Winning at All Costs. The Problem with Taste Tests

How taste tests can encourage unhealthier food choices.

Many people think that choosing a taste test winning brand makes a lot of sense. After all, don’t we all want better tasting food? But after learning what it takes to be crowned a winner, you may want to think twice before choosing foods that have “won” a taste test.

Should you choose a taste test winner? Maybe not when you learn what it takes to win.

 

Why are taste tests so popular in the food industry?

It shouldn’t be too surprising that taste tests are used by food companies. Obviously, taste plays a powerful role in what brands people choose. Food companies, however, conduct taste tastes for a variety of different reasons: (more…)

Recipe: Mango Spinach Green Smoothie

A great way to restore health after overindulging

This post is by blog team member, Kelly. To learn more about Kelly, check out our team page!


As the holidays wind down, you may feel the need to remedy your overindulgences. Perhaps the latest cleanse or detox may sound appealing?

After the holidays or overindulging, do you feel the need to detox or cleanse?

While I’m not a huge fan of many of these programs I think there are some reasons why certain options may be useful. For example, during a sugar detox you may learn all the places sugar hides. And there are certainly benefits for those who are able to sleuth out a food allergy or intolerance through a period of abstinence. But let’s be real! Most cleanse and detox programs are synonymous with diets, and they tend to induce a deprivation mindset and put the focus on all the things we should NOT eat.

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My 4 Favorite Books About Food for 2015

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’re probably interested in learning more about food, where it comes from, and living a healthier life. So, in that spirit, here’s a list of my 4 favorite books about food from 2015 to add to your reading list.

Bruce Bradley's 4 Favorite books about food for 2015

The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People by Dan Buettner

The Blue Zones Solution by Dan Buettner is an insightful read about the diets and lifestyles of the world's longest-lived communities.Interested in learning about what the world’s healthiest people eat? Dan Buettner answers this question from a totally different perspective by exploring the diets of the world’s most long-lived people. In the process he identifies 5 Blue Zones across the globe that are longevity hotspots.

What I loved about The Blue Zones Solution:

  • There are some very consistent themes to what healthy people eat across these Blue Zones. I also like how the book explores non-food related causes for living healthier, longer lives.
  • I’m inspired by how Dan Buettner and the Blue Zones organization is trying to help change our food environment by testing new approaches to get communities eating healthier.
  • Finally, there are a ton of great recipes that bring the Blue Zone lifestyle to life in your own kitchen.

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Recipe: Holiday Green Beans with Leeks

A delicious alternative to traditional holiday green bean casseroles that's easy enough to make any night!

I love green beans. In my book they’re the ultimate veggie—crisp, green, and delicious! And boy are they versatile—perfect plain with some butter or you can dress them up a little and they’re sure to wow. Just look how my recipe for Holiday Green Beans with Leeks can add color to your table!

Bruce Bradley's Holiday Green Beans with Leeks are perfect for any special occasion yet easy enough for a weeknight meal. Here's to a delicious way to eat your veggies!

And if you’re not into the traditional green bean casserole served around the holidays or even my healthier, real food version, you should definitely check this recipe out! But you know, my recipe for holiday green beans is really a bit of a misnomer. Why? Well, it’s just too easy to be considered a holiday recipe.

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Recipe: Cherry Almond Granola

A perfect morning meal, snack, or holiday gift

A few weeks ago I shared my Recipe Blueprint for Homemade Granola. Today I thought I’d also write a quick post that’s one of my favorite ways to make it, so here’s my recipe for Cherry Almond Granola.

Perfect for an everyday breakfast, snack, or as a holiday gift, Bruce Bradley's Cherry Almond Granola is delicious and made with 100% real ingredients!

Perfect for everyday, I especially love to make this granola over the holidays. Adding a couple handfuls of pistachios and even some chocolate chips can make this recipe even more decadent, but honestly, it’s delicious as is! (more…)