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turnips from the Farmer's Market

Turnips are Sexy

I don’t think I’d ever had turnips until a few weeks ago, when inspired by Vivian Howard’s fabulous cookbook Deep Run Roots I picked up some baby turnips at the farmer’s market. They were unbelievably delicious and really easy to cook. Every week since I’ve picked up bunches of the little gems and they are […]

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Added Sugars: 37% Come from Soda

Avoiding added sugars is the fastest way to reduce inflammation, pain, and keep our body the size we want it to be. Its simple, but its not always easy. Sugar tastes good! Because sugar is a flavor everyone likes, its added to most processed foods. The consequence is we now are used to eating really […]

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Woman holding bowl of delicious chili

Skillet Chili is Quick, Easy and Delicious

When the days turn cold chili is a comforting meal, like a warm hug in a bowl. Unfortunately my desire for a bowl of chili doesn’t always come with the ability to start cooking hours before dinner. Sometimes I want chili and I want it quick.   This recipe takes 30 minutes from the time […]

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picture of ripe strawberries

The First New Habit of 2018 – Fruit!

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a fantastic start to your 2018.   One of the best strategies to make resolutions actually happen is to break them into manageable pieces, and work on those one at a time. Once one is done, move on to the next. By the […]

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beautiful salad with beets

Quick, Easy, Delicious Holiday Salads

A beautiful holiday salad is so easy to put together and makes a meal feel really special. Its something healthy that everyone actually wants to eat! Those trying to eat well will appreciate your effort, and those who don’t care will eat something healthy without fussing about it. The key to a festive, enticing holiday […]

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lunch spot in Greece

The Perfect Lunch

The perfect lunch would be served to me on a patio of a beach resort on Santorini. Sunny skies, ocean breeze, fabulous food and plenty of time to relax and enjoy it. That’s not happening for me today, and possibly not for you either. What to have for lunch when you have to make it […]

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The Perfect Breakfast

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect breakfast. Eating a good breakfast makes it much easier to keep making good choices throughout the day. If I eat an unhealthy breakfast I start the day already behind. We only have so much willpower each day, and use it up as the day progresses. If a […]

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Little girl picking apples

New Snacks Taste Test, Part 1

School and football season have started, and that means snacks! Snacks are so appealing – they are tasty, fun, and take no work to prepare. I am always on the lookout for a snack that gives me all that without the excess fat, sugar and salt.  A snack should make me feel better, not worse. […]

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avocados and oil

Which new oils are best

You have some new choices in the oil aisle of the grocery store, and some of them are definitely better and healthier than others. The good news is that there are some delicious oils now available (forget that old vegetable oil!) and they are healthy too. Here’s the scoop: Avocado Oil This is the new […]

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bowl of cooked rice

Arsenic in Rice

For several years now the FDA has known that levels of arsenic in rice are much higher than is healthy. They just don’t know what to do about it. Arsenic is a Class 1 Carcinogen, meaning it is a cancer promoter. Its on the same level as cigarette smoking, asbestos, and formaldehyde.  Arsenic also contributes […]

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