Topic: Food & Health

Ask Umbra: What should you do with your food scraps?

Q. Dear Umbra, When disposing of food waste, what’s better: putting it down the garbage disposal, or disposing of it in the solid waste stream? I know my water treatment plant inci …

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Ask Umbra: Hot tips for getting your compost pile cooking

Q. Dear Umbra, I’m tired of my compost not cooking. Can I just bury it around my plants and pull the stray volunteer seedling that emerges? Kristina Cleveland, Ohio This story orig …

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Ask Umbra: What’s the best way to deal with restaurant leftovers?

Q. Dear Umbra, Sometimes I ask for a to-go box when I’m eating out, but I’m always panged with environmental guilt when the server brings back a Styrofoam clamshell. But I hate was …

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The Soul of Food: Reconciliation

This spring would have been my 10-year anniversary of abstaining from meat. At about 12 years old, I gave up meat for Lent after seeing a classic PETA video. My fast from meat last …

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Briefly Noted: November 2016

What’s new around town. Utah’s first art therapy studio opens in Millcreek While adult coloring books and “wine and paint nights” are trending, one of three Utah board-certified ar …

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Ask Umbra: Here are some greener, healthier Halloween treats

Q. Dear Umbra, I’m expecting a bunch of trick-or-treaters this year. Is there anything I can hand out that’s somewhat healthy and eco-friendly, instead of the usual sugar overload? …

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Over-Wintering Delicious Herbs

Got a window that gets six hours of sun a day? You can grow herbs indoors! With fall  upon us, it is a bit disheartening to look out at the abundant fresh herb supply and imagine i …

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Health Notes: How to Stay Healthy this Autumn

Is it just me or are the transition seasons easier for instilling new and releasing old habits? It is of essence this month to consciously take the season change in stride and crea …

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Locovores in the Kitchen

Winners of the 10th Annual Eat Local Challenge recipe contest. Last month, Utahns participated in an exercise to “localize” their diet—that is, find foods that were grown within ou …

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Food Feasts and Festivals in September

We are moving into peak harvest season this month. Everything that’s been growing— your tomatoes, winter squash, corn— will be ripening and ready to pick. It’s the kind of bounty t …

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The Skinny on Fat

High-quality fat is essential for optimal wellness. For years, saturated fat has been made out to be the dietary villain. We’ve identified the gristle on our streak, that pat of bu …

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Ask Umbra: Is it safe to eat veggies grown near a busy city street?

Q. Dear Umbra, I was getting all excited to plant some herbs and maybe veggies in containers on the balcony of my new apartment this summer. But the balcony faces out to a busy roa …

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Ask Umbra: Berry Sage Advice: Is it okay to eat berries from water-starved California?

I love strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries — which, thankfully, are available locally in New England, even if just for a few weeks per year. Most of the rest of the year I …

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How Local is Your Diet? Take the 10th Annual Eat Local challenge

It’s possible your tomatoes are better traveled than you are. Have you ever asked where they came from? Chances are, if you’re buying that Early Girl outside the months of summer i …

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Comings & Goings: Big O Doughnut shop opens on Broadway, a vegan doughnut shop

Come June 3, between The Green Ant and Copper Common, on 171 E. Broadway, vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike will find a new doughnut shop they all can enjoy. Jessica Curzo …

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