Summertime means longer days and more time outdoors. Juicy watermelon, fresh salads and lots of sun-ripened fruits are things that also come to mind when I think of summer. The summers here in Switzerland for the past two years have been fantastic. Longer than usual and we have spent a lot of time in the water and outside.
The hot weather and sunny days mean that I need to use some sunscreen when I know we’re going to be outside for a long time. While I don’t use a lot of sunscreen because I prefer to get some vitamin D, I put some on after about 20-30 minutes of direct-sun contact. If my kids are playing outside for an extended period of time or we are spending the day at the pool, I’ll also use sunscreen on them. (more…)
When the temperature outside starts to rise, there’s nothing like a tasty, cold treat. I had a friend recently give me a fudgesicle from a recipe she’d just tried out. The recipe she used called for using avocado. I have to say, I was hooked. It had such a creamy consistency and was really yummy! I found a similar recipe online, and tweaked to my own tastes. I’m really pleased with how they turned out. (more…)
Chia jam is…well, awesome. It’s easy to make, is ready in minutes, and is really delicious. And, if you’ve followed my blog at all, packed full of nutrition. I believe that food can and should be both good for you AND delicious. Fresh, homemade, real food beats anything you can find in the grocery store. My older daughter didn’t think she liked jam until she had homemade jam. She’s now a fan. In fact, according to journalist and author of “The Dorito Effect“, Mark Schatzker, flavor is intrinsically linked to nutrition: (more…)
Cooking rice is something that I do at least once a week. Growing up with a Vietnamese mom afforded me many rice-eating opportunities! It could be my genetics or my diet growing up, but I love rice. I don’t think I could live without it actually. If you have a rice cooker, cooking rice is a cinch. However, it’s one of those single-use appliances that can take up a lot of room in a kitchen.
Cooking rice in an ordinary pot is extremely simple. In fact, you can make perfect rice just about every time in an ordinary pot. You never have to even measure out the rice. It works regardless the amount of rice you put in the pot. I’m about the share an Asian secret that will take all of the mystery out of making rice turn out great each time you cook it. Are you ready? (more…)
Making your own nut butter couldn’t be easier. If you have a food processor, you can have your own fresh, homemade peanut butter in no time. I began my nut butter journey not too long ago while on a candida cleanse. I was allowed cashews on the cleanse and began making my own cashew butter. I’ve been making my own nut butter ever since. Not only does homemade nut butter taste terrific, it is often a fraction of the cost. (more…)
Got bad breath? Cavities? Well, you wouldn’t be alone. Chronic, bad breath has been linked to underlying infection(s) in the body that manifest as bad breath. Cavities have been linked to nutritional deficiencies, specifically minerals. Healthy teeth are so important and maintaining good and proper oral hygiene is not only good for your breath and cavity prevention, it is also vitally important against preventing serious diseases including heart disease (1). (more…)
Many of us are in the throes of the winter cold and flu season. Colds and the flu can be at best a nuisance, and at worst downright miserable. When you are sick, it can be difficult to do much of anything. It’s disruptive to your life and it takes time away from the things that are important to you. There are plenty of other things that you’d probably rather do than be sick with a cold! The good thing to know is that there are ways to prevent both colds and the flu and you can do it right at home! (more…)
December is always a busy time and this year was no different. I had the great fortune to participate in a play this past December. It’s called “The Messiah.” Now, those of you who are familiar with Händel’s “Messiah” may be disappointed to learn that this is no Händel’s “Messiah.” It is a British satire written by actor and playwright, Patrick Barlow. (more…)
What on earth is ghee, do you ask? If you are new to natural living, or have not cooked a lot of Indian food then ghee may be unfamiliar to you. Clear, delicious, liquid gold is what I like to call it. But if you are looking for a more appropriate definition, it is more specifically clarified butter. It is used often in Indian cuisine. The butter is cooked until all of the milk solids have been cleared and all that is left is a golden liquid. In addition to cooking, ghee is used in ayurvedic medicine and religious rituals. (more…)
I never thought I would see the day that kale would hit the mainstream, but it did. I was back in the US last Christmas and went to a grocery store to pick up some items for Christmas dinner. What did I see in the organic aisle? You guessed it. Kale chips. Right there in the grocery store….mind you, not Whole Foods, but a regular grocery store. Since I don’t live in the US anymore, maybe this is terribly common, but I was so surprised to see it…pleasantly surprised.
I bought the kale chips and started to snack on them immediately. Unfortunately, I was less than enthusiastic about the flavor. It’s a real food and it’s hard to keep real food fresh and delicious. This particular kale was also not de-stemmed. While it’s not completely necessary to de-stem kale, it’s certainly much easier to eat. The stems are really fibrous and chewy. Making kale at home allows you to de-stem your kale, and provides that real ‘chip’ experience when you bite into it. And fresh, of course, is always tastiest. (more…)