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

Healthy Immune System Part III – Covid-19, Loss, Stress

A healthy and strong immune system can help to guard us against illness, such as the one we are facing now. The coronavirus has rudely placed itself in the center of all of our lives causing massive disruptions – social isolation, changes in work and other daily patterns, and an uncertain future on many levels…. Read more

Protein in Plant-Based Diets-Part I

I just realized that I have been a vegetarian for twenty-five years!  One of the books that I read on the subject early-on said that people who become vegetarians (eat eggs and dairy but no meat) and vegans (eat no animal products) do so for one of three reasons. 1. For their own health 2…. Read more

Holiday Stuffing

1 cup sunflower seeds, sprouted 1/2 cup buckwheat groats, sprouted 1 small sweet onion, quartered 1 large apple, cored and cut into 1 1/2” pieces 4 stalks celery, cut into 1 1/2” pieces 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced, removing core 1 Tablespoon chickpea miso or 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt Place the above ingredients in the… Read more

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