3 Tips For Choosing Root Vegetables

Compared to leafy greens and other above-ground veggies, root vegetables can hang around for a long time without becoming limp, slimy or moldy. Also unlike surface-dwelling vegetables, roots don’t lose nutrients when exposed to air for long periods. These two options—plus roots’ low price, high nutrient content and versatility— are reason enough to add carrots, sweet potatoes, radishes, jicama, and

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The 5 gifts I am giving this year

Hello Gorgeous, The winter holidays are here: Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s. If you haven’t finished your gift shopping yet and are looking around for new and novel and inexpensive gifts to help your loved ones get healthy, I’ve got a few suggestions. These are the five gifts I am giving everyone in my life, both the nice and

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend!

To celebrate both my new site—and autumn—I want to share a recipe from my autumnal cookbook, The Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookbook (Sterling Publishing). Before I share, however, I want to talk just a bit about pumpkin pie spice. Who out there knows what this stuff is? If you’re not quite sure, it’s a somewhat arbitrary blend of warming spices (one

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Bring Your Lunch, Change Your Life: 5 secrets to becoming a “lunch-bringer”

If you’re looking for surefire action you can take to lose weight, heal a health condition, maintain weight loss, improve your looks and boost energy, I’ve got an easy piece of advice. Pack a lunch. That’s it: Pack a lunch If you’re like most people, you probably purchase your lunch from a lunchcart, deli, local restaurant or nearby fastfood joint.

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12 Proven Secrets To The Best Picnic Ever

Hello Gorgeous! Summer will soon be ending and my question to you is: Have you had a picnic yet? Not a “grab some fast food and sit outside” meal, but a real-life, bona fide picnic. Taken from the 17th Century French word picque-nique, meaning “a social gathering involving shared food”, the modern word picnic means an “outing that involves taking

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FROZEN FOOD: HOW IT CAN WORK FOR YOU

Frozen food has a bad reputation—and really with good reason. Often, what you find in the frozen food aisle is heavily processed frankenfood entrees with all kinds of factory-made ingredients. But…. frozen can be healthy. And convenient. And wonderful. The secret is to stick to frozen plain veggies (no weird butter or cheese sauces), frozen fruits, frozen grains and frozen

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CABBAGE: THE AFFORDABLE SUPERFOOD

You know that I adore superfoods. These powerful foods are densely packed with a range of high-octane nutrients. But if I’m being completely honest, I have to admit that there is one thing I absolutely loathe about superfoods: Their crazy, high price tags! $17 for a pouch of cocoa nibs? $8.99 for a half-pound of chia seed? $3.99 for a

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THE SMELLIEST OF SPRING’S DETOXIFYING VEGGIES

Spring is a natural time of detoxification. Of rebirth and renewal. Mother nature uses this time to give us bitter, pungeant, incredibly detoxifying veggies. Think aspargus, nettles, fiddlehead ferns, and ramps, a powerful-smelling wild leek that is outrageously cleansing. If you’ve ever walked through a farmer’s market during the spring, you’ve probably smelled ramps. These grassy-topped members of the onion

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