Buckwheat - Healthy & Gluten Free

Buckwheat – Healthy & Gluten Free

  The name ‘buckwheat’ is very misleading: many people mistakenly believe it is another type of wheat.  It is not a type of wheat, and it does not contain gluten.  Surprisingly, buckwheat is actually the seed of a fruit, and it is related to sorrel and rhubarb.  Despite actually being a seed, it is generally considered …read more

Avocado: The Allgator Pear

Avocado: The Allgator Pear

Avocados are a wonderfully nutritious fruit (yes – fruit!) that comes from an evergreen tree that can grow up to 65 feet tall.  Because of its shape and the texture of its skin – the avocado is known as ‘The Alligator Pear’. In my research – I found a number of very interesting facts about …read more

Sweetener Confusion

Sweetener Confusion

  Have you ever felt baffled about all the sweeteners that are out there, particularly ‘artificial’ ones?  I sure have!  There’s so much hype in advertising, so much conflicting information in the media, and there are so many names for each of the sweeteners– who can keep it all straight? Well, I decided to dig …read more

Healthy Cruciferous Vegetables

Healthy Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables are part of the Brassicaceae family (cabbage family) of vegetables, which include broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and bok choy – to name a few.  These vegetables are extremely nutritious as they are high in phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Eating them raw or lightly steamed helps to maintain their highly nutritious quality. …read more

Amazing Asparagus

Amazing Asparagus

  Asparagus is an amazing and very healthy vegetable. It is a vegetable that I would not eat as a child, but I have since discovered how wonderful it is. When it is not overcooked – it is delicious, crunchy, and extremely nutritious. There are so many ways to cook asparagus: steam, bake, grill, sauté, …read more

Black Beans & Other Legumes

Black Beans & Other Legumes

  Legumes are a group of vegetables that encompasses peas, lentils and beans.  There are many different types and sizes of legumes such as: black beans, kidney beans, fava beans, garbanzo beans (chick peas), adzuki beans, black eyed beans, pinto beans, lentils, split peas, lima beans – to name a few.  They are a healthy and versatile choice …read more

Chocolate is a Health Food?!

Chocolate is a Health Food?!

Is it true? Is chocolate really a health food?  Yes! Chocolate really IS a health food!  It can be a breakfast food, and it can be helpful in reducing weight! But before I explain why it is so healthy and all the wonderful health benefits of eating chocolate – I have to clarify one, itty bitty …read more

Coconut Oil Controversy

Coconut Oil Controversy

  There is so much information swirling around coconut oil  – much of it contradictory.  So what is the real truth about coconut oil – is it beneficial or is it harmful?  That’s a good question – I’m so glad you asked!  I’ve done some research on the subject so let’s take a closer look …read more

Fats: Good or Bad??

Fats: Good or Bad??

Are you confused about which fats are ‘good fats’ and which fats are ‘harmful fats’?  You’re not alone! There is so much media hype these days about all types of fats – it’s hard to keep the facts straight!  While all fats, even good fats, need to be used in moderation – here are the …read more