Healthy eating: Snow or not, delicious ways to use kale

“Snowmaggedon” or “Snowpocalypse” came into our area with a roar. If you were like me, you were housebound for several days due to the condition of our local roads. We moved here from Burlington, Vermont almost 20 years ago and during our last winter we had 120 inches of snow recorded for our neighborhood. So…

Healthy Eating: Magic Mineral Broth — recovery in a bowl

I recently had surgery. I had my initial consult with the surgeon back in October 2018. I needed the surgery, but kept putting other things and other people in front of myself. As a result of my cancer diagnosis, I have had too many surgeries in the last decade. I kept thinking that this surgery…

Check out Verdant’s healthy lifestyle programs to start your new year off right

A new year often means a new start. If you want lifestyle changes that you can sustain, take a look at the Verdant Health Commission’s Getting to Goal Weight Reduction Class on Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Mediterranean for Life six-part program starting Thursday Jan. 17, or the weekly Healthy Living Coaching Group for support and…

Healthy Eating: Eat better in 2019, one day at a time

The new year is just days away. This is the time when people hurry up and get things accomplished before the end of the year and start to think about plans for 2019. Thinking about resolutions comes to mind. These resolutions often involve health-related topics, which include losing weight, eating better and exercising more. Thus…

Healthy Eating: Savory or sweet, these treats are just right for holiday season

This is the time of year when our eating and drinking habits can get out of control easily.  During the holiday season, overeating can be a serious problem, leaving us feeling tired, stressed and generally unwell. Lots of family gatherings, office parties and holiday festivities with friends offer us an abundance of opportunities for overindulging….

Butternut Squash Soup

Healthy Eating: Enjoy soup season with butternut squash

We have entered the season of soup. Halloween arrives. The rains begin. The leaves fall from the trees. Daylight savings time comes. Definitely “soup season.” I love it! One of my favorite Sunday rituals is to make a big pot of soup that feeds the family during the week. I love a dinner of soup,…

Healthy Eating: Treat yourself to a whole-grain cookie

We just celebrated the Fall Equinox and it’s apparent that the days are getting shorter. For many of us, our children are back in school. The rhythm of my days has shifted. I harvested the last of my Italian plums and created a glorious new recipe for Plum Chutney (which I will share in another…

Healthy Eating: Anytime is waffle time

I love this time of year when I have lots of fresh fruits and veggies from the market and from my garden. The bounty is overwhelming and I enjoy sharing my extras with friends and neighbors. Despite the hot weather (although this is a debatable statement…I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and that is…

Healthy Eating: Try a Sun Burger on backyard barbecue

I have been a yoga teacher since 1987. Yes, that is a long time. Thirty-one years, to be exact. I was taking yoga classes before it was trendy. In fact, when I was taking yoga it was still considered weird and not mainstream. Now there are more yoga teachers than the market can bear. I…

Healthy Eating: Strawberry-rhubarb crumb cake

Although summer does not officially start until June 21, many people think of Memorial Day as the beginning of our summer season. For me, it’s when I pick my first strawberry from my backyard garden. That date will be June 1st this year. I was weeding last night and out of the corner of my…

Healthy Eating: Savory zucchini pancakes

What an amazing start to spring we have had. Just this past week we had all four seasons in one day: rain, hail, snow and sunshine. I am in the midst of getting my garden planted and we managed to get in cold weather crops and have lettuce and peas poking up through the garden…

Healthy Eating: Pumpkin banana bread a nutritious after-school snack

The seed catalogs are starting to arrive in my mailbox and the Seattle Flower & Garden Show just ended…this definitely means that I need to start planning my vegetable garden. I know many people probably have their plant starts going. My husband and I have a small backyard vegetable garden. We tend to grow enough…

Healthy Eating: The connection between good health and community

January is almost gone and we have two more months of winter. When all we seem to be getting is rain, rain and more rain, then comfort foods beckon, right? Those of you who made New Year’s resolutions regarding exercise and diet have probably abandoned them by now. Don’t despair — that’s normal. Willpower in…

Healthy Eating: Baked latkes for Chanukah

I was raised in the Midwest in a reform Jewish household. The cultural aspects of growing up Jewish continue to be important to me and part of that legacy involves delicious food memories from the holidays.  I am sorry that I did not pay more attention to my paternal grandmother’s cooking and capture some of…

Healthy Eating: Festive muffins for a healthier holiday

Thanksgiving is the biggest food holiday of the season — bigger than Christmas and New Year’s put together. In fact, Thanksgiving kicks off six weeks of celebration: Office parties, family gatherings, hanging out with friends. It’s easy for eating and drinking to add on the pounds without even trying. I recommend getting outside and taking…

Healthy Eating: Make-your-own pizza a family meal

School has already started for some families, and others will send their kids off after the Labor Day weekend.  Here’s a simple, nutritious family meal that brings everyone together: pizza. This recipe makes a terrific “do-it-yourself” family meal –especially with all of the wonderful vegetables in the markets right now. All you do is make…

Healthy Eating: Fresh scones

These can be used as shortcakes, scones, the cobbler on top of baked fruit, and with the addition of herbs or cheese, savory biscuits to accompany dinner. The trick here is not to overwork the dough and make sure all of your ingredients are cold. It’s a very crumbly mass once it comes out of…

Healthy Eating: Peas and pistachios make for tasty pesto

My peas are steadily climbing up their lattice. We planted them late but we’ve enjoyed cool weather and they remain vibrant and happy. I love pesto and come up with endless variations for this special- to-my-heart concoction. I often use basil, but other times I use parsley, mint, chives, tarragon, etc. Making up combinations depending…

Healthy Eating: Kale salad packs a punch of flavor and nutrients

June 30 is a big deal date in my life. On that date in 2009, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This means that on June 30th I will be celebrating my 8th Cancerversary! Without going into details, this means that I am beating the odds with ovarian cancer. I am “dancing with N.E.D” and…

Healthy Eating: Zucchini noodles a nutritious and delicious option

I believe that zucchini is underrated and underused in the kitchen. So many people overcook it and then wonder why they don’t enjoy eating it. Here is a way to use zucchini in a fun way and enjoy it with spring vegetables (or whatever you have on hand or pick up at the Farmer’s Market)….

Healthy Eating: Kale salad is spring on a plate

I know spring has surely arrived when Country Farms on Highway 99 in Edmonds has opened! It may not feel like it’s time to get planting right now, but I am putting in my first batch of peas and lettuce this weekend in my garden. I may even be behind, as many friend have had…

Healthy Eating: Enjoy tastes of season by practicing moderation, not denial

We have Thanksgiving behind us, which means the season of eating has only just begun. It can be a challenging time for many, and emotional eating as well as drinking in the name of holiday parties can take over. The practice of “mindful eating” can be useful. I’ve discussed this concept before, but I bring…

Healthy Eating: Hearty soups for fall

As someone who loves to cook as well as share the joys of nourishing food, the fall season is a favorite time of year. This is because I adore making, eating and sharing soup. I think soup is one of life’s healing elixirs. It’s a great way to use up leftovers from the refrigerator in…

Healthy Eating: Tomatoes and basil are for more than just pasta

Tomatoes and basil ripening and ready to be eaten is a celebration for me. I’m the only one in my household that likes raw tomatoes (unbelievable?!) so when they are fresh picked from the vine, I am in heaven. Basil and tomatoes go hand in hand–combining these two ingredients with fresh mozzarella and extra virgin…

Healthy Eating: Time to get creative with zucchini

We have once again arrived at the time of the year when neighbors start leaving zucchini on the front porch. I stopped planting this squash because I know so many folks are going to get extra. I love to shred it, measure out one-cup portions, store it in a Ziplock freezer bag and freeze until…