The Food Pyramid is being replaced as the USDA's symbol of how much of each food group people should eat. Nutritionists say the pyramid design was confusing and experts hope the new design, to debut Thursday, will draw more attention to healthy eating and show people what their plate of food should look like in terms of portions.
Greek yogurt mixed with blueberries is a good brain food for students because it balances protein and complex carbohydrates, says registered dietitian Batina Timmons. Other brain foods include avocado, oatmeal, beans or legumes, organic peanut butter, green leafy vegetables and omega 3-rich fish.
Mary Kay Gehring, a chef at some of the top restaurants in Portland, Ore., volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank, giving free lessons in preparing inexpensive and healthful meals. Included recipes: Tortilla casserole with simple black bean salsa, baked flaked chicken, and oatmeal-peanut butter cookies.
A Washington, D.C., chef shows one couple how to prepare a meal for guests with food restrictions, including nut allergies and celiac disease. She included a gluten-free meal with roasted chicken, vegetables, quinoa pilaf and sorbet with fruit.
Having to avoid gluten does not mean having to avoid tasty, unique recipes or a healthy lifestyle. Recipes for gluten-free meals that can be prepared at home include shrimp and quinoa stir fry, skillet chicken pot pie and banana chocolate coffee cake.