Even though the weather is still steamy hot, fall is coming up fast. Time to stock up on back to school supplies and get some fresh ideas for healthy kids’ lunches as well as ways to get your kids to eat whole grains.
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Licorice seems to be one of those “love it” or “hate it” flavors – probably because it has such a strong and distinct taste. Licorice is not just a candy, it is actually an extract from the Glycyrrhiza Glabra plant, which means sweet root.
Tomatoes, chanterelles, and the most fragrant fresh berries I”ve ever tasted: Join me in my latest travel update – exploring German farmers” markets, creating an uproar with my pancetta asparagus recipe and experimenting with wild boar stew and other game.
Did you know that stress may be the reason for the extra weight around your middle? In response to stress, your body produces many hormones and one in particular, cortisol, will send you rummaging for ice cream or other high-calorie foods to replenish the energy your body believes it spent handling a stressful event. But help is near!
Two studies published in this month”s JAMA add to evidence that long-term lifestyle habits may reduce the risk of mental decline in old age. These studies are observational and not definitive, but they hint at what might reduce the chances of Alzheimer”s or dementia.
Long a cornerstone to ayurevedic medicine and revered by tropical civilizations, coconut oil has a surprisingly long history in food and medicine throughout the world. However, the oil that has been somewhat controversial when it comes to recent health studies.
A reader wrote in this week asking for multiple ways to cook broccoli, one of my favorite super-charged vitamin-packed veggies! Broccoli has been touted as a superfood, and for good reason – here”s quick and delicious ways to cook broccoli!
Since seeing the mounds of butter and melted chocolate oozing across the screen in “Julie and Julia,” I”ve been craving an indulgent chocolate dessert. So I made this rich, dark molten cake that”s crusty on top and soft and melted in the center.
I was recently reading an article on women”s health that highlighted recent research from San Jose State University – revealing that yoga”s perfect-body secret may actually be all in your head!
Kids can be really picky about what they eat, and most kids eat with their eyes. Making healthy lunches for your kids shouldn”t be a chore, and my yummy foods look fun and are sized just for them, no cooking experience necessary!
There are plenty of health and exercise myths out there – and whenever someone asks me about yoga, the issue of flexibility always comes up. First off, you don”t have to be flexible to do yoga, but practicing yoga on a regular basis can help you to become more flexible and certainly more centered.
Heart attack survivors who eat chocolate two or more times per week cut their risk of dying from heart disease about threefold compared to those who never touch the stuff, scientists have reported. Smaller quantities confer less protection, but are still better than none, according to the study, which appears in the September issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine.
There is nothing cuter than a baby pig my Granny used to say, and she”s so right! These little guys didn”t mind being held and are about the same size as a puppy. And the farmers at the farm got a real kick out of me cuddling and cooing over this baby!
My friend Ray posted this amazing artist”s work, called “Fast Food Mafia”: SilentSketcher parodies the “heavies” from many fast food companies that I”m sure you”ll recognize.
Chakra, meaning “wheel” in Sanskrit, is a term that yogis use to describe energy points in the body that start at the base of the spine and travel past the crown of the head. Learn more about each of the seven…
It”s no secret that sedentary behavior contributes to obesity and chronically poor health. But not all sedentary behaviors are created equal, according to a new study that examines the link between blood pressure in children and their choice of inactive pastimes, including watching TV, using the computer and reading.
Summer just so happens to be the perfect time to save money in the kitchen and save on calories. Why? Because nature”s bounty is plentiful, flavorful and naturally healthy! What”s more is that a little goes a long way!
Living in a “food desert” – such as a neighborhood on Chicago”s South Side – can have a negative impact on one”s health, according to a 2006 study of five local areas with no full-service grocery stores. Watch the update courtesy of Chicago”s PBS…
My neighbor Susan recently gave me a charming book about old-fashioned cocktails. The author stresses throughout the book that the base of a delicious mixed drinks comes from premium spirits and fresh juices – no bottled mixes. So I”ve devised four recipes for lower-calorie shots!
Whether or not you believe in auras there is no question that a certain energy surrounding people can make a person beautiful, charismatic, and in some cases irresistible.
As we drove through the German countryside on our latest trip, a pale yellow and green checkerboard of corn and wheat flashed past us. We were expected that afternoon at cousin Ludger”s farm where he raises some fifteen hundred pigs alongside several fertile wheat fields.
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