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Plain Old Fruit Never Tasted So Good

To be honest, I had quite the pessimistic attitude when I first came upon these little pouches of fruit by Peeled Snacks. Packaged dried fruit, so what is new? It is just dried fruit, so simple, no wow factor … but to my complete surprise so [counter] revolutionary.
I used to be an avid dried […]

Stop Eating Unwashed Fruit

Tempted to grab an apple or pear at a farm’s roadside stand and sink your teeth into it? DON’T! In a recent issue of Real Simple magazine, they assessed the risk factor of various actions, eating unwashed fruit being one of them, and it received their highest risk factor rating. As they […]

Higher Antioxidant Levels Found in Organic and Spoiled Produce

As the organic vs. conventional battle rages on, a major new study awards yet another victory to organic produce and dairy. But oddly enough, organics may not be the only antioxidant heavyweight. Look deep within your produce bin to discover the ignored fruit and vegetables that are just a bit past their prime, and you […]

Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Many people shy away from buy fresh fruits and vegetables because of their reputation of spoiling before you get a chance to eat them. You can avoid this trouble by storing your fruits and vegetables properly so they stay fresh and tasty for as long as possible.

Here are some easy tips:
On the counter, out of […]

Watermelon Feta Salad

In California, we’re fortunate enough to occasionally find out of season fruits during the otherwise dreary (fruit wise) winter months, and thanks to the popular Trader Joe’s and Safeway grocery store chains, selections often includes watermelon, pre-sliced and packed in a tub and ready to eat.
Most melons, but particularly watermelon, are a dieter’s friend, and […]

Drink With Your Eyes: Beautiful Spa Water


Adequate hydration is crucial for everyone, and there isn’t any fare more fit than a clean and crisp glass of water.  “Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues” says the Mayo Clinic.  That’s a small list of the health […]

Cookbook Review: Perfect Light Desserts by Nick Malgieri

I was excited to walk into my local library and spy a copy of Perfect Light Desserts: Fabulous Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and More Made with Real Butter, Sugar, Flour, and Eggs, All Under 300 Calories Per Generous Serving by Nick Malgieri (author of the popular How to Bake) and David Joachim right on the shelf. […]

The Power Of Red Grapefruit

Some years ago, many of my friends were on the Grapefruit Diet. It was all the rage. Basically, people believed that you could eat just about anything you wanted, if you drank a glass of grapefruit juice along with it. The grapefruit supposedly burned off the fat and helped you lose weight. I remember watching […]

Pear Harvest: Spicy Pear Muffins

It’s pear harvest time in many parts of the Pacific Northwest, which produces 99 percent of the pears grown in the United States. The climate and temperatures found in California, Washington State, and Oregon are ideal for pears. Fortunately, pear consumption is growing in this country, more than any other fruit, so growers are working […]

My First Week As A Vegan

Over the years, I’ve often thought about becoming a vegan. To my mind, it seemed a healthier, more ethical way to eat. However, it seemed daunting. Meat holds a limited attraction for me, but seafood, eggs, and dairy are my favorite foods. So, I’ve always regarded vegans as incredibly brave to […]