Last year, when I was in the jungle of Peru, I ate quinoa soup every day. Twice a day. As a vegetarian, quinoa soup was one of the only meat-free options available. And, I have to admit, I wasn't always excited about it. The outside temperatures were high, I was already hot and sweaty; the last thing I wanted was a bowl of hot soup. Despite this, the soup was delicious and filling; I was never hungry and it was packed full of local goodies (quinoa is a grain native to Peru!)Read More
Who doesn't love a good risotto? Creamy and delicious arborio rice paired with assorted vegetables always makes risotto a winner in my house. Except most risottos are made with a raft of heavy ingredients - butter, cheeses, and wine. I love this vegan version, packed full of veggies but still with the signature creaminess of a traditional risotto. Get your arm ready.Read More
In China, Chrysanthemum tea is a popular summertime drink because it is refreshing, cooling, and naturally caffeine free. Chrysanthemum is especially good for the skin; it helps to reduce acne, arrest headaches, and can even help with tooth or jaw pain! Check out all of the benefits for this great tea plus learn how you can brew up a cup for yourself!Read More
I love anything French lavender - essential oil, body care, even food! This recipe for lavender lemonade is perfect for when the temperature starts to climb. In Chinese nutrition, lemons are cooling, harmonizing, thirst-relieving and promote fluids. Add in relaxing and calming French lavender and you have a perfect summer drink!Read More
Sometimes, I just want spicy tacos. This spicy shrimp taco recipe comes in handy because it is so versatile - fish can be swapped for shrimp, you can pick your toppings, and it can even be made vegetarian! This taco recipe is paleo, gluten free, and dairy free and it sure to be your next favorite recipe.Read More
You need pay attention to Swiss Chard - it’s nutritious, low in calories, mild in flavor, and quick and easy to prepare. This veggie deserves a place on your dinner table and in your lunch box and this guide will teach you easy swiss chard recipes for your dinner tonight.Read More
Spring is in swing! The days are getting longer (and warmer) but the evenings are still chilly - the perfect time of year for warm, nourishing dinners full of vegetables and greens. I love this recipe for baked eggs inside of acorn squash - it reminds me of childhood 'egg in a hole' breakfasts, but a much healthier version! These babies are easy to make, look beautiful on the dinner table, and they are delicious! PS- no need to restrict this dish to dinner; baked eggs and acorn squash also make a great addition to brunch and save well for the next day.Read More
Recently, I've had several inquiries about intermittent fasting. To help us all understand this idea better, I invited my friend and wellness colleague Melanie Hardy share her expertise on the subject. Melanie is a multi-talented powerhouse; certified nutritionist, published author, wellness coach, and lawyer! Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of intermittent fasting and how to incorporate it into your life.Read More
I get it - mayonnaise isn’t exactly considered a ‘health food.’ But with the proliferation of paleo and whole-30 type diets, things are definitely starting to change. Nothing new for mayo; this often-misunderstood condiment used to be a kitchen staple and was always homemade. While it’s a simple formula of eggs, oil, and lemon juice (see my easy recipe HERE) – pretty innocent foods, depending on the source – it is a high-fat food. One tablespoon contains around 10 grams of fat.
The good news? As mentioned previously, I recommend that you make mayonnaise at home – with avocado oil, olive oil, or even bacon grease – you can make those 10 grams of fat count by making sure they are ‘good’ fats.
So, now that I’ve convinced you about the virtues of making your own mayo, what to do with all of that homemade goodness? Here are some ideas..Read More