Oh pumpkin, how I love your cheerful comfort when warm summer fades and dark evenings and cold wind try to dampen my spirits.
Well, this fall I have a brand new pumpkin recipe in my arsenal of healthy comfort food and I am super excited about it. I'ts getting rave reviews from finicky kids and men who don't immediatley go for trying the latest "health food".
This wonderful dish has the fresh, fragrant aroma of pumpkin pie, the thick, creamy consitancy of decadent pudding and the versatilty to be breakfast, snack or dessert.
Little do they know they are getting the high fiber, extra Vitamin C & A,...
Back to school season brings with it the age old dilemma of how to make easy, quick, appetizing lunches that the kids will actually eat. If you want those meals to be healthy and nutritious, now you have a real challenge.I'm here to tell you that packing nutrient dense meals and snacks for your family doesn't have to be time-consuming, scientific, expensive, or frustrating. It's absolutely possible to get the pickiest of eaters to eat a healthy lunch.
Here are some of my best tips for packing superfood meals to-go that won't get traded for Ding-Dongs!
If there is anything more refreshing than chilled watermelon juice and coconut water, I can’t imagine what it is. While providing a great dose of potassium and electrolytes that can be lost while perspiring, this cooler is ultimately hydrating and alkalinizing as well.
Research studies suggest that cytokinins in coconut water are found to have significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic (anti-clot formation) effects. Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes such as Potassium, antioxidant vitaimins such as Vitamin C, minerals and enzymes. It is a great way to hydrate the body and is kno...
I'm kicking off February with a list of things I LOVE;
a holiday that celebrates LOVE
a super easy recipe made with things you can have on hand
I do love celebrating a good holiday and as far as I'm concerned Valentine's Day can last all month. Especially if it means enjoying one of my all time favorite sweet treats. By using raw cacao instead of processed cocoa you get up to 40% more valuable antioxicants and vital nutrients.
Here is an easy recipe for dipping strawberries or adding a bit of lovely chocolate to any treat.
When many people hear the word "detox" scary images of toxic withdrawal, deprivation, going hungry, pain and suffering come to mind.
After participating in my own 7 Day Whole Foods Detox program a couple of times now, I have a very different picture in my mind when I think of a detox or "cleanse". I think of feeling light, clear headed, energetic, slimmer and optimisitc.
After a week of clean eating and hydrating my body, I feel stronger and like I can take on the world. I remind myself a little of Tigger, from Winnie the Pooh, who liked to bounce. I detox so I can feel bouncy again.
There is nothing like cooler weather and holiday lights to put me in the mood for nostalgic comfort food. One of my childhood favorites for fall and winter is yummy apple butter. This is a classic mid-western country dish that warms my heart. I remember whenever my family would make a visit to nearby Amish country, when I was growing up, we always came home with apple butter to spread on toast, pancakes or waffles.
Then I discovered the joys pumpkin butter and I was torn between the two as far as a favorite.
Of course, traditional apple butter is made with lots of refined white sugar and although home-grown Amish...
ApplesStudies show eating apples may help to prevent certain types of cancers. Quercetin, an antioxidant abundant in apples, helps reduce LDL/bad cholesterol oxidation. Apples are rich in a soluble fiber called pectin. Preliminary studies suggest that pectin may help to reduce levels of toxic heavy metals in the body.
Apricots The high beta-carotene content of apricots makes them an important heart health food; the beta-carotene helps protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation, which may in turn help to prevent heart disease. Apricots contain vitamin B2, potassium,...
So many beautiful fruits and veggies are at the peak of their season right now so it's a great time to take advantage of the flavor and freshness of summer produce.
I tend to get very nostalgic (and a lot excited) about all the wonderful things ripening in the summer sun, partly because it reminds me of my mother’s farm garden, but also because finding a perfectly sweet, ripe watermelon or incredibly tender, fresh sweet corn is like finding treasure. Crisp cucumber without a hint of bitterness and fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes only happen once a year and now is the time to relish the summer bounty.
Here is a list of some of my favorite foods from the sea that have a great benefit to skin health. Sea salt and sea algaes are favorites in the spa world for thier skin cleansing, detoxifying and firming properties.
Sea Salt - Sea salt is produced through evaporation of ocean water or water from saltwater lakes, usually with minimal processing. Depending on the water source, this leaves behind certain trace minerals and elements. The most notable differences between sea salt and table salt are in their taste, texture and processing. Table salt is more heavily processed to eliminate minerals and usually contains...