Review: Healing the Vegan Way by Mark Reinfeld

Described by Publishers Weekly as the "male equivalent to a vegan Rachel Ray" Mark Reinfeld has 20 years of experience preparing creative vegan and raw cuisine and has authored or co-authored 6 cookbooks....more

Gut Health - Why it Matters

As I met with a client recently and and we discussed the benefits of moving toward a whole food, plant-based diet including the weight loss he desired, reduced cholesterol, decreased blood pressure, and optimal gut health, he asked,"Does gut health affect anything other than your stomach not feeling bad?"What a great question!  It's easy for me to excitedly ramble on about gut health without really laying the foundation for what occurs in our gut and how it affects nearly every other aspect of our health....more

Best of June - Recipes in Review

Apparently my disinterest in salads didn't last long and how could it when you stumble upon this Epic Plant-Powered Chopped Salad by Ashley at Blissful Basil.  The Creamy Basil Ranch Dressing was absolutely delicious!  Next time I'll definitely make a double batch and enjoy it on salads all week long....more

Fun Foods for Kids!

I love helping parents find creative ways to get their kids eating healthy.  The easiest way is to start from their very first bite!  When it is time for solids to be introduced into a little ones diet, there is no need for fancy or expensive baby foods, but rather providing them with foods such as avocados, sweet potatoes, steamed vegetables, and bananas is the most nutritious and simplest way to form their palate to crave these foods.  Actually, research shows that our palates begin forming in the womb....more

Post-Baby Food Prep (or Freezer Meals for Anyone!)

With our little girl's due date just 7 weeks away (feels like it will be an eternity and the blink of an eye at the same time!) I'm doing some serious planning ahead.  I've never been the master of transitions and with this being our first child I know its going to be a big one.  While I can't prepare for everything, there are simple things I can have planned to make the transition a bit easier, including nourishing meals stocked in the freezer and a list of recipes that are manageable once we get the hang of things....more

Navigating Restaurants for Healthy Eaters: A Guide to Eating Out

Who doesn't love to eat out?! Sharing life with friends and family over a good meal and no clean up!  :)  Regardless of how much fun dinner on the town can be, restaurants are notorious for salty, calorie-loaded meals that can wreak havoc on your health (especially if you're dining out regularly). Thankfully many restaurants are becoming increasingly mindful of those who are more conscious of their health, and new restaurants seem to emerge weekly that are health havens without losing the flavor!...more
This is a smart and straightforward post.  Happycow is a great resource.  I think that a lot of ...more

Shop Smart! 4 Tips for Reading Food Labels

The grocery store can be overwhelming!  You desire to purchase healthful foods, yet are bombarded by advertising that pulls you in different directions.  Below you’ll find my top 4 considerations when selecting a packaged item for purchase....more

Best of April - Recipes in Review

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Spring?  I'm sure I have!  ;)  One favorite of this season is sitting on my back steps enjoying breakfast as the sun rises and the birds sing their little tunes.  I love oatmeal and eat it nearly every day, but when warmer months roll around a hot dish is the furthest thing from my mind, so I've been enjoying many of my typical oatmeal dishes cold.Breakfast...more

A Recipe Book for Real Food Lovers

11 recipe books are stacked up in my kitchen, yet only one book is getting the most use once I started on the journey of eating wholesome meals - Lisa Leake's 100 Days of Real Food....more

Today's Outrage: Whole Foods Addresses Outrage With National Guardsmen By Feeding Kids

Note: From the time I first started writing this post until I went to get links for the post, I see that Whole Foods has already addressed the issue. Whole Foods is now working with the Baltimore County Recreation and Parks to provide food to the kids.  ...more