May 2009 Newsletter

Making healthier choicesI just caught my neighbor Eliza walking up the stairs, so I offered her a slice of zucchini bread that I’m testing for my latest cookbook project. “When’s the pool scheduled to open?” I said as we both looked out the front door wishing the rain would stop. It certainly doesn’t feel like swimsuit weather, but summer really is just around the corner.

It’s not too late to start a new exercise routine or give your eating habits a healthy make-over to shed a few pounds as we shed our warmer clothing!

How Do Chefs Stay Fit?

Interview with Jennifer Iserloh in Pittsburgh Post Gazette

In conjunction with the 2009 Pittsburgh Marathon, the Post-Gazette’s China Millman recently asked me if chefs in the restaurant business exercise and if they care about staying fit.

I told her that people who have physically demanding jobs need to exercise just like everyone else and a lot of my friends in the restaurant business are curious about yoga and how it could potentially help them to withstand the grueling hours in the kitchen. Read the rest of the interview in this weekend’s edition of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette…

Kitchen Refresh on AOL Food

healthy eating tips

Want to eat healthier, but don’t know where to start? Checkout my healthy eating tips, and see how one family got a fresh food makeover – starting with their fridge! In my latest feature on AOL Food, I share smart grocery shopping swaps that pack maximum health benefits into everyday eating.

After sneaking through their pantries and cabinets, I started out with their fridge – zeroing in on dairy, meat and condiments. Watch the video for smart grocery shopping swaps…

Cooking Healthier With The Right Oils

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Oils are one of the most widely used ingredients in cooking – you can find them in every cooking method, including sauteeing, pan frying, roasting, and even dressing raw foods! Besides salt, using cooking oil or fat is essential to preparing meals.

The most common oils that you’ll find in your local grocery store are vegetable oils such as corn oil, canola and olive oil – but there are many more on the market today that are fun to taste. You get oils by extracting or pressing a high-oil food, such as olives or avocados, but what makes one type of oil healthier than another?

Just What Is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Doctors

During my studies last year towards my yoga teacher certification, I looked quite a bit at the interface of food, medicine and yoga – and how these three concepts have interacted over thousands of years. Often associated with alternative medicine, I was surprised to learn about the extensive certification required to practice one of the modalities of alternative medicine, naturopathic medicine, in the United States.

During my research, I asked Dr. Igor Schwartzman to explain the basic principles of naturopathic medicine, and to share his thoughts about food, allergies, and traditional Chinese medicine.

I Bet You Don’t Know These Things About Cocoa

cooking with chocolate

Native to tropical South America, cacao has been cultivated for thousands of years in Central America and Mexico, with its earliest use to be dated to 1100 BC.

I bet some of you are real “chocoholics”, and simply can’t do without your drug of choice. So let’s take a look behind the scenes, and uncover more about chocolate’s origins, health benefits and what exactly makes it so addictive.


Happy & Healthy Cooking!
— Jennifer


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