The Illustrious Avocado

Why are avocados all the rage? They’re versatile, they’ve got natural flavor and they’ve got a creamy texture going for them. Health-wise, avocados also check a lot of boxes: nutrient-dense, fiber-rich and full of healthy fats. Plus, they’re satiating. Alright, so avocados have got quite the reputation. The fruit has risen to “trendy” levels inContinue reading “The Illustrious Avocado”

The Skinny on Protein Bars

Protein bars fill the need for a quick, easy, on-the-go snack, post-workout refueling or even meal replacement. However, they’re not all made equal – and how most of them are made leaves a lot of room for improvement.  (So much room for improvement, that making your own protein bars can be way healthier – moreContinue reading “The Skinny on Protein Bars”

Understanding Your Iron Status

“Iron deficiency is one of the leading contributors to the global burden of disease”, noted the authors of a review published in the Lancet.  Indeed.  While iron deficiency can occur with and without anemia, it is not unusual to see a patient with an abnormal or suboptimal iron panel. (Suboptimal iron is very low ironContinue reading “Understanding Your Iron Status”

These Are a Few of My Favorite (Local) Things…

House Made Bone Broth, from Grass and Bone Beef or chicken, warming + nutritive.  Ginger Immunity Elixir, from Karma Kitchen Hot or cold – try warm in the winter. Matcha Latte, from Sift Powdered green tea + choice of milk, hot or iced – plain for matcha fans only. House Made Soup, from Mystic SaladContinue reading “These Are a Few of My Favorite (Local) Things…”

Keep Yourself Well This Season

One of the most frequent questions I hear, especially this season, is “how can I keep myself healthy?” One of the best things you can do to keep yourself well is support your physiological function to be optimal. How? The basics are actually very simple. Below are some highlights – keep in mind that YOUContinue reading “Keep Yourself Well This Season”

Easy Honey-Toasted Pecans

I made these on a whim this week and ended up eating almost half the batch in one sitting. You can definitely make a bigger batch, just increase the ingredients proportionately. This gave me a new use for an old tea tin! Also, careful not to eat until they cool – I started to takeContinue reading “Easy Honey-Toasted Pecans”

Stay Healthy Today: 5 Health Hacks for Back-to-School Season

Hydrate ~ So simple, it still warrants mention because this perennial advice is ignored by so many. ~ Sip water throughout the day – keep a water bottle with you and sip a few times hourly. A good general role is 64 ounces for an adult, 32 ounces for a child (count non-caffeinated drinks towardsContinue reading “Stay Healthy Today: 5 Health Hacks for Back-to-School Season”

Cool Down with this Dreamy Dragon Drink (and it’s pink!)

There’s nothing like a cool drink on a hot summer day. Refreshing, satisfying and healthy to boot, this smoothie blends up easily. Although I’m called it Dragon Drink because of the dragon fruit that has been popping up in some local stores lately, it also makes me think of a unicorn: bright, sparkly and unique.Continue reading “Cool Down with this Dreamy Dragon Drink (and it’s pink!)”

Brazil Nuts: Chock Full of Goodness

These larger nuts are a great snack or addition to a dish, even if they are a little less familiar. Some basic info on Brazil nuts: Found in South American rainforests Taste mild and a little creamy Great source of selenium, an important mineral Less common = may be less commonly allergenic They’re large, soContinue reading “Brazil Nuts: Chock Full of Goodness”