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Summer Watercress Salad

This light salad is simple to throw together and very refreshing on a hot summer day. The addition of blackberries, capers and red onions combine sweet, salty and tart to delight the taste buds and satisfy any craving with a healthy indulgence….just toss, serve, and enjoy! Prep time: 10 minutes Read more…

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is well-known as an aromatic spice that people enjoy adding to oatmeal and baked goods. Less well-known is the fact that it can also be used therapeutically to improve several common health conditions including high blood sugar, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Cinnamon is derived from the bark Read more…

Basic Principles of a Healthy Smoothie

It’s no wonder smoothies have become the trend. They take minimal time to make, there are all sorts of tasty recipes, and you can consume a lot of fruits and veggies in one meal. However, it is important to remember that your smoothie should be more about the vegetables than Read more…

Delicious Without Debt

Whether you’re someone who walks the grocery store aisles with the calculator app perpetually open or ends up shamefacedly setting things aside at the self-checkout as you see the grand total rising much higher than anticipated, you may have noticed food prices are up. There are many factors at play Read more…

Mushrooms: Food for the Soul

The reputation of mushrooms has varied over the decades. There are many varieties of this curious delight from the most common button mushroom to the more exotic Brazilian blazei or the Japanese nameko. They can be delicious, nutritious, deadly, magical, toxic – and very mysterious. With their meaty texture and Read more…

Your Wildest Greens Have Arrived

Many of us who have adopted a nutritional lifestyle – be it vegan, Paleo, gluten-free, lectin-free, or other – know that dining out can be a challenge. We are lucky to have a variety of quick-stop options for breakfast and lunch, but when it comes to a nice, relaxing dinner Read more…

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Being a Brit, I love this dish. An old-time hearty comfort food which can be packed with goodness, it most definitely sates me and my taste buds.  I am not a vegan, nor a full vegetarian; however, I do believe in having a balanced diet and looking at the fundamentals Read more…

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a popular method of weight loss with the additional benefits of increased energy, lowered inflammation, improved insulin sensitivity, revved-up metabolism, and possibly even cancer prevention. IF is simply applied by extending the hours between dinner and breakfast. The fasting period typically ranges from 12 to 18 Read more…

Small Wonders “Wow” in Nutrition and Taste

There’s nothing like a guest speaker to get third graders’ hands in the air. Today the guest is up at the whiteboard drawing pictures and asking students to identify parts of a plant. The kids at Katherine Finchy Elementary have got this. “What’s the tiny thing the farmer puts in Read more…

Butternut Squash and Potato Soup

This smooth, yet hearty, soup is easy to prepare, but will make you look like a super chef to those lucky enough to have some…and you thought you couldn’t cook! Prep time: 25 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Serves: 4 What you’ll need: 1 medium butternut squash, or even better, Read more…

Good-For-You Ice Cream!

Whether you live the raw, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free or low carb lifestyle, you are sure to enjoy this savory delight from Les Starks of Whitewater, author of Sweet Without Sugar: Ice Cream That’s Good for You. The simple recipe is easy to make and tastes like fresh strawberries. Note Read more…

Take a Trip to the FARM

Just off the bustling streets of downtown Palm Springs is a cozy café that immediately transports you to the French countryside. Walking down a narrow alley off the La Plaza corridor brings you to a white wooden gate that is the entrance to FARM. Many already know this little gem Read more…

‘Tis the Season – for Baked Apples!

I love this baked apples recipe. It’s simple and clean, not to mention mouthwatering and delicious! Baked Apples What you’ll need: 4 organic red delicious apples, washed, unpeeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. 2 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons honey Pinch of nutmeg 2 teaspoons apple cider or apple Read more…

Pan-fried Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are a nutritious way of getting your greens fix during the holiday season. Filled to the brim with vitamins K, C and A, along with fiber, omegas 3 and 6, manganese, iron, and potassium, they supply a high level of disease-fighting antioxidants and other vital nutrients that protect Read more…

The Road to the Kitchen Starts at the Farm

Three Coachella Valley chefs, Amanda Nees, Lorraine Ornelas and Stephen Lee, all make a point to source the majority of their ingredients directly from small family farms rather than ordering from a produce broker or food purveyor. When asked why they choose to conduct these weekly interactions themselves rather than Read more…

Creamy Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Summer is coming to an end and fall is here. As the days are getting shorter, and the evenings are getting darker, the desire to eat warmer wholesome foods begins to set in. It is almost like a trigger in our brain; like a bear getting ready to hibernate for Read more…

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

You can still have your favorite pizza, even if you are avoiding carbs or gluten with, yes, cauliflower! A member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, Read more…

Enhance Learning with Healthy Foods

As a parent or teacher, you want to see kids grow as physically, mentally, and academically healthy as possible. Luckily, healthy food can help achieve these goals, and there is no better time to expose them to healthy eating routines than their tender years. Real Food vs. Junk Food Sometimes Read more…

Stress Buster Smoothie

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself the following questions: How is my day going? Does this situation stress me out? How is this stress affecting me emotionally, mentally and physically? Have I asked or reached out for help? Whatever your answer, I most certainly urge you to ask yourself Read more…

Fruit Makes It Fancy

As July temperatures spike into the 100-teens, we desert dwellers emerge into baking parking lots and remember the importance of hydration. Most year-round residents have a lukewarm bottle of water rolling around under car seats and a liquid-bearing vessel on our desk at work; yet, many of us walk around Read more…