Cooking and Recipes

Fall’s Most Fabulous Fruit: The Fig

Late summer and fall brings us one of the most ancient and gorgeous fruits: Ficus Carica, also known as the FIG. For me the fig is a symbolically poetic fruit, from its ability to perish so quickly to its succulent and colorful appearance. As a child my father and uncles would all have fig trees in their gardens and every year their bounty would be well awaited. Just before the chill of winter would set in we would all chip in to preen and wrap these huge trees in black garbage bags and tie up with ropes. The tree is…

Five Kefir Recipes: Powerful Probiotics

My Kefir Obsession Continues… There has not been a person who has crossed my path that doesn’t know about my obsession with kefir. Earlier I wrote about all the benefits of this yogurt drink. It is a powerful probiotic with three times the healthy bacteria of yogurt. It is an immune booster, vitamin and protein rich ambrosia of good health. I’ve sipped it every day since I discovered it and my tummy has been flat ever since. I have researched and tested some tasty recipes that will sneak even more KEFIR into your diet. Try these and enjoy! KEFIR PARFAIT Any…

Drop a Few Pounds With These 5 Summer Salads

Drop a few pounds with these 5 summer salads. Long summer nights and steamy weather quells our tastes for heavy comfort foods. Our taste buds tend to crave cool, juicy and crisp foods. It is also a great time of year to drop a few pounds because we are more active and crave less fatty foods. (Check out our FREE Carb Manipulation Protocol here). I have compiled my top five salad dinners that are easy to make and taste great. After a long day at the office, flip on the air conditioner and enjoy a cool salad, low cal, high protein…

3 Power Breakfasts for Energy and Weight Loss

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day to get right. A power breakfast will provide mental and physical energy for the day, and set the stage for fat burning. In fact, studies have shown that people who don’t eat breakfast actually gain more weight than people who do eat breakfast. Here are 3 “Power Breakfasts” for Energy and Weight Loss 1- The “On The Go” Breakfast. Sometimes you just don’t have time to throw together a big production. Here’s a quickie that I make in about 1 ½ minutes 1 cup full fat yogurt 180 calories, 9 grams fat,…

I Love Kefir (and I don’t mean Sutherland)

Most people have never heard of KEFIR, much less ingested it, but I will say that not only is it a nutritional powerhouse but I would drink it as religiously as taking my vitamins. If you’ve never heard of kefir, it is yogurt- like drink that has been used for food and health purposes for thousands of years. You can even make your own Kefir at home, but most of us don’t have enough time to buy it much less culture kefir in our kitchens. Don’t worry, you can get this tasty drink at some grocery stores and certainly in health…

My Five Superfoods That Can Boost Your Health

5 superfoods that can boost your health. You have resolved to take this opportunity to lose some extra pounds and become more healthy. Remember that with any goal, preparation is key. With that in mind, I have compiled some information on my top five superfoods that will maximize your efforts. These foods will boost immunity, raise your metabolism and help you lose weight. I keep these items in the fridge and I eat them every day. Stock up on these foods that can boost your health and reap the benefits! 1. YOGURT– This fermented dairy product is made by adding bacterial cultures to…

5 Fattening Food Myths

Fattening food myths are rampant in our society. Having a family member or friend as a nutritionist does not make one immune to making bad food choices or holding on to silly ideas about food. In the past ten years there has been a rise in the general knowledge and interest in health and nutrition, usually in terms of weight loss. With this rise of information, also comes confusion with conflicting information. From the latest diet guru to studies done by corporations (who want you to choose their food product) or just word of mouth. Needless to say, misinformation continues…

12 Tips for a Healthy Summer Cookout

Healthy Summer Cookout tips! It is that time of year when barbecues and pool parties are all the rage. Whether you are the host or guest, keep in mind that while having fun in the sun, you can help prevent most food borne illnesses that cam lurk at barbecue parties. Most food borne illness can stem from bacteria that fester if proper temperature is not maintained in food. In particular, protein rich foods are most vulnerable. Most bacterial like Botulism, E.coli and Salmonella can be a contaminant during handling, cooking and storage of food. Some forms of bacteria like Listeria…