academy of Nutrition and ...Read More
It's time for another reader request! Anne Linge, RDN, CD, CDE asked if we have any hacks to make coffee healthier... and we were so inspired by her question that we're launching a whole coffee series! Today I want to present the first installment: a coffee creamer comparison chart. You ...Read More
WHAT: Making attractive plate presentations for healthy food, which is a challenge because you are often working with brown whole grains and you are using less meat and less fat. The good news is that you can really increase the color of fruits and vegetables. WHO: The intended audience is for ...Read More
Pots and pans and parchment paper- oh my! If you’re waiting to have a bridal registry to pick out fancy cookware and dishes, don’t waste your thyme! Sure, it’s nice to get all that new stuff, but no one needs to get or be married to learn how to cook ...Read More
Get It Prepped continues with a closer look at food storage! Once you've gotten your equipment, planned your menu, and gathered your ingredients, it can be helpful to set aside a few hours to prepare what you need for the week. This can involve chopping sturdy foods like carrots, celery, ...Read More
It's time to start a new series! So many of you have asked for resources to help your clients with meal planning that we've decided to set up a new series, just for you. Get It Prepped is all about how a little advance planning can make it so much ...Read More
We’re already into the second month of the New Year and our Positive Resolutions for 2021 project. The goal is to achieve one new thing each month – a positive goal -- and then add on to that each month. At the end of the year you’ll have twelve new ...Read More
I've been lucky enough to teach a string of cooking classes recently, and boy have I ever learned a lot! I've actually been teaching cooking for well over a decade, but there's always something new to learn. That's why I've finally decided to sit down and lay out the secrets ...Read More
Research has shown that keeping out gut microbiome healthy may be beneficial to our immune systems, waistlines, and risk for chronic disease. Our gut microbiome may even impact our sleep! A new study from Japan, conducted on mice, included a control group and experimental group. The experimental group was given ...Read More
Zinc is an essential mineral for a healthy immune system. You might have heard about using zinc lozenges to help decrease the duration of a cold. Zinc, one of the essential minerals that we must get from food or supplements, plays several important roles in health. It's involved in... Protein ...Read More
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are here, and we've got all the resources you need to make them accessible to you clients. Just in case you haven't seen what we've gotten so far, here are a few of our top posts about this edition of the guidelines... Highlights of ...Read More
The latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released at the veeeeeeeeery end of 2020, and we're here to help you navigate everything you need to know! We'll begin with today's overview of the highlights of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Then, in the weeks to come, ...Read More
As we head into flu season with COVID19 surging in many areas, we’re all concerned with ways to avoid getting sick. Staying home, maintaining social distance, regular handwashing, and wearing masks are our best ways to protect ourselves until the majority of the population is vaccinated. Eating a nutritious diet ...Read More
If going vegetarian or vegan is one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021, you’re not alone. Being meatless is not just due to animal cruelty. Many people are interested in plant-based options for their health and environmental sustainability.1 Others may opt for a “flexitarian” diet, which is primarily plant-based ...Read More
Remember being a kid without calorie care in the world? Those were the days when we could enjoy food to our heart’s desire without the fear of weight gain. New research suggests our body’s ability to burn calories peaks earlier than once thought and declines later than originally believed. Research ...Read More
In a blink of an eye, five years have passed and the Scientific Report of the 2020 US Dietary Guidelines has been published. The health consequences of eating processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, and deli meat were evident when the 2015 guidelines were set, and the research to eat ...Read More
We all know that vegetables play a key role in good health, but despite this knowledge, most Americans aren't getting enough. According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, "The average American diet scores a 59 out of 100 on the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), which measures how closely a ...Read More
If I had a dime for every time a person told me that eating healthy is “too expensive”, I’d be a rich woman. Healthy food need not be expensive but food marketers spend a lot of money to get consumers to believe that cost is associated with health. While there’s ...Read More
In September 2019, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Culinary Institute of America's new MPS or Master of Professional Studies program in Food Business. I graduated in August 2021 with an MPS degree. It was a wonderful journey that brought me great insight into how to run ...Read More
I’m always amazed when I ask my high school nutrition class which nutrient is needed in the highest amount in their diets. I expect to hear, “water or carbs”, but time and time again, my students tell me protein. Of course, we need protein, but of the 3 macronutrients, it’s ...Read More
15 Tips For Smooth Cooking Demos Make a list of your demo kitchen equipment and plan recipes that can be done accordingly. That might mean a full kitchen, just a microwave, or a cutting board. If you have the power you can always use an air fryer or Instapot! But ...Read More
And of course no end-of-year roundup would be complete without one of the most popular handouts of the year, so without further ado, I present Breakfast: Think Outside the Cereal Box!
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. After a decade in food service for Hyatt Hotels, Judy launched Food and Health Communications to focus on flavor and health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude distinction from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Culinary Art, holds a master’s degree in Food Business from the Culinary Institute of America, 2 art certificates from UC Berkeley Extension, and runs a food photography studio where her love is creating fun recipes.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science and Dietary Guidelines to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.
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