Evolution of the MRE

C-Ration Vietnam War - joanns food bites

Today, I salute our Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard Veterans by looking at the history of the MRE – Meal Ready to Eat. MRE’s were surprisingly not developed until post World War II. In 1963, the Department of Defense began working on a project to develop a variety of nutritional…


Pasta Can Be Healthy

whole wheat pasta - 100 Days Real Food - joanns food bites

DAY 6 of my 100 Days of Real Food Challenge and my #1 issue is PASTA!  I crave it constantly. Scientific research claims when we crave carbohydrates, it is usually due to the association of comfort and our mood. Besides the energy boost, carbohydrates provide solace during stressful times. Although…


Eating Real Food to Lose Weight

Lisa Leake-100 Days of Real Food Fast & Fabulous-joanns food bites

Last weekend, I saw an old friend of mine who has lost over 20 lbs this summer.  She looks great!  She was full of energy and seemed to have more pep in her step, than her usual good-spirited self.  I admit, I was jealous. She says she has been calorie…


Quick Lunch Sauteed Bella Mushrooms

Bella mushrooms for a quick lunch

Baby Bellas are Cremini mushrooms that have been allowed to mature for up to seven days longer than commercial Creminis.  Available in most supermarkets year-round, baby Bellas have an intense, meat-like flavor when cooked.  They are at their peak in fall and winter.  A dark-brown, slightly firmer variation of the…


7 Ideas to Reduce Food Waste

Reducing food waste

As a food enthusiasts, it breaks my heart to know food goes to waste.  According to Feeding America, a non-profit organization aimed at ending hunger, an estimated 40% of food grown, processed and transported in the United States will never be consumed. More food reaches our landfills than plastic, paper…


7 Culinary Tips for Turmeric Benefits

Turmeric

Used in cooking since 600 B.C, turmeric is the root of a tropical plant related to GINGER.  Though native to the Orient, this spice is now also cultivated in India and the Caribbean.  It has a bitter, pungent flavor and an intense yellow-orange color.  In modern cuisine, it is used…


Gourmet Goodies at Vom Fass Greenville

Vom Fass Spirits

Ever wanted to sample a whiskey before you bought it?  Ever want to taste an aged balsamic vinegar before you invested in a bottle?  You can do both of these at Vom Fass, a 258-store franchise operation.  Originally from Georgia, I never enjoyed the Vom Fass experience; relocating to Greenville…


Marketing Food To Our Children – PART 4

A four part series examining the United States Government’s relationship with the agricultural industry and how that directly affects your family’s health There is little doubt governmental policies regarding subsidizing farmers to grow more corn, soybeans, wheat and others have not changed since the 1940’s. Originally meant to help our…


Distribution & Marketing of Our Food – PART 3

A four part series examining the United States Government’s relationship with the agricultural industry and how that directly affects your family’s health So far, we have examined the United States governmental hold on our food supply and how subsidized foods are dangerous to our health.  Corn, the number one subsidized…


Creamy Goodness on Chocolate Milkshake Day

So today, I am not feeling very well.  Fighting a sinus infection.  So, what do I discover…it is CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY and it is my favorite food in the world! I have long since thought, sinus issues and drinking milk were a big “no-no.”  However, as I found in this…