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How to effortlessly feed your whole family with one adaptable dish

The Key to feeding the entire happy healthy family is one adaptable dish. Making sure your whole family gets fed and fed, healthy food, can seem an overwhelming task. Especially 7 nights a week! It doesn’t have to be. An adaptable dish can save hours of frustration and turn even your carniverous or pickiest eaters into vegetable converts. It’s become SO common these days to have a houseful of different eaters—gluten-free, vegan, a dedicated carnivore and an athlete all under […]

Food Is Not Love

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been through the experience of eating her (or his) feelingsor perhaps the opposite; starving them.
As children, we celebrate wins with ice cream and soothe cuts and bruises with cupcakes and hot cocoa. It makes perfect sense that as adults we would comfort our discomfort with chocolate or soothe relationship woes with peanut butter cookies (gluten-free, of course).

Five other dark leafy greens you could be eating besides kale.

I love kale as much as the next veggie god or goddess, but honestly, how much kale, kale chips, and kale juice can we squeeze into a day? Rotating dark leafy greens does wonders for the body and the mind. There is a world of leaves out there to discover and our bodies LOVE the variation. The beauty of dark leafy greens is that the darker the leaf, the more nutritious it is—and the best part about them is that […]

Why you should embrace the sandwich

I think it had been a good solid 10 years since I had a sandwich. Ironically, when I was growing up, my mother sent me off to school every morning with a sandwich for lunch. I loved it. Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread. I stopped eating the sandwich in the late 90’s when an iridologist  told me that I should avoid wheat and dairy due to intolerance. It seemed a natural progression to eliminate the sandwich and […]

Why you need to eat at home more than once a week

and how easy it is.   Everyone needs to know how to cook something. Anything. At least ONE thing. Why? Because that ONE meal could save your life. I know this sounds dramatic,  but it’s actually very true.   When you can cook something and eat at home, You will be excited to share it. When you are excited to share it . . . you will! You will sit at your table, eat at home with others, and that […]

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?! […]

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 […]

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 […]

Avocados And Toast

I seriously think that one hasn’t truly experienced an avocado unless it’s been eaten fresh off the tree in Byron Bay, Australia. Growing up in the Midwest, guacamole at “Mexican” restaurants was essentially the only avocado we ate. Occasional holidays in Mexico or Florida offered different tastes of the green fruit, but it wasn’t until I lived in Byron Bay that my taste buds got awakened to something completely different from anything I’d ever tasted before.

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Living a Total Re-Set

The Icy Lacuma-Cacao Smoothie - perfectly light and sweet satisfying snack!

Icy Lacuma-Cacao Smoothie. I often get asked what it is I do. It’s a good question in that I do a lot of things. I make people healthy and I do this in many ways. One of the ways that I do this is I create custom programs for my clients with menus and recipes. Sometimes I go on-site, spend some time with my client and cook the meals and literally make the program come to life. I love this […]