A celebrity dietician’s take on D.C.’s food scene

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Ashley Koff is about as famous as a dietician gets. She coined the now widely used phrase “qualitarian” to describe a diet focused on the best of what’s available rather than strict adherence to a set of food rules (although she adheres to a somewhat pescetarian regimen herself). She publishes on her website a popular AKA … Continue reading

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Green-ish smoothies & powerhouse turmeric

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I’ve been doing a lot of blending lately. It’s the time of year to take healthy things and make them palatable enough that maybe, just maybe, you’ll keep eating them past January 31st. And if the breakfast smoothie weren’t the best idea ever invented in that category, then I don’t know what is (wait, are … Continue reading

Guest Post from a weight-lifting vegetarian

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I first met Edouard Sooh when he worked at the Natural Healthway Foods store in Belle Haven. Between waiting on customers, he seemed to always have one of the store’s fat textbooks about natural eating open across the counter, researching at great lengths the details of how our bodies function and which foods might help them function … Continue reading

Kombucha Culture: the how & why of fermented tea

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We’ve taken the leap… We brewed tea. But not just any tea. Tea that has since been sitting in a 2-gallon jar with a SCOBY, fermenting into a glorious beverage called kombucha. While I’ve known about kombucha for a while and relied on its probiotic benefits after returning from overseas trips, the drink was new … Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash Pasta & Eggplant Rolls: subbing veggies for simple carbs

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We first discovered the gloriousness that is spaghetti squash in a CSA farm box a few years back. I cut it in half (which is no small feat), scooped out the seeds and roasted the halves face down with olive oil until they were soft (what I’d been instructed to do with any mysterious squash). … Continue reading

Coconut Porridge Recipe & The Great Grains Debate

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about grains lately. We all know that, if you’re going to have them, whole grains are better than their overly processed relatives. And, for some reason, the weirder and more obscure the grain, the better I feel about eating it (hence the kamut, farro, barley, wheat berry (above) … Continue reading

The fruit-n-veggie “cleanse” experiment

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For three days, my Instagram feed, typically resplendent with photos of meat-centric entrees, turned very green. My husband and I — to help kick off his I-rolled-my-ankle-now-back-to-the-gym “diet” — decided to try just veggies and fruits for a few days. Originally, we thought we might last a week. We didn’t do a lot of research, … Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Baking and chocolate making are not my fortés, but I made an exception for a quick item that includes two of my favorite things — peanut butter and coconut oil — and my husband’s all-time favorite thing — chocolate. I know, I should be the one to be gaga for chocolate, but he is a diehard, … Continue reading

pink grapefruit & avocado salad

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It’s that time of year. When people show up at the gym for the first time in a year and decide that — yes — doing three cardio weight-lifting classes in a row is a good idea. As an instructor, I tell them — no — that is not a good idea. You need to … Continue reading

Let the eats begin: Christmas cookies

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Welcome to December, the season of eating! While teaching my cardioblast exercise class this morning, I mentioned that we have plenty of reasons to work out this time of year, what with Christmas fast approaching. But a woman corrected me, “No, no, the holiday parties have already begun. It’s an entire season of eating.” How … Continue reading

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