Eating Rainbow

This past weekend I attended a spectacular cooking class centered around nutrition.  I know what you are thinking, “healthy food CANNOT be tasty food” but I am here to tell you, “healthy food CAN BE tasty food.”  The fair was fantastic, including but not limited to, turkey meatballs, gluten free macaroni and cheese, chocolate brownie balls and much more.  An overarching theme of the class is to eat with balanced nutrition and your health in mind.  The Nutrition Rainbow below demonstrates how the color of food is linked to specific health benefits.

Avoiding Hyper-Inflammation

There has been a lot of talk of inflammation lately. According to Dr. Aaron Wiegand, a Phoenix area chiropractor, controlling inflammation is like adjusting the water temperature in your shower.  There are cold water foods and hot water foods used to reduce inflammation and it is all about the right combination.  Having a history of […]

Meals On (and Off) Wheels

It’s Tuesday, that means it is Meals On Wheels day.  Meals On Wheels is a non-profit organization that provides meal delivery to homebound individuals.  They need volunteers willing to donate their time and car.  The car part is not mandatory to volunteer, as you deliver with a partner, so you can be the co-pilot.  I choose to donate my time and petrol to this organization because I rarely drive my car and what better reason to get behind the wheel than to deliver food to those that have no other easy means of obtaining it?

Getting Started As A Moderate Couponer

I can tell by looking at my homemade Excel spreadsheet budget each month that my grocery bill is not going down anytime soon.  I realize that eating organic will not lower my grocery bill, but I feel the benefits outweigh the cost.  The solution has been in front of me for years growing up in a couponing household.  While I wouldn’t call my mom an “Extreme Couponer” by TLC standards, she always had a stack of coupons at the checkout, making the cash register ring while the grand total decended.

Cilantro, an Inner Body Experience

The more I learn about cilantro (also known as coriander), the more that I want to spread the word of this flavorful and powerful herb.  You can grow-it-yourself or buy-a-bunch for as little as a buck at farmers markets or grocery stores, organic preferred.  If a bunch is too much, share with friends or neighbors.  So what is so great about cilantro?

Health Benefits of Cilantro:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory, arthritis fighter that can help to reduce minor swelling
  • Boosts immune system
  • Promotes healthy liver function
  • Cholesterol changer, increases HDL, the good one and reduces LDL, the evil one
  • Detoxifies the body of heavy metals
  • Aids in digestion
  • Helps to lower blood sugar
  • Protects against infection from salmonella bacteria

Rawtastic

Last night, I prepared and served my first home-made raw meal and it was quite a feast.  On the raw menu, red leaf mixed salad, warm creamy mushroom soup and mixed veggie wraps with hummus.  I mention the hummus because it required sprouting, which is now a part of my routine and it is so easy.  For you parents out there, kids would love the instant gratification of the quick growing.