Insider Tips from a Spice Expert

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Last night I attended an amazing cooking class at Sofra Bakery and Cafe taught by Executive Chef, Ana Sortun. Ana is a master at blending and layering spices (she literally wrote the book on it). She artfully incorporates spices in ways that you would never expect at her restaurant Oleana which happens to be my favorite […]

Add more zest to your life!

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When I think of living a life with zest, I think about living with intention, excitement and energy. Something that I strive for on a regular basis. But when I say that you need more zest in your life, I quite literally mean, citrus zest. Citrus zest not only adds brightness, liveliness, and a touch […]

Top 9 Therapeutic Foods

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Are you a list-person? I totally am.  I don’t make them neatly in a day planner though -I’ve tried that it just doesn’t stick. I need something that isn’t pretty to scribble down my notes. If it is a fresh new day planner, I’ll be all concerned with writing neatly in the lines. Then, I’ve […]

Beet and Carrot Slaw {Magimix Food Processor Review}

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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.* Boy do I love kitchen gadgets that make preparing whole foods easier! Even though I enjoy cooking (most of the time), and I find chopping, stirring, zesting, etc. to be […]

Lemon-Thyme Chicken Wraps with Apple + Cheddar

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Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Are you guys getting excited for the Superbowl?! I’m excited because my hometown team is playing (the Patriots) so there is a buzz in […]

Kale + Cannellini Bean Soup with Maple Smoked Bacon

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A big food trend for 2015 is smoked foods. And this month, the Recipe Redux theme is to heat up a recipe with smokiness or spiciness. I aimed for both with this one! And did it without a smoker. Though that’s not because I don’t want a smoker. I’ve never met a cooking tool that I […]

Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup (best soup for a cold!)

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Despite my best efforts to support my immunity with good nutrition, I caught a nasty cold. Actually, I caught two separate colds back to back. The second one got me just as I was starting to feel better but was still weak from fighting off the first one. So, I’ve been sick for a solid […]

Spicy Chicken “Pho”

Spicy Chicken Pho

This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was to venture into the spice cabinet (or shelf in my case) and choose that “spooky spice” that sits in the back, avoided, because you’re never quite sure what the heck to do with it. Usually, I’m pretty adventurous with spices because I love how they add flavor, color, nutrients, and antioxidants […]

How to Juice in a Healthy Way

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Not a day goes by where someone doesn’t ask for my opinion on juicing. It’s a hot topic for sure. Like all things nutrition, I love to talk about it and help my clients understand the pros, cons, and how to incorporate juices into their diets in a healthy way (yes there are unhealthy aspects to […]

6 Nutrient Depleting Medications

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Did you know that many common medications can deplete nutrients from your body? It is important to know because inadequate nutrients means leaving your body in a vulnerable, imbalanced state. For example, a course of antibiotics could wipe out much of the good bacteria in your gut which in turn may reduce your immunity, cause […]

Sweet Potato Hummus

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I’ve tried a lot of different types of hummus. Store-bought varieties and homemade in all sorts of flavors. I’ve found that the texture and flavor can vary significantly between brands and there are many that contain extra ingredients that I would prefer not be in there such as preservatives. Others, use lower quality oils like […]

Are We Talking About the Right Fats?

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Note: This post is a teaser for a post I did for HealthComU. You’ll see a link at the end to continue reading the rest! For decades, health professionals have been advising the public to eat less “bad fat” (saturated and trans fats) and more “good fat” (unsaturated fats), but should the message be that simple? More […]

Easy Veggie Nuggets

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Back to school is around the corner! And with that, the Recipe Redux team is whipping up tasty, healthy bites and bars for this month’s theme. The goal is to create a bar or bite that is lunchbox-ready. To me, that means kid-friendly finger-food and nuggets definitely fit the bill. I’m not a huge fan […]

Throw Away the Tums! Healthy Alternatives to Antacids

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Heartburn? Upset stomach? The answer to these ailments is all to often popping an antacid such as Tums. And why not? they are just over the counter meds that might even give you a dose of calcium along with it. In fact, more and more often, I’m seeing the recommendation to take Tums with calcium as […]