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Strawberries for Blemish-Free Skin?


If you listen to an aesthetician at Splash Spa in New York City, strawberries are the way to go.  In a recent issue of Family Circle magazine, Christine Bibbo Herr, Senior Fashion Editor, shared this tip that she got from the NYC aesthetician:
“(She) told me the easiest skin treatment ever.  Slice a fresh strawberry in […]

Losing Weight and Cooking Local


For most people, losing weight isn’t easy. I’ve been struggling with my weight for years now. I need to lose a good 10 pounds and I’ve been unable to, despite massive amounts of exercise. So recently, I started taking a harder look at my eating. I’ve counted calories for a couple of years now, but […]

Watching Sodium Intake


I nearly did a doubletake when I saw this information in the October issue of Cooking Light magazine.  When it comes to using canned beans, I simply rinse the beans, drain them and use.  I never really gave much thought to the sodium content in beans … until now.
Cooking Light magazine took a look at […]

How to Start Eating Local


Eating local is all the rage these days. It is good for the environment, good for local farmers, often healthier (due to the lack of preservatives and pesticides), and tastes better. I’ve been cooking local for several years now and sharing my passion with anyone who will listen. However there are a few challenges to […]

Chi-chi-chi-chia SEEDS, Not Pets


You remember the commercial, don’t you? That snappy little jingle that was followed by the TV announcer telling you all you had to do was spread the magic chia seeds on the animal shaped pot, water and poof you had a nice little Chia Pet…? I never had a Chia Pet, but I did give the […]

Ode to a Good Sandwich Wrap


There are few things in life as good as a fresh sandwich wrap. Truly, how much better does it get than to find some lovely fresh flat bread, a few crunchie veggies and some thinly sliced deli meats all rolled together and garnished with the best whole grain mustard you can find?
During the summertime, my […]

A is for Asparagus


How fabulous is spring? The warm weather, budding trees and longer days all make me happy, but I think that of all the great things about spring, asparagus is my absolute favorite.After months of gooey winter squash and carb-loaded dishes, I love the fresh crunch of lightly sauteed asparagus. It’s a tasty way to ease […]

Artichokes 101


Have you ever looked at an artichoke in the market and thought, “What the heck am I supposed to do with that?” If so, you’re not alone.
Artichokes are odd looking–like a cross between a hand grenade and a cactus. Plus those tiny thorns on the tops of the leaves can give you a nasty prick […]

Testing the Limits of the Latest Superfood


As reported last week, Natural Products Expo West 2008 was abuzz with new-to-market superfoods. Yet one in particular has garnered a great deal of curiosity for its nutritional merit, incredible versatility, and unique modern history. Decades ago, I recall sitting in front of the TV, listening to Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Pet jingle that still rings clearly in […]

Simple Changes in Your Eating Habits Can Help You Stay Fit


Though we all know about the importance of watching what we eat and going to the gym regularly, we tend to neglect these things, thanks to our busy lifestyles! But managing your weight and staying healthy is not as hard as you think. With just a little more attention to your eating habits, you can […]