As someone who writes a lot about nutrition, I try and find resources on the Internet where people are talking about nutrition.
Years ago, long before it was as cool to think about nutrition, The Washington Post had a weekly chat called the Lean Plate Club.
The Lean Plate Club was the all-encompassing name for articles, chats, and other resources from Sally Squires where consumers could learn about nutrition and ask questions. As the world turned more in the direction of nutrition, The Washington Post got rid of the Lean Plate Club.
Recently, that same newspaper hired Ellie Krieger to join its staff. She writes a weekly Nourish column and hosts a biweekly chat at WashingtonPost.com.
Krieger is better known for her Food Network show, "Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger." Her program provided sensible, realistic ways to think about nutrition in everyday recipes. Smart, reasonable help on a topic not really covered by the Food Network or the Cooking Channel.
Krieger's chats (click here for a sample) are only every 2 weeks. They haven't been going on for all that long, so the usual rapport of the WaPo chats hasn't been established. Still, this is one of the few interactive ways for consumers to learn more about nutrition.
She is also contributing stories for the newspaper (click here for a sample story).
Unlike the days of the Lean Plate Club, the newspaper now has a paywall. But you do get a limited amount of articles for free before you have to pay. You can also keep up with what Krieger is writing about through her Twitter feed.
The Ellie Krieger material is very welcome in a world where consumers still are confused about nutrition. The material is light years behind the Lean Plate Club but there is room for growth and potential.
At BalanceofFood.com, we cover nutrition issues but we also like to read other sources for our information. I learned a lot from the Lean Plate Club and feel like my readers have benefited from information I have learned. I am learning from Ellie Krieger even more than from the TV show. I just wish, in this time where people really want nutrition information, to get even more from Krieger and The Washington Post.
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