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3 Holiday-Worthy Recipes Using Seasonal Apples

An apple a day…Keeps the doctor away, of course!  Everyone knows that.    The expression was first recorded in print in 1913, but the original thought can be traced back to 1866 in Wales: "Eat an apple on going to bed and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” But do you know why?  How is it that our ancestors knew that apples were good for them?  I am guessing experience told them that people who ate apples tended to stay healthier through the winter months. But just what is it about apples that makes them so healthy for us?  Read More

Fighting Off Cold and Flu Naturally

Before we know it the season will be upon us again. Last flu season (2017-2018) was one of the worst on record and there is no way of knowing exactly what this year will bring.   According to the Center for Disease Control and Preventions, also known as the CDC, the increase in flu cases is likely to begin in October and November. It usually peaks between December and February, and can last as late as May.   The CDC advises we get our flu shots at least two weeks before the season starts since it can take that amount of time for the body to form the necessary antibodies to fight the flu virus.  That means, if you do plan to get a flu shot, now is the time to do it.   But getting a vaccination is not the only way to protect yourself from getting sick this cold and flu season.  Let’s take a look at some of the other preventative measures that we can take to stay healthy. Read More

Almond Psyllium Bread: My new favorite!

About 7 years ago, for health reasons, I eliminated processed wheat breads from my diet.  I wanted to avoid gluten, highly processed finely-ground flours, and other added chemicals that can sometimes be found in these products. Instead I satisfied my carbohydrate cravings by adding in beneficial vegetables and fruits to my diet.  Today I can say that I feel so much better; I have more energy, and rarely, if ever, suffer from the nagging joint pain that used to accompany the inflammation in my joints.  I am not looking to take a mid-afternoon nap either.  Nor am I having those late night cravings for something sweet. BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN I CRAVE... Read More

A Perfect Day with Your Recommended Amount of Veggies and Fruit

Are you one of the many that are a little overwhelmed with all the fresh veggies and fruits available in the summer?  Do you find you tend to buy the same vegetable or fruit because it is familiar and easy to prepare?  Let’s take a quick look at how much we should be eating of these healthy foods each day.  I will even supply two examples of daily menus that include the recommended amount by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) AND include recipes that use seasonal vegetables and fruit, ensuring you are getting the maximum variety and nutrition in your summertime meals! Read More

Three Bright Summer Sauces for You to Try

Lemony Mustard Green Pesto with Horseradish Carrot Top Pesto with Cashew and Mint Chimichurri with Cilantro and Mint   I love finding creative ways to “add-in” more good foods into my diet. That way I am full and satisfied and less likely to reach for tempting, but less healthy foods.    Summer sauces are a great way to pack in more nutrient dense green veggies in a fun, flavorful way!   These 3 recipes will encourage you to use some less common greens that are abundant right now.  Read More

10 Foods to Naturally Protect Your Skin and Keep You Looking Young

Are you one of the millions of people who use sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun?   Recent studies suggest that some of the ingredients used in these products may be harmful to us by disrupting hormone function or causing sunscreen-related skin allergies.1   But did you know there is another way to protect your skin? You can do this by choosing foods that naturally protect your skin cells.  That’s right, some foods have the power to guard your skin from the damage caused by the sun's UV rays.   Let’s take a quick look at what happens to our skin when it is exposed to UV light and then we can talk more about these skin-saving, and anti-aging, foods. Read More

Got Sunscreen? Tips for Staying Healthy in the Sun

It’s that time of year again. The weather is warming up, and with it (hopefully) there will be more sunshine. Soon we will all be itching to be outside basking in its warmth. Time to get out the sunscreen, right? Well, maybe. Depends on what’s in your sunscreen brand. But sunscreen is not the only answer, so next month we will be looking at how to develop sun protection from the inside out! (That’s right, food that provides natural skin protection!) There has been a lot in the news lately about the safety of sunscreen. Read More

5 Tips for Reducing Sugar in Your Diet

You have probably heard how important it is to limit the amount of added sugars in your diet.  But just HOW do you reduce sugar cravings?  Mother Nature has provided us with foods that are designed to keep us healthy.  They are packed with nutrition, the majority of which are low in sugar content.  Sadly, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, only 11 percent of the calories from Standard American Diet come from whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, and nuts; i.e. whole foods. 1 By comparison, a whopping 57 percent of our calories come from processed plant foods! Here are 5 tips to follow to eliminate this ingredient which is contributing to our soaring obesity rates and incidence of chronic illness. Read More

Why I Said "No Way" to Detoxing!

A short while ago, a friend asked me to join her in doing a "juice detox."   My response at the time was anything but positive! NO WAY! I was not in favor of an extreme detox, or cleanse, or any form of “quick fix” diet.   Fast forward 4 or 5 years and my view of a detox has changed - somewhat. Read on to find out why and how! Read More

Food Trends for 2018

I am always curious about new foods and how they are being prepared.  Here are some of my favorite picks from several experts in the field! How familiar are you with these food trends for 2018? Are you likely to try some of them? What do you think about these new trends?  Are you likely to try any of them?  Or are these “so yesterday” as you are a trend-setter and already on to the next new thing? Read More