New Year’s Foods from Around the World

Around the world, people eat certain foods that are thought to symbolize luck in the new year. Check out the fun list of celebratory and nutritious foods below… Noodles In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year’s Day in order to bring a long life. One catch: You can’t break the noodle […]

Fresh Pomegranate Martini

Although I do not typically advocate hard alcohol consumption, there are (only a few) exceptions!  This cocktail is super tasty, especially for special occasions and celebrations, but you simply cannot skimp on the fresh juice…do NOT purchase commerically-produced juice…go for the real deal here.  You won’t be sorry! INGREDIENTS: 1 oz vodka (or naturally-flavored citrus […]

Red Lentil Soup

Red lentils lose their beautiful color during cooking which is compensated by the addition of carrots and tomato paste. INGREDIENTS: 2 cups red lentils 3-4 carrots, chopped 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 onions, chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup of chopped parsley Lemon wedges Sea Salt SOUP […]

Cabbage with Ginger and Cumin Dressing

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 head green cabbage, thinly sliced 1/2 head raddichio, thinly sliced 3-4 carrots, shredded 1 handful of arugula, thinly sliced 1 handful mixed herbs, thinly sliced, mint, basil, parsley, chives, and/or cilantro 1/2 cup pomegranante seeds or dried cranberries 1/2 cup chopped pistachiosginger-cumin dressing (recipe follows) DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss […]

Soba Noodles With Shrimp and Snow Peas

INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup(s) organic or natural peanut butter 2 teaspoon(s) peeled grated fresh ginger 2 tablespoon(s) gluten-free, non-MSG low-sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon(s) distilled white vinegar 1 teaspoon(s) Asian sesame oil 1/2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper sauce  dash Sea Salt 1 package(s) (8 ounces) soba noodles, (100% buckwheat) 1 1/2 bags shredded carrots 1 pound(s) large shrimp, shelled and deveined, with tail part of shell left on if you like 4 ounce(s) snow peas, strings […]

3 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

Looking to make a few positive changes for the new year? Well, here are a couple of suggestions which will not only bring positive change for the new year to come, but for a lifetime! Stop drinking soda: Did you know that Americans spend over $66 billion a year on soda and other sugary carbonated […]

Juicing vs. Blending…which is better?

As we continue on our nutritional journey, we know that consuming as many raw vegetables and fruits as possible is key to optimum health.  Juicing has become a very popular means of eating raw veggies and fruits, however, so has blending.  What’s the difference?  Juicing removes the fibrous parts of the plant (peeling, seeds, pulp, […]

Detox with Food

As 2012 rolls around, many of us are looking to detox from the Christmas overload of sugar, fat, alcohol, etc. Well, forget the pills, colonics and magical potions! You don’t need to invest in obscure ingredients, and you certainly don’t need to suffer by starving yourself or going on a juice cleanse. You can give […]

Everyday Salad Dressing

If you’re looking for a super healthy, yet basic, salad dressing recipe check out this one found at www.spectrumorganics.com.  Flax seed oil has a very mild flavor and is delicious in salad dressings, not to mention that it provides a healthy dose of Omega-3 Fatty Acids! INGREDIENTS: 8 ounces Organic Olive Oil 4 ounces Flax […]

Crush Bad Cravings for Good

There are a number of dietary theories out there regarding food cravings and why we get them. For some, it is a matter of addiction. Yes, we can become addicted to certain food types, particularly those laden with sugar, bad fats and preservatives/chemicals which perpetuate addictive eating behaviors, such as MSG. For others, food cravings […]