Birds the Word

  • Portion Sizes – Out of Control

    Yesterday I read an article about how New York has put up an ad that calls attention to huge portion sizes and the obesity of the city’s people. This got me thinking about portion sizes, consumer demands, and health trends in Dallas. Obviously, I’m a supporter for providing nutrition info to customers, but can consumer […]

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  • Top 3 Ethnic Cuisines For Your Restaurant

    Hummus, photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

    Looking for ethnic cuisines to incorporate into your restaurant? Well, the top 3 for 2012 are….. Mediterranean, Indian and Caribbean. It seems like every time I eat out and a chain in Dallas, there is always some new interesting ethnic food popping up on the menu. But what’s popular? What’s going to be a hit […]

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  • Cheech and Chong’s Magic Brownies

    I ran across this in a magazine a couple months ago and I finally had a few minutes to share with everyone. If you’re trying to increase your fiber and have a good time doing it, then you should watch this clip from Fiber-One to promote their new brownies. Enjoy! Just for your info, nutrition […]

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  • Frito-Lay Casa Grande Plant – Better for the Environment

    Solar Panels Save Energy at Frito-Lay

    In November, Frito-Lay’s Casa Grande Plant was named the sustainable plant of the year. While chips and bean dip may come to mind, Frito Lay has more to offer than just high calorie snacks. Frito-Lay is making strides to reduce its carbon footprint, specifically in its Arizona Casa Grande Plant. Notably the plant has reduced […]

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  • Risk of Homemade Bakery Items in Stores?

    Fresh Baked Bread

    The Mercury News reported on a Los Angeles home baker who sell his fresh baked bread to a local specialty foods shop. He (and the specialty food store) was busted by local food inspectors for not complying to California standards.  Some people are upset that there are such strict regulations on home production foods being […]

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  • Make Your Life More Organic

    Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

    Last week, Carter and I attended Your Health Source’s Whole Grain Demo. Monica showed us how to make whole grain bread from scratch – literally, she even milled her own grain! As a dietitian, I make sure we eat our fruits and vegetables, but this is taking it to a whole new level! If you’re […]

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  • Menu Labeling: Are Small Restaurants Interested?

    Menu Labeling: Are Small Restaurants Interested? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released an article about menu labeling and small restaurants in the Los Angeles California area. Are these restaurants really interested in changing their menu and menu labeling? The answer is yes! And the most exciting part about it – they saw profits! In today’s […]

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  • Weight Loss in the White House

    My favorite First Lady does it again! She has inspired many White House staff to make healthier eating habits and increase exercise.  We’ve all heard the old saying “never trust a skinny chef”, but Mrs. Obama is changing that too! Four of the White House culinary staff have lost 110lbs so far. They claim she […]

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  • Fazoli’s does Nutrition Analysis


    The Italian fast food restaurant is changing it’s menu to attract some of the health conscious consumers.  Fazoli’s is adding several menu items under 400 calories! In addition, they are also providing whole-grain pasta for some of their dishes. Fazoli’s will soon have to participate in menu labeling, so they are getting a head start […]

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  • Food Stamp Budget Cuts: Abuse or Neglect?

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

    The Huffington Post released an article in late October stating that Democrats are protesting proposed food stamp reduction. I thought this was an interesting debate issue because I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it. Republicans are claiming that the system is being abused and therefore, the US should reduce the budget of such […]

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