RECIPE: Favorite Snack Alert: Edamame

FAVORITE SNACK ALERT: Edamame    Edamame is something I discovered far too late in life.  I first met this magical snack years ago covered in salt as a pre-meal treat at a japanese steak house. Deee-lish!   I’m now stunned and pumped to learn that it is packed with Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese. … Continue reading RECIPE: Favorite Snack Alert: Edamame

RULE: Brown is Better

Brown is better. I tell my African-American patients this and they nod approvingly. But it’s true.  The more processed a food is (white bread, chips, macaroni, mashed potatoes) the more stripped it is of its original nutrients, and thus, the worse it is for our body. I grew up on grilled cheeses made with Kraft singles (not real cheese BTW) and white bread, and got … Continue reading RULE: Brown is Better

RECIPE: Tomato Basil Sauce or Salad Dressing

I’m not Italian; never claimed to be.  So this isn’t Papa Antonio’s secret sauce; you can find yummy marinara recipes elsewhere.  This is so you can make a clean, preservative-free, easy sauce you can use on whole wheat pasta or atop a spinach salad (which I now commonly use instead of pasta);  double the recipe and freeze it to save time later if you like. … Continue reading RECIPE: Tomato Basil Sauce or Salad Dressing

RECIPE: Easy Lunch: Avocado, Cream Cheese and Salmon Toast

Remember we talked about good fats and bad fats? Fat around your waist, BAD.  Fat from walnuts, GOOD.  Fat from a bacon-cheese burger, BAD.  Fat from an avocado and fish oil, GOOD.  So fear not the good fat! It keeps you full longer, makes your skin glow and your hair shiny.  Now, don’t go all Joey Chesnut on the fat intake, but enjoy small amounts … Continue reading RECIPE: Easy Lunch: Avocado, Cream Cheese and Salmon Toast

RULE: Don’t Skip Meals

Loads of my patients skip meals.  Many people think skipping breakfast and/or lunch will help them cut out the calories that cause them to gain weight.  Unfortunately, for most, that does not work for several reasons.  Some studies show, when the body is deprived of food (ie skipping meals) the metabolism (the body’s rate of using calories) slows.  Then once a meal is consumed, the … Continue reading RULE: Don’t Skip Meals

RECIPE: Asian Fusion Sauce (with tofu and vegetables)

Do You Tofu? Some do.  Others poo-poo. If they only knew…how to…dress up tofu with this tasty brew… from MORI-NU: 6 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce 2 tsp honey 2 tsp balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp sesame oil Blend above ingredients together and pour 1/2 of mixture over diced tofu spread out on a baking sheet. Bake … Continue reading RECIPE: Asian Fusion Sauce (with tofu and vegetables)

RANT: Once Bitten

My husband claims to love chocolate chip cookies, yet, he will leave a partially eaten cookie on the counter for up to a week (this, to me, is not real love).  I, on the other hand, truly love chocolate chip cookies, so I usually gobble up his presumably forgotten remnants when he’s not looking. He has asked me not to do this, I guess on the the off chance that … Continue reading RANT: Once Bitten

RECIPE: Edamame and Portobello Mushroom Dish

This is my new favorite simple yummy recipe.  It’s so delicious you might faint, but stay prone as long as you like, because you’ll save loads of time making it! You’ll need: 1 bag of frozen shelled edamame 2 Portobello mushrooms, sliced 1 sleeve of soba noodles (don’t fret, most international aisles at the grocery store have these; 3 sleeves per package) 1/3 cup lite soy … Continue reading RECIPE: Edamame and Portobello Mushroom Dish

RANT: Food Is EVERYWHERE

Food is good. And it is everywhere. And Its ALWAYS someone’s birthday at work. I habitually walk by the ‘break room’ and cast a reflexive glance as I pass, to see what offering there in lies. And most days of the week, there are homemade cookies, synthetic neon-iced cakes, chips, cheese dips, donuts by the dozen–often brought in by the cheerful 94 pound co-worker, who “just can’t seem to gain weight” because “it … Continue reading RANT: Food Is EVERYWHERE

RULE: Keep Healthy Foods in Stock (part 1)

This is a list provided by my foodie, naturally talented in the kitchen, chef extraodinaire cousin, Megan: Always keep go-to meal staples on hand. 1.Frozen chicken: buy on sale, in bulk, from your local farm and freeze in the individual sizes you need for quick thaw and prep (ie enough for 1 serving, that would be me; enough for 2, for a family of 4 … Continue reading RULE: Keep Healthy Foods in Stock (part 1)

RECIPE: Walnut and Goat Cheese Pasta

This dish is easy to make and the ingredients all keep for weeks (except for spinach, but you could sub broccoli, zucchini or asparagus, whatever green veggie you have): whole wheat organic Penne pasta ~1/3 box Goat cheese about 1/2 of 1 small packet Dried basil ~2 Tbsp Olive oil ~3 Tbsp Walnuts ~1/2 cup, toasted Spinach (or green vegetable of your choice) ~ 1-2 … Continue reading RECIPE: Walnut and Goat Cheese Pasta

RECIPE: Summer Corn Salad

  Summer is not quite over and and neither is your quest for healthy eating and living! This recipe has way more steps than I usually like, but I still think it’s still fairly simple: Buy some corn* (~4 ears), 1 zucchini, 1 onion (red or white), 1 garlic clove and 1 carton cherry tomatoes at your local farmer’s Market, you’ll also need salt, pepper, … Continue reading RECIPE: Summer Corn Salad

RANT: Ballerina Arms

I never wear tank-tops. Ok, in a hot yoga class, where it’s 104 degrees, I’ll wear a tank top out of dire necessity.  But I’ve always hid my upper arms. I named them my “Tharms” because I think they are like thighs, they’re so disproportionately large.  We all have “trouble zones” right? Saddles bags, pot-belly-pooches, cankles, gobblers, man-boobs, back fat, muffin tops, tharms…the list goes … Continue reading RANT: Ballerina Arms

RULE: Order Smart

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.  You frequently see nachos, chicken wings, spring rolls, … Continue reading RULE: Order Smart