Posts Categorized: Food & Health

Iced Vanilla Coconut Chai Blend

This caffeine-free alternative to one of Summer’s favorite iced drinks can be made two ways: all at once in a chilled pitcher anytime you want some – or one perfect glass at a time. Ingredients: 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 2 cinnamon sticks, crushed 6 cardamom pods, crushed ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut   Option… Read more »

Jasmine Tea Cranberry Cooler

This healthful and refreshing hydrator is a great summer beverage not just because it’s delicious but also because it’s good for you. Cranberries d-mannose promotes bladder and urinary tract health quercetin can protect against the development of certain cancers, such as breast and colon Jasmine used aromatherapeutically as an aphrodisiac and to relieve depression and… Read more »

Herbal Sun Tea

My first memories of Iced Tea in the Summer were of brewing this beautiful amber elixir in large glass carafes with my mother. Always the elegant and creative teacher, my mother had a multi-gallon dispenser specifically for sun tea which she brought out every year — complete with painted sunflowers on the outside. She filled… Read more »

Easy 10 Minute Homemade Hummus

Well, summer is here and the weather will soon start turning hotter. If you haven’t started your outdoor entertaining it’s not too late to begin. This time of year offers many opportunities for produce to play a roll in your summer social calendar. Corn, portabella, and zucchini on the grill. Honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon for breakfast, or fruit salad. Grapes… Read more »

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 »

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 »