Posts by Barb Boose

Unlocking the “Legos” of life

DMU has a new student organization that’s also a feather in the University’s cap: The Genetics Student Interest Group of Des Moines University recently made DMU one of only seven medical schools in the U.S., and the first and only osteopathic medical school, to earn affiliation with the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). Alisdair […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: get mashed

Other than my occasional indulgence in a heap of crispy French fries, I’ve never been a big fan of white potatoes. It isn’t that they aren’t healthy; baked or boiled, they’re a fine source of potassium and fiber. I just find them bland unless they’re fried, covered in ketchup or bathed in butter and sour […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: Moroccan chicken stew

It chagrins me that I missed several of January’s colorful holidays, including those celebrating stellar foods: January 6 is Bean Day; January 19, National Popcorn Day; January 22, National Blonde Brownie Day; and – especially close to my Iowa heart – January 24, Eskimo Pie Patent Day, in honor of schoolteacher/candy store owner Christian Kent […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipes: comfort food

Winter is a great time for comfort food. But that doesn’t have to mean the heavy, fat-filled stuff you’ll regret eating when it’s time to put your swimsuit on. Think of comfort dishes instead as body-and-soul-nourishing recipes full of flavor, nutrition and tastebud delights. I especially like these recipes, provided by DMU Wellness Director Joy […]

— Barb Boose

Bang your head, work your body

For a truly effective work-out, I think music is as important as a full water bottle and a good pair of tennis shoes. Music does more than take one’s mind off one’s burning muscles, though: Neuroscientist Robert Zatorre recently told National Public Radio’s Linda Wertheimer that music and exercise are linked. “Music has some kind […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: high-protein torte

I love recipes with secret ingredients – components that no one would suspect. I once surprised my workmates with a batch of pork and bean bars that indeed contained an entire can of Van Camp’s but tasted like lusciously moist pumpkin bars (don’t look for the recipe here; those bars definitely don’t fit in the […]

— Barb Boose

An event not to be missed

Admittedly, we’re biased, but we believe the DMU and central Iowa communities have great opportunities to hear a wonderful speaker as part of next week’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations: William Anderson, D.O., FACOS, is a 1956 graduate of Des Moines University and a pioneer in both osteopathic medicine and the nation’s […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: great granola

Much of the oatmeal America eats is manufactured in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, by Quaker Oats, which has declared January – all 31 days – National Oatmeal Month. I’m a granola freak, but I don’t like spending an arm and a leg for the store-bought versions that are typically loaded with fat, sugar and sodium. Fortunately, […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: cauliflower and chickpea curry

Students in DMU’s Conservation and Sustainability Committee are active in encouraging the University and individuals to recycle, walk or bike instead of drive, use less paper and observe “meatless Mondays.”This national campaign is not intended to convince people to become vegetarian; rather, its goals are to help people seek healthier plant-based protein foods that, collectively, […]

— Barb Boose

I hereby resolve…

Jennifer LaRue Huget, the “eat, drink and be healthy” columnist for The Washington Post, recently interviewed some of her past sources for the column about their resolutions for “being healthful through the holiday season and beyond.” While a few are a bit too ambitious for me – such as Doctor’s Detox Diet author Christine Gerbstadt’sgoal […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: a real vegetable (and not pizza)

My teenage kids came home from school recently full of joy over something that made my blood boil: On Nov. 14, Congress released the final version of a spending bill that effectively allows pizza to be considered a vegetable in school lunches. The bill would block a rule proposed by the Obama administration that would […]

— Barb Boose

Seriously sugared

That many popular children’s breakfast cereals are high in sugar is not new news. What’s alarming is that over the years food manufacturers have done little to change that and may in fact be packing even more of the sweet stuff into those kid-alluring, colorful boxes. A study released last week by the Environmental Working […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipes: holiday treats

This time of year, I find myself fantasizing about colleague Katie’s peanut butter fudge, my spouse’s spritz cookies and the white-chocolate-dipped peanut butter Ritz cracker sandwiches my kids love. We humans are hard-wired to seek sweets, and the holidays are an easy time to get stupid on sugar. I’m not advocating for a ban on […]

— Barb Boose

Satisfied?

I’d like to believe health care professionals are committed to patient satisfaction, but going forward the level of “care quality” will take on greater importance: Starting in October 2012, according to Healthcare.gov, Medicare will reward hospitals “that provide high quality care for their patients through the new Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program…for the first time, hospitals […]

— Barb Boose

Be wise: exercise

Most people agree that exercise is good for one’s body. A recent study in Ireland offers evidence that it’s also good for our brains, and not just because we feel proud of ourselves for having gotten off the couch. In the study, reported in The New York Times, scientists had a group of sedentary male […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipes: holiday hosting

‘Tis the season of plenty…including plenty of unhealthy eating and mass consumption. I’m not being condescending; I’d be the first to elbow you out of the way should you get between myself and the peanut clusters. And I believe in moderation, including in moderation – it’s the holiday season, after all, and time for some […]

— Barb Boose

Saddened and gladdened

In this season of plenty, when my friends and I often bemoan the plethora of tempting holiday treats and eats around us, Kaiser Health News reminded me that an increasing number of American families experience hunger. KHN recently reported that the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis established a food pantry – one of the […]

— Barb Boose

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

This time of year, I love talking with family and friends about their favorite holiday traditions. My daughter, for example, loves that initial excavation of holiday decorations from the depths of a basement closet (although she’s less fond of putting them all away after the holidays – imagine that!). My son loves the December production […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: squash and apple saute

Linda Gobberdiel is president of the Iowa Food Systems Council Board of Directors; co-convener of the Healthy Urban Food and Farming Work Group; and one of our friends at Tallgrass Grocery Co-op. She offers this simple recipe with several ingredients available at Tallgrass. Squash and apple saute 1 teaspoon olive oil 4 3/4 cup grated […]

— Barb Boose