RECIPE: Easiest Lunch Ever!

You’re not going to believe you hadn’t thought of this yourself.  Or maybe you already have, but didn’t think it blog-worthy. Back when I was eating massive amounts of food while hoping to trim down (which has been most of my life, really), I tried the Atkins’ Diet. A diet that can be really effective, initially, plus you get to eat cheese!  No carbs for … Continue reading RECIPE: Easiest Lunch Ever!

RANT: 5 Living Clean Tips

It blew my mind in medical school when I learned that drugs could be delivered through the skin and vaccines delivered through a nasal spray.  So cool that you could absorb things through the mucous membranes (as they’re called), breath and skin.  Until I realized that the same is true for pollutants.  The black exhaust billowing out of the dump truck in front of you also … Continue reading RANT: 5 Living Clean Tips

RECIPE: Healthy Start Smoothie

Based on my most recent recipe posts, you might deduce that I’m really in to “juicing” right now.  No, not bodybuilder, steroid-injecting “juicing”! Actual vegetable juicing… This just in…the VitaminWater, V8 ‘juices’ and those like it are LOADED with dyes, sodium and SUGAR.  Don’t be fooled by convenient foods, posing as healthy elixirs! Besides, throwing several fruits and vegetables into a blender and making a … Continue reading RECIPE: Healthy Start Smoothie

RANT: Thankful? Tasty? or Tidy?

As we gather with family on this day of Gluttony to give thanks. I challenge each of us to be mindful of what we are nibbling on.  Are we eating because there is SO MUCH FOOD to taste our curiosity shoves reason aside as we approach the dessert table? Or is it because if we are chewing, we can simply nod as Uncle Eddie tells his high … Continue reading RANT: Thankful? Tasty? or Tidy?

RECIPE: The Green Healer Smoothie

Did you know that veggies, especially the dark leafy green ones, have anti-aging, cancer preventing, energy-giving nutrients all up in them!?! “But Madeleine, I’m so tired of salads and don’t have time to cook, so how can I possibly get 5 servings of vegetables in my diet every day?” I’m so glad you asked! Drink them! No, I’m not talking about the sodium and sugar … Continue reading RECIPE: The Green Healer Smoothie

RANT: Seeds and Nuts

Seeds and nuts are a great way to get protein! Eating them helps you stay full longer. And nuts add lipid (cholesterol) lowering healthy oils in to the diet.  Nuts make your skin and hair shine! They can last for weeks un-refridgerated in your desk drawer, glovebox, or at the bottom of your bag. Which makes them perfect snack! Go easy though-Just a handful or … Continue reading RANT: Seeds and Nuts

RECIPE: Easy Snack Alert: Popcorn

FAVORITE SNACK ALERT: Real popcorn I’m not talking about the prepackaged, sprayed with chemicals, individually wrapped microwave popcorn, although I’ve eaten my fair share of those! I’m talking about real corn kernels…. you can actually put 2 Tbsp popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and put it in to the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Yeah, you can and its called Popcorn. Not too long … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Snack Alert: Popcorn

RECIPE: Healthy Grain Dish that tastes like Mac & Cheese!

Mac N’ Cheese (MnCh) used to be my comfort foods of choice.  But over the years, I’ve been disappointed by most of the  Mac N’ cheeses I’ve ordered (except for my cousin, Kacki’s recipe, of course!) Yeah, they had a delicious appearing crispy, cheesy crust, but ultimately what lie beneath, was never as savory as I’d remembered.  Now that I know refined white pastas are … Continue reading RECIPE: Healthy Grain Dish that tastes like Mac & Cheese!

RECIPE: Easy Healthy Beet Soup

I have this habit of getting stuck on songs.  Not songs that I’ve recently heard or even songs I necessarily like, but songs that are some how pertinent to the situation. For example, if it starts raining, I’ll unknowingly start singing “I’m singing in the the Rain, just singing in the rain, what a glorious feeling…” or worse, “It’s raining men, Hallelujah, its raining men, … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Healthy Beet Soup

RANT: Psychological Tricks

Did you know that restaurants actually hire food psychologists to help craft menus?  The appetizers a menu offers are carefully selected items that actually trigger increased food consumption. These little traps are always high fat, high sodium items that have been scientifically proven to make people order more food, which in turn make the restaurants more money. While we are talking about psychological tricks…. There … Continue reading RANT: Psychological Tricks

RULE: Don’t Buy it and You Won’t Eat It

Don’t buy it and you wont eat it. Ok there are some corollaries to this, which seems to happen to me frequently.  We’re at a gathering and the stars have aligned, and I am shockingly not putting a smackdown on the hors d’oeuvre table, but a friend or cousin whisks by, forcing a cracker loaded with a hot, drippy mess on it.  Though I’m not hungry, it … Continue reading RULE: Don’t Buy it and You Won’t Eat It

RECIPE: Easy Tangy Chicken and Bean Dish

Ain’t nuthin this tasty and healthy on a chinese buffet! Try this deliciously easy dinner. Packed with protein and FLA-VA-FLAV-VA! Serve it with brown rice or as is….serve it hot and IF there are any left-overs, bring ’em with you to work/school or eat ’em for lunch the next day! I do hope you enjoy… 4 cups or 1 bag (~ 20 oz) raw string … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Tangy Chicken and Bean Dish

RECIPE: Black Bean Chili

Fall is in the air and nuthin’ warms you up like a nice bowl of Chili!  It’s a crowd pleaser at tailgates too! Other than some basic choppin’ this recipe’s pretty simple 2 cans black beans (I used 3 cups of dried beans, soaked ’em over night, but canned ok) 2 cups water (filtered) 1 cup red quinoa (or brown rice) 1 cup grape tomatoes, … Continue reading RECIPE: Black Bean Chili

RULE: Freeze Everything

If a friendly neighbor drops off a pound cake, and you don’t want the extra pounds its sure to give, and you can’t refuse it or toss it. Freeze it.  If you make cookies and don’t want to eat all 22 of them in one sitting (it can be done). Freeze ’em.  You don’t want the fresh whole grain bread you bought (instead of the processed junk … Continue reading RULE: Freeze Everything