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Fresh CuisineCream of Cashew Asparagus Soup

I am delighted to share my seasonal favorite soup for cleansing, for healing and for warm yummy goodness for spring. What I love about this recipe is that you can substitute any other vegetable you wish. Enjoy ~ Ingredients: 1 onion, finely chopped 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp butter Read more…

Fresh CuisineYour Personality’s Relationship with Food

As a nutrition consultant, I have always queried clients to better understand why nutrition programs work for some and not others; why certain people find discipline so easy while others are so challenged. Recently I attended a workshop on enneagram personality testing that helped shed light on the nine different Read more…

Fresh CuisinePaleo Vegan “Beefy” Tacos

Summer is a time for more simple things in life, especially when it comes to food.  On hot desert days we tend to opt for lighter dishes that have minimal preparation, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up flavor. This rich taco skillet recipe is sans meat but Read more…

Fresh CuisineGotta Love Garbanzo Beans!

Protein-packed garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, are a very versatile legume whether cooked, canned, or used as flour. In many countries, they are used not only for food, but also in daily beauty regimes because of their many healing properties. Originating in the Middle East, garbanzos are the oldest Read more…

Fresh CuisineCanada’s New Food Guidelines

When Canada released their updated food guide in January 2019 there was a lot of attention directed towards a few big changes. This latest edition encourages people to eat a variety of unprocessed foods and does away with both serving sizes and food groups entirely. The change that has garnered Read more…

Fresh CuisineLa Quinta High School Culinary Arts Institute

La Quinta High School is focusing more and more on offering healthier food choices as part of the La Quinta High School Culinary Arts Institute program. On March 20, the culinary institute will launch its latest venture: Healthy Tastings for Healthy Teachers, a pilot project including a pop-up restaurant on Read more…

Fresh CuisineWarm, Cozy and Real

For those of us who prefer to eat clean, discovering a new restaurant offering a full menu from which we can choose is sheer exuberance. The checklist can be demanding – grass-fed, free-range, garden fresh, locally-sourced, gluten-free, dairy-free – all served in a warm ambiance with a full array of Read more…

Fresh CuisineFig & Date Coconut Brownies

Superstar figs are full of vitamins and minerals and packed with antioxidants and fiber, supporting the whole body for anti-aging, helping to fight cancer, and treating common illnesses. Fresh figs last seven to ten days after they’re picked, but you can dry them to extend their shelf life and boost Read more…

Fresh CuisineWhy Nutrition Matters When You Have Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. A health care team may provide a variety of treatment options, but it is up to the patient to prioritize and focus daily on their nutrition, which is the foundation of health. Malnutrition (lacking adequate nutrients) is a serious side effect of cancer and Read more…

Fresh CuisineMagical Apples

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Seems there could be some truth to this famous saying due to the apple’s high fiber content which helps in lowering inflammation in the gut and aiding digestion and heart health. This gift from Mother Nature is also high in antioxidants which Read more…

Fresh CuisineLessons in Nutrition

Do you know how to eat an artichoke? How about a pomegranate or kiwi? These questions reflect a real consideration by those who teach children in public schools about healthy eating. If you’ve never been exposed to the aforementioned fruits and vegetables, there’s a good chance you won’t know how Read more…

Fresh CuisineOrganic Decadence at Daniel’s Table

As you walk into Daniel’s Table you are greeted by the chef at work and his friendly staff. A full glass front entry allows natural light to flow into the open floor design with intimate dining tables and a long counter facing the open kitchen which Chef Daniel Villanueva refers Read more…

Fresh Cuisine“Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.”

That’s it. You have to make a change. Maybe after a routine checkup you discovered your cholesterol or blood pressure were elevated beyond normal. Could be that your clothes pinch and tug in ways you can no longer ignore. Perhaps you’re inspired by a friend’s change in habits and the Read more…

Fresh CuisineNuts about (Young) Coconuts!

Phew. It’s been a very hot summer. Personally, I must be mindful of keeping hydrated to maintain a proactive lifestyle in this scorching heat and humidity. What better thing to help with hydration than fresh young coconuts, to help us transition into fall! Coconuts have become all the rage in Read more…

Fresh CuisineHealthy Italian Traditions

There are many beautiful lessons woven into historic Italian traditions which continue to be passed down through generations. A few weeks on the Amalfi Coast offered me the opportunity to see firsthand why Italians live longer, better-quality lives than most other nations, despite their blatant enjoyment of wine, pasta, cheese, Read more…

Fresh CuisineVegan Snickerdoodle Cookies

These dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free snacks are sure to delight vegan fans! Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. flax meal ½ cup water ½ cup EVO coconut oil 1 cup Zulka Morena sugar* Option: coconut palm sugar 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast 2 cups unbleached flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder (aluminum-free) ¼ tsp. sea Read more…

Fresh CuisineSummer 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…

Fresh CuisineHealth 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…

Fresh CuisineBasic 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…

Fresh CuisineDelicious 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…