In last week’s blog you read about the six simple strategies that could help you to get closer to your ideal weight…
And your ideal health.
In other words, strategies to help you become not only a lighter... but also a calmer... happier... and more energized you! (Who wouldn't want that?)
But if you’re like most people, you probably struggle with that sixth strategy on that list: cutting out sugar.
Hey, I get it.
We are genetically predisposed to prefer sweet tastes over sour and bitter. In prehistoric times, this contributed to human survival.
Sweet taste equalled a source of high calories from healthful fruits and vegetables. This supplied the body with needed energy to stave off starvation.
By avoiding bitter, poisonous plants—and thereby avoiding death—our species instinctively knew that “sweet” meant “safe”.
Ironic, isn’t it? Today over-consumption of sugar,...
If you are one of the 64 percent of Canadian adults (69 percent of Americans) who are overweight or obese and you are not happy about it, take heart! Sometimes all it takes to get you on the path to your ideal weight are a few healthful lifestyle tweaks. Whether your weight loss goal is to shed 5, 50, or 100+ pounds, the principles and practices that make it possible are fundamentally the same: water, sunshine, rest, air, exercise, and diet.
It happens to the best of us.
It happened to me yesterday.
Maybe it has happened to you too, at one time or another.
I'm talking about when it's 5:40 p.m. Everyone in your household (including you!) is hungry. Maybe even on the edge of "hangry".
But there are no fragrant culinary smells wafting from the vicinity of your kitchen stove. Not a single one.
No promise that "Dinner will be ready soon".
What's a person to do?
One could, I suppose, make a quick and desperate run to the local McFast food joint. (Not recommended.)
Or one could pull out this recipe for Butter Chickpeas. (Highly recommended!)
It's quick. It's easy. It's totally divine!
And so, so nourishing!
Here are five fabulous anti-cancer reasons why:
I'll be the first to admit it: I'm a sucker for all things "Valentine's Day-ish": the cards, the flowers, the romance. Everything!
Including the "red food" as part of the Valentine's Day Dinner menu.
This brings me to today's recipe.
It originated from a "Creamy Cherry Cheesecake" recipe that I occasionally make (non-dairy, of course). It's quite wonderful too.
But then I got to thinking: The filling is really the best part of this dessert! Then, as my "what if" wheels began to turn in my head, "Creamy Cherry Cheesecake" became "Creamy Cherry Mousse"!
This recipe will save you the time and the work of making a crust, without having to sacrifice any yumminess whatsoever. Think of it as my Valentine's Day gift to you! You're welcome.
Happy New Year! Well, relatively new year.
I’m sorry. I know I dropped the ball. And not the “New York's Times Square-on-New Year’s Eve” ball either. More like the “write-a-blog-for-my-favourite-peeps” kind of ball.
My excuse is that I have been writing a book. Evidently, I’m not so good at multi-tasking.
The good news is that “the book” is close to being published. This spring, fingers crossed. (But you may need to be patient—spring doesn’t come that early in Northern Saskatchewan.)
The other piece of good news is that we still have 336 days remaining this year to work on our health!
We have 336 days to nurture our bodies and spirits.
We have 336 days to take the steps we need to create for ourselves the health we desire.
If you’re not sure where to begin, I always say: Begin with water.
Drink water. ...
In a previous blog I had promised to share my NEW favorite recipes with you, as I discover and taste-test them.
Easy Asian Quinoa made the cut. (I made it TWICE in the last ten days!)
Once you try it out for yourself, I'm sure you'll agree that "it's a keeper". I mean, what's not to like about this salad?
Have you ever found yourself in a rut – when it comes to your meal-making efforts?
You know, same recipes… week after week… month after month.
It happens to the best of us.
Around here, we had been starting to see a lot of Vegetable-Lentil Soup… Three Bean Chili…
And on those WHAT!-IS-IT-SIX O’CLOCK-ALREADY? days: canned sardines on toasted heavy dark rye bread, topped with sweet onion slices. (That’s a balanced meal… isn’t it? Sort of?)
THIS year, I decided, to “mix it up”. My goal is to introduce into my menu planning one new recipe each week. (I also plan to share the good ones with you!)
I tried a brand new recipe last week. EEK. Please don’t make me talk about it.
But THIS week's recipe is a whole other story!
Introducing. . .
1 whole head garlic
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup tahini
3 Tbsp. lemon...
Whoosh! And the Holiday Season is suddenly upon us. Seriously, HOW did this happen?
I’M NOT READY!!!
But I will be. (She says, as she tries to calmly reassure herself.)
There are, after all, still ten whole days until Christmas. That’s enough time.
. . . Isn’t it? (She asks hopefully.)
At least I have the Christmas Day Dinner Menu all planned out. It includes Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, a new side dish recipe I recently stumbled upon.
I’m a BIG FAN of Brussels sprouts, so I’m really excited to try this one out. Plus, Brussels sprouts, as a member of the Brassica family, are one of the best anti-cancer foods there are (as I’ve told you like a BILLION times…)
It contains quercetin... ellagic acid... anthocyanidins...EGCG catechin... sterols... gallic acid... caffeic acid......