Making the Perfect Avocado Salad

The perfect avocado salad is the perfect combination of fresh avocado, thinly sliced red onions, cilantro, sliced cucumbers, and fresh tomatoes.   Not only that the perfect avocado salad is topped with a perfectly light, buttery, and luscious lime salad dressing and fresh herbs….that perfectly ties all of the salad ingredients together into a celebration of summerContinue reading “Making the Perfect Avocado Salad”

Raspberries…The Which

  Raspberries are another food that is high in antioxidants. ******************** Buying Raspberries Buy certified organically grown raspberries because these have less likelihood to have been exposure to contaminants—such as pesticides and heavy metals. Look for the USDA organic logo on the container to make sure that they are “cerified organic.”. Buy raspberries in their peak period—whichContinue reading “Raspberries…The Which”

Making the Perfect Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a great recipe to have in your arsenal because you can make it ahead of time…actually ratatouille tastes even better if you do make it ahead of time.and then reheat it.   Ratatouille is great because it can help you rescue those extra vegetables that you have sitting in the “food rotter” ofContinue reading “Making the Perfect Ratatouille”

Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie

Now that my husband has been officially declared as a type 2 diabetic, one of my priorities as far as our family meals has been to start cooking healthier than my Mississippi ancestry and love for foods such as Paula Dean’s Sour Cream Pound Cake have always taught me. I have started exploring options to ordinaryContinue reading “Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie”

Date Sugar—What?! Why?! How?!

The What?! Another natural sugar substitute that’s popular among raw food enthusiasts. Date sugar is simply made by dehydrating and finely grinding whole dates into a granular powder and requires no processing whatsoever. Date sugar has a lightly sweet, caramel-like flavor and the consistency of brown sugar.   The Why?! Even though dates contain tons ofContinue reading “Date Sugar—What?! Why?! How?!”

Coconut Sugar

Okay, so now that I’ve started shopping at stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods, I think that I’ve seen every product imaginable made from coconut and learned several really good reasons to keep a good supply of castile soap and coconut oil on hand, so why does it surprise me that the almighty coconut canContinue reading “Coconut Sugar”

Fiber–The How-Nots

So now that we have looked at exactly what fiber is, why we need it, and some of the best sources for getting the fiber that we all need, let’s finish this series of posts by looking at a few ways NOT to try to get the fiber that you need.   Taking a fiber supplementContinue reading “Fiber–The How-Nots”

Fiber—The How Else?!

Okay, now we know specifically which fruits and vegetables can help us reach our DV of fiber, but what else can help us reach this daily goal, or the goal of getting seven to ten grams of fiber at each meal. Let’s take a look… Legumes Black Beans…Black beans are a nutrient-dense legume that contain fifteen gramsContinue reading “Fiber—The How Else?!”

Avocado—The What?!

The first word that you probably think of whenever you hear the word “avocado” is most likely “guacamole”… And if you’re like me, you rarely saw avocados when you were growing up in any other location than the local Mexican restaurant.   Since avocados and Mexican food always seem to go hand in hand, thenContinue reading “Avocado—The What?!”

Cannery Row

Processed foods are much more than Mighty Kids Meals from McDonald’s, and definitely includes foods that you probably would never have ever even considered “processed food.” A processed food is any food item that has been altered from its natural state, through any “processing method,” regardless of how small that change might have actually been—including canning,Continue reading “Cannery Row”