Building a Balanced Diet, Food & Flavor, Heritage.

By Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN   Disclosure Statement: Amy is a National Dairy Council Ambassador. While she was not explicitly paid to write this blog, she receives an annual honorarium from the National Dairy Council to promote the nutrition, health, and culinary benefits of dairy products, including fluid milk, yogurt, and cheese.   Protein…. Read more »

Advice from Mom, Drought.

by Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN I’m hearing more and more often from female friends the phrase, “I’m becoming my mother.” Sometimes this is said proudly, more often a bit ruefully. Right now, I’m desperately trying to become my mother when it comes to water management.. My mom grew up during the Great Depression. She… Read more »

Uncategorized.

By Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN Founder & President of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting…and well-known kale hater… ‘Tis the season for love, but I’ve been thinking the past few days about things I hate, like ingredients that capture the attention of chefs, product developers, women’s magazines, and home cooks and dominate our food conversation for far… Read more »

Heritage.

By Megan Myrdal, RDN Located at the juncture of the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, Iceland is a rugged, awe-inspiring country, filled with warm, welcoming people, rich culture, and a raw, untouched landscape unlike anywhere else on earth. I traveled there last summer as part of a program to discover my heritage (my great, great… Read more »

Diabetes.

13,422 days. That’s how long it’s been since I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, an auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. About 5% of people with diabetes in the U.S. have Type I, which requires taking insulin. People with Type II may control their… Read more »

Sustainable Food Choices.

Our food conversation today increasingly includes discussions of sustainable protein, and beef is often described as an environmentally unsustainable choice. This is not always a fair assessment. The US beef industry has done an amazing job of using technology to reduce the environmental impact of modern beef production operations over the past 30 years. You… Read more »

Food & Flavor.

By Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN     I grew up on a family farm in Northeast North Dakota that produced mostly wheat in the 1970s and 1980s. Today my brothers grow many more crops (including sunflowers, soy beans, pinto beans, navy beans, black beans, canola, and flax), but when I was a child, wheat… Read more »

Farm Life.

By Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN My husband often teases me about my love affair with cattle. Whenever we drive by a herd, I urge him to stop the car so I can take a few photos. My photo collection now includes cattle from fifteen U.S. states, including Hawaii where I insisted on taking photos… Read more »