Ideas for a Healthy Lunch Box (gluten free and nut free)

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Consistently, one of the most popular questions I get from my readers, friends and family is “What to pack for a healthy nutritious lunch?” It doesn’t matter whether it’s for a child or for an adult. Once we run out … Continue reading

Quick Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Choices

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One of the most popular questions that I get asked by friends, family and readers is what to have for breakfast that is quick to make and healthy. Plus some variety in breakfast is needed. Eating the same thing can … Continue reading

Protein: Add Some Muscle to Your Food!

What exactly are proteins?

A big misconception is that consuming protein is mostly important for athletes or people who work out a lot. That is simply not true. Protein is an essential component of our diet, and, is in fact critical for our health.  It is even called a macronutrient like carbohydrates and fats, since all three of these are required in large quantities by the body (unlike vitamins and minerals – micronutrients that are required in smaller quantities). In our bodies, all of our cells, tissues, skin, muscles, blood, bones and organs are mainly comprised of proteins. Even enzymes, hormones and other chemicals are made up of proteins (Osterweil).

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Dietary Fiber: The Fabric of our Healthy Diet

Most people are pretty familiar with the correlation between fiber and regularity. These days if you watch TV for even a little while, you will notice how we are inundated with ads for medications related to maintaining regularity and good stomach health. But rather than go down that path, we should understand why fiber is crucial to our general health and that we need to make sure that we eat enough of it on a daily basis.  Continue reading

Quinoa – Super food of the Incas

About a year ago, I started hearing about a grain called Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah). I even read a few articles about it in the magazines and on the Internet; furthermore, I saw it while watching Food TV – one of my favorite decadent pastimes 🙂  It definitely piqued my interest, but I was still hesitant to buy it. Then, I finally got to try it at one of the sampling sessions at Trader Joe’s. I wasn’t particularly impressed since it was quite bland. But I realized that this was an issue with the recipe and not the quinoa itself, which had a quite nutty flavor and was a bit chewy but “not bad.” It was well worth being creatively experimental with it! And boy did I experiment 🙂  Continue reading

Flax – The Wonder Seed

Something that I’ve been using quite frequently in my recipes that is becoming increasingly popular is flax seed. When I first discovered it, I was amazed to find that it was not only simple to add to multiple recipes, but that it also had a myriad of nutritional benefits much beyond what I had initially expected. However, before sharing some of my favorite recipes, I’d like to briefly explain why people are beginning to call flax seed the ‘wonder seed.’  Continue reading