Recipe: Healthy Mashed Potatoes

Your new FAVE Thanksgiving dish! Don’t tell your husband, your kids or your guests that these aren’t real mashed potatoes — because these are better, healthier and they will never know the difference! This will serve 8-10.  Leftovers keep in the fridge! Cube 3 parsnips (1 lb) Cut 1 small head of cauliflower Boil cauliflower and parsnips for 10-15 min until soft (in a HUGE pot or do each … Continue reading Recipe: Healthy Mashed Potatoes

RECIPE: Nutty Buddy Smoothie

Tell your all buddies! (At least those whom you want to be healthier) This is a great way to start your day.  Maca powder and chia seeds are optional ingredients to take the health benefits of this delicious shake to the next level—but don’t be intimidated, you can make friends with those two superfoods another day. Meet your new NUTTY BUDDY! In a blender combine: … Continue reading RECIPE: Nutty Buddy Smoothie

RECIPE: Iced Coffee Smoothie

Need a quick, healthy pick-me-up in the morning? Have I got the smoothie for you! I’m not usually a coffee drinker. In fact, I managed to make it through college, medical school and residency without picking up the habit. But as a mother of a newborn, I’ve found I could use a little more “Get-Up-And-Go” in the mornings. So I created this healthy iced coffee … Continue reading RECIPE: Iced Coffee Smoothie

RANT: Eating Yourself Sick

I’ve been explaining to patients over the years, that we are eating ourselves sick. With all of the chemicals, dyes and preservatives in foods these days, it’s nearly impossible to purchase a real food item in the grocery store. Even produce is laden with pesticides. These chemicals are known to cause diabetes and cancer. So we shouldn’t be eating them. We should eat only the … Continue reading RANT: Eating Yourself Sick

RECIPE: Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe below is from my girls at Portland Outdoor Indoor Nutrition and Training! (If you haven’t tried POINT, go immediately! First two classes are free.  Bad ass workout, full pant and sweat-fest and laughter guaranteed!)   Preheat your oven to 350. In a food processor combine (don’t double this recipe; it might be too much for your machine to handle): 1 1/4 C canned chickpeas (aka … Continue reading RECIPE: Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

RANT: Study Abroad

Next month I’m headed to Italy for a Wellness Retreat. (By the way, contact me if you are interested in participating in or creating your own Wellness Retreat wellandbalanced@gmail.com) While in college, I spent my junior Fall semester “studying” abroad in Florence, Italy.  “Study Abroad” was really code for excessive travel, red wine appreciation and the ingestion of copious amounts of gelato, olive oil and pasta. … Continue reading RANT: Study Abroad

RANT: Breaking Bad Habits

“Choose a quit date. It can be a significant day, like a birthday or anniversary or hold no significance at all.  Start cutting back between now and then, and determine what you will do instead of smoking when you get stressed or want a cigarette” That’s what I tell patients who are contemplating ‘smoking cessation’ (as we call it in the medical biz). But how effective … Continue reading RANT: Breaking Bad Habits