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Lucky (and Healthy) Foods for the New Year

Start the New Year with healthy -and lucky- food! People around the world have special traditions to welcome in the New Year. Some of these traditions include eating specific “lucky foods” that are thought to bring happiness and prosperity to those who eat them. The following is a list of lucky foods, with some healthy ways to prepare them to ensure you ring in the New Year on a “healthy” foot! Read More

Happy Holidays: Some Sweet Treats

Here are two new treats that I am adding to my holiday favorites, and while they aren't totally guilt-free (they are after all treats,) I can feel good indulging and sharing holiday cheer with my family. Read More

4 Quick Tips for Healthy Holiday Party Eating

One of the things I hear from my clients during this time of the year is that the holiday season can be particularly challenging when you are trying to eat well and maintain a healthy weight. Read on for some quick tips to keep you eating healthy when you are out celebrating with friends and family this Holiday Season. Read More

Try This New Way of Using Leftover Turkey!

So another Thanksgiving has come and gone. And once again, you may be wondering what to do with those leftovers. Rather than just reheating your turkey this year, why not try adding some new flavors to spice up that all-too-familiar Thanksgiving staple? Have you ever had a Moroccan stew? It is a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy flavors. Turns out turkey tastes great with the surprising flavors of cinnamon, ginger and cumin. And it is SO EASY TO MAKE. Read More

Fermented foods:  A gut reaction

Does your mouth pucker and your nose turn up just at the thought of eating sauerkraut or dill pickles? The Standard American diet in general has turned away from eating these more bitter foods in favor of a diet rich in sweet flavors. But maybe we need to start thinking about adding in more fermented foods to our diet and limiting our consumption of sugary foods. Here’s why. Read More

Are You a Savvy Food Shopper? How Do You Know?

Are you a smart food shopper? Or do you find yourself giving in to temptation half way into a grocery trip; grabbing foods on impulse because they just looked so irresistible? If you fall into the latter category, you are in good company. Most Americans want to shop healthy and be in control of what they eat, but much of our food decisions are out of our control. I recently presented a webinar with my fellow health coach and good friend, Mary Ellen Zung. In our presentation we talked about the dangers of sugar and how it can negatively affect our bodies. If you are interested in hearing more on the topic, you can listen to it here. Read on to learn how to be a better shopper! Read More

Living In Technicolor

Summer is slowly coming to an end. The kids are back at school and our schedules are settling back into that familiar rhythm. The days will soon be getting shorter and the temperatures cooler. Before we know it, we will be in the middle of the holiday season, with all the socializing and holiday eating that comes with it! Believe it or not, now is the time to commit to healthier eating this season. Read on to find out how you can do this simply by looking for color! Read More

What to Do With All Those Tomatoes

We had a wonderful group in the garden recently, talking about tomatoes, of all things. Yes, it is that time of the year. We are beginning to see the start of another abundant tomato harvest. We talked about how to know when to pick a tomato, how to store it for maximum freshness and taste, even how to hasten the ripening process if your fruit is still green (yes, we even talked about the fact that tomatoes are biologically a berry, not a vegetable!) If you are one of those who love tomatoes and want to take advantage of this fruit at the peak of its flavor and goodness, now is the time to buy them, when prices are low and they are in abundance. You don’t have to eat them all at once either! Here is a summary of some of the storage ideas we talked about. Read More

What Does “Extra Virgin” Really Mean In Your Olive Oil?

I use olive oil in almost everything I cook. I drizzle it over veggies for roasting and to add flavor to my sautés. It is an important ingredient in my salad dressings and even in some of my baked goods. There are many reasons for using olive oil in your cooking, including the very important antioxidants and healthy fats it provides. But there are so many options for a consumer to choose from in the grocery store, it can sometimes be overwhelming. Read on for a quick way to determine what the olive oil label means and how to choose the one (or two, or three) that is/are right for you! Read More

Should You Really Be Buying Organic?

There is a lot in the news and media these days about the health benefits of organically grown produce. But is organic always better than conventional produce? The answer may surprise you, especially coming from me! Read More

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