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…

Healthy Eating: A perfect bar for bonanza of berries

In my garden, I am enjoying strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. We’re in the midst of a berry bonanza. Each individual, tasty berry has its own unique nutritional values and functional benefits. Supercharge your diet and maximize berry health benefits by enjoying the entire berry patch. Here are the berry facts: Strawberries Serving: 1 Cup Nutrition…

Healthy Eating: Celebrating a legacy of food in moderation

My 86-year-old mother, Edith Binder, has been in the throes of Alzheimer’s for the past three years. She passed away peacefully two weeks ago. Although it’s hard to lose my last parent, it is a relief that she is free to dance with my father and brother now. She was a shadow of herself at…

Healthy Eating: Develop a taste for moderation and mindfulness this holiday season

We are entering the season of “robust” eating, overindulgence and busy schedules. Many folks stock up on candy for Halloween trick-or-treaters and the cupboards stay full of goodies right through New Year’s Eve. This can be hard on the waistline….as well as for those at risk for diabetes, heart disease or any other condition where…

Healthy Eating: An ovarian cancer survivor’s quest for balance

We are nearing the end of September and for me that means the end of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The world is about to get a lot pinker in October. For those of us on the TEAL journey, it is challenging to have everything “pinkified” all the time. Women get “below of the belt” cancers…

Healthy Eating: Ratatouille a delicious way to use summer veggies

Many gardens are bursting with zucchini and tomatoes. Have you been zucchini bombed by your neighbor yet? That means that they left you an unmarked paper bag full of very large zucchini on your front porch. I just picked up a lovely bowl of tomatoes from a neighbor who graciously offered them to me because…

Healthy Eating: Blueberry yogurt muffins

Anyone can notice that yogurt has become very popular and mainstream. In some ways this is wonderful and it has also sparked the creation of many products that I call pseudo-health foods (think yogurt pops). Somehow a person feels better about eating frozen yogurt rather than ice cream (when in fact frozen yogurt often has…

Healthy Eating: A sneaky (and delicious) way to use zucchini

If you are a gardener then you know this is the time of the year when the great zucchini parade begins! I have already seen boxes out on the sidewalk with “free” signs attached….what lurks inside? Zucchini if you had to guess! It is a wonderful and delicious vegetable ESPECIALLY if you pluck it when…

Healthy Eating: A muffin for that bonanza of berries

As you have probably noticed, everything in our gardens and the farmers’ markets are coming in early. We are in the midst of a berry bonanza in our garden with strawberries just ending and raspberries and blueberries going strong. I’m happy to say that even with the heat and lack of rain we are having…