Holiday Vanilla Nut Nog

Similar to eggnog, this beverage is rich a creamy, and the flavor of the Brazil nuts complements the spices beautifully.  Whether you have a high-performance blender or a regular home blender, you will have the best success if you prepare the nog in batches.  For convenience and the best taste, make the nog one day… Read more

Margaret’s Brussels Sprouts Slaw

This delicious slaw recipe features shredded Brussels sprouts tossed with tangy honey-mustard dressing, sunflower seeds, and dried cherries (or cranberries or pomegranate seeds). Yield: 4 substantial side servings 1 pound Brussels sprouts Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds ⅓ cup tart dried cherries or cranberries, chopped, or pomegranate seeds ⅓ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast) 2… Read more

Here Come the Holidays!  5 Tips for Enjoyment with No Weight Gain

It’s a fact that Americans gain about one to two pounds during the holidays.  This may not sound dramatic, but according to the research it adds up over the years. Still, there are ways to avoid holiday weight gain.  Consider these 5 tips Tip #1:  Don’t Skip Meals If you are “saving” your appetite for… Read more

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

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

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