Author Archives: John

New Year Resolutions

January is the time of year when everybody’s thinking about food.  While some savor December’s holiday feasts, others lament their yuletide excess.  And for many, the New Year brings with it a steely resolve to “eat better”. 

It is thought …

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Holiday Food Traditions

My daughters made Christmas cookies last night.  Not the “heat and eat” frozen dough variety, but the kind that leaves a light dusting of flour on the counters and the crunch of sugar sprinkles under foot.  This was significant because:…

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When Social Media Becomes Social Action

While much of the social media world is sharing the latest Tiger tale or LOL joke, there are places where your connectedness can do some good.  Country Choice Organic wants Facebook fans (ideally who love our stuff, but we’ll worry …

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Have You Had Your “A-ha” Moment Today?

For years the conventional wisdom on organic food was, “If it’s good for you it must taste bad.”  Obviously, this can’t be all true, given the plethora of new organic products in the marketplace.  However, some stereotypes die hard.  That’s …

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Are You In the Zone?

Travel far enough away from the influence of American fast food and you’ll find populations with an abundance of nonagenarians (i.e., 90-year olds).  Coincidence?  I think not.  Instead, I submit that these pockets of longevity, so-called Blue Zones (I guess …

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Healthy School Breakfast? How Notable!

One of our more rewarding endeavors is a partnership with a company trying to transform school breakfast.  Obviously this is no easy task, but with reams of data pointing to the importance of breakfast and reports exposing the empty calories …

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What Does Oprah Know?

For some time Oprah has called out Steel Cut Oats as her “favorite whole grain”.  And who can argue…100% whole grain…helps reduce cholesterol…nutty texture…30 minute cook time…30 MINUTE COOK TIME?!?  Okay, maybe it’s not so perfect (unless you have …

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Smart Choice…Says Who?

Why is anyone surprised that products carrying the “Smart Choices” seal may not be too smart?  After all, the manufacturers doing the choosing are in business to sell calories, not health.  And in a country that produces more calories than …

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Family Dinner

(A guest post reprinted from “Moved to Madison”, a blog by Matt DePaolis (John’s son)

Born into a second generation Italian-American family (and with a grandfather from the “Old Country”), the importance of family was always stressed in my house.  …

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An Apple a Day

An Apple a DayWhat if an apple a day really did keep the doctor away?  Not apple juice or an “all the nutrition of an apple” fruit snack, but a ripe, juicy apple.  Ideally you’d eat more seasonally from the local orchard (but …

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