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Kayaking, Picnics, and my Best Ever Wrap

Yay for the first kayaking outing of the season! Been waiting all winter for this. Our favorite place to kayak is on beautiful Patuxent River. It's so quiet and we spotted many ospreys and turtles sunning themselves. This called for a really delicious picnic lunch. Read More

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Make Friends with Fiber + Chickpea Sweet Potato Extravaganza (easy dinner!)

I've been working with a number of clients lately on increasing fiber intake. Fiber is super important for heart health, supporting cholesterol levels, maintaining balanced blood sugar, and supporting healthy digestion and elimination. You should aim to get around 30 grams of fiber a day. Start with a whole foods diet and include lots of beans, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. I often add flax seeds or chia seeds to my breakfast which adds fiber. Beans are one of my favorite ways to increase fiber intake. I especially love making anything with chickpeas since they are so tasty and versatile and are packed with nutrition. So today I want to focus on chickpeas and share a delicious recipe I've been making this winter. Read More

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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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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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Butternut Squash, White Bean, and Swiss Chard Soup

Fall has arrived and that means soup's on! As the weather begins to turn colder, adding seasonal, warming foods helps keeps your body balanced. This soup is easy to prepare and is full of warming fall veggies. The squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots give it a satisfying sweetness, and the Swiss chard or kale adds contrasting flavor and extra nutrition. Adding leafy greens to soups is a great way to increase your greens. Butternut squash makes a beautiful-looking colorful soup, and is filling and delicious! Try making a big pot and dividing the leftovers into small containers to take to work, or pop them in the freezer so you have dinner ready in a few weeks. Read More

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Favorite Easy Summer Recipe -- Gazpacho in the Vitamix

I've been making this recipe about once a week for the last month or so. It is so easy and fresh and delicious. Really, there is nothing like ripe summer tomatoes. This Gazpacho is fast to make in my Vitamix, so it's a great weeknight dinner and delicious picnic fare. Read More

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