Nut-Free Trail Mix

This is a great snack, particularly if there are nut allergies/sensitivities that you have to consider.  My son enjoys taking it to preschool with him for snack.  The best part is that it is super-easy to throw together.  In  this recipes we use seeds in place of nuts.  Seeds are some of the most mineral rich… Continue reading Nut-Free Trail Mix

Orzo Primavera…in autumn!

This started out as a simple salad of arugula, fresh corn, and lemon.  But I kept finding more things to add, and added elements of a orzo pasta salad that my mom makes.  The result is a wonderfully filling, tasty,  low-fat and nutrient-packed pasta dish.  Another great thing is that it can be served cold… Continue reading Orzo Primavera…in autumn!

2010 Healthy Lifestyle Expo – An amazing experience in plant-based living!

Last weekend was the Healthy Lifestyle Expo, held in Woodland Hills and presented by vegsource.com.  It was an amazing event with the most elite and well-known professionals in the plant-based world speaking on the latest topics in plant-based nutrition.  These included, but were far from limited to Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Dr. Caldwell… Continue reading 2010 Healthy Lifestyle Expo – An amazing experience in plant-based living!

Sweeteners Part 2 – High Fructose Corn Syrup and other Sweeteners: Sorting out what is what

Sucanat, Stevia, High Fructose Corn syrup…What the heck is this stuff and should you be using it?  Welcome to part 2 of our sweeteners series!  In this post I’ll attempt to bring a little more clarity to what is really in some of the more talked about sweeteners and provide info on some of the many… Continue reading Sweeteners Part 2 – High Fructose Corn Syrup and other Sweeteners: Sorting out what is what

Sweeteners – A bittersweet love affair! Part 1

Can there really be too much of a good thing?  When it comes to added sweeteners in our food, ABSOLUTELY!   As Americans we LOVE our sugar!  In fact, Americans consume, on average, 135 pounds of sugar each year!  And most of that is hidden sugars that are added to the foods we buy, not sprinkled on top by… Continue reading Sweeteners – A bittersweet love affair! Part 1

Update for the Beans…Needs Salt!! Also a sneak peak at the next post!

Hey!  I guess we can’t always remember everything, right?!  I neglected to mention in the recipe directions for black beans that you may want to add some salt in the last 5 or so minutes of cooking.  It will really help round out the flavor.  Doesn’t need to be too much, but remember it is… Continue reading Update for the Beans…Needs Salt!! Also a sneak peak at the next post!

Black Beans and Rice

Nothing says “Latin” like rice and beans.  This is my hubby’s #1 comfort food, so we usually have cooked black beans and brown rice in the fridge for a quick, filling meal (just add veggies).  This is a great staple to keep on hand  It is inexpensive, easy, nutritious, delicious and versatile!  Eat them by themselves with a… Continue reading Black Beans and Rice