How to Lower the Sugar Impact of Your Smoothie

Smoothies are fun and convenient to make and drink.  They make a great breakfast you can take on the run, and you can add almost any assortment of ingredients to them.  Many smoothie recipes incorporate a lot of fruit, because fruit sweetens the drink, adds great flavor, and contains vitamins and minerals. However, fruit can…

Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Southwest Salad

A warming, southwestern style dish with plenty of plant-based protein.  Carrots add natural sweetness, quinoa and black beans deliver amino acids and lime adds zing! Start with cooked quinoa. Add some black beans.  Canned (and rinsed) is fine. Roast a few carrots with chopped garlic. Fold the carrots and garlic into the quinoa/black bean mixture. …

Fresh Veggie Hummus Bowl

A tasty, Mediterranean-inspired bowl that allows to you get as creative as you want with whatever veggies you happen to have.  A squeeze of fresh lemon and a drizzle of olive oil over the top brings everything together and makes your heart happy! Start with a generous smear of store-bought hummus. Dress that with a…

Getting Dirty

We aren’t getting dirty enough anymore.  In years past, humans spent greater amounts of time outdoors, in contact with nature, literally getting dirt on our hands and in our mouths.  Getting so dirty exposed us to soil-based organisms, the original probiotics, the invisible good guys that stimulate our immune systems, populate our guts, aid in…

Vegan Breakfast Omelette

A beautiful, veggie-filled chickpea omelette with beautiful presentation adorned with fresh chopped herbs and sliced avocado.  You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy this!  The omelette is crispy on the outside, soft and creamy in the center.  Protein-packed, rich in phyto-nutrients, this is a plant-based power breakfast. Vegan Breakfast Omelette 1/2 c. chickpea…

Unraveling the Web of Stress

Discovering the roots of the stress we experience in our lives can  help us to better understand how to lessen it.  Often, the things that put pressure on us or that we worry about tend to sneak in under the radar, invading our subconscious and just generally draining energy out of our day. Undetected stress…

Love Your Liver Dandy Mocha

  Your liver is such a beautiful organ, working hard daily to remove toxic substances from your bloodstream.  People love to talk about detoxifying programs or recipes, and various plants can hep us with detoxification, but it really the liver doing the hard work.  Toxins aren’t always things floating around in our environment and food…

My Sweet, Sweet Drug

I fell off the turnip wagon over the Easter Holiday.  It started with a trip to town with my husband to get goodies for Easter.  We ate out and I said what the heck and indulged in a dairy-laden, sugar-bombed coffee frappe drink.  And I guzzled it.  And then my eyes kind of did that…

Warm Kale and Sweet Potato Salad

Delightfully savory and filling with caramelized sweet potatoes, warm wilted kale and a salty-citrus dressing. Easy and quick to prepare, this salad makes a great lunch idea. Miso is full of umami flavor, and if you avoid soy, a chickpea miso is now available in most health foods stores. Lime adds brightness and a wonderful…

The Smouldering Fire Within

A silent, smouldering fire within.  Chronic inflammation can cause a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms and really affect your health.  Excess inflammation in the body can cause weight gain, low energy, mental fog, digestive issues, depression, sleep issues, anxiety and pain in the joints and tissues of the body.  When chronic inflammation goes on for…