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Pantry Staples: Rice Salad on a Budget


By Ralph and Patti Villers.  We have been on a kick making salads lately. Not your typical leafy green salad, but one made from ordinary and prosaic items, such as grains that we often keep in the pantry. Given the current (high) price of gasoline recently, we employed a ‘raid the pantry only’ strategy. Happily, this […]

Vegetarian Diet Linked To Higher IQ


Experts say that a vegetarian diet is healthier than an omnivorous one because of the excess of meat eaten by meat eaters. But now it appears that vegetarians may very well be smarter too. A study published by a Southampton University team appears to establish a link between higher than average childhood IQ and […]

Review: Weil by Nature’s Path Hot Oatmeal


When I was younger, my mother would occasionally make me oatmeal in the morning. She would cook up the oats and sprinkle them with a light dusting of sugar - and I do mean a light dusting. My younger self would often stand nearby hoping some fortuitous accident would lead to a whole heaping spoonful […]

The MacUltimate Triple Six Dollar Burger


Sometimes random searches on Flickr reap frighteningly unhealthy rewards. Four burgers, four different fast food spots, all combined into one very unappetizing image. I crunched the numbers. If the photographer ate this monstrosity he would have consumed 3,800 calories and 246g of fat, 95 of which are saturated. Take THAT treadmill!
Get your antacid ready when […]

Baby Steps To Doing a Better Job Taking Care of My Home


Taking care of myself in a more healthful way has evolved in baby steps. A few small changes here and a few small changes there have developed into a new, slimmer, better feeling, more healthful me! The changes were a challenge at first. But they became less and less of a challenge […]

Earth Day: April is National Garden Month


Spring is an interesting time of year in the Denver area. One day it might be 80 degrees and sunny, the next might be 30 degrees and snowy. Even so, I take time to weed and spruce up my front flower garden every April as well as contemplate and plan the backyard’s potential […]

Simple Spring Cleanse


Do you often find yourself tired or fatigued? Do you often eat fast, fried or refined foods? Do you suffer from headaches or chronic aches and pains? Are you constipated or having problems with digestion? Are you feeling bloated and puffy? Do you drink a lot of alcohol and/or caffeine? Are you looking to jump-start […]

Joy of Uncooking -Thai Summer Salad


Thai food is known for its use of fresh herbs and taste balancing of spicy, sweet, sour, salty and bitter. I enjoy playing with the flavors. For this recipe, think of the ingredients in a summer roll on a crisp and clean salad.
Thai Summer Salad
Serves 8
2 cucumbers, julienned
2 carrots, julienned
2 Thai peppers, […]

7 Reasons to Buy Locally Grown Food


Ecocuisine is a movement meant to promote locally grown, sustainable foods.What exactly are “sustainable foods?” Those foods produced locally by people who value fresh, nutritious, seasonal food and who are concerned with social, economic, and environmental issues of food production and distribution.
Though many people have been turned on to eating locally grown produce, many areas […]

Review: Southern Alps Slow Fruit


When the opportunity arose to sample a selection of Southern Alps Slow Fruit, I jumped at the chance. In the past, I have tended to shy away from dried fruit because it is so often loaded with additives, preservatives, and sugar, which not only decrease the healthfulness of the snack but, in my experience, have […]