Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber, and Red Onion Salad

Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber, and Red Onion Salad

I have a confession to make, I'm obsessed with heirloom tomatoes! Their fabulous flavors, colors, textures, unique shapes, and colorful names are so amazing to me! I can't wait until the summer comes so I can get my hands on as many of these juicy tomatoes as I can eat! I enjoy heirloom tomatoes both raw and cooked in a variety of different recipes. Eating with the seasons is a superb way to enjoy the abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables that are available during different … [Read more...]

Berry Coconut Kefir Sangria

Berry Coconut Kefir Sangria

Summertime is one of the best times of the year for outdoor entertaining. The warm, beautiful summer days and nights are a fantastic time for you to invite family and friends over for a backyard barbecue, relaxing day lounging at the pool, or a night spent dining under the stars. Enjoying a cocktail, wine, or beer is a normal part of entertaining. I like to indulge in the occasional alcoholic beverage but I also want to make sure that what I drink won’t slow down the progress I’ve … [Read more...]

Post Exercise Recovery Strawberry Avocado Chia Smoothie

Post Exercise Recovery Strawberry Avocado Chia Smoothie

Have you ever experienced fatigue, soreness, and pain after doing a strenuous exercise routine that lasted for longer than a day or two?  Do you want to know what you should eat after a workout to replenish your body and help it to heal quickly? I have received numerous requests to post a smoothie recipe that helps you recover after working out. I created this alkalizing green smoothie recipe to help your body heal quickly after exercising. This delicious smoothie … [Read more...]

Fermented Purple Cabbage and Orange Sauerkraut

Fermented Purple Cabbage and Orange Sauerkraut

Purple cabbage and orange sauerkraut is a wonderful fermented food to add in your diet on a regular basis. I enjoy eating healing fermented foods every day and it has really made a big difference in my health. 70 to 80% of our immune cells resides in our gut, so it is imperative that you do whatever you can to keep your digestive system healthy so your immune system stays strong. Fermented foods help you accomplish this goal and their fantastic flavors are an added … [Read more...]

Fermented Carrot Pickles

Fermented Carrot Pickles

My fermented carrot pickles are one of the easiest ways to start eating fermented foods! The natural sweetness in carrots helps to mellow the acidity and tangy-sour flavor that occurs during the fermentation process which helps people who are new to eating fermented vegetables really enjoy them. Growing up in Ohio we had a lot of really wonderful delicatessen’s that served homemade pickles. I loved going to these deli’s so I could enjoy all the different varieties of their pickles, … [Read more...]

5 Minute Healing Foods Snacks to Keep You Energized and Healthy

5 Minute Healing Foods Snacks to Keep You Energized and Healthy

Who doesn’t like a good snack? I know I do!  The supermarket shelves are filled with snack foods that don’t contribute to vibrant health. These unhealthy snacks or junk food may taste good but the lasting effect on your health are not worth it. Junk snack foods have low nutritional value and empty calories. Many of the junk snack foods contain monosodium glutamate, excessive amounts of salt, refined sugar, refined grains, high fructose corn syrup, unhealthy fats, chemical … [Read more...]

Banana Frozen Yogurt Sundae

Banana Frozen Yogurt Sundae

I have adored ice cream and frozen yogurt since I was a little girl. I usually have a homemade cold creamy treat in my freezer on a regular basis. Growing up we had an old fashioned ice cream maker that used rock salt and ice to churn milk, cream, sugar and eggs, into the dreamiest ice creams. My mom use to create all kinds of flavors with fruits and nuts and I had so much fun helping her and watching the ice cream being made. Since July is National Ice Cream Month I … [Read more...]

Fermented Savoy Cabbage, Carrot and Ginger Sauerkraut

Fermented Savoy Cabbage, Carrot and Ginger Sauerkraut

Have you ever made fermented sauerkraut? If you haven’t tried it before, it is pretty simple and quite a fun project to do, especially with kids.  Sauerkraut directly translates to “sour cabbage”. It is made by finely shredding cabbage, adding some salt and then allowing it to ferment via the process of lacto-fermentation. The various lactic acid bacteria that perform the fermentation are naturally present on the cabbage so there is no need to add any bacteria or “starter” … [Read more...]

Yogurt Carob Apple Almond Parfait

Yogurt Carob Apple Almond Parfait

I adore making yogurt parfaits! There is something so satisfying about pairing creamy yogurt with fruit and nuts. I like using both organic Greek yogurt and my recipe for orange coconut yogurt in my parfaits. Making it with coconut yogurt is perfect for anyone who can’t or chooses to not eat dairy because they are on a paleo or vegan diet. Here’s the link to my orange coconut yogurt recipe if you want to try it! Today I made this yogurt carob apple almond parfait with Greek … [Read more...]

Cultured Probiotic-rich Foods Are The Key To Digestive Health And Immunity

Cultured Probiotic-rich Foods Are The Key To Digestive Health And Immunity

I love eating cultured vegetables and fruits and drinking cultured beverages. I enjoy making cabbage sauerkraut, fruit chutneys, fruit butters, fruit compotes, ginger carrots, coconut kefir, beet kvass, and salsa every month. My fascination with cultured/fermented foods started when I found out about them in my training to become a certified healing foods specialist. I was in the classroom portion of my certification in 2008 and our instructors Caroline Barringer and Jennifer Pecot … [Read more...]

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