Dressing up your Salad

Many ask “am I allowed to have salad dressing?”  It’s interesting how the “fat-free” era is in many people’s minds. What they don’t realize is that the nutrients and antioxidants in salad and vegetables need some healthy fats to be absorbed and that has been known for over a decade. Here’s a tasty dressing from […]

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New and Old Finds at the Natural Foods Expo West 2016

I continue to have a love/hate relationship with the Natural Foods Expo. Being the largest food show in the world with 350,000 square feet of exhibitor space, close to 3000 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees it is more than challenging to navigate the crowds not to mention having to arrive 2 hours before the doors open […]

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Enjoying those French Fries? 3 Reasons to Rethink your Choice

French fries are one of those foods I frequently hear about in my office. Although I never considered them a healthful food I found out a few years there are 3 reasons to avoid them unless you make them yourself. 1. Potatoes and Pesticides: conventionally grown potatoes have the most pesticides by weight than any […]

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The Link between Food and Mood: 5 Nutrients to Consider

Feeling a bit blue? Don’t have that motivation you desire? Did you ever stop to think that a simple diet change could be all that is needed to help your energy, mood or get up and go? Not many realize that eating a balanced diet goes beyond helping your physical needs – it can also […]

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Should I Continue Taking My Fish Oil?

The New York Times article “Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research” generated a plethora of emails this morning asking me what my opinion was on this subject. “Should I continue taking my fish oil?” The definitiveness of the title of the article and claims are curious to me given all the research that does support […]

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My Finds at the Natural Foods Expo West 2014

Although part of me loves going to the Natural Foods Expo in Anaheim each year, this year exemplified all the reasons the other part of me resists going.   Jeffrey agreed to go with me, although he dislikes the crowds and maneuvering around the Expo is like trying to get around on the busiest day at […]

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4 Reasons to Stick to Butter and Avoid Margarine

Remember “I can’t believe it’s not butter?” Well, don’t let the tagline tempt you – when it comes to your health, there’s no substitute for the real thing. When looking for a spread for your morning toast, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the plethora of margarines and other manufactured spreads that promise everything from […]

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New and Healthy Food Finds at the Natural Foods Expo West

I have a love-hate relationship with the Natural Foods Expo West that takes place in Anaheim each year. I love to go and find out what companies are up to with their products, how they interact with consumers, and how their products actually taste before I buy and/or recommend them. On the other hand, navigating through the […]

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Healthy Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day Cookie

One of my favorite things to do as long as I can remember is making cookies.  Even at 3 years old I have vivid memories of the cube of butter mixing with the sugar to make a wonderful dessert that would melt in my mouth. Being the family baker was fun but this love was […]

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Kelapo Coconut Oil: Much More than Suntan Lotion

Remember the days of using to coconut oil to get a golden tan.  Since those days are gone, is there a healthy purpose for this tropical oil? While doing research on oils for A Recipe for Life I became an advocate for coconut oil, specifically extra virgin organic coconut oil since it is free of […]

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