Weekend Adventures + Eden Kickstarter

georgetown dc spring flowers

Hi friends, and happy Marathon Monday – I’m cheering on everyone running 26.2 up in Boston today! Here are a couple Boston Marathon-related articles I enjoyed and thought you all my like, too:

    As for the weekend, it was another lovely one, so I tried to spend most of it outside!

    One of the big highlights was a farm fest of sorts that I went to on Saturday! Does this photo make anyone else want to sing the “Red Solo Cup” country song?

    wiffletree farm

    Last week, From the Farmer emailed their customer base that one of the farms they source from, Wiffletree Farm, was having a spring party involving beer, bbq, and live music. Tickets were only $6 (food/drinks were extra) and the weather was looking amazing. Um, sign me up! I emailed a bunch of our friends and ended up getting a crew of about 15 people on board to join me and Matt for the adventure.

    wiffletree farm spring squaker

    The lines for food were super long and they ran out of some stuff by the time we got up there (I think they majorly underestimated how many people would show up!), but it was still a blast with good friends. The weather could not have been more perfect outdoor chillin’!

    wiffletree farm turkey leg

    Other weekend food highlights included dinner out on Friday to a new spot in Tysons Corner called Barrel and Bushel with some high school friends (my high school BFF Jenny is here visiting – yay). We all loved the restaurant – beautiful open air concept, great service, and really good food, too. I had a delicious salmon salad as my entrée, but the real highlights were the appetizers – an insanely epic cheesy biscuit and blackened old bay deviled eggs (I know – amazing).

    barrel and bushel tysons biscuits

    barrel and bushel tysons deviled eggs

    Another highlight – Matt and I met friends for brunch yesterday at Boulevard Woodgrill in Clarendon. I’ve gone there for dinner a ton, but never tried their brunch! Matt and I shared a salad to start and then I split two frittatas with our friend Lauren. We shared the Greek frittata (pictured below) and a crab and sausage frittata – delicious!

    boulevard woodgrill clarendon salad

    boulevard woodgrill clarendon brunch

    In addition to enjoying lots of good food, I also enjoyed some fitness fun, of course! On Saturday morning, I hit up Urban Athletic Club via ClassPass with my friends Karen and Kathleen. Great and fun workout, as always! I’m getting pretty good at monkey bars, too. ;)


    And yesterday, Matt and I got in a 6 miler before brunch. We’re looking forward to the GW Parkway Classic 10 Miler next weekend!


    Eden Kickstarter (sponsored)

    I wanted to end this post with a shout out for a company that has a kickstarter going right now – Eden! They’re a new environmentally friendly company that makes fresh, cold-pressed juices from imperfectly shaped fruits and vegetables. I thought this was an interesting idea – not only important from a food waste standpoint, but also from an overall image standpoint, too! Eden’s core belief is that diversity and imperfections are not flaws to be corrected but traits to be celebrated. And they use their line of juices to fight aspects of our culture that threaten diversity, conservation, and overall health – things like a superficial mindset (aka the Photoshop culture, creating unrealistic/unattainable beauty standards), food waste (in the U.S., we throw away close to 40% of the food we grow, and in many cases, not because it has gone bad but because it doesn’t meet cosmetic standards).

    I’m a huge cold-pressed juice fan, as you guys know – especially green juices. Considering fewer than 35% of Americans are eating the recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies, we can use all the help we can get!

    eden juice

    With Eden’s line of fresh, cold-pressed juices, they hope to help limit the amount of food wasted in the U.S. by using produce that consumers and retailers usually throw away for cosmetic reasons. They’ll also aim to make nutrient-rich food more accessible to those who struggle to get nutritious foods and those who want a simple way to improve their diets.

    Join me in funding Eden’s Kickstarter campaign by going to drinkeden.com. And check out the awesome Rafflecopter giveaway from them below, too – you’ll have a chance to win one of three $150 VISA gift cards. (U.S. and Canadian residents only, please – and your email will not be shared or sold in any way, just used for Eden company updates.)

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    And now, it’s back to work for me – while keeping a close eye on the marathon coverage! Have a good one, my friends!

    Weekend Adventures + Eden Kickstarter originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on April 20, 2015.

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    SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.fannetasticfood.com/2015/04/20/weekend-adventures-eden-kickstarter/

    Sugar politics: never a dull moment

    Here are two more items on the endless disputes over sugar intake.

    1. The IOM’s 25% of calories from sugar “recommendation”

    I was surprised to see the Institute of Medicine’s upper limit of sugar safety cited in a JAMA commentary on sugars and heart disease. The authors disagreed with the conclusions of a study by Yang et al. in JAMA Internal Medicine:

    Most US adults consume more added sugar than is recommended for a healthy diet. We observed a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk for CVD mortality.

    The authors of the commentary say:

    The relationship between added sugar intake and CVD mortality remains unresolved. The study by Yang et al1 does not support implementation of health policies limiting sugar intake because a relatively small fraction of the total population ingests excessive amounts of sugar by the IOM criteria….Laws attempting to limit excess sugar intake have been passed and overturned on legal grounds. Aside from the legal questions, there is insufficient scientific evidence to support pursuit of policies limiting sugar intake.

    They then go on to say:

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendation is that less than 25% of total kilocalories come from added sugar.

    Oops. The IOM made no such recommendation.

    Instead, the IOM said 25% of calories was the upper limit of safe sugar intake for nutrient deficiencies. The risk of nutrient deficiencies increases above that percentage. That IOM report said nothing about the relationship of sugar quantity to risk of chronic diseases.

    Most health authorities recommend no more than 10% of calories from added sugars as a means to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

    Most research shows that chronic disease risks increase with increasing sugar intake.

    2. What is the FDA doing about “Added Sugars” on food labels?

    According to all sources, the FDA is still working on what to do about Added Sugars on the new Nutrition Facts panel. It is engaged in two studies of this question.

    It says the added sugars study is complete and the data are being analyzed. It says the format study is in the works.

    The FDA was criticized for proposing added sugars on the label without having done the research first. Apparently, the White House Office of Management and Budget took 9 months to approve the FDA’s proposal to do the sugar research. The approval came after the FDA issued its label proposal.

    The bottom line on sugar: Less is better.

    SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.foodpolitics.com/2015/04/sugar-politics-never-a-dull-moment/