New Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the USDA

The USDA released their new nutritional guidelines (updated every 5 years). I thought it was interesting to read directly from the source, rather than filtered through the media.

For those with only a little time, you might just want to read the executive summary.

The full report contains more detailed information, including their methodology and links to the supporting evidence used to formulate the guidelines, as well as information on particular food groups (protein, carbs, etc.).

A few things that I found interesting:

Potassium reduces the effect that salt has on blood pressure. Go bananas!


Camp Stutz 2009

Back from the annual Stutzbach family camping trip in New Hampshire. This year's menu included:

  • frushi
  • filet mignon
  • french fries (from scratch)
  • pickles (pickled on-site)
  • chocolate chip cookies (baked on-site)
  • homemade marshmallows (vanilla, chocolate chip, and root beer)
  • waffles (from scratch)
  • grilled pizza
  • ratatouille
  • green eggs and ham
  • bruschetta (with mozzarella made on-site)

What can I say? Several years ago, Dad picked up gourmet cooking as a hobby and now we're all spoiled!