What’s Worse Than Sugar?

Answer: fake sugar.  It may be tempting to believe that we can drop actual sugars from out diet and still indulge in constant sweetness in the form of miraculous artificial sweetener.  However, there are several reasons why these may be more harmful to our bodies than sugar itself. Your body can’t tell the difference.  When…

Peanut and Sweet Potato Soup

Dairy-free, grain-free and vegan, this creamy, warming soup is a cinch to throw together.  Peanut butter and coconut milk deliver healthy, filling fats.  The sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbs, vitamin A and antioxidants.  A bell pepper and sauteed onion add sweetness.                    …

Miso and Matcha Noodle Salad

This is a gluten-free, Asian-inspired salad with plenty of vegetables to usher in the late Spring season.  Superfood matcha boosts the power of this dish while miso adds beneficial probiotics.  Ginger aids digestion.  Simple and delicious, this noodle salad comes together quickly. I use a spiralizer to make noodles of zucchini and carrots.  I toss…

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…

Morning Energy Smoothie – Sugar Free, Paleo, Vegan and Keto

It’s got coffee, cacao, protein and a whole lot of healthy fat.  What it doesn’t have is sugar.  But that doesn’t stop it from satisfying and powering up your morning routine.  The combination of fat and caffeine gets your engine going without the jittery feeling that sugar can give you when you add it to…

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…