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Frozen Produce

June 5, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

Sometimes people are shocked when I say that frozen produce is an excellent source of nutritious, top quality fruits and vegetables. It is a common idea that frozen commodities are somehow inferior to fresh produce, and that it costs more. There are quite a few factors that support my claim that frozen produce rates “excellent” […]

Mushrooms to the Rescue

May 1, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

In my experience, people either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I guess if you really hate them, you hate the types you’ve tried of the 7,000 edible varieties – and therefore assume they are all not for you. But on the other hand, if you don’t hate them, then maybe you’ll be interested in their […]

Eating Healthily and Heuristics

April 3, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

If you’re embracing the concept of moving toward healthier eating, but you’re worried that your budget can’t support your goal, today I’d like to try to calm your worries. Let me dive right into the findings of Kelly Haws MBA, PhD, a professor of Marketing at Vanderbilt University, who published an article in 2017 called, […]

Bean Progress

March 13, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

It’s not often that I notice that I’ve personally made some progress; but this is one of those days. Today I’m giving myself a gold star on my “Better is the New Perfect” chart. (Not really, but in my mind I am patting myself on the shoulder.) I remember thinking a few years ago of […]

Issue of Sustainability Much Bigger than Supposed

February 27, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

I listened to a presentation by Danielle Nierenberg, the founder of FoodTank (like ThinkTank for food) and Chris Vogliano, a Registered Dietitian and doctoral student from New Zealand. I feel that I’m moderately informed about sustainable agriculture, by which I mean the production of food, fiber, or animal products using farming techniques that protect the […]

Keeping the Joy in Learning

January 16, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

Is lifetime learning one of your goals for the New Year? Or is it already one of your treasured passions? If yes, I’m with you. Like you, I love learning. Sometimes, what I learn is painful and sometimes it’s joyful. Today in a very short length of time, I experienced both emotions. I was reading […]

Coconut Oil – On Your Body, Not in It

June 20, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

This is one of those days that I need a little extra motivation to get to writing on the subject that I’ve chosen. It’s a little de-motivating to realize that 72 percent of the American public consider coconut oil a health food; after all the effort that nutritionists/dietitians like myself have spent for decades trying […]

Edamame – Immature Green Soybeans

May 2, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

Many of you are striving to increase the frequency of consuming plant-based menus. For some it is a matter of protecting the environment; for others it is based upon health decisions and for a third group, it’s both the environment and health. One food that is probably not being fully utilized by any of these […]

Sell by Dates

February 21, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Food and Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Associations (GMA), the two largest trade groups for the grocery industry, announced that they’ve adopted standardized, voluntary regulations to clear up what product date labels mean. The target date for the change is by July 2018. As far as I’m concerned […]

Providing Nutritious Meals on a Budget

February 14, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I wrote a bit about the complexities of food budgeting as related to marketing and organic produce. In addition to checking deeper into the price and ingredient list there are other things that you can do. I find that buying good quality whole foods and having them on hand, not only helps to […]