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. Read the rest of this entry
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: Read the rest of this entry
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? Read the rest of this entry
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. Read the rest of this entry
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). Read the rest of this entry