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LocoL's goal is to bring healthy, affordable meal options where McDonald's and Burger Kings reign supreme. (Photo: Daniel Carnaje.)

Happy new year! We, too, are on the healthy train, and we’re not ashamed. From the brilliantly yellow super spice, turmeric, to 10 terrific vegetarian sandwiches, we have cleaner eating on the mind. We also asked some chefs about their fitness routines and diets. For those who couldn’t care less about the beginning-of-the-year bandwagon, there’s the feature film The Founder, about how McDonald’s got to today’s megachain status. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics.

  1. Turmeric is super healthy and this is how you can eat it.
  2. Masaharu Morimoto’s technique for homemade udon is a must-try.
  3. This farmer believes heritage grains are better for everyone. Here’s why.
  4. The McDonald’s biopic The Founder hits theaters later this month. Here’s what you need to know before you buy your tickets.
  5. The New York Times food critic Pete Wells recently gave Oakland’s LocoL branch a zero-star review. We, on the other hand, are all for the healthful fast food chain.
  6. New research found that the paleo diet wasn’t actually very paleo.
  7. Trying to cut back on your meat consumption? We rounded up our favorite vegetarian sandwiches for your consideration.
  8. Thanks to Panama’s melting pot of ethnicities, a wide variety of vegetarian food is easily found all around the country.
  9. How do you stay healthy without the green juices? Get to know these eight healthy foods from the American West.
  10. Between tastings and weird meal times, how does a chef stay fit and healthful? Matthew Kenney has nailed it.