Posts Categorized: Food & Health

The Facts on Flax

  Ground or Unground? When it comes to purchasing flax seeds, purchasing whole, unground flax is your best option. Once ground, more surface area is exposed to oxygen, and because flax is comprised of lots of healthy omega-3 fats, the more exposure those fats or oils have to oxygen, the quicker they will spoil. That… Read more »

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Here are some fun menu ideas to help you create a great morning for Mom. And remember: she shouldn’t have to lift a finger – especially not to clean up afterwards. Mother’s Day Menu Tea & Coffee w/ honey, sugar, lemon, cream – however she likes it! Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Valencia oranges make the… Read more »

The Perfect Breakfast Smoothie

Start your day right with a delicious and nutrient-dense breakfast smoothie. They’re easy to prepare the night before if you usually rush out the door without something to eat. No more mid-morning carb cravings! Basic Recipe:  Protein CHOOSE ONE ½ cup nut milk ½ cup yogurt ½ cup coconut milk PLUS 1 serving rice/hemp/organic protein… Read more »

Orange-Scented Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

Yield: about eight ½ cup servings Ingredients: 2 cups water ½ vanilla bean 1 cinnamon stick ¼ teaspoon sea salt 1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed and drained 3 cups regular almond milk ½ cup brown rice syrup 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon orange zest Procedure: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium… Read more »

A Carrot is a Memory Stick

A carrot seed is less than half a millimeter in diameter; a tiny speck of dirt, dust in the wind. And yet it contains millions of years of DNA, intelligence that, once put into soil with a bit of water, turns the seed into a big, orange, healthy, nutrient rich, delicious, bioflavonoid packed, eye disease preventing vegetable. And if… Read more »

My Favorite Dairy Substitutes

The first thing people say to me when contemplating whether or not to give up dairy is: “But I could never live without cheese.” I sympathize with that concern, but having followed a plant-based lifestyle for years now, I feel it’s really just a matter of knowing your options. As a chef, I’ve explored the… Read more »

Healthy Travel Snacks

Out and about? Whether traveling by car or plane, our eating routines are often subject to whatever is available at the kiosk or drive-thru. Plan ahead and pack any of the following things to make sure you’re getting good nutrients while en route this year.  Car: Whole wheat wraps – these are easy to roll… Read more »

Black Forest Cake: Grain & Gluten Free

Black Forest cake originated in Germany, with the literal name Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, or, “Black Forest Cherry Tort.” In Germany, the cake cannot legally be marketed as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte unless it includes the mandatory ingredient of Kirschwasser, a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries.   Here’s how she starts it: Halving and pitting 3 lbs of cherries, soaked overnight… Read more »

Unique Summer Smoothies

  Maybe you have an abundant fruit tree in your yard or you’re looking to make the most of summer fruits when they’re at their peak flavor and best price. Maybe you just love smoothies. Whatever the reason, here are three unique recipes that feature the season’s finest. Peach Mint Smoothie 2 cups sliced peaches… Read more »

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade BBQ Sauce Makes about 1 cup Ingredients: ½ cup apple juice ¼ cup tomato paste 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon tamari 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon chili powder (double if you like it spicier) ½ teaspoon sea salt ½… Read more »