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Coconut Quinoa with Tandoori Roasted Veggies and Chard

You've probably had a lot of quinoa, but have you cooked it with coconut milk? Divine. Prepared with the coconut milk, sweet sauteed onions, and pungent spices, the quinoa is so comforting and rich in flavor. This dish is a wonderful balance of flavors and textures, with the creamy coconut quinoa and bright, fresh greens. I like using both cooked greens and raw veggies for maximum contrast. I'm always encouraging my clients to get their greens. Read More

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What you need to know about seaweed

Seaweed is a powerful addition to your diet. It contains many of the nutrients essential for liver detoxification, one of the main systems we want to look at in relation to optimal health. Seaweed is higher in vitamins and minerals than any other class of food. They are an excellent source of the key minerals calcium, iodine, phosphorous, sodium, and iron. The bonus? Seaweed has about five calories per serving. That’s a lot of nutrition in a little bit of food. Read More

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Healthy Recipes Using Your Food Processor (Go Ahead, Pull It Out of the Pantry!)

A new friend recently asked me for some recipes to make use of his new food processor. So this blog is dedicated to him, to the joy of new friendships, and to all of my readers who need an excuse to dust off the food processor in the back of their pantry. My food processor and Vitamix are my most frequently used kitchen appliances. As much as I like to cook, I couldn't live with out them! Read More

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Choose Safe Sunscreen for Summer Fun in the Sun

The weather is warming up and Summer is almost here! That means that sunscreen season is upon us. Whether you are getting ready to do some kayaking (like me!), heading to the beach, or looking forward to having more time outdoors, it's vitally important that you consider choosing a safe sunscreen for you and your family. But what is safe? Read More

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Superfood Protein Energy Balls -- packed with nutrition (and chocolate) for delicious energy!

One question people ask me all the time: “What energy bars do you recommend?” Actually, most energy bars and protein bars on the market are full of additives and sweeteners. Read More

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Layered Polenta Marinara with Kale

I love the flavors in this Italian-inspired layered polenta dish. It’s easy to make and is a nice way to get your greens. This is a recipe I include in my upcoming REVITALIZE Spring Cleanse, as it is definitely a favorite in our house!... Read More

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Vegetable Fried Rice, Chinese Style

When I lived in China in my early 20s, I learned to make fried rice from a wonderful elderly chef in her 80s. She was about a foot shorter than me and, wow, could she cook. I was living way up north in Harbin, a city with temps so cold that I experienced first-hand that Fahrenheit and Celsius actually MEET at minus 40 degrees! For me, this steaming fried rice dish hits the spot in cold weather. It is comforting, filling, well-balanced with plenty of vegetables and eggs, flavorful, and colorful. Here’s the version I made a couple of weeks ago during Snowzilla after my husband and I shoveled for several hours. So satisfying and delicious. Read More

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Vibrant Salad with Ginger-Citrus Dressing

We had a friend staying with us from Alaska recently. After his long 14-hour multi-stop flight, we fed him this salad when he arrived. He kept saying (like 6 times) that it was the most vibrant salad he'd ever had. Thus, I have named it the Vibrant Salad! If you are feeling a little stuffed and heavy after Thanksgiving, this super healthy salad will leave you feeling clean, light, and virtuous! The creamy avocado pairs very well with the crunchy purple cabbage and crisp baby bok choy, and the dressing Ginger-Citrus Dressing is simply delicious. I'm in love with this salad and have been making it weekly lately. The best way to balance out the holiday feasts is to plan some healthy meals in between, like the Vibrant Salad. Read More

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Triple Ginger Pumpkin Spelt Muffins (with Fresh Pumpkin)

This time of year, I love to cook fresh pumpkin and make many savory and sweet dishes, including soups, stews, chili, stuffed pumpkin, pumpkin and lentils, muffins, smoothies, and so much more. One roasted pumpkin yields so many different dishes. Pumpkin muffins are a favorite fall treat, but most that you find to buy are filled with white sugar and white flour. This easy-to-make muffin is a healthier version of your typical variety. It is made with whole grain spelt flour and uses honey as the sweetener. Topped with crunchy walnuts and a few pieces of candied ginger, they are simply delicious. At my Pumpkin Cooking Class last night, I made them with freshly baked pumpkin, one of the Blue Jaradales that we grew in our garden this summer. Read More

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8 Probiotic Foods to Include in Your Diet

Including fermented foods as part of your diet has many health benefits. There are so many delicious options to enjoy besides the most common one -- yogurt. Traditionally fermented foods are overflowing with probiotics. Regularly consuming probiotic-rich foods helps to restore a healthy balance of good vs. bad bacteria in the intestines. Did you know that you have 10 times more bacteria in your body than human cells? Feeding your good bacteria helps to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and create a strong immune system, which are all key for good health. Read More

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