January 12, 2022

Coconut Chai Oatmeal

  Lighten up your oatmeal and create a new breakfast ritual with flavorful chai and coconut blended with nutritious cholesterol-lowering whole oats. If you think that whole rolled oats take too  long to make, think again! Instant oats lack the amount of gut-friendly fiber found in unprocessed oats, so finding an easy way to prep the whole version is important. A favorite flavor generally added to oats is classic brown sugar or maple syrup which can equal a lot of added sugar to your morning. By using ripe bananas and vanilla extract, this dish is naturally sweet and quick to […]
August 15, 2021

Cooling Off with Exotic Summer Smoothies

If you’re like me, I am always looking for ways to cool off in the hot summer weather. Who can think of cooking or eating in this weather? When it’s like this, I just want to drink my meals and what could be better than icy-cold smoothies that are full of healthy FoodTrients!  Just for fun, I created several more exotic smoothie recipes with a few of my favorite fruits from Southeast Asia. Don’t be frightened by the fierce-looking jackfruit. It’s a native of Southeast Asia and probably first appeared in India. Jackfruit is a nutritional staple in tropical countries. It […]
May 8, 2021

Coconut Rice Cake

Eat this chewy cake warm. It’s great plain or drizzled with my berry sauce for extra antioxidant power. Be sure to use the chewy variety of rice flour sometimes called sweet white rice flour or mochiko. You can substitute fresh or frozen blackberries for the boysenberries. You can use gluten-free baking flour instead of the cake flour, and xylitol instead of sugar. Coconut contains lauric acid, which improves cholesterol balance and protects prostate health. Berries are full of anthocyanins, which inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Serves 6-8 Ingredients 2 eggs (organic, free-range, or omega-3-enriched) ½ cup sugar or xylitol […]
September 22, 2020

4 Health Tips to Try This Summer

Summer is here. Are you and your body prepared for it? As much as you may love your fun in the sun, the summer also “cooks up” its own range of health-related considerations. To help you get prepared, we’ve pulled together a list of summer-specific health tips that should get you and yours well-positioned for a happy and healthy season of sun.   Try Natural Insect Repellents this Summer Nobody enjoys being bitten by mosquitoes and the longer you stay outside, the higher your chances of becoming a victim. If you’re like me, you’re a culinary delight for mosquitoes. I […]
August 6, 2019

Summer Vacation Oatmeal

Hot cereal is not just for the fall and winter anymore! Quick and easy to make, whole oats offer health benefits like gut-healthy fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Adding other unprocessed ingredients like ground flaxseeds for omega-3 fatty acids and fiber as well as a small portion of almonds or pecans balances the carbohydrate content with healthful protein and fat sources. Feel free to add whichever other ingredients you favor to create your optimal, healthy breakfast or snack – even in the warmer months. Ingredients ½ cup whole rolled oats (not instant) 1 cup milk of your choice (unsweetened almond, […]
June 20, 2017

Can Curry Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

In fact, Indians aged 70 to 79 years are four times less likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than Americans. The reason for this difference is unknown, but the Indian diet may very well have something to do with it. Curry dishes, of course, are a staple of the Indian diet. A few years back, a study actually found that Asians who occasionally ate curry performed better on cognitive tests than those who rarely did. Since then other studies have pointed to the benefits of turmeric, a key spice in curry sauces. Is Curcumin Curry’s Key Ingredient? The use of turmeric dates back […]
May 9, 2017

One-Dish Meal – Try Thai Coconut Curry Chicken and Tofu

Takeout has nothing on this flavorful Thai curry—and you’ll love how easy this recipe makes it to get in the servings of produce you need each day. The combination of chicken and tofu creates a protein-packed dish that will please even your meat lovers. The dish is Gluten Free and Dairy Free, and if you’re eating grain free, simply skip the rice or trade in spiralized veggie noodles instead. Ingredients: 8 ounces extra-firm tofu (half of a standard container), drained 3 cups cooked rice (Jasmine, brown rice, basmati or other type) 1 Tbs. coconut oil 1 onion (peeled and sliced) […]
November 8, 2016

Tropical Yams

Heart-friendly yams are tarted up with lime juice and shredded coconut in this festive side dish. Serve it with lamb or my Ostrich Meatballs (Age Beautifully Cookbook). It also goes well with turkey, pork, and meatloaf. BENEFITS: Yams (and/or sweet potatoes) contain carotenoids and fiber. Carotenoids inhibit cancer and tumor growth, reduce your risk of heart disease, and support immune function. Fiber lowers blood cholesterol and, like carotenoids, reduces your risk of heart disease. SERVES 2-4 Ingredients 2 cups cubed yams or sweet potatoes, peeled 1 Tbs. coconut oil ½ tsp. salt or salt substitute 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice (and/or thin […]
September 21, 2015

Try Tasty Quinoa for Breakfast

    Think beyond traditional cereals and try this high-protein, high-fiber grain instead. On its own, quinoa is rather bland but if you take the time to spice it up to your liking, it makes a healthy and filling breakfast. Make a batch ahead of time to last for several days; you can simply add some more liquid and heat it up or take it to go with you. This healthful cereal takes minutes to prepare and provides long-lasting energy for your day. YIELD 2 cups of quinoa; 4 breakfast servings 1 cup dry quinoa (rinsed well and drained) 2 […]