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Seven spices you are probably not eating but should be

Spices are healing foods. They not only enhance flavors, but they strengthen the nutritional potency of any culinary creation.    I began to embrace spices while living in India. A spice box with a rainbow of colors and flavors was always beside the stove of the best Home Cooks and Chefs. My Southern Indian landlord taught me how and why to use each spice while considering both the taste and the medicinal effects; much like a doctor might prescribe medication. A world […]

How to read a label

Food labels and packaging can be very confusing. They don’t have to be. True story: Years before Whole Foods, I was diagnosed with “chronic label reading.” It was suggested to me by my fancy Upper East Side shrink that I limit my health food shop visits to 20 minutes or less. As health food shops and now Whole Foods are my Happy Place, I rebelled. I was determined to master the art of label reading and I did—in all seven […]

Portable, practical healthy living . . . AND a GIVEAWAY!

Do you ever wonder how to port your healthy-living habits along when you are running around or traveling? It is so easy! It just takes a bit of streamlining and finding new tricks. I was just at Expo West, the Mac Daddy of all natural product shows and my idea of falling into a fluffy organic pillow of shopping heaven—thousands upon thousands of natural and organic products to discover and investigate. Food shopping and natural food shops have been a […]

Quick healthy snacks? The Jicama.

Is there such thing as a quick healthy snack? Of course there is! Jicama is a refreshing water-based, somewhat sweet vegetable. I often find that people don’t know what it is or how to eat it. Let me show you how to eat jicama – [quote style=”1″]Lora’s tweetable: Jicama with lime, chile and a pinch of sea salt is the perfect quick healthy snack[/quote] Peel the jicama with a small knife instead of a vegetable peeler. I find the peeler […]

The Perfect Raw Kale Salad

The key to the perfect raw kale salad is to make sure you soften it first. Kale has become the popular leaf lately, but it can be difficult to eat,bitter tasting and even more difficult to digest. It doesn’t have to be…. Soften raw kale in less than 15 minutes with out even touching it. When I was living in Paris, I longed for dark leafy greens more than you can even imagine. Parisians have spinach, but kale and collards are […]

Avocados and Travel

The avocado is the perfect snack. I may even go so far as to say, that it is the perfect food. It can be sweet or savory, is highly satisfying and keeps you sustained for hours because of it’s healthy fat and high protein content. If you count amino acids, the avocado has 18. (That’s all of them by the way) We have been traveling a lot lately, but often food and travel snacks create a dilemma. What to bring?! […]

Mexican Quinoa Paella

Paella isn’t something I am normally drawn to nor something I often make at home. I am not a big fan of rice, or dishes that have been cooked for hours. But this particular dish brings back memories from childhood and holiday with my family in Mexico when I knew little about food and nothing about what Paella was. I only knew I loved the smell and the taste and I knew that it was a memory I would hold […]

Kale Salads and Not Blogging

As anyone involved with social media can attest, daily experiences aren’t just daily experiences anymore. They’re experiences to be tweeted, blogged or pinned immediately, which lends new meaning to the notion of living in the moment. I haven’t quite decided how I feel about all this as I participate in this world, and often find myself saying, “Shoot, I should have tweeted that,” or having my dining companion say to me, “Shouldn’t you be blogging about this?” And then feeling […]

Q & A – Blending vs Juicing…

Blending vs Juicing…The great debate. Is it better to blend or to juice. Frankly, the dialogue is apples to oranges as they are both valuable in their own way and both flood the body with nutrients. If you don’t have a juicer or have access to vegetable juice, then by all means, blend! But if you blend, be sure and “chew” the smoothie to activate your digestive juices and begin the digestive process. This will help to assimilate what you […]

Italian cooking lessons via Skype

If you’re lucky enough to have a Southern-Italian friend with a mother who can cook, I’d advise extracting as much culinary wisdom as you possibly can from your friend’s mother. My dear friend Gabriella, originally from Bari, Italy, happens to have that mother. Her mama speaks very little English, and though my Italian cooking lessons with her are sporadic, I’ve learned priceless things, mostly pertaining to seasonal vegetables. Gaby’s mother and I have never actually spoken. Gaby translates her mother’s […]