Kids Can Love Roots!

Root vegetables are nutrient dense foods. They’re economical. They store for a long time. They are found at almost every market around. And they are tremendously versatile. All good reasons to keep them in your kitchen. But, they are often shunned by kids—especially picky kids.

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

Why people drink bone juice….

Have you noticed that bone broth is—as my kids say—a “real thing” now? How many emails have you received in the last month (this one included) talking about the stuff? Hashtags are devoted to it. Broth tasting bars are popping up in en vogue restaurants. Blogs are dedicated to it. Books are written on it. There are even bone broth

Chocolate + Cherries

How is summer treating you? I’m having a great time enjoying the season’s slower pace, writing my next book and continuing my work with clients. Oh, and hanging out with my family. In fact, one of the highlights of my summer has been driving from my home in NYC to Ludington, MI (on the Western shores of Lake Michigan). I’ve


I have a story: When I was working as a copy and marketing writer at Institute of Integrative Nutrition, one of my responsibilities was to interview program graduates for the Alumni section of IIN’s website. One of the questions I asked everyone was: What is your favorite healthy food?



Chocolate is the only ingredient that is its very own food group. Well not really – but it seems as if it should be. Powerfully comforting, creamy, delicious – many people (including a number of my clients) eat chocolate at least several times a week. Which begs the question…

Is Salad The Answer?

Here are some of my favorite salad and salad dressing recipes—which work on any kind of salad greens, beans and/or grains: Tahini Lemon Dressing Yields: 1 servings

Simplify with Watermelon

For a lot of us, life is a busy jumble of work, family, friends, partners, leisure, self-care, worship, charity and obligation. Sometimes, this works. More often, however, it feels overwhelming and chaotic. Not good! One of the most calming things you can do for yourself is to slow down and enjoy something simple, soulful and hopefully healthy. (Wow—lots of alliteration


What is going on here? Another plug for green blender drinks?!? Well, yes, gorgeous friend, this is another pro-green drink post. I just can’t help myself. They are so, so good for you that I want each and every one of you to drink them regularly. Oh, I know not all of you will love the taste—though most of you

The Two-Ingredient Miracle

Are you feeling alive, vibrant, healthy, focused? Like you can accomplish anything? Yay, you! Then you’ll love today’s recipe, designed to make you feel even better than ever. (You may love it even more if you don’t currently feel your best.)


Chia is my favorite superfood! While working on The Chia Book (Sterling Publishing), which is due out May 1, 2012, I fell head-over-heels in love with this nutrient-dense seed, learning how to use it with myself, my family, and my clients to help improve joint health, create long-term energy quickly, help lose weight, lower cholesterol, help digestive upsets and improve

SUPERFOOD SUPERHERO: Manuel Villacorta’s Zesty Sacha Inchi Cilantro Dressing

Manuel Villacorta’s Zest Sacha Inchi Cilantro Dressing Recipe by Manuel Villacorta, M.S., R.D., is a respected and trusted voice in the health and wellness industry. He is the founder of Eating Free, an international weight management and wellness program, and one of the leading weight loss and nutrition experts in the country. The San Francisco-based dietitian is the author of

SUPERFOOD SUPERHERO: Get the Glow with Tina Leigh’s Glowing Greens & Hemp Soup

Tina Leigh’s Glowing Greens & Hemp Soup Today, we welcome gorgeous Tina Leigh. Tina Leigh is the author of Balanced Raw: The 4-Week Program Using Raw and Cooked Foods to Achieve Weight Loss, Optimal Health and Vitality. She an inspiring and compassionate holistic wellness practitioner, author and therapuetic chef. She specializes in mindful eating and integrates the concepts of cleansing,

SUPERFOOD SUPERHERO: Rebecca Katz’s Moroccan Spiced Sweet Potato Salad

Bella’s Moroccan Spiced Sweet Potato Salad Recipe by Rebecca Katz, author of The Longevity Kitchen Serves 6 This is proof that exposure to vegetables expands one’s horizons, whether they have two legs or four. My 8 year-old Portuguese Water dog Bella had become known around our house for her love of carrots. She literally comes running every time she hears

SUPERFOOD SUPERHERO: Holli Thompson’s Nutritional Style’s Goddess Shake

Nutritional Style’s Goddess Shake Recipe by Holli Thompson, CHHC Serves 1 or 2 This high-antioxidant, delicious smoothie will nourish your inner goddess. It is my choice for days when I need more horse-power and go…or when I just crave something delicious and chocolate. Try it out.

SUPERFOOD SUPERHERO: Ivy Larson’s Best Black Bean Burger

The Best Black Bean Burger Recipe by Ivy Larson, author of Clean Cuisine: An 8-Week Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Program That Will Change The Way You Age, Look and Feel.   Makes 6 Killer Burgers “Over the years I have fiddled around with so many different bean burger recipes and I’m not going to stretch the truth, not very many would win

Sweet + Icy + Yummy!

GET HEALTHY— HAVE A PINEAPPLE POP! Summer is slipping into autumn. The weather is still warm, however, so I’m eating an ice pop every single day until temperatures dip below 70! One of my favorites is this fruity, nutrient dense treat. It’s not as sweet as a store-bought popsicle—and thanks to the applesauce or pearsauce and the pureed pineapple, it


KALE PIZZA FOR KALE DAY!   Today is National Kale Day in the U.S. and Canada! And to celebrate I want to share a delicious, easy way to enjoy Kale—plus two more of my favorite superfoods: Sweet Potatoes and Walnuts. But before we get to the recipe (it’s amazing and it’s pizza!), here’s a quick nutrient rundown on this power


October is National Popcorn Month in the United States! Home-popped popcorn (popped in coconut oil) is a regular snack in my household—I’m always looking for fun, nutritious, low-salt and low-sugar ways to enjoy this filling, high-fiber, low-calorie nutritious snack. Yes, I did just use the word “nutritious” to describe popcorn! You may not realize this, but popped corn contains more


BUTTERNUT SQUASH: CAN YOU REALLY EAT THIS RAW?   Who loves butternut squash? This fall veggie (known as a “winter squash”) is everywhere right now. It’s amazing baked with browned butter or coconut oil, cubed into curries, cooked and pureed for pies and tea breads (even thrown into smoothies!), made into puddings and so much more. It’s sweet flavor makes


SOUP IS GOOD FOOD “Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup? Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are impoverished and stretches its resources to give a hearty sustenance and cheer? Who warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer? Yet who also

Potato Kale Cakes!

Super-food Author Stephanie Pedersen’s Potato Kale Cakes to Be ‘Gobbled Up’ This Thanksgiving Inspired cooks will enjoy success when adding kale to main dishes or day-after potatoes for easy, nutritious seasonal fare like that of Pederson’s family’s recipe featuring this super-food NEW YORK – Nov. 15, 2013 – PRLog — Forget the latkes! This Thanksgiving, surprise family and friends a


AN AVOCADO A DAY?   Those of you who have been with me for awhile know I love superfoods of all kinds. One of my favorite things about them is how easy they are. Just one or two a day, used in any way that you love, goes a long, long way in rebuilding health, maintaining wellness and making you

A Healthier Thanksgiving

Averaging between 3000 and 4500 calories, Thanksgiving is a high calorie affair. For a lot of people, Thanksgiving is also one big bingeathon. The start of the holiday health slide that sees most people gain anywhere from one to 10 pounds before January 1st. Are you one of the weight-gainers? This year, why not try something different? Here’s some fast

Happy Holidays! Have Some Dip!

Today may seem like a strange day to send you an Artichoke Dip recipe, but with all the get-togethers you’ll be hosting and attending between now and New Year’s Day, it’s actually the perfect time to share a healthy version of this party classic. Besides, when we announced we would be running a Healthy Holiday Interview Series (more on that


It is cranberry time. These ultra-tart North American berries make their appearance on tables everywhere starting on Thanksgiving and continuing into late December. Which is fabulous, because they are a powerful superfood, packed with high levels of vitamin C, quercetin, vitamin K, vitamin E, manganese, pectin and fiber, as well as phytochemicals that help protect your your DNA from high


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


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


I’ve got kids. Which means sometimes I need something sweet and snacky for parties, lunchboxes and special occasions.  My go-to foods are fruit, veggies and high protein, nutrient dense treats that fill kids bodies with nourishing ingredients that help them stay healthy, focused and energized. These flourless nut butter cookies are among my favorites. Not only are they outrageously delicious


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

Chia For Everyone!

Chia is one of my favorite superfood! While working on The Chia Book (Sterling Publishing), I fell head-over-heels in love with this nutrient-dense seed, learning how to use it with myself, my family, and my clients to help improve joint health, create long-term energy quickly, help lose weight, lower cholesterol, help digestive upsets and improve the immune system.


Chickpea Coconut Salad Servings: 4 Rich in vitamins A, C, E, as well as minerals, lauric acid and heart-healing medium-chain fatty acids, this protein-packed recipe is delightful: It’s easy, keeps well and is a great addition to any brown bag lunch. Because of the fiber, you’ll feel full after eating—a good thing if you’re someone who needs a lot of


Makes 4 servings Berries benefit the whole body: Their antioxidants can keep your memory sharp as you move through life. They contain cancer-fighting ellagic acid, skin beautifier vitamin C, fiber, and polyphenols to keep your bones strong and your blood cholesterol low. This superfood dish is an awesome way to get berries, nuts and quinoa all in one place. Plus,


You’ll get 25% of your body’s daily requirement of vitamin C to bolster the immune system’s defenses against infections and viruses and can protect a body from harmful free radicals that can accelerate aging and conditions such as cataracts. A two-cup serving of watermelon is also a source of potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6.


When I was 14, my family moved to a small farming community in Northern California—a village known for its stone fruit orchards. I grew up working in those orchards. Mostly with apricots, but also plums. It was there that I fell in love with these these sweet, richly colored, meaty-textured fruits. I continue to enjoy plums’ delicious taste, but the


If you live in the States, you’ve probably heard a calm acquaintance or loved one described as being “cool as a cucumber.” It’s no accident that cucumbers are associated with calm personalities. This cooling, calming food is used in many traditional food systems used to remedy excess heat—making them a natural summer food. Cucumbers boast powerful detoxifying abilities, which is

Strawberry Leather Made At Home

Strawberries hold a special place in my heart. I grew up in a religion that required that we keep at least a one-year supply of food. To meet this requirement, mot families had large kitchen gardens (much of the extra produce was canned or frozen or dried by mothers and grandmothers, then put away in storage closets and extra freezers.)

Superfood Tabbouleh

Humans slow down when things get hot. We take it easy. Which is a natural way to conserve energy. So it makes sense that summer is about easy eating. I’m not talking health-sapping fast foods or junky convenience products that can ruin your looks, your health, your mood and your energy levels. I’m talking about simple-to-make, energy-packed, fiber-filled, phytonutrient-rich superfood

Cantaloupe Salsa

As a child in Northern California, melons were a summer staple in our garden (we grew watermelon, crenshaw, honeydew, casaba and cantaloupe), but I always had a soft spot for cantaloupe. Sweet, dense, with a gorgeous orange (my favorite color!) flesh, these versatile melons can be used in everything from gazpacho to sorbet. Of course, cantaloupe is pretty terrific eaten

Mexicali Chopped Superfood Salad

Summer may be drawing to a close, but warm weather produce (tomatoes, corn, peppers and the like) will be with us just a bit longer. Thank goodness! Delicious, filled with fiber, vitamin-packed and antioxidant-rich, summer veggies make healthful eating fun and easy. One of my favorite ways to enjoy August’s bounty is in a chopped salad. Maybe it’s all those

The 10 Things You’ll Need for Green Smoothies

What is going on here? Another plug for green blender drinks?!? Well, yes, gorgeous friend, this is another pro-green drink post. I just can’t help myself. They are so, so good for you that I want each and every one of you to drink them regularly. Oh, I know not all of you will love the taste—though most of you

Celery Salad: Make it Your Way!

Turn a Vegetable Crisper Staple into Salad that is Both Nourishing and Refreshing A mixed lettuce salad is a wonderful thing. But eaten everyday, lettuce can get boring. And expensive. Enter celery, an overlooked but delicious way to build a better salad. Here, we offer a recipe with ingredients found in almost any kitchen. It’s full of fiber, vitamins and

Spicy Pumpkin Chutney

Crisp air, refreshing temperatures and delicious harvest foods—everyone loves autumn. As a cookbook author and nutritionist, I love autumn because it is a healthy season, generously filled with superfoods. Pumpkins and their kin, winter squash (think butternut, delicata and others) are everywhere, healing us and making us even more beautiful than we already are with their high levels of antioxidants.


With a hefty 9 grams of protein per one ounce serving, pepitas are good-for-you food. But before I tell you the many reasons you should be eating this yummy superfood, let me tell you what these crunchy, munchy goodies are: Hulless pumpkin seeds. Yep! Pumpkin seeds without the thick, white hull. These green seeds are nutrient powerhouses, boasting amino acids,

Enjoy Plant Protein

Whether you’re a vegan, a steak-lover, a raw foodist, an organic devotee, or a fast-food connoisseur, protein is a big deal. And rightly so. Protein helps the body form muscle, skin and hair. It maintains heart and respiratory functions and aids the immune system. And it provides a powerful supply of slow-burning energy. It also fills you up, makes you

Sweets: A Better Way

You’re not the only one who craves sweets. Really. Almost everyone does. Sweet flavors just taste good. They also steep our brains in serotonin, the chemical responsible for our sense of well-being and contentment. Pretty powerful stuff, huh?

The Healthy Pumpkin Latte

Every autumn, enticing drinks show up in chain donut and coffee joints. You know the ones: Warm, toasty, cinnamony, sweet, addictively delicious. I don’t want to be a downer, but as a nutritionist it is my job to tell you what is in these drinks. What you do with this information is up to you. Are you ready? Ingredients in

Millet, quinoa and spelt. Oh my!

Grain—good for you or bad for you? Nourishing, energy-giving, fiber-rich world staple or fattening, bloat-causing, diabetes-creating villain of America’s obesity crisis? Both. Crazy, right? But grains can be your body’s best friend or worst nightmare depending on one thing: Whether they are whole or refined.

Eat Greens

There are more than 1,000 vegetables on the planet… Can you guess which two are the most popular? Potatoes! (Bet you knew that already.) Followed closely by carrots. Another question: Do you know which veggies are on the top of the “least liked” list?