Let me tell you why I love making trail mix! The main reason? I’m always on-the-move and it is the perfect snack to make ahead and grab on the way out the door. By making it at home - you can prep a bunch and have them ready for weekday snacking or to add to your kid’s lunchbox. I also love that you can pack them full of your personal favorite superfoods or whatever you have on-hand.Read More
What does this adorable 93-year-old woman have to do with a salmon recipe? I’ll explain…
This is Leah Schein and, not only is she a Holocaust survivor, she is also a fire survivor. Barely a teenager herself at the time, she protected her two young sisters during WWII, narrowly escaping in countless circumstances. Leah and her sisters eventually made their way to a Canadian orphanage together. Then, as a young woman she went to San Francisco where she married, had a daughter and ran her own successful jewelry business (still in business and run by her daughter).Read More
This recipe was inspired by one of my clients who was recently told by his doctor that, because of high cholesterol and triglycerides, he either needed to change his diet and lifestyle or go on statins drugs. The choice was easy for this person, who immediately began making healthy changes and reached out to me.
I’m so grateful because healthy food is the gift that keeps giving. The “medicine” with only positive side effects; like more energy, an improved immune system, and less brain fog.Read More
Every Tuesday night from May through September, the Sonoma Plaza fills with a magical buzz.
And while it makes for a killer party - wine is flowing, kettle corn is popping, and live music can be heard for blocks - my favorite thing to do is scout out all the gorgeous produce, and hope that a flash of recipe inspiration will come to me!
I love watching how the bounty changes from week-to-week, as spring turns to summer, the nights are warm, and the skies give us the most light we’ll see all year.
This week’s market did not disappoint.Read More
Summer doesn’t officially start until this Friday, the 21st, but here in Sonoma it sure feels like it’s already here! (Last weekend we had a full-on heat wave for days on end!)
Right on cue, the first of the summer produce is starting to hit the grocery stores shelves and farmers market tables, and I couldn’t be happier!
I bought my first watermelon of the season a few days ago and when I got invited to an afternoon barbecue/pool party, I thought a watermelon-inspired salad would be the perfect side dish to bring.Read More
If you haven’t noticed by now, I love a dinner that can turn into lunch leftovers. And “bowls” are the perfect opportunity.
The grains and roasted veggies served warm for dinner fill your tummy, and then chill perfectly for a lunch that doesn’t have you in a 3 p.m. sleepy slump!
I also love bowls because they are so easy to make with whatever you have on hand. All you really need are three components - a grain/starch + greens/veggies + and a delicious sauce. Feel free to use my bowls as inspiration - if you don’t have olives and have a ripe avocado - go for it.Read More
Have you heard?! It’s National Burrito Day! As if we needed an excuse to gorge on everyone’s favorite combination of deliciousness all wrapped in a tidy package you can hold with one hand!
I’m still confused as to why I had to go to work today…and to jury duty for that matter (Side Note: I’m a first-time juror!) - shouldn’t the government be closed for this important occasion?!
But, I digress.
Today I was inspired to celebrate this great holiday I’ve never heard of by making my own version of a deconstructed burritoRead More
It’s finally fall! Something about this year has had me extra excited about the season and reminiscent of my childhood growing up in the Pacific Northwest where it was all about savoring the last of the rain-less days, frolicking in piles of burnt orange and red leaves, my dad’s football and golf on in the background of every weekend, the buzz of college students returning to town (living so close to campus in Eugene, Oregon, this was a memorable part of growing up), scheming about Halloween costumes, and of course, the excitement of a new school year.
But most of all, it was that feeling of home.Read More
Today's Inside Out Beauty Food is...drumroll...the wonderful, the magical, the beautiful...sweet potato!
You've no doubt heard of and tasted this delicious root vegetable. Maybe it's even a part of your regular diet. I'm so happy sweet potatoes have gone from something we drenched in marshmallows, brown sugar, and butter on the holidays to a more savory everyday food. Not that I have anything against this Thanksgiving day favorite - my sister, Carrie, makesRead More
There's a reason I used coconuts not once but twice in my Beauty Foods series (link to my post on coconut oil) - they are basically the holy grail of plant foods! Plus they are so versatile and delicious.
When I decided to focus on hydration, coconut water was the first thing that came to mind. Not only is it a liquid, but it is full properties that help hydrate our bodies from the inside-out. Hydrating foods will be the topic for the next three days!
Growing up in (the very non-tropical) state of Oregon in the 80s and 90s, I can't say coconut was a big part of my life. In fact, I thought I didn't like coconut since my mom disliked the fakey taste of Almond Joy candyRead More
Microgreens certainly aren't news to you if you're a restaurant regular or farmers' market lover. And while I can say microgreens have graced my plate a time or two, I didn't start to incorporate them into my at-home meals until very recently. In fact, I didn't even realize I could buy them at the grocery store. I've been hearing all about the amazing health benefits of microgreens through the holistic nutrition program I'm in, so when I spotted the little beauties in the refrigerated section, I promptly popped them into my basket.
If you're newer to microgreens, like me, you're in for a treat!Read More
I know what you're probably thinking - "WTF is that?! It looks like you found it at the bottom of the ocean or something!"
Aaaand you would be right.
But before you write me off as totally off my rocker, consider this fun fact - "studies indicate that sea vegetables have been eaten since at least 8000 B.C.E. by cultures in the Japanese region" (1). And the ancient Chinese considered them a delicacy fit for guests of honor and royalty. So really, we're just late to the party!Read More
Fennel is one of those foods that, until recently, I only looked at in the grocery store's veggie section. If it ever made it out of the store with me, I had no idea what to do with it. That is until I started juicing.
If you're like me, when you embarked on juicing, you quickly realized that the higher the water content in a vegetable, the more bang for your buck you'll get. Leafy greens like kale and spinach were quickly 86'd from my juicing parties, while celery, cucumber, and broccoli became regulars. And then, while cutting up the fennel for juicing, I'd find myself snacking on it. And then I realized it was so tasty! I would dip it in hummus, or just eat it plain, or add it to salads. I became a big fan. It has subtle licorice notes, an extremely cleansing, refreshing taste and a satisfying crunch.Read More
Today's Inside Out Beauty Food is the ever-popular and delectable avocado!
In fact, as I write this, I am enjoying the most delicious avocado toast, at one of my fave coffee shops, topped with radishes, carrots, goat cheese, and pickled onions. Just. So. Good.
Clearly the secret is out about about avocados. But, being the healthy food nerd that I am, I always love learning more about why a particular food is so healthy and what exactly it supports in our bodies. And the more I learn about avocados, the more in awe of them I become.Read More
Today's beauty food is coconut oil! I've chosen coconut oil because it has some pretty magical properties, and I've seen the results at work in my own life.
While it goes without saying that oils should be a small portion of our diet, when we swap out processed and oxidized or damaged oils, and add in less-processed oils in their more natural state - fresh-pressed and unrefined, especially from foods with healing properties like the coconut, it is majorly beneficial to our bodies and our skin. Upgrading our oil game is also good news for our livers, which are freed up to run more smoothly.Read More
Seeds are one of those things in life that has me so totally blown away by the power(s) that be. The fact that a tiny little seed holds everything a new life needs to sprout is just mind-bending and so freaking cool. Add to it a healthy place to grow (soil), and the energy to draw it to the surface so that it can sprout (sunlight) and you're on your way to whatever beautiful plant that seed was destined to become; be it a giant redwood sequoia, a nutrient-rich carrot, or in this case, an adorable chia pet.Read More
Nutritional yeast is a funny one. For those of us who have tried it, or been using it for years, it has somewhat of a cult following. It's no doubt graced your beloved bowl of popcorn, or dusted your pasta, or been added to your favorite homemade "cheesy" sauce. But ever tried introducing it to someone who hasn't heard of it? Their face morphs into a terrified "you want me to eat what?!" look. And you come off feeling like a weird mix of patchoulis-wearing hippie and just plain crazy...that is until they try it and love it! Or maybe you don't tell people about it out of fear they'll think you're weird.Read More
Happy day two of my 12-day blog series where we explore beauty foods that will have you glowing from the inside out!
Today's beauty food is SPIRULINA!
Have you used this powerful little super food before? You've no doubt heard of it, as it's made it's way through the trendy health circuit. The first time I heard of spirulina, I was a bit confused, wondering how to best use it - how much to use and what flavors or recipes to pair it with. Now that I feel like a bit more of a spirulina aficionado, I'd like to share my favorite easy way to incorporate spirulina in my daily routine.Read More
In the realm of detoxing and beauty foods, lemons hold the number one place in my heart. I picked lemons as the first food because their effects can literally be life-changing. I know that's a big claim, but I believe this happy, sour little citrus stands up to the challenge.
This beauty food aligns perfectly with the first Beautycounter regimen I chose - No. 1 Brightening + Vitamin C, not only because it is notoriously rich in Vitamin C, but also because it's effects are literally brightening for the skin!Read More
I think we have all found ourselves buying trail mix when we're in a pinch for a "healthy" bite. It is high-density nutrition, packed with protein and all the things our bodies crave when we're running low on energy - salt, sugar, and fat.
The trouble is - while packaged trail mix is a great option when compared with other processed on-the-go options - there can be a lot of sneaky beauty-busting ingredients hiding inside that innocent little snack pack. Think added sodium, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavorings, and ingredients from genetically modified organism (GMO) crops, like high fructose corn syrup and soy lecithin.Read More