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PLAN – to Make it Healthy

Once upon a time I was a mostly-stay-at-home mom, and “busy” meant volunteering at school, organizing the book fair, cleaning house, doing 10 loads of laundry, and carpooling.

Today, my “busy” is completely different.  My kids are grown, and I’m self-employed.  On any given day, I might juggle writing assignments for 3 different editors, give a presentation at a diabetes workshop, work with a client who wants to lower their cholesterol, or teach an intro to nutrition class to nursing students.

No matter where you are in life, it gets busy.  One thing I’ve learned, is that you have to have a plan in order to juggle it all.  You know, make a to-do list every night, so you’re ready to roll the next day.  Set alarms, and keep a schedule.  Most of us know how to do that for our appointments and commitments, but do you do that for your health? Continue Reading..

Mediterranean Farro Bowls

Is a salad the same thing as a Bowl? Or is A Bowl hot food?  Or broth-y food?  I’m pretty sure it’s not soup.

I’m not talking about the kind of bowl that you serve something in.  I’m referring to the new fast-casual food trend called “The Bowl” that’s totally having a moment.   Bowls are making the rounds at casual restaurants everywhere, led by Panera, Chipotle, and my personal new fast casual fave – Flower Child, here in Scottsdale.    I’m not really sure if there are specific rules about how to make a Bowl (i.e. hot or cold, soupy or saucy or not), but they all seem to have certain elements in common – a whole grain base, lots of vegetables, and a protein on top.  Zhuzh it up with sauce, broth, dressing, serve some of it sauted, some of it cold, all of it hot…   Continue Reading..

Why I Love Avocados in December

Almost every December I threaten to scrap all of the Christmas baking, decorating, shopping, wrapping, etc. and take a nice family vacation somewhere warm instead.  My kids are in their 20s, so this isn’t really as horrible as it sounds.  In fact, they’ve been warming to the idea ever since I talked them into having Thanksgiving in Costa Rica a few years ago.  It was heavenly, and I cooked a turkey breast for dinner when we got back.  No worries 🙂

As much as I love the thought of escaping to somewhere warm right now, it’s not going to happen again this year.  Instead, I’m stocking up on fresh Hass avocados.  I know that sounds a little bit crazy, but avocados just put me in a warm weather frame of mind.  And they’re quite a bit less expensive than airfare.

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When Life Gives You Citrus Fruits… Juice ’em!

My favorite quick tip to punch up the flavor of almost any food, is to add a splash of citrus juice.  From vegetables and salads, to fish or chicken, and even a wine spritzer or plain old water,  the clean, refreshing flavor and aroma of lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit immediately perks up almost any dish.  In my next house (where it will be warm all of the time), I will have at least one Meyer lemon tree in the back yard, so I can their enjoy the sweet/tangy flavor whenever I want.  For now, I try to buy a few lemons and limes at the grocery store most weeks, because I never know when my recipe will need a quick kick.  Citrus fruits are also especially high in vitamin C, so that’s always a nutrition bonus, and did you know that the pith (the white stuff under the peel) has antioxidant properties that can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol? Continue Reading..

10 Ways To Use Greek Yogurt

I’ve mentioned before that Greek yogurt is one of my favorite foods, and something I always have in my kitchen.  I love the tangy flavor, and the thick consistency.  I also love the fact that it’s a healthy food – low in sugar, high in protein and full of probiotics, or healthy bacteria, which help your GI tract and immune system.  It’s a food that I could (and usually do) eat every day.   Continue Reading..

The Secret To a Better Stir-Fry


Stir-Fry dishes are a great way to add more healthy vegetables into your diet, and they’re usually pretty quick and easy to make – especially if you take advantage of precut veggies at the supermarket and quick cooking chicken breast. However, if you’re usually less than thrilled with your version of “homemade Chinese food” because of tough, rubbery chicken, here’s a great tip… Continue Reading..

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