Low-sugar, Gluten-free Banana Bread

Letting the sweetness come from truly overripe bananas reduces the need for added sugar.  Cinnamon and nutmeg are warming spices that further add a subtle sweetness. Generally, I don’t include eggs very often in my baking, but in this bread they really add structure.  I use coconut oil instead of butter or inflammation-causing vegetable (soy…

Herbal Socca with Pesto, Mushroom and Tomato

Delicious for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a quick snack!  This protein filled socca is loaded with whatever green herbs you have on hand…parsley, basil, cilantro, oregano…and then quickly fried in olive oil and topped with whatever you fancy.  So easy and so satisfying.  Get creative! Herbal Socca with Pesto, Mushroom and Tomato 1/2 c. chickpea flour…

Grain-free, Sugar-free Apple Spice Muffins

It’s only mid-August but I’m already starting to think about apples, pumpkins and the wonderful spices associated with fall weather.   It’s such a comforting combination; harvest fresh fruit and the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg.  I love that treats like this can be delicious and healthy! These delicious little apple muffins are packed with protein…

The Anti-Diet

Diet ideas are everywhere, and many of them are loaded with rules of what to eat, what to avoid, when to eat and how to eat.  It’s all about control and willpower, and it’s damaging to your intuitive inner wisdom.  Here is yet another diet idea: the anti-diet. Add Instead of Restrict.  Instead of focusing…

Fully Loaded, Plant-Based Nachos

Delicious, plant-based, fully loaded nachos with a “cheese” sauce that my husband, who is definitely not vegetarian, prefers over real cheese!  These are just a nice, light, fiber and antioxidant-packed alternative to traditional nachos. The sauce is really what makes these so special.  It is a cashew-based sauce with smoked paprika and chili powder to…

Each Of Us Has Our Own Path

There is no one way of eating, thinking or being that works for everyone.  We are all unique individuals.  We all have our own special genetic makeup, our own way to responding to things. A recent study followed sets of twins and fed them identical diets. The researchers fond that the twins’ bodies responded differently…

Before You Keto

I should start with full disclosure: I am personally not a fan of the ketogenic diet.  Because it is a mode of starvation, when your body it in a state of ketosis it desperately uses fat stores to avoid eating away at protein in muscles and organs. But when the body doesn’t have enough resources…

The Messages Behind PMS

PMS can be such a debilitating condition for so many women.  The symptoms can range from headaches, nausea, cramps, bloating, skin break-outs and digestive issues to crying jags, anxiety, depression, irritability and rage.  While modern medicine tends to look at symptoms as physical things leading to a physical cause, PMS is largely a sign that…

Stress Less + Giveaway!

Stress contributes to premature aging, every disease known to man and is just plain…well, stressful.  Becoming conscious about your stress levels, your triggers, and making changes to lessen stress in your life will improve your health in all areas.  Here are 5 suggestions to reduce the stress in your life: 1.) Say “no” to things…

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…