Baked salmon and vegetable roll ups

Vanilla yogurt with dried blueberries and sweetened coconut

Serves 3Ingredients3 cups of vanilla yogurt3 strawberries3 tablespoons dried blueberries3 tablespoons sweetened coconut3 slices sourdough bread3 teaspoons hazelnut spreadInstructions...more

Keeping a healthy brain with good food

Riva Greenberg, a diabetes advocate, author, speaker and coach discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the foods we choose to eat and how they affect our brain health. Studies have revealed that the brain shrinks as one becomes obese. Yet, on the other hand, it appears that foods -- such as processed foods -- are addictive and stimulate the pleasure center of our brains. One of the big trigger foods that almost makes it irresistible to stop eating these types of foods is sugar....more

The BEST Fat Burning Foods

Eating whole foods and getting regular exercise is a great effort towards reaching your shape and fitness goals. Here are 16 Fat-Burning Foods, that when used throughout your weekly food plan, can help you with that journey:1.       Walnuts...more

Headed Towards Spring

I love this life!  It has clearly been put on my heart by God above.  This path has been placed perfectly in front of me. I was raised in a large metropolitan city with no thought of ever being an animal breeder or farmer.  God has led us to this place we named CrossWind Farm.  This name signifies the Cross, the everconstant wind that blows though our land and into our lives, the cross aisles formed by our barn construction to allow the wind to circulate most efficiently and the aeronautical term signifying crossing the active runway perpendicular to the wind direction....more

Slow Food and Sobremesa

I am wholeheartedly a believer in Slow Food. If you've read my blog, you can see that I've written about it before. But, I heard the term sobremesa from my mom the other day and it took me back to my childhood and so I'm mentioning it to you. I've been fortunate enough to have had "sobremesa" since I was a kid. I distinctly remember the term that was used and knew it meant that we could be talking for awhile, way after the meal was done. ...more

Do you want junk food restrictions?

Since I've started writing this blog over two years ago, I am always interested to hear what people say about keeping to a healthy eating plan. The thing is, there doesn't seem to be one correct answer to solving our countries obesity problem. Yes, on one hand I do see that it is ultimately up to the individual to eat good, healthy foods, but what about kids? Its not like they have the capability to decide what is best for their diet -- they need the help of their parents, right? And parents?...more

Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Back-To-School Snacks

Now that school has started, you might just be one of the many parents scratching your chin or staring blankly into the fridge trying to figure out how to get your kids to eat healthy, gluten-free snacks instead of reaching for that convenient box of cookies or granola bars—both loaded with more sugar than a candy bar. Back-to-school gluten-free snacking doesn’t have to be a boring bag of dried, sticky raisins or expensive sushi. The solution for kid-friendly snacks is to create natural flavor with spices and fresh herbs instead of relying on white sugar and salt. ...more
Great ideas!! I love snack food and these are some unique ways to keep things from getting ...more

The art of eating like the goddess you are

It's a fragrant, lemony scented afternoon in Florence. Having come far from distant lands, the hot, dry wind has settled in my garden for a long-awaited rest. Yawning in a sweet slumber, little puffs of breath escape him, lingering in scents of rosemary and mint. Nestled under a summer hat and tickled by the light that is playfully drawing on the canvas of my face, I am thinking about dinner. A fast-cooked macaroni and cheese certainly will not do!...more

Grain Free, Gluten Free Banana Breakfast Muffins

Because I didn't really do anything earth-shattering in the exercise category  today, I wanted to try to whip up something healthy. I try to steer clear of grains as much as possible and wanted to create something that would be a good go-to for breakfast. It's not uncommon for people to default to refined carbs like toast, bagels, or sugary cereals for their morning meal. These muffins might be a good alternative for people who are looking for a higher protein or gluten free breakfast. Check out the recipe below....more