I have been searching for the perfect date for Valentine’s Day this year, and I am pretty sure I found it. Or . . . made it. These yummy, chewy Valentine’s Date Balls are a cinch to prep, and are a much healthier indulgence than a candy heart or box of chocolate. Ingredients: 1 pound…

Do you want your home team to cheer for you this weekend? Serve them one of my all time favorite appetizers! This flavorful tapenade is quick and easy to prep and made with healthy fats. It’s a dish a health coach can root for! Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic 1 ½ cups kalamata olives, pitted and drained ½…

If one of your goals for 2016 is to energize your body and slim down, you know that the quality of the food you put into your body is critical. The quantity of the food you eat is also vital to your success. A lot of people tell me that they know what to eat, but they…

I grew up on the east coast where the winters were really cold. My mom would bundle me and my brother up in our coats, scarves and mittens to play outside. She made hearty soups and stews to defrost us when we came inside. I still crave a meal to warm me up from the…

We all know that we should be eating more leafy green vegetables. Yet for many of us, getting our daily dose of the green stuff remains a challenge. Here’s what helps me: understanding how the food I am eating benefits my body, beyond the pounds on the scale. I’m all for looking good on the outside,…

Carbs sometimes get a bad rap, but when it comes to fruit, these are the kinds of carbohydrates you want to eat. Fruit packs in the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, while its high fiber and water content will keep you feeling full. And don’t forget to thank Mother Nature for the yummy natural sweetness. Here is a quick and refreshing way…

I love sitting down to dinner with a big bowl of homemade pasta. Zucchini pasta, that is. This dish satisfies my craving for doughy white noodles (the stuff with little to no nutritional value that gushes sugar into the bloodstream). It also boosts my daily dose of fiber and valuable phytonutrients. Bonus: these noodles are fun…

You wake up each morning determined to eat well. But then you hit snooze on your alarm clock. Twice. And now there’s no time to make breakfast. Or maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed because you really aren’t sure what to prepare that is quick and actually tastes good. So you just grab a muffin at the coffee shop….

With the new year about to begin, resolutions are in the air. If one of yours is to eat healthier and cut back on sweets, you are definitely not alone. I spent a lot of time battling sugar cravings, and for many years, sugar was the victor. I never believed there would come a day…

I love the smell of freshly baked goods in the morning. The aroma of warm muffins fresh from the oven will lure me out of even the deepest slumber. I don’t love the processed sugar and unhealthy fats that accompany so many baked treats, so I bake up a batch of these vegan blueberry banana muffins, instead….

Dress up a kale and avocado salad for the holidays with the addition of red bell peppers and pomegranate seeds. These nutritious bites add bright color and a yummy crunch. A big healthy salad with leafy greens will hydrate your body and provide a refreshing break from any holiday indulgences you have been enjoying. Ingredients: 1…

You may think you have to give up delicious desserts when you decide to focus on being healthy, but very few of us will manage to go through life without any sweet indulgences. And you don’t have to! But you can make healthier versions of the treats you love. This easy to prepare recipe for…

Are you craving something clean and refreshing after your Thanksgiving feast and leftovers? A green smoothie is a yummy and efficient way to detox your body while packing nutrient rich veggies in to your diet. Your body will soak up the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to stay healthy this holiday season. And the fiber…

The holidays can be a frenzy of family, friends, and parties. The season is a joyful one, but it also means a lot of meals away from home, festive cocktails, and extra sweets. Given that, plus the way we try to fit so much into our days and nights, it’s easy to get run down…

I have always loved Brussels Sprouts. I happily ate them even when I was a toddler. Serve this side dish at Thanksgiving and you and your guests will love this cruciferous veggie, too. Read below the recipe for health benefits of this dish. Ingredients: 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, cleaned, trimmed and halved ¼ cup pine…

Thanksgiving in my family is one of our favorite holidays together. My mom and aunt are magicians in the kitchen, and holiday dinners are always something extra special. The good news is that you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to prepare a yummy dish, and Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean overeating unhealthy foods….

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