Healthy Ho Ho Holiday Appetizers

You’re invited to a holiday gathering and want to bring an easy awe-inspiring appetizer. You know most offerings will be more decadent than diet-conscious and are trying to stay on track through this busy social season. It’s time to get creative!  If you can dream up a holiday scene, you can build it with fruits… Read more »

Healthier Holiday Baking: Nut Flours

Mother Nature’s goal for fall is to fatten us up for the cold winter ahead. So she gave us apples and pumpkins…which usually end up in irresistible pies…topped with ice cream. These nostalgic months tempt us with seasonal tastes we’ve been anticipating all year, and there is no reason to deny ourselves. With a few… Read more »


Lolo’s Low-carb Lasagna

My husband and I both grew up with warm memories of our Italian roots and most of them revolved around food. Even though we now enjoy a low-carb, gluten-free lifestyle, we have found many satisfying substitutes to keep those traditions alive. Experimenting is half the fun; eating is the other! When it comes to pasta,… Read more »

Lose Weight, Think Straight with MCT

If your 2022 resolutions include losing weight and/or enhancing mental sharpness, lowering carbohydrate intake is a good place to start; then, you can easily expedite your efforts by adding MCT oil. This natural, coconut additive can effectively curb your appetite, enhance energy and fuel brain cells when coupled with a healthy low-carb diet.1,3  Medium chain… Read more »

Cooking Up Some Healthy Fun

As you may have read on page three, our favorite former NBC anchor, columnist and friend, Janet Zappala, has moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles. However, she is still working to spread the word on healthy living through her new show, “Good Food Matters with Janet Zappala,” which will air on Amazon… Read more »

Healthier Pastas (Even Nonni Might Enjoy!)

Who doesn’t love pasta? If you grew up in an Italian family, preparing and eating a hearty plate of spaghetti warms your heart like a big kiss from Nonni.  But for those who have chosen a gluten- or grain-free lifestyle, eating pasta can send your stomach spiraling. While many gluten-free options are available, those made… Read more »

Happy Cinco de Mayo! The Skinniest Margarita

Who doesn’t love an ice-cold margarita? With desert weather warming up and Cinco de Mayo around the corner, a few more are sure to pour throughout our valley. Ironically, I am writing this on National Margarita Day (Feb. 22). Who knew this festive favorite had its own holiday? But most margaritas are filled with sugar… Read more »

Salty Solutions

Making healthier choices doesn’t mean giving up everything you love and crave; it’s about finding satisfying, convenient alternatives and getting creative! In this new column, I’ll share ideas and favorites. Today’s topic: SALTY SOLUTIONS Who doesn’t love salt? We know it’s something to be consumed in moderation, but we all crave it, and unfortunately, the… Read more »