Food for Thought: Start small with your resolutions

By Loretto J. Hulse, Herald staff writerJanuary 9, 2013 

Many of us swear to reform bad eating habits and lose weight in the new year only to backslide weeks later.

If losing weight topped your list of New Year's resolutions, Angela Ginn, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has some hints for success.

First, don't make drastic changes. Choose something doable like taking a walk during your lunch break or adding more fruits and veggies to your daily diet.

Be specific, not vague. Instead of saying, "I will eat healthier," vow to eat more legumes and whole grains.

Find a buddy and motivate each other. Enlist family and friends to try new recipes with you or to join you at the gym.

While you're changing your lifestyle, give the rest of the family a healthy boost by mixing vegetables into dishes you already make. Toss some fresh spinach in with your pasta or add diced peppers to tacos.

Keep fresh fruit and cleaned, chopped vegetables on hand for snacking.

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Indian herbs

Herbs of India, both culinary and medicinal, will be the topic of the Jan. 17 meeting of the Tri-Cities Herb Club. The group will meet at noon for a buffet luncheon at Masala Indian Restaurant, 3321 W. Kennewick Ave.

Guests are welcome; reservations are required. Cost for guests is $12.

After the luncheon, the group meet in a conference room at the Mid-Columbia Libraries branch at 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick to hear from a speaker from India who will discuss the use of herbs in Indian cuisine and medicinal uses.

Adults interested in joining the club can call 541-289-0656 or 734-7278 or e-mail The annual membership fee is $15.

Crab feed

Desert Wind Winery in Prosser is holding a crab feed Jan. 19 with crab, shrimp, mussels, corn and potatoes served in family-style pots, complete with drawn butter, artisan rolls and lemon tarts. Bibs will be provided.

Seating is limited. Cost is $55 per guest ($45 for wine club members) and includes dinner with a pre-dinner social beginning at 6 p.m. Seating is family-style. Advance reservations are required. Call 509-786-7277.

New read

The book: The Corn-Free Cookbook & Survival Guide by Laurel Lee Steele and Merelee Knott.

Cost: $17

Best for: The authors have created more than 150 corn-free recipes for quick meals, breads, soups, casseroles and desserts. They've also included tips on reading food labels, grocery shopping and avoiding corn and corn products while eating out.


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