Tag Archives: Sharon Palmer

February 17

A Can of Tomatoes Gets Dinner on the Table!

by Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian We often hear that “fresh is best,” but did you know that canned options are not only convenient, but also offer similar health benefits as fresh fruits and vegetables? While there are hundreds of varieties of canned foods available, today I’d like to applaud canned tomatoes for their […]

October 29

Tomato Products Spell Winter Comfort

By Sharon Palmer, RD, The Plant-Powered Dietitian Winter is upon us, which means it’s the perfect time to enjoy all of those hearty foods that bring comfort to the mind, body and soul. And it’s a great time to stock your pantry with tomato products, including canned tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, pasta sauce, tomato […]

September 21

Enjoy an Endless Summer with Tomato Products

  By Sharon Palmer, RDN In the middle of winter and with snow piled in many cities across the country, it’s hard not to daydream about summer. And there certainly is a lot to love about summertime. There are the hot days, the warm nights, the easy-breezy lifestyle, and of course, the in-season produce. Colorful […]

May 18

Warm Weather Calls for Tomato Products, Too

  Sharon Palmer, RDN Just because the days are longer and warmer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t rely on canned goods, such as tomato products in the kitchen. Stocking your pantry with economical, convenient canned tomatoes, pasta sauce, salsa, and tomato paste means you are ready to enjoy quick and healthy meals all season […]

May 06

Tomatoes, A Umami Superstar – Tomato, Mushroom and Beef Stew

By Sharon Palmer, RDN Every time you bite into a ripe, juicy peach, or enjoy a spoonful of ice cream, your mouth is flooded with sweetness. This is because the fructose in the peach and the lactose in the ice cream–both different types of sugar–activate the sensory cells on your tongue responsible for registering that […]

January 24

Spaghetti Squash with Ratatouille

by Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian™ Last fall, while on a Santa Barbara farm tour, I sampled a delicious dish that showcased the Mediterranean flavors of eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini against a backdrop of spaghetti squash, instead of traditional pasta.  While I was driving through Gilroy on Saturday afternoon, I stopped at a produce stand […]

November 15

Shop Thoughtfully and Purposefully

By Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian™ So, you’re organized, and you have your menu and your shopping list in hand, but it can all break down in  the supermarket aisles if you can’t find chia seeds and almond butter, or if you get bogged down choosing  between products.  It’s no wonder that so many […]

September 01

Celebrate National Linguini Day, the Healthy Way!

By Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian™ There are so many fallacies out there regarding carbohydrates! Don’t even get me started on pasta’s negative reputation. You can thank the low-carb, high-protein diet craze for fueling our seemingly un-ending confusion about carbohydrates—especially pasta, bread, and potatoes—and their supposed negative impacts on our health. But it’s not […]

July 30

Summertime, And a Reason to Celebrate

By Sharon Palmer, RDN My two sons are still in high school, so summertime in my household equates to a nice change of pace from our typical busy routines. I love summertime for the additional family getaways and get-togethers it often brings. Those sunny days signal more time for my family and I to enjoy […]

May 01

Make Yourself (and Your Health) a Top Priority this Mother’s Day

By: Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian™ “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” Robert Browning As mothers, it’s so important to us that our children get enough sleep, eat well-balanced meals, and express themselves, by playing, exploring, learning, growing, and laughing. Yet, as adults, it’s not uncommon to put the needs of our children before our […]