May 12, 2011
Grilled Russian kale with yogurt dressing and toasted hazelnuts Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from Travis Lett of Gjelina. Lett suggests Russian kale from Coleman Farm or Flora Bella Farm. Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try this or any other recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we would like to know about it so we can showcase it on our food blog and occasionally in print. Upload pictures of the finished dish here. 1 cup Greek yogurt 1 shallot, very thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, minced 10 mint leaves, chopped 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided 3 to 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar, or to taste Salt Freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts (skin on)
May 4, 2011 |
If you're struggling to find the perfect Mother's Day gift, consider items that don't come wrapped in a box. Free museum admission and free frozen yogurt can keep the fun factor up and expenses down. Deal 1: Moms will get in free with a child's paid admission Sunday at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Adult tickets usually cost $17 per adult; children 3 to 12 cost $11; and children 2 and younger get in free. The fine print says one free adult with a child's ticket per party, so the deal applies to grandmas and great-grandmas too. Current exhibitions at the museum, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, include "All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals"; "Fossil Mysteries," about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures; and paintings by Sunna Bohlen at the museum's Ordover Gallery in a show called "Inspiration of the Natural World.
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March 29, 2011 |
The ladies clogging the canned food aisles at the Crenshaw-area Ralphs last week weren't trying to find the best deals for their pocketbooks, but the smartest choices for their bodies. The peaches intended for Sunday's cobbler? Those packed in "extra heavy" syrup come with twice the calories as the "extra light" variety. The chicken broth for a hearty soup? "Natural goodness" on the label means 400 fewer grams of sodium. Substitute brown rice for white, and you've got half the calories and twice the fiber.
March 18, 2011
General Mills Inc. has entered into exclusive negotiations to buy a majority stake in French yogurt company Yoplait, the company said Friday. Yoplait is the world's second-largest yogurt maker and is owned by French investment firm PAI partners and French cooperative dairy group Sodiaal. If successful, General Mills would acquire the roughly 50 percent stake held by PAI partners and work with Sodiaal, which is retaining its stake. General Mills did not disclose the value of the offer but the Wall Street Journal, citing a personal familiar with the situation, has placed it at $2.2 billion.
March 11, 2011 |
ANAHEIM -- Probiotics are cropping up in more types of foods. But some experts worry that the benefits of probiotics will be diluted as the substances move beyond their yogurt and milk base. Probiotics are live microorganisms, usually bacteria, that are found in the human gut. Adding these "good" types of bacteria to foods can augment the body's natural supply, producing benefits that range from better digestion to an improved immune system, according to some studies. A survey by ConsumerLab.
January 10, 2011 |
I suffer from digestive upset when taking antibiotics, and I'd like to counter that with the probiotic bacteria in yogurt. Does taking antibiotics with yogurt affect absorption of antibiotics? It depends to a certain extent on the antibiotic, but many should not be taken within a few hours of yogurt or other calcium-rich foods. That includes antibiotics in the tetracycline family and drugs such as ciprofloxacin and norfloxacin, but not ofloxacin. Fruit juice fortified with calcium also can interfere with antibiotic absorption.
December 16, 2010 |
Yogurt’s good for you -- but apparently not quite as good as Dannon says it is. The yogurt maker will pay out $21 million to settle charges of deceptive advertising that it overstated health benefits for Activia and DanActive yogurt products, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement refers to unproven health claims. As Julie Deardorff of the Julie's Health Club blog explains: "Under a proposed settlement, Dannon has agreed, among other things, not to say its yogurt, dairy drink, or probiotic food or drink products reduce the likelihood of getting a cold or the flu, unless the claim is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
September 23, 2010
TARA'S HIMALAYAN CUISINE LOCATION: 19737 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 932-9572. PRICE: Appetizers, $3 to $7; entrees, $7 to $11; breads, $2 to $4. DETAILS: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Tea, yogurt drinks and soda. Credit cards accepted. Lot parking.
September 20, 2010 |
Super-thick, creamy nonfat Greek yogurt has become a highly popular product, with the benefits of a high-quality protein. A few short years ago, Greek yogurt was a rarity on supermarket shelves. These days, however, brands and flavors abound. The super-thick, creamy yogurt has become a highly popular product — and with good reason, says Susan Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. "It has all the benefits of a high-quality protein without the fat and without the calories," she says.
August 19, 2010 |
It's a summertime truth universally acknowledged: When the thermometer slinks up and the sun is high, the ideal treat is one that comes cold, sweet and on a stick. As a kid, I was partial to slick Fudgesicles that melted into the consistency of pudding and brilliant red and blue rocket pops we bought for three quarters by the beach (and which always seemed to end up in sticky rivulets on my bikini-clad belly). These days, however, my taste in icy treats — and frankly, my tolerance for electric food coloring, corn syrup and gum stabilizers — has changed.