Creamy Coconut Summer Fruit Tart

If you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain If you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brain If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape I´m the love that you´ve looked for, write to me, and escape Summer makes me think of the coconut-y, pineapple-y taste of piña coladas. Fruit gets a bad rap these days with trying to abide by a low carb way of eating. Choosing your fruit … Continued

Roasted Veggies with Tzatziki Sauce and Almonds

I’m always looking for easy meals that contain a bunch of fiber-rich, nutrient-dense, low-carb vegetables. The dish I’m introducing to you today is a staple in our house. I love it so much I will have it for two to three meals a day. It’s really that good and that easy. My favorite buddy, Joe I am lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s between work and home. I love the convenience of having pre-cut organic veggies. I will purchase … Continued

Lamb and Pistachio Patties

This holiday season I received the most amazing cookbook. This recipe of lamb and pistachio patties comes from this great gift. Who is this wonderful gift giver? Most of you don’t know it but I have a “behind-the-scenes” guy. A guy who makes sure my punctuation and sentence structure doesn’t read like a preschooler. A guy who takes me to task if I am late for my writing deadlines (this month is a great example although he has been kind … Continued

Healthy-ish Cocktails

Happy 4th of July!! Alcohol is not a health food. It is, however, consumed anyway even by my most health conscious colleagues. I too indulge every now and then. Let’s cover the healthiest way to imbibe. Red Wine Chock full of polyphenols, quercetin, and resveratrol, red wine has shown to have properties that can protect the heart from damage. Antioxidants can help slow down the build-up of plaque in arteries, regulating blood pressure, decreasing inflammation and lowering oxidative stress. A … Continued

The Comfort of Meatloaf

Meatloaf Gets a Bad Reputation Personally, I think it’s the loaf part. I don’t remember growing up eating meatloaf but It’s one of my family’s favorite foods. Some people like ketchup on their meatloaf but there is a special place in my heart for barbecue sauce, so that is what I use. Try to find a barbecue sauce with a low carb count or make your own, substituting the sugar with erythritol, monk fruit or stevia. You may have noticed … Continued

Honor Bowl

One of my favorite meals comes from a small restaurant in Birmingham, Michigan. It’s called 2941 Mediterranean Street Food. For your bowl, you get to choose a protein, a sauce, two pickled vegetable sides, and a salad. You can add a grain and bread as well but I skip it. Even their mini bowls are so filling I don’t miss the extra carbs. The combinations are virtually endless. Over the last few months, I have shared recipes, that together, recreate … Continued

The Antioxidant Powerhouse: Sumac

Before lemons were brought to Europe by the Romans, crushed sumac berries were added to food for its tart and sour flavor. This dark red berry is also a wonderful health food because of its antioxidant properties. Remember back in 7th grade science class when the teacher talked about electrons, protons, and neutrons? Yeah, me either, but when the electron shell isn’t completely filled it can cause it to be unstable. This unstable molecule is called a free radical. Oxygen … Continued

Garlic Magic

You probably aren’t looking for another pumpkin recipe. The next few months I’m going to share recipes that, when combined, create one of my favorite meals. All have wonderful health benefits that I can’t wait to share. As we approach cold and flu season let’s start with an ancient remedy that is now commonly prescribed in many doctor’s offices due to its wide range of healing properties. Garlic. When the kids were little we would crush fresh garlic, mix it … Continued

Summer fun with Strawberries and Kiwi

This summer month we are talking about bugs, sun, and fun. Don’t miss the posts on, “Bug Bite 101: 10 Top Tips to Do First”, “How to balance sun exposure with sun protection” and “Bikram Yoga and the crazy benefits of sweating your a@@ off.” My Aunt Sandy would make some awesome desserts. One of which is strawberry kiwi salsa. She had some downright complicated recipes but this isn’t one of them. This one is full of summer fruit and … Continued

Summer Superfood Salad

I was walking through Trader Joe’s and I came across a new salad they now carry. The beautiful layers of white, yellow and green drew my eyes and the ingredients of cabbage, jicama, mango and cilantro made my mouth water. I had to get it, and it did not disappoint. It comes with a spicy mango vinaigrette that was too spicy for me. I didn’t miss it when I left it out. I would return to Trader Joe’s daily for … Continued