Recipe: Wild Alaskan Salmon with Roasted Cherries and Pistachios

We all know that the best source of vitamin D comes from the sun.  But this vital vitamin is also available in a much tastier place: Wild Alaskan Salmon.  Incredibly healthy, versatile, and delicious, salmon is one of the highest natural food sources of vitamin D with 360 IU* (International Units) per 3.5 oz.  And full of heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids known to prevent heart disease, inflammation, and certain types of cancer, it’s no wonder salmon tops many a list of “super foods”.  If that’s not enough, it’s been said to thwart wrinkles and support the preservation of a youthful, glowing face and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like that?  Here I’ve paired it with some of Continue reading

Xtreme Eating Awards: Shock And Awe At It’s finest

Fans of the Cheesecake Factory and Cold Stone Creamery Beware: The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released this year’s Xtreme Eating Awards for the restaurants that have the fattiest, saltiest, calorie-richest, non-healthy foods conceivable.  And it isn’t pretty.  In their annual tradition of attempting to shame restaurants for their unhealthy choices, CSPI has put together a list of the most indulgent menu items at some of America’s most popular restaurants.  Continue reading

Cooking Tip Thursdays: Bringing Back En Papillote

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better…

Want a meal you can pull off with little fuss and hardly any cleanup?  Cooking en papillote, steaming small portions of food in a wrapper, is healthy and virtually foolproof.  The idea behind cooking en papillote is to encase tender, mild foods in a wrapped packet (parchment paper, grape, banana or bamboo leaves, cornhusks, aluminum foil, or any other oven-proof material) that will allow the food to become infused with the juices, spices, and herbs surrounding it.  As the package is heated, the air inside expands, and the flavors of the ingredients are swept into it, swirling and mixing, Continue reading

Exercise: The Top 10 Reasons To Do It

Summer seems to be flying by me.  Maybe it’s the time I’ve spent out of town, maybe it’s a busy work schedule, or maybe it’s just a fulfilled life, but days are turning into weeks with the blink of an eye.  Or it could just be that for the past 2 weeks I have been going through intense CrossFit training.  (Allow this website to explain it to you if you haven’t heard of it).  Needless to say it is the most intense and frightening Continue reading

Preserving Produce: Tips For Selection And Storage

Perhaps you do it once a week.  Perhaps you do it more.  But eventually, you toss spoiled fruits and vegetables in the garbage.  Lots of them.  I know I did it last week, cringing and cursing at not having a composter to throw them in.  Clearly we’re not alone.  According to researchers at the University of Arizona, people throw away an average of 470 pounds of food per year – about 14 percent of all food brought into the home – at an annual cost of $600.  That boils down to Continue reading

Recipe: Sweet Green Smoothie

Feel like you need a little pick me up after this weekends festivities?  Refuel and reenergize yourself with this nutrient-dense, vitamin-packed green smoothie.  Loaded with bananas, pineapples and spinach, you won’t believe how sweet and delicious this health-supportive powerhouse tastes.  And don’t be afraid of the spinach…I promise Continue reading

Recipe: Grilled Chickpea Burgers with Lemon Tahini Sauce

The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America.  And to many Americans it’s a day to celebrate the grill.  If you’re looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous burger, dog, chicken or rib, try these heart-healthy, waist-friendly, and all-around nutritious chickpea burgers.  Full of protein, iron, Continue reading