July 21, 2012 |
Ramadan is a holiday observed by fasting, but when it's time to eat, the meals can be feasts. No food or drink is allowed from dawn to dusk during the annual monthlong Muslim period of fasting, which began this year on the evening of July 19. Because of the way the Muslim lunar calendar is structured, Ramadan can take place in different seasons; this year it occurs in midsummer. So serving a variety of cool vegetable spreads is perfect. The two daily meals of Ramadan are iftar , the break-the-fast meal served after sunset, and suhoor , the early morning meal that, according to the Sunna, a Muslim sacred text, is important to eat just before dawn.
May 8, 2012 |
Nearly a third of the people who take antibiotics to cure an infection develop diarrhea when good bacteria in the intestines are killed off along with the bad. Some stop taking the drugs as a result, leading to problems such as failure to cure the infection or the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But data from a large number of clinical trials compiled in a survey by researchers at the Rand Corp. show that consuming probiotics (beneficial bacteria) reduces the incidence of diarrhea by 42%. Probiotics are found at varying levels in yogurt and are also available as dietary supplements in most stores.
March 22, 2012 |
The growing popularity of Greek yogurt is putting a damper on General Mills Inc.'s Yoplait brand, helping to push the company's third-quarter sales volume down in the U.S. Although General Mills' Peanut Butter Cheerios made a strong debut at the beginning of the year and its natural and organic foods sector enjoyed a double-digit increase in sales volume, domestic volume for the food giant fell in the fiscal quarter that ended Feb. 26. ...
February 24, 2012 |
Greek yogurt is the Jeremy Lin of food products, launching out of nowhere into a stunning and sudden rise in fortune. Now comes the latest, and likely coldest, product - Ben & Jerry's Frozen Greek Yogurt. The Vermont company debuted four flavors this week: Strawberry Shortcake, Raspberry Fudge Chunk, Banana Peanut Butter and Blueberry Vanilla Graham. "Our flavor gurus," said Ben & Jerry's spokesman Sean Greenwood, "who try to keep on top of trends and tastes, were well aware of Greek yogurt completely owning the refrigerated aisle.
January 1, 2012 |
This month, some of the most popular brands in grocery store aisles will feature new offerings that try to appeal to consumers' growing preferences for healthy foods, premium varieties and global flavors. Kraft Foods Inc. has more than 70 new products planned for 2012. Many of them are billed as “better-for-you” options, including Philadelphia Cooking Crème offshoots such as Reduced Fat Italian Cheese & Herb and Reduced Fat Savory Garlic. There's also more fruit in Lunchables Lunch Combinations, with pineapple bits paired with the BBQ Chicken Dippers and applesauce with the Turkey + Cheddar Flatbread Sandwiches as well as with the Ham + American Flatbread Sandwich.
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.