RECIPE: Hemp Seed Pesto

Love Pesto? Is it weird to want to rub fresh basil leaves all over me? That fragrance, so crisp and clean.  I can’t help but pause and sniff it in once I’ve plucked off a fresh leaf.  But, I digress… Pesto…it’s not just for pasta!  Make some to smear on sandwiches instead of mustard or mayo, scramble it in eggs, add a dollop to a cracker with a … Continue reading RECIPE: Hemp Seed Pesto

RECIPE: Curry Egg Salad

OK, I’ve got to give a “shout out” to my “other mother”, Karen, on this one, because I’ve always LOVED Egg Salad, but never in my egg salad experiences had I tasted the deliciousness of a CURRY egg salad.  Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! She uses mayo, but I subbed plain greek yogurt for mayo here, not because mayo itself is bad, but because … Continue reading RECIPE: Curry Egg Salad

RECIPE: Loco for Coco Smoothie

Don’t let the greens fool you! This sweet treat has no added sugar or sweeteners, but could be your favorite new dessert! Try this guilt-free, gluten-free, vegan, all natural, sustaining blood sugar smoothie–you will NOT be disappointed.   In a blender combine: 2 handfuls Spinach (or kale) 1 handful (~1 cup) ice 1/3 cup Coconut unsweetened 3 dates 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2-1 cup almond milk Blend and Believe. (how … Continue reading RECIPE: Loco for Coco Smoothie

Get Clean this 2015! DETOX MEAL PLAN

A lot of us are motivated at the beginning of the year to make some big changes in our lives.  Some of our vow every year to “get healthy” or “read more” or “remember people’s names”.  While planning to be better and get healthier is great in theory, unless you have specific actions/steps you will take to follow through on these plans, chances are you’ll … Continue reading Get Clean this 2015! DETOX MEAL PLAN

RECIPE: Radish and Kale Salad

When you’ve got a great dressing, like Annie’s Lemon and Chive or this delicious Cilantro & Lime dressing, it hardly matters what’s in your salad.  Am I right? With a good dressing you can have 1 and 2 ingredient salads. Choose what’s in season, what’s on sale, what ‘ruffles your skirt’! I like this hearty combo. Bam! Bam! Simple and colorful: Kale and radish.  Both … Continue reading RECIPE: Radish and Kale Salad

RECIPE: Spinach Wraps

Did you and your waistline survive the Fourth of July celebrating!? Time to jumpstart your healthy recovery week, right? The is the perfect in-a-rush-but-still-want-to-eat-something-healthy-lunch! It’s almost too simple to post.  But I like to be reminded that life CAN BE SIMPLE. Things don’t have to always be a production. You don’t have to have a picture perfect menu/meal/offering.  We eat to live and nourish, so … Continue reading RECIPE: Spinach Wraps

RANT: Yankle-Doodle Dandy! Happy 4th of July

We usually celebrate the 4th of July with my fantastically fun family at the beach.  Everyone decorates their bikes or makes golf cart floats and there’s a parade down to an area with jumps, inflatable slides and rides for the kids. (Which in theory is quite fun, but can also be a bit of a crowed, hot sweat-fest).  It is great to see everyone and catch … Continue reading RANT: Yankle-Doodle Dandy! Happy 4th of July

RECIPE: Kale, pistachio and Avocado Salad

Have you recovered? After tasting last week’s unbelievably delicious salad dressing?  In case you’ve run out of delicious things to drizzle it on, I’ve got the perfect salad for ya!.   In a med-large bowl combine: 1 head kale chopped, stems off (1 bag, 4-5 cups, more or less, doesn’t have to be exact) 3 celery sticks chopped 1/3 red onion chopped 1/3 cup pistachios … Continue reading RECIPE: Kale, pistachio and Avocado Salad

RECIPE: Lemon and Kale Salad

Are you tired of Kale? You shouldn’t be because it’s a super packed, cancer fighting, health boosting wizard of foods! Stuff it in your smoothie, your soups, your bubble bath—kidding, but you could probably make a kale salve; it is all the rage these days! Here’s a kale salad I’m loving these days.  The sunflower seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals that are anti-inflammatory, … Continue reading RECIPE: Lemon and Kale Salad

RECIPE: Healthy “Meat and Potatoes” Dinner

Looking for a fairly simple, hardy, healthy meal? This meal plan is a nod to my world’s best mother in law, who loves a good meat and potatoes meal. Lynne, this one’s for you! Meat: Local, grass-fed, hormone free beef (grill or bake for 15 minutes and slice), Potatoes: sweet potato discs, parsnip mashed potatoes, or  stuffed eggplant and, of course Greens: (Because you should have them … Continue reading RECIPE: Healthy “Meat and Potatoes” Dinner

RECIPE: Kale, Celery and Quinoa Salad

I know this is my 3rd variation of a Kale and Quinoa salad, but this is probably my favorite.  Quinoa packs serious nutritionally-rich, protein punch and Kale, well it’s about the healthiest thing you can put in your body! (and has the highest ANDI score) Kale and celery are both alkalinizing (which means that prevent things like cancer and premature aging!)  The sunflower seeds add … Continue reading RECIPE: Kale, Celery and Quinoa Salad

RECIPE: Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Ahh pumpkin season.  The time of year when we, as a nation, overindulge and pack on the pounds.  But did you know that pumpkins are a low-calorie vegetable?! A 100 g serving provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fat.  Pumpkins are rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. But wait, there’s more! Pumpkins are also a rich source of vitamin A and beta-carotene and are packed … Continue reading RECIPE: Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

RECIPE: Healthy Easy Egg Rolls

I used to tear up an All-you-can-eat-Chinese-buffet!  Atop my plate-o-gluttony, were usually not one, but two,  precariously perched fried egg rolls.  Not sure when or were I fell in love with these grease-laden mystery tubes, but they probably ‘had me at “fried”‘. Thank goodness I can easily forego Chinese buffets and their previously tempting egg rolls, now, knowing how disgustingly synthetic and chemical-ly (made up … Continue reading RECIPE: Healthy Easy Egg Rolls

RANT: ANDI Scores

I generally think surveys and scoring systems are for people with a penchant for mathematics and the mundane . . . and for those who need to ‘get out’ more. But Whole Foods and health foodies alike are using the ANDI score,  a numerical value which represents how nutrient rich a food is per calorie.  This “Aggregate Nutritient Density Index” was developed by Dr Furhman*, … Continue reading RANT: ANDI Scores