Patricia Bannan

Patricia Bannan’s Travel Bites

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Whether you travel for business or pleasure, it can be challenging to stick to your healthy eating routine. First, your time is not your own. Your flight is delayed, and you’re stuck in the airport an extra four hours, or longer. Even if you wind up driving, you can’t control traffic conditions. A trip that was supposed to take you less than an hour may wind up taking three times longer, thanks to construction, traffic jams, or just plain bad luck. Business travel has its own challenges. Once you arrive at the destination, you may put in extra hours at […]

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Patricia Bannan’s Comfort Foods with a Healthy Twist

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For most of us, Halloween kicks off a season of treats and feasts that last well through the New Year.  Many of these foods come with happy memories and touch a special place in our hearts.  We call them: comfort foods.  For the most part, comfort foods tend to be loaded with fat and calories.  Think meatloaf, mashed potatoes, creamy casseroles and apple pie.  Yum!  This is not to say you can’t have some of your favorites, but with the right substitutions, you can make them healthier and your taste buds won’t even know the difference. First off, let’s talk […]

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Be an Active Member of Your Food Community

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When I talk about the benefits of food, I usually focus on things like nutrition, convenience, and price—things that directly affect you.  But there are many more people affected by food than simply the person who eats it.  And the things that benefit us personally may come at the expense of the workers and the environment that make it all possible.  Buying while being mindful of fair wages, sustainability, and environmental issues makes the processes less like a transaction and more like a community, which ultimately benefits us all.  From the global to the local scale, there are many ways […]

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