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Fresh CuisineA Sweet Spot

El Paseo patio at night

Since they opened in November, I’ve been eyeing Sweet Basil California Eatery. As you cruise down El Paseo, the brilliant white building with teal blue lettering beckons the casual diner with a cozy welcome as if to say, “Stop in. We’ve been expecting you.” I’ve now returned numerous times. Meeting Read more…

Fresh CuisineGotta Love Garlic

Home sweet home. We’ve all gotten well acquainted with our digs over the last year, more so than ever before. How about your kitchen? Gotten to know every nook and cranny, I’m sure, as cooking is on a path to becoming the new normal post COVID.  In fact, according to Read more…

Fresh CuisineYia Mas! “To Our Good Health”

Greeks are known for their celebratory lifestyle with zorba dancing, plate smashing and big family celebrations. They also bring us some of the best – and healthiest – Mediterranean cuisine.  Fortunately, you can find all this fun and goodness in Palm Desert at Koutouki Greek Estiatorio. The family-owned restaurant is Read more…

Fresh CuisineEasy Spiced Holiday Fruit Bake

Gluten Free with Tiffany

Is there anything better to get us into the holiday mood than the nostalgic smells of the season? Most popular holiday dishes offer you that wonderful aroma, but are also heavy on sugar and fat. Many of us would like to commit to healthier family traditions this year, so make Read more…

Fresh CuisineMighty Microgreens

Microgreens

In our vastly expanding world of information, it is no secret that what we choose to eat can directly affect our overall health. Chronic diseases continue to be a critical health concern across America.  In 2018, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) conducted a study estimating that 85 Read more…

Fresh CuisineFarm to Front Door

What happens when your livelihood comes to a screeching halt? You learn to pivot. That was the advice which inspired Palm Springs restaurateur Tony Marchese of Trio to think outside of the box. “With the pandemic, my business coach told me, ‘You need to pivot. Your business is closing and Read more…

Fresh CuisineSprouting 101

Although hot summer temperatures may be making it hard to grow our own food, sprouting seeds and microgreens indoors can offer a great opportunity to nourish our bodies. These nutrient powerhouses can be grown right on your own countertop in just 3-7 days. The benefits are numerous, and the process Read more…

Fresh CuisineDeliciously Dehydrated

Dehydrator

You can’t talk about good health and proper nutrition without focusing on hydration as physical dehydration can land you in the emergency room.  But eating dehydrated food can have quite the opposite effect on your body. The dehydration process seals in nutrients and provides delicious snacks with a long shelf Read more…

Fresh CuisineEating to Alleviate Menopause Symptoms

Eating-to-Alleviate-Menopause

Menopause. That wonderful time in a woman’s life when she may experience hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, migraines, brain fog, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, vaginal dryness, weight gain, breast pain, dry eyes, chest pain and shortness of breath. Many women try hormone replacement therapy to ease their symptoms, but often the Read more…

Fresh CuisineThe Miraculous Mushroom

Your Health Matters - with Janet Zappala

For a while there, it seemed that kale was at the top of the superfood kingdom…on nearly every menu and making its way into practically everything. Even fast food eatery Chick-fil-A rolled out a superfood kale salad. The ubiquitous McDonald’s also incorporated the healthy green, offering a kale breakfast bowl. Read more…

Fresh CuisineNew Year Healing with Ginger

The winter season, when many suffer from common illnesses, is here, so I want to share something to keep your inner and outer fire burning to keep you happy, healthy and full of vitality through these next few months.  In Ayurvedic medicine, agni (Samskrit for fire) is the entity responsible Read more…

Fresh CuisineCountryside Comfort at French Rotisserie Café

Fabienne Struelle and Luis Fuentes moved to the desert to retire, but it wasn’t long before they decided to do something new. Led by her love of cooking cultural cuisine and his passion for wines, they chose to follow their hearts and open what has quickly become a favorite neighborhood Read more…

Fresh CuisineWhy Keto is Taking the World by Storm

Keto

Who’s heard of Keto? At this point almost everyone, even if they aren’t completely sure what it is and how it works. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Tim Tebow and Lebron James didn’t start the ketogenic, or keto diet trend, but they’ve certainly added fuel to the already-hot fire. Read more…

Fresh CuisineRaw Vegan in The Valley

vegetables

What is a raw vegan diet and why the heck would anyone follow it? I’ve been doing so for over 12 years now and can’t imagine eating any other way.  A raw vegan diet includes fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds not heated over 115 degrees. There is an elegant simplicity Read more…

Fresh CuisineThese Are a Few of My Favorite Things

If you’ve decided to cut down or eliminate sugar, I salute you. It isn’t easy. It’s in almost everything which you quickly learn when you give it up. And with the holidays here, temptations are sure to grow. Sticking with Mother Nature’s bounty and reading labels is the only way Read more…

Fresh CuisineMore Veggies Made Easy

More Veggies Made Easy

We all want to eat more vegetables, but often the effort gets boring. Eating more of the same old thing – salads, sautéed, steamed or roasted veggies – diminishes your enthusiasm and can derail your efforts. The secret is to keep things interesting and easy.  Since starting a pescatarian diet Read more…

Fresh CuisineQuick Comfort Food + Healthy Pickin’s

Heirloom Craft Kitchen

What do you get when you combine an award-winning chef, classic comfort food, and a large array of wines and beers with farm-to-table ingredients, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes, and fast and friendly service? You get a casual, comfortable and accommodating café called Heirloom Craft Kitchen. Located at the corner Read more…

Fresh CuisineMeal Plans

Gluten Free with Tiffany

Meal plans are the number one request I get from new clients who are fed up with dieting. Meal plans are set recipes for days or weeks, measured out and calculated, telling you exactly what to eat and when. Seems like a slam dunk success, right? The dreamy concept of 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 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…