What's For Dessert: Banana Carob Pudding!

A great source of healthy fats and omega-3s.
It’s summer. I am melting at the beach as I write this, the waves crashing against the shore, the sand heavy and compact beneath my toes. Though I try and limit sweets these days to fruit, sometimes I want something cool and creamy. Banana carob pudding to the rescue. Carob is a great way to... Read more »

Snack on This: Creamy Coconut Rice!

Coconuts have gotten a bad rap over the years. However, the fats found in coconut oil are not stored as fat and can be great in place of other oils when cooking. Coconut milk and shredded coconut give this easy recipe a flavorful kick and supply the body with plenty of quick energy. Grab just... Read more »

Get Instant Energy With Chickpeas And Red Pepper!

Like Christmas in a bowl, this healthy mixture is perfect for lunch!
Chickpeas are one of the best sources of folate (helps red cell production and carries oxygen to the muscles) and iron. However, iron is best absorbed with vitamin C, which is what makes this chickpea and red pepper combo so powerful. Red peppers carry over 300% of your daily requirement for vitamin C, which is... Read more »

Crushing It: Chiquita Honors 25 Influential Women In Chicago!

Another great "add on" to shakes for those healthy fats!
Today, 25 women who are “crushing it” in their careers attended Province for a celebratory breakfast hosted by Chiquita. The list, compiled by Korey Karnes Huyler (of CS Magazine), supported a broad range of women in fascinating careers. The most exciting part? I was among the women chosen! Tanios Viviani, the President of Chiquita was... Read more »

Do Your Kids Eat Fast Food? Might As Well Hand Them Cigarettes and Whiskey!

Treat fruit as dessert. Naturally sweet, completely satisfying, make it a rule in your house.
It’s a finicky thing – being a parent. Choosing what your child eats, when they eat it, and how often they eat it. Kids have food allergies. Kids don’t like vegetables. Kids beg for chicken nuggets. Kids don’t go outside. Kids play video games. Kids throw temper tantrums and become obese and unhealthy. Kids eat... Read more »

Oven Baked Fries With Garlic and Parsley Topping!

Americans love french fries. Being called a french fry all through childhood (as my last name is pronounced “fry”), I became acquainted with the greasy, salty deep fried sticks early in life. As I grew older, I liked them less and less, though I have always been a big fan of the potato.  If you... Read more »

Take The 28-Day Whole Foods Challenge!

Last night, I attended the 28-day Whole Foods challenge, where animal eaters will take the plunge into the wild foray of plants. Milk will give way to little nuts and seeds that have been ground into liquid nondairy milk. Sugar will be present only in fruit. Images of pizza and hamburgers and french fries are... Read more »

What's For Dinner: Cauliflower Steaks With Cauliflower Puree!

Who says cauliflower has to be boring? If you don’t like veggies, you are in luck. These easy, tasty cauliflower “steaks” are infused with simple, savory flavor. With just a few ingredients (and a little patience), there’s a huge payoff. Pair with a hearty grain or a big salad, and you will be full for... Read more »

Cinco De Mayo: Burritos And Beers, Oh My!

I love burritos. Breakfast burritos, lunch burritos, burritos for dinner… If there were a dessert burrito, I would eat that too. (That might be my next recipe.) But eating burritos can set you back a whopping 600-1000 calories, thousands of milligrams of salt and overly processed ingredients that leave you overly full and sluggish for... Read more »

What's For Dinner: 10- Minute Tempeh Stir-Fry

Though I am not a big proponent of soy products mimicking meat, I happen to enjoy the nutty, grainy flavor of tempeh. Made with organic soybeans and wild rice, Lightlife’s wild rice tempeh gives the perfect texture to a stir-fry. Packed with 11 grams of fiber per serving and 21 grams of protein, this is... Read more »