Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Pina Colada Overnight Oats

Have you ever noticed just how much the sense of smell is linked to memory?  Cinnamon and nutmeg take you right to Thanksgiving, pine transports you right to the day you put up your Christmas tree, and for me freshly mowed grass is Saturday morning in the summer.  Sometimes in the winter when I need a little “mind vacation” I might or might not have been known to sniff sunscreen.  Coppertone especially takes me way back to my teens, and Banana Boat just takes me any place warm.  I know, I’m weird like that.  Continue Reading..

Heart Smart Bean and Barley Vegetable Soup

You know that expression “it’s a heart attack on a plate”?  Maybe it’s not a real expression, but I always say it to describe something that is full of fat other delicious things that will clog your arteries and kill you sooner rather than later.   Well this soup recipe that I’m sharing today is kind of the complete opposite.  It’s like “a heart protector in a bowl”.

I have three favorite cholesterol lowering foods – oats, beans and barley.  Sure, there are other good things to eat for heart health, but that trio contains some of the highest sources of soluble fiber, which is the kind that lowers your cholesterol.  Soluble fiber is also great for reducing your appetite because it fills you up for longer, and slows down your digestion a bit, and it helps keep your blood sugar more stable. Continue Reading..

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