16 Super Foods and A Greek Physician Help Kick-off National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition month. It seems fitting to have my first blog post of the month explore the famous quote by Greek Physician Hippocrates who said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.  There are troves of studies that show science-based connections between the food we eat and the improvement of our health….

Heart Health Tip#4: Chill Out & Re-set Sundays!

As we close out heart health month, our topic is one we may or may not associate with heart disease and that is STRESS. A giant bundle of nerves surrounds our arteries and controls their ability to expand and relax as needed in order to keep blood flowing within the body. When we get stressed…

Heart Health Tip #3: Keep Potassium Up and Sodium Down

In order for our arterial cells to function properly, biochemical balance must be achieved. In order for our blood pressure to remain at proper levels, our sodium can’t be too high and our potassium can’t be too low. When the balance is out of whack, our blood pressure can get out of whack too. Most of us…

Heart Health Tip #2: Eat More Plants

Happy Valentine’s Day! Before you assume this post will be about the virtues of becoming a vegetarian and ditching all meat, hold on. I’m not a vegetarian, however, I have drastically increased the amounts of vegetables and plant-based foods that I am consuming  compared to foods that come from animals. My cardiovascular system appreciates it and…

Heart Health Tip #1:Eat the Right Fats & A Recipe

When it comes to heart health, eating the RIGHT fats are important. Some say it’s actually more important to focus on eating the right type of fat than worrying about the amount of fat. Like a high-end luxury automobile, we need to put the right kind of fuel and oils into our bodies to maximize…

The Dangers of Hydrogenated Oils

I wanted to do a quick post on Hydrogenated Oils. You will see this additive listed on foods as “Partially hydrogenated oil”, “Hydrogenated Oil”, and other derivatives of this name. These are “trans fats” which are man-made synthetic fats to give longer shelf-life to food. It is linked to cancer, MS, cardio vascular disease, diabetes,…

A KLD Favorite Recipe: Homemade Hummus

When it comes to snacking and appetizers, homemade hummus can’t be beat! It’s easy, healthy, inexpensive and well, just totally yummy! I will be serving this at my Class this evening. As an appetizer, try placing dipping veggies in individual cups, bowls or shallow jars then place a large spoonful of hummus in the middle-…

The Calm Before the Storm

In New England, we are bracing for a big snow storm. It’s a ritual we do multiple times each season. We panic and hoard shovels, salt and even food. But these gulls just go on as if nothing bothers them. They are about to go through turmoil but they keep on with their regular routine….

Unpacking Your Luggage; How Do You Reset?

There are two times during the year when I consciously take stock of the time that has passed. The first is at the end of the summer, right before Fall and the second is around New Year’s Day. Both of these times offer me an opportunity to reflect, be grateful, mourn, remember, analyze, plan, refresh…

Mini Crustless Quiche

I love making these at holiday time. They’re quick, healthy and making them mini size makes them less of a commitment and easier to portion out. I use the below recipe as a base and play with the ingredients. If you use mini muffin tins this recipe will make 3 dozen or so. These are…

5 -Tips for Enjoying The Humble Egg and Recipe

Let’s talk about eggs. I call them “power pods” because they are compact, easy and packed with protein–6 grams, tons of nutrients like B12, Vitamin E, folic acid, calcium and zinc and only 75 calories. Great bang for the buck too as they are inexpensive and easy to cook. The egg white, next to whey,…

Queen 16 Spotlight: Wild Pacific Salmon & Recipe

There are 16 Superfoods- foods that have proven health benefits. I nicknamed them the “Queen 16” because I feel like royalty eating them! Today’s spotlight is on salmon. Salmon offers us the incredible health benefit of Omega-3, primarily DHA, fatty acids. In addition to being an important part of our brain-cell membrane, it also makes…