Eat to Soothe Anxiety

Foods can be a powerful healing modality.  Especially when it comes to mood problems.  90% of the serotonin in our bodies, the “feel-good” hormone, is produced in our gut.  The foods that we nourish the microbiome in our gut with can directly impact these serotonin levels. Carbohydrates boost serotonin levels.  Donuts, candy bars, fruit, brown…

Valentine’s Day Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Nothing says, “I love you and your heart” for Valentine’s Day like avocado.  But can it be turned into something as luscious as velvety chocolate pudding?  Yes!  And you won’t even taste the vegetable! When combined with heart-healthy cacao, a natural sweetener like maple syrup and a splash of vanilla and almond milk, it transforms…

Vegetable Stir Fry With Spicy Peanut Sauce Over Rice Noodles

Comfort food on a cold day.  This spicy peanut sauce wakes up an ordinary plate of miscellaneous veggies and plain rice noodles.  It’s not uncomfortably hot, but it does a pleasant job of warming your lips and opening your airways. Use whatever vegetables you have hanging around in your refrigerator.  Here, I used green cabbage,…

Butternut and Lentil Mac n’ Cheese

My kids were excited to try this lentil pasta with a “cheesy” butternut squash-based sauce.  I think it was the bright orange color that made them think that maybe this was going to be like the boxed Mac and Cheese.  What I think is great  is that the recipe is actually dairy-free, gluten-free, incredibly high…

Vegetable Pasta Puttanesca

This thick, spicy sauce is hearty enough that it really makes raw zucchini noodles transform into something more substantial.  This is a nice alternative to starchy traditional noodles, and I love the saltiness of the capers and kalamata olives in the sauce.  It totally negates any need to add sweetener to the tomatoes. I start…

Mediterranean Vegetable Bake

This is winter comfort food to me.  This delicious veggie bake has  all the rich taste of lasagna, packed with lycopene from the cooked tomatoes, and antioxidants from the purple eggplant.  It is great re-heated for meals throughout the week. I start with a variety of vegetable easily found in grocery stores, even in the…

Why You Need More Chocolate (Cacao) In Your Life

Chocolate – or, more accurately Theobroma cacao, was the ancient Mayan feel-good food.  It was revered by the Mayans, and for good reason.  Cacao has the ability to help raise serotonin levels, your feel good hormones, aiding the the relief of anxiety and depression.  It also improves circulation, boosts cognitive performance and increases your energy…

Green Kale Lemonade

A green kale-based smoothie that is so easy to drink.  Sweet, tart and ultimately refreshing.  It is a brightening wake-up to any morning. A handful of baby kale, half of a cucumber, lemon juice and a sweet crisp variety of apple come together easily into a simple, healthy drink. Add more lemon juice for a…

Apple Pie Smoothie

A delicious smoothie containing fruit, nuts and spices.  Start with beautiful, creamy raw cashews.  These little nuts are so great in smoothies for adding texture, thickness and great flavor. It is worth taking the time to soak the dates and cashews, as this is what gives the smoothie the “pie crust” flavor and creaminess. Then…

The Diet that Will Work for You

It’s the new year and a time to think of changes we might want to make in our lives for the year ahead.  Many people consider diets at this time, and there are a lot of popular diets out there right now.  We even name them!  And there are a lot of people testifying to…