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Persimmon Spinach Smoothie

If you’ve never had a persimmon, this beautiful smoothie is a wonderful introduction.  The recipe calls for Fuyu persimmons, the flatter ones that look like orange tomatoes, rather than the pointed ones.  Choose Fuyu persimmons that are soft to the touch and ripe, rather than too firm, and go for the richest orange color. 1 banana… Read more

3 Favorite Fall Fruits – Get Them While You Can

As seasons go, Autumn is not my favorite. As much as love the fall colors nature gives us, and the mostly moderate temperatures, and I do, I am already dreading the months of cold ahead. I am only momentarily charmed by snow, fear the ice, dislike having to wear so many extra clothes, and would… Read more

How to Pack Great Salads in a Jar

Several years ago, when I went from being an ovo-lacto vegetarian (eating dairy and eggs) to a very high raw vegan, and then started health coaching, I bought a good supply of quart-sized, wide-mouth Mason Jars. I used them mostly for storing green smoothies, and soon found them valuable for many other kitchen uses. These… Read more

Paradise in a Jar Salads

This salad does taste as great as it is pretty. Blueberry Lemon Dressing 1 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen. I was fortunate to have wild Michigan blueberries in the freezer) 1/4-1/2 cup of water (depending on how thick you want the dressing. It did thicken a bit so I recommend 1/2 cup) 1/4 cup olive oil (I… Read more

Pomegranate and Pear Salad

This is a good salad to get you in the Fall spirit.  Pears and blue cheese pair beautifully (if you use cheese), but it’s the tart pomegranate seeds that really make this salad special. (Makes one serving) Salad   1 pear, cored, and thinly sliced 3 cups spinach leaves, divided ½ cup pomegranate seeds ¼ cup roughly… Read more

Hummus

According to researchers, the mineral and protein content of chickpeas are of a level so high, that they may actually lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. Chickpeas also contain elements that prevent the wrinkling of skin. This hummus tastes just as delicious as the hummus served in the finest Greek restaurants!  You can… Read more

5 Tips to Help End Nighttime Grazing

A very often-heard issue that I hear in my Health Coaching Practice is that of night-time grazing. It’s a tough habit to kick, for sure, because so much tension and tiredness from the day follows us into the evening, and well, what’s a person to do but have a snack, and another snack, and, sure,… Read more

Making the Case for Consistency

Who doesn’t remember the punchline to the tale about the tortoise and the hare? Let me refresh your memory. “Don’t brag about your lightning pace, for slow and steady wins the race.” There is wisdom aplenty in today’s world for this age-old Aesop fable, and it provides a good springboard for a discussion about the… Read more