Let’s Talk about Probiotics – Part II

Probiotics are live microorganisms that may be able to help prevent and treat some illnesses. They are “friendly bacteria” that are similar to organisms that occur naturally in our digestive tract. Certain strains or types of probiotics have been linked to all sorts of health benefits, from helping with irritable bowel syndrome and traveler’s diarrhea… Read more

Dietary Fiber – A Must in a Healthy Diet

An opening line from almost any nutritionist includes some concern for us to get plenty ot the macronutrients: protein, carbohydrate, fat, and oh, yes, fiber. It seems to me that most discussions about healthy eating spend more time weighing and balancing the first three groups, with little emphasis on fiber.  Still, fiber is a vitally… 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

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

Everyday Raw Potato Salad

For the Salad: 2 cups diced jicama 1/4 cup diced yellow pepper 1/4 cup diced celery 1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary 2 tbsp minced green olives 1/4 avocado, mashed 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced fresh parsley, for garnish For the Dressing: 2 tbsp. tahini 1/4 tsp cumin 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 tbsp… Read more

Green Smoothie for Athletes

1 cup spinach 1 cup chard 1 cup collard 1 stalk celery 1 banana 1 pear 1 peach, pitted ½ avocado 2 cups fresh (or frozen) blueberries 4 Medjool dates, pitted 2 Tablespoons bee pollen (optional) 2 cups water Add water as needed and blend to a desired consistency. Spirulina has a distinctive taste and… Read more

Good Food: Antidote for Depression

In this country it is estimated that 15 million Americans suffer from depression. I had a bout with it myself at one point in my life, and these days I don’t have to go far to meet others who have struggled or are now struggling with depression. The path to wellness and vitality is through… Read more