Improving Skin Through Food: The Dietary Essentials

We all know that living a smoke-free, sunscreen-filled life is the key to gorgeous, glowing skin, but there are also plenty of foods you can eat (and avoid) to naturally enhance your complexion.  With a few simple dietary tweaks, you can improve dull, dry skin, decrease oil and acne production, and reduce the signs of aging and thinning skin.  The saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be truer when it comes to appearance…  Check out the list below for easy ways to give your skin that little extra summer boost with nothing more than a trip to the grocery store. Continue reading

The Top 10 Basics Of Gluten-Free Baking

Whether you have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance or are just curious to experiment with gluten-free baking, here are some of the basic rules and guidelines I follow to create delicious, moist, and tender baked goods.  And if you’ve ever tried a dried out, rock hard gluten-free baked good, you can appreciate what I’m talking about.  Use this as your cheat sheet and I guarantee you will not be disappointed with the results. Continue reading

Friday Roundup: Week of 5.12.12 – 5.18.12

Welcome to the Friday Roundup – A weekly update highlighting the news links that were hot, and not so hot, in the world of food, health, and nutrition.

This week superweeds threaten the US food supply, McDonald’s says soda is a fruit, coffee may lower your risk of dying, and a new drug may prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s to those genetically predisposed.  I may be biased, but this is way more interesting than who got booted from Dancing With The Stars 3 nights ago…. Continue reading

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemon Muffins (Gluten and Dairy-Free)

At 8 o’clock the other night when I was desperately craving cupcakes, I showed great restraint and made a batch of healthy muffins instead.  No, I don’t deserve a medal… I had my fair share of Hagan Daaz over the weekend.  That being said, I do try and keep my indulgent sugary treats to a minimum during the week, pregnant or not.  Lucky for me I had enough ingredients on hand to throw together what I found to be an incredibly delicious, light, moist, and just the right amount of sweet, muffin.   Whether for breakfast or an after-dinner snack, you won’t feel bad biting into this cake-y treat.  And filled with the finest of this season’s strawberries and citrusy lemon, you’ll feel like the warm weather is finally here to stay.

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Cooking Tip Thursdays: The Grass-Fed Steak

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

If you choose to eat meat, eat it wisely.  I stayed away from it for many years as the quality and health of it started to frighten me.  That being said, 6 ½ months pregnant and I crave red meat as if I were a caveman living in the prehistoric ages.  So I’m listening to my body and making educated and healthy decisions as to what red meat I will consume.  As luck would have it there is a small farm in upstate New York that raises high quality, humanely treated animals, delivering their product right to the city.  My current obsession: the grass-fed steaks and ground beef (I mean, who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger every now and then?).

Grass-fed beef comes from cows that have pastured on grass only.  Pure 100 percent grass-fed beef is better for animals, more sustainable, and often more humane.  Grass-fed beef is extremely lean, high in minerals, and considerably lower in saturated fat than industrialized, conventional, corn and grain-fed beef.  And given it’s Continue reading