Processed Food?  Use Caution!

Processed foods, in the great scheme of humanity, are a relatively new addition, and not necessarily a helpful one. For most of our existence on the planet, humans have eaten raw, unprocessed, or, at best, minimally processed foods – fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, starchy tubers, then meats, fish, and more recently whole grains, legumes… Read more

Small Seeds – Big Nutritional Benefits

We hear many things these Covid days about hand-washing, social distancing, and perhaps most importantly, mask wearing.  These are all good measures for managing the current crisis. However, we hear precious little in the news about strengthening our immune systems, so that they can better withstand the onslaught of corona virus and other harmful pathogens… Read more

Getting to Know Nutritional Yeast

Do you ever just stop and wonder about any of the foods that live in your refrigerator?  I don’t mean the perishables that come and go every week or so, but the condiments that find their way to the back corner, only to be resurrected when a recipe calls for a half-teaspoon or so. In… Read more

Bitter Greens: Big Personality, Big Health Rewards 

People have been eating leafy greens since prehistoric times. But it wasn’t until the first Africans arrived in North America in the early 1600s that America got its first real tastes of dark green leafy vegetables, which they grew for themselves and their families. So, over the years, cooked greens developed into a traditional African… Read more

Springtime is for Dark Leafy Greens

It was at the very tail-end of Winter, that life on many levels got interrupted in a huge way. There is no one who as not been affected in some way by the enormous impact that the coronavirus and Covid-19 has had. It will  be a major topic of discussion and matter for concern for… Read more

Raw Bagels

These bagels are dense and hearty, with a strong rye flavor. They are so incredible served with Cream Cheese or Onion Dip* 2 cups sunflower seeds 4 cups sprouted rye berries** 1 tsp minced onion 1 ½ tsp sea salt 1/3 cup caraway seeds Grind sunflower seeds in a food processor until fine. Add the… Read more

Healthy Immune System – Part II – A Dozen Strengthening Foods

A Health Coach Friend of mine in California started her recent newsletter this way: What a stressful year this week has been! That’s a pretty good way to say that it’s been a week of lots of interruptions and reshaping priorities, activities, work, and life for everyone, and I, for one, have appreciated the opportunity… Read more

Coconut – A Multi-Gifted Plant.

I keep coming back to coconuts, one of my favorite whole plant foods, particularly the Young Thai Coconut. It is  mostly not noticed by the general public, sometimes vilified as unhealthy because of its high fat content, and now almost hailed as a wonder-food in some circles for the electrolyte benefits of its water, and… Read more

Protein in Plant Based Diets – Part II

More and more people are becoming interested in following vegetarian or vegan diets, or reducing their consumption of animals and their products. I addressed the reasons for the shift as well as some of the many benefits of becoming more plant-based in  previous newsletter/blog.  You can see it right here. While moving away from animal… Read more

Kidney Supporting Green Juice

Your kidneys’ responsibilities include playing a central role in the urinary system, balancing salts, stimulating red blood cell production and stabilizing your blood pressure. When your kidneys malfunction, kidney failure can develop in response to factors such as toxin accumulation. Adjusting your diet to include kidney friendly foods can help support healthy kidney functions. Vegetables… Read more