Diet and Nutrition

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Texas Department Of Agriculture Commissioner Disagrees That Kids Should Eat More Beans

    September has been a long one for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. At the month's start, Staples drew some heat for an op-ed he fat-fingered for the Austin American-Statesman. It denounced efforts to get school children to eat less meat and sparked an Internet backlash that preceded Stap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Thirty Days of Eggs, Tears, Jack and Farts: The Diary of a Temporary Vegetarian

    In this week's cover story, Cheap Bastard Alice Laussade tries on vegetarianism for a month. Here, a day-by-day diary of her experience. Day 1: I tell my husband I'm going vegetarian for a month. He replies, "You do whatever the hell you want -- the boy and I are eating meat for every single meal. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Dallas' Meat Queen Wants to Know: Where Can I Find the Best Vegetarian Food In Dallas?

    Alice Laussade is a longtime Dallas writer and the founder of Meat Fight. I decided to go vegetarian for a month, just to see how the meatless live. After a week and a half, I can tell you that the vegetarian people of Dallas are offered a lot of cheese enchiladas, hummus, and, "Well, you could jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Tell The Mother of Meat Fight Where She Should Eat Her Last Meat Meal

    I've decided to go vegetarian for a month. Which wouldn't really be that big of a deal, except that I love meat so hard. I love meat so much, I helped create a barbecue competition called Meat Fight. What drove me to this meatless idea? The taste of Matt McCallister's Christmas Tree. After eating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Vegan Noms Food Truck Will Hit the Streets of Dallas (and Hope Dallas Doesn't Hit Back)

    Dallas has been slow to embrace the food truck the way other cities have. Newer venues in the city like Klyde Warren Park and Truck Yard have helped, and steadily Dallas is becoming a more hospitable environment. By January, if all goes well, the city will also get its first all-vegan baked goods tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Activists Strong-Armed Kraft into Removing Artificial Dye from Some Mac and Cheeses

    Kraft announced recently that it would be removing artificial dyes from three of its macaroni and cheese products. To create that neon-orange color we all grew up with, Kraft will replace the artificial dyes with spices such as paprika. Despite that the artificial colorings have been under attack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Dallas' 10 Best Places for Vegans and Omnivores to Eat Together in Harmony

    As we've previously discussed, being a vegan in Dallas isn't a miserable and lonely existence, so long as you know how to navigate eating situations involving friends, family and coworkers. A crucial piece of information to have in your back pocket is a restaurant list. But not just any restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    How Vegans and Omnivores Can Coexist in Dallas: A Guide to Eating Together

    Contrary to popular belief, being a vegan in Dallas is not a wholly miserable experience. We don't get spit on while walking down the street, nor do we have to wear big red Vs pinned to our clothing. These days, most people in the restaurant industry know that vegans don't eat any animal products o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    DISD Joins Five Districts Across U.S. to Push for Serious Cafeteria Changes

    Dora Rivas has a really important role at DISD. And though her curriculum doesn't involve reading, writing or arithmetic, her job is as essential as all of those. She's the executive director of Food and Child Nutrition Services, and she's continually raising the bar on what's acceptable in Dallas s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Should Vegans Care that They Live Near Former Vegans?

    Eating vegan is hard. It takes dedication to strictly adhere to any diet, especially one that cuts out big bricks of the food pyramid. It can be hard to eat vegan and stick to a healthy, balanced diet, and scientists are split on whether or not simply removing animal protein makes a diet automatical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    New Study Says Vegetarians Live Longer, But at What Cost?

    We thought we'd take a break from writing about fried meats to mention that a new study just came out about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. Spoiler: Vegetarian diets are good for you, which is probably not a surprise. What is surprising is that there are numbers to back it up now: over a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    FDA Suddenly Cares About Caffeine Now That Wrigley is Putting It In Gum

    Wrigley, the grande dame of the gum world, is getting a little edgier with the announcement of Alert Energy Caffeine Gum. It's about four cups of coffee edgier, since that's the amount of caffeine in a single pack -- eight pieces with 40 mg of caffeine apiece (a cup of coffee has around 80 mg). Gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Wendy's Flatbread Goodies: Not Exactly Flatbread. Kind of a Sandwich. A Bit Healthier.

    If you could take a snapshot of fast food menus from 10-15 years ago and compare them with menus today, it'd be glaringly obvious that on-the-go joints are making a push toward healthier menus. Salads have acquired more real estate. Calorie counts are starting to appear to assist in guilting people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    McDonald's to Introduce Egg White Delight Soon, a Yolk-Free McMuffin

    For all of you hard-core McDonald's enthusiasts trying to watch your waistline, we've got great news. This might be the year you don't have to buy bigger pants, because on April 22 McDonald's will introduce a yolk-less McMuffin. According to The Daily Meal, this new sandwich is called the Egg White ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    The Mediterranean Diet Is Hip (Again): Here are Five Places to Find Your Tabbouleh

    The Mediterranean diet was bolstered by a study recently released by the New England Journal of Medicine. The report concludes not only that a diet based on olive oil, nuts and fish can prevent cardiovascular disease but that it's more effective than the previously recommended low-fat diet. See als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The Cheesecake Factory Is Officially Trying to Kill You

    By now you've surely seen the Tumblr feed This Is Why You're Fat. The blog showcases gastronomic food porn with a propensity for dishes that tend to be high in fat and calories. Deep-fried macaroni and cheese sandwich anyone? See also: -Embracing Gluttony: The Hot Mess at Pecan Lodge -Embracing Gl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    13 Dallas Spots for Healthy Foods That Don't Suck

    Every once in a very long while I like to make believe I have a little something called willpower. And like most other folks on this planet, I get a surge of confidence in my nonexistent willpower right around January 1. See also: Our Best of 2012 Winners Now, I have this thing that tends to ruin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Meatless Monday: Now Served With a Side of Cash

    The unfaltering advocates of Meatless Monday challenge you to extend your Monday foray into vegetarianism into the entire month of October. The whole month. Four weeks. No meat. That includes fish, you silly pescetarians. Why, you ask? Today is World Vegetarian Day, as well as the ceremonious fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Adventures in Veganism: Pop Up Goes the Veggies

    Last Friday night, experienced local chef Ryan Barnett hosted his fourth and final dinner in a series themed Sea, Air, Land and Earth. Intrigued by the pop-up concept and a themed dinner with a bunch of strangers, I brought a friend along to check it out.

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    DISD Cafeterias are Looking Mighty Svelte These Days. Get Ready to Eat Your Veggies Kids.

    Were you a lunch line kid? I was mostly, until Smithville ISD put in a "snack line," which allowed the kids who could afford it to eat pizza and french fries every day, while the others went through the line. In retrospect, it was wrong. Every bit of it. I hope they don't still do that. The scenar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Embracing Gluttony with an Extra Large "Big Meat" at Serious Pizza

    In a city bulging at the seams with gluttonous plates of nachos, barbecue, hamburgers and fried chicken, it's hard to nail down the highlight reel. The options are bold and plentiful. Few, however, have the girth of an extra large "Big Meat" from Serious Pizza in Deep Ellum. It's a scene. Many stop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    FDA Says High-Fructose Corn Syrup is Not "Corn Sugar"

    Yesterday the Food and Drug Administration denied the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) petition to rename high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as "corn sugar," a request they had made almost two years ago, arguing that sugar and HFCS were one in the same. The FDA reasoned the action would confuse consum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    On Meatless Monday, All Hail the Mighty Chickpea

    No doubt many of us are probably suffering from a slight meat hangover after all those holiday weekend grill-fests. Now that Tuesday's here, it's back to work and time to detox from all that poolside barbecue gorging. May I suggest you embrace the glorious chickpea? Everyone knows and loves hummu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Which Beers Get You Drunk Without Making You Fat? The Gross Ones, Of Course.

    With St. Patty's Day behind us and spring break in the books, summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to get serious about our curvy figures. One of the worst offenders to the best of all diet plans is alcohol. Not only for the calories within each glass, but also for the progressive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Mumtaz's Indian Lunch Buffet Was Built for Meatless Monday

    Weary of soy protein and veggie burgers from Meatless Mondays gone by, I had set my sights this go around on exotic flavors and spices. My search for bargain vegetarian nirvana took me to Mumtaz, an Indian restaurant located in a generic Richardson strip mall at Campbell and Central. I'm typically ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Chick-fil-A Courts Your Babies, As Long As They're Straight

    Chick-fil-A is rolling out a new Kid's Meal, according to a recent news release, aimed at fighting childhood obesity and promoting good nutrition. Comprised of grilled chicken nuggets, low-fat milk and fruit, either in a cup for finger-eating, or pureed in a bag for squeezing, the meals tally just o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Ten Ways to Celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month

    October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. It's true. Vegetarians do exist, even in Dallas. And not only that, they should be celebrated, if for nothing else than for eating all the world's tofu so you don't have to see it. Here are a few ways to help make everyone aware of your support for the carniv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    A Note To Men: Your Date is Making You Fat

    They've been eating out quite a bit.​Turns out who you sup with could effect your waistline as much as when and what you eat. The Huffington Post points us to a recently released study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. In doing the study, researchers hoped to gain unders ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    UNT Goes Vegan With Mean Greens Cafeteria

    Courtesy UNT​When UNT's fall semester gets rolling in a couple weeks, vegetarians, vegans and meat-haters across Denton will have cause for celebration. Mean Greens cafeteria, formerly one of UNT's five beef/pork/poultry/fish-infested eateries, has recently converted its menu to adhere to an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Do Melatonin Brownies Actually Do Anything? An Unfair Park Special Report.

    No pot references here, no sir.​"You're going to eat that now?" the guy at the head shop asked. He looked worried. "That's not a good idea. I don't take 'em in the daytime. It renders me non-functional."Well, shit. It was Friday afternoon, and I was about to drug my co-workers.A little background, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Dear Food Diary: I Hate You

    Maybe they should include simple check boxes for Slim Jims and Doritos.​It's hard to find people who agree with me here, but food diaries are worthless. A food diary is a log of everything you ate, where and who you ate it with and what you were feeling as you ate it, (Everyone who jots down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Five Diets Just as Bad as The Heart Attack Grill

    Tic Tacs and copious amounts of coke are all you need to have a body like a super model. And beriberi.​I have spent about 17 minutes of my entire life dieting. I did it to teach myself healthy eating habits so my body doesn't explode on my 25th birthday, when my metabolism is supposed to scree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Eating Healthy at Asian Markets: All You Need is Willpower and a Taste for the Unusual

    Bitter melon is good for what ails you, if you can stand it.​As exhibited by my tribute to junk foods post last month, I don't always have the best buying habits whenever I make my Asian grocery store visits. Fortunately, aside from the occasional evil treats, Asian market aisles can also harb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    New Culinary Textbook Tells Chefs to Put the Flavor and Some of the Fat Back in Nutrition

    ​While a new culinary nutrition textbook is geared toward chefs working in professional kitchens, a co-author says the book's advice would be equally appropriate for amateurs charting new diet plans for 2011. "Moderation and variety is the key," says Cathy Powers, a former Culinary Institute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    As Obama Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, White House Sends Endorsement From DISD

    In March '08, Dora Rivas testified before a House committee on the need for better school nutrition.​Back in August we sneak-peeked the Dallas Independent School District's new-n-improved school menus, which offer a few more healthier alternatives than in recent years. But the district has long sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    High-End Dallas Chefs Devise Vegan Dishes

    The vast majority of fine dining dishes are fraught with ingredients that give vegans the willies. High-end chefs instinctively saturate their food with butter and cream, costuming even the most innocuous vegetables in animal products. No animals were harmed in the making of this dish.​But for on ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Roy's Natural Market: So Long to the Man with Wheat Grass Miracles

    Roy Beard is closing Roy's Natural Market come August.​Used to get a lot of sore throats, from, well, let's just call it "cigarette" smoking. That was back in the '80s when I, well, let's just say smoked. Invariably, the tickle in my throat would progress to soreness, which would progress to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Domino's Slims Down Pizza for Schools. Yes, Our Culture is Dying.

    ​No matter how many talented chefs Michelle Obama invites to the White House, or how many vegetable costumes Jamie Oliver dons, it seems unlikely school nutritionists will ever be able to strike pizza from their cafeteria menus. "You can't stop buying pizza for kids," says Sherry Brokenberry, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009
  • Dining

    February 19, 2009

    Stay Hungry, Live Longer: the Science Behind the Calorie Restriction Diet

    An SMU biologist thinks the secret to the fountain of youth may be found by putting fruit flies on a diet.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006
  • Film

    May 13, 2004


    A man eats fast food for a month--guess what happens

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Dish Name

    Square Meal at Dream Café

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Health-food Store

    Ann's Health Food Center

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Fat Like Me

    Nothing our rotund reporter tried could help him lose weight. Finally, he attacked his belly through his melon. That's right. He's been hypnotized.

  • Dining

    November 16, 2000

    Fat City

    Does anybody eat low-fat/no-fat ice cream?

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best health food store (tie)

    Whole Foods Market & Roy's Natural Market

  • News

    July 6, 1995


    Ray Audette hunts with a hawk and eats like a caveman. He says his meaty diet stopped his hair from falling out, cured his diabetes--and will make you healthy too

  • Dining

    January 26, 1995
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