October 25, 2022

Rosemary Apple Dessert Bars

Cookies and pies abound during the winter holidays so why not mix things up with naturally sweet apple bars as a unique alternative? The crumbly top offers a familiar texture while the presence of rosemary and lemon blended with apples provides a flavor profile your guests won’t be expecting. Use a tart, firm apple like Fuji or Granny Smith. Cut these bars up and gift them in a festive tin or on a plate wrapped with a bow to celebrate time together with family and friends in a healthier way and without another trip to the mall. Apples have quercetin […]
July 19, 2022

Oatmeal-Date Cookies Sweeten Up New Cookbook

I love classic American oatmeal cookies, and Moroccan elements like dates and cardamom make them more interesting and healthier. These treats require less butter and sugar than regular recipes because of the natural sweetness dates provide. This recipe, found in my latest cookbook Anti-Aging Dishes from Around the World, uses whole-wheat flour in addition to all-purpose for a boost of fiber and nutrients while maintaining a soft texture. Benefits: Dates are full of detoxifying fiber and also offer B vitamins for building blood cells, potassium for strong bones, and iron for healthy red blood cells. Adding oats to your cookies […]
April 22, 2022

Exotic Fruit Salad with Granola

  My recipe for Exotic Fruit Salad, which is featured in my new cookbook – The Age Beautifully Cookbook — is a protein-packed, vitamin-filled way to grab a healthy snack or start your morning. You can add spices, such as nutmeg, cardamom, and allspice (about ⅛ tsp. each), and nuts. Instead of exotic fruits you can use grapes, blackberries, strawberries, and/or bananas. The Omega-3 fatty acids in the flaxseeds are great for your arteries and heart. Oats and fiber are both known to reduce cholesterol. The exotic fruits in this recipe are full of antioxidants and vitamin C, which helps […]
August 1, 2021

Make Your Own Energy Bars

You can easily make your own granola bars with your most favorite ingredients in the comfort of your home. These simple bars are sweet from dates and offer plenty of texture and crunch, not to mention heart-healthy omega-3s, from a variety of nuts. Be sure to use the variety you enjoy the most! Almond butter helps the mixture stick together while coconut flakes add depth of flavor and more texture to the mixture. These are perfect before or after workouts or for a snack at school or work. Feel free to roll these into balls instead of bars if desired. […]
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, […]
March 13, 2019

Superfood Granola

With walnuts, goji berries, blueberries, and chia seeds, this delicious homemade granola recipe is filled with nourishing whole foods. Walnuts and chia seeds provide healthy fats, including essential omega 3’s, while berries are a rich source of immune-boosting antioxidants. All of the fiber in the nuts, seeds, oats, and fruits contributes to gut health and detoxification. Use this granola as a topping for yogurt, smoothie bowls, and oatmeal, or eat it all on its own for a satisfying, sweet snack. Serves 4 Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats ½ cup roughly chopped almonds ½ cup walnut halves and pieces ¼ cup […]
October 23, 2018

Healthy, Hearty, and Now Savory Oatmeal

Gluten-free oats are a great source of fiber and protein. Compared to refined grains, oats have a low glycemic score, and they can help boost your immunity, aid digestion and lower cholesterol levels. They also have plenty of benefits, including: Lowering cholesterol — oats contain soluble fiber, which can help naturally lower LDL (‘bad”) cholesterol when eaten several times or more per week. Providing filling fiber — fiber-rich foods take up more space in your stomach while absorbing water, so they help you feel satisfied despite and support weight loss. Improving digestion — many studies show that diets higher in fiber can lead […]
March 13, 2016

Wild Green Oats Boost Dopamine

Have you ever wondered why you no longer can process information and focus quite as well as you did in your youth? Or have you ever pondered as to why it is so difficult for some people to stay away from the dessert table or quit smoking? The answer may be due to one common denominator that resides within your brain…dopamine. What is Dopamine? Dopamine is known as the “feel-good” neurotransmitter that signals neurons to regulate mood and brain function and plays a large role in reward behavior. Around age 45–60, the enzyme that breaks down dopamine, called monoamine oxidase-B […]
November 11, 2015

Savory Vegan Mushroom Soup

Mushroom soup is a fall and winter favorite but now you can make a light, healthy version low in calories and fat yet packed with flavor and nutrients. Whole food ingredients like detoxifying mushrooms, onion and garlic make the base for this simple soup you can make in minutes. Vegetable broth and the secret ingredient, rolled oats, blend together to create a creamy smooth, savory soup. Every ingredient in this recipe lends itself to health; mushrooms in particular are packed with immune boosting compounds called beta-glucans and are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Excellent for freezing or leftovers, […]