Lime Apples

My kids love apples, but wont touch them if I cut them up and they start to turn brown. So, the cut up apples I sent in their lunches either end up in the trash or eaten by another kid at their lunch table. By chance, my brown apple problem was solved after eating dinner at my Brazilian friend’s house. As part of the meal, she and her mother served us fresh limeade and lime apples. My kids went gaga over them!

Lime Cucumber Apple Salad

Lime Cucumber Apple SaladThis salad looks like a typical cucumber tomato salad, so it’s surprising when you taste it: the combination of flavors is delicious. The crisp, slightly tart sweetness of the green apple adds another dimension and blends well with the other flavors. The lime juice accentuates all of the flavors and the slight kick from the hot pepper adds the perfect finishing touch. To top it off, it’s also very nutritious!

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Spring Health Boost: Pineapple Upside Down

Skip the treats full of refined sugar and artificial colors this spring. It’s time to celebrate the season with naturally sweetened and colored fresh pineapple! While they’re available all year, they taste best between March and June. They are truly Mother Nature’s candy; a sweet, juicy, bright yellow treat jammed-packed with nutrition to boost your […]

An Apple A Day

The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” appears to have some truth to it, according to research.  Studies have established an association between apple consumption and numerous health benefits.  And when it comes to eating apples, they may be commonplace, but are often the ingredient in a recipe that really sets it […]

Build a Bowl: Easy Grain Bowl Formula

Are you in a rice, pasta, or potato rut, and searching for delicious, simple ways to eat more whole grains?  Grain bowls, the West Coast’s healthy obsession, are a perfect solution!  These aren’t too unfamiliar, given that Chipotle’s best-selling item, Burrito Bowls, are just a Mexican version of a grain bowl. These bowls are the ideal way to make a super-fast, tasty DIY meal using leftovers and ancient whole grains any time of the day. Cooked whole grains like farro, barley, brown or black rice, or quinoa keep for about five days in the refrigerator, so you can prepare them in advance in a rice cooker or on the cook top, and use them throughout the week as the base ingredient of this tasty new trend, and in various combinations.

It’s so easy for fast causal restaurants to put together a burrito bowl or a rice bowl right in front of you; you tell them what you like, and they throw it in a bowl. It’s not much harder to do this at home, and it may just become your go-to weeknight staple. Make variations using one or a mixture of whole grains as a base, and then top it with ingredients that combine different textures and a balance of flavors between salty, sweet and acidic. In other words, use my simple Grain Bowl Formula below to build the best bowl ever!

Spiral Vegetable Salad

Thinly spiraled vegetables give this salad a fun look and a nice mixture of textures on your tongue. The apple, also spiraled, adds a crisp, juicy sweetness to balance the vegetables. So thinly cut, it’s not obvious the apple is there, but it is, and it’s delicious. If you don’t have a spiral vegetable and fruit slicer, you may consider buying one just because they make vegetables more enticing to eat, and they’re fast to use with minimal clean-up. Check out this video and see these slicers in action. A mandolin works too. The almond butter, lime juice, and sesame oil come together to make a satisfying dressing. The edamame, hemp seed hearts and almond butter add about 50 grams alone of plant-based protein to this Asian style salad that feeds between two to four people (58g total protein/entire salad). Chicken and fish can also be added. Enjoy!

12 Tricks to a Healthier, Happier Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a spectacular celebration of family, friends and FOOD! Believe it or not, there are ways to have a healthier Thanksgiving and have the guest and the host still enjoy their day. Tips for Everyone: 1) Savor every bite. Taste each morsel mindfully and enjoy it as you chew it slowly and savor the […]

Coconut Oil: A Healthy Saturated Fat

It’s probable that pure organic virgin coconut oil may actually be beneficial to our health on several levels.  While it may sound contradictory that a saturated fat could have heart health benefits, population studies strongly point in that direction.  Better insulin and weight control may also be a benefit of coconut oil, although more research […]

Amazing Avocados

Avocados are a delicious and healthy fat source loaded with nutrition, and they help the body absorb more nutrients from other healthy foods.  One avocado provides 9 grams of fiber, 36% of the daily value of Vitamin K, and 20% of the daily value of vitamins C and B6.  Avocados contain 60% more potassium than […]

Sweet Potato Sensation

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) ranked sweet potatoes number one in nutrition of all vegetables and called them a”nutritional all-star — one of the best vegetables you can eat”. These nutritional super stars speak for themselves: one medium baked sweet potato contains four times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, over one-third […]