• Food For Better Health,  Pasta

    Pasta Can Be Healthy

    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 I don’t feel it, subconsciously, I probably am stressed due to my food restrictions for 100 days!The Process of Pasta Most standard pasta is made with refined bleached or unbleached flour, which is on the restricted list.  During the refining process, the nutrient-rich outer bran shell and inner germ layer are removed from the grain, leaving just the starchy endosperm. …

  • Beverages,  Political Food Policies

    National Beer Day: What About Wheat

    It takes WHEAT to make beer… Today commemorates 83 years of being able to buy, sell and drink beer.  What better day to talk about WHEAT and its role in  sustenance and sustainability.  According to the Brewers Association, at the end of 2015, there were over 4,000 craft breweries in the United States, some varietals by these local brew masters include wheat.  Although most breweries incorporate barley,  wheat beer is brewed with a larger proportion of wheat, compared to the amount of malted barley included in the mix.  Wheat is considered a specialty grain and can create different flavors and levels of complexity in the beer.  A beer made from…