Baby Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

I love the age when babies begin to sip through a straw because they tend to eat more than being spoon fed. It’s my favorite way to get more nutrients into my little one’s body. I love this smoothie because it’s the perfect breakfast/snack drink that will keep them full and satisfied. It’s naturally sweetened […]

Summertime Pure Fruit Smoothie

Summertime is awesome in Southern California because we have access to plenty of amazingly fresh fruit! The downside is that I almost never finish it all before it spoils. This time I was prepared and froze the extra when it was most ripe. On the tail end of a heat wave I made an all-fruit […]

The Benefits of Black Seeds

I am an avid reader of nutritional magazines and brochures. Oftentimes free at organic or natural health stores, these periodicals are usually chock-full of fantastic recipes and advertisements, and as I was leafing through one last week, I came across an article singing the praises of black seeds or black cumin. Widely used in the Middle East, […]

You Can Do WHAT with Cauliflower?!

When friends of mine approach me to say, “Oh my god, I just did ___ with cauliflower and it tasted amazing!” I reply, “Welcome to the wonderful world of cauliflower.” By the way, if you hate cauliflower, stop reading here. This is for those of you who either love or like the taste of cauliflower […]

Food Substitutes for Children with Allergies

What can I use as a substitute if my child is allergic or intolerant to foods? This question comes up often – especially if kids suffer from food allergies, celiac disease, or if a family chooses a vegan, gluten-free, or other alternate food regime out of personal choice. No matter what the circumstance, we want to […]

Making Your Picky Eater Less Picky

I hear it All. The. Time.“But I have a picky eater!” Well, don’t let that stop you from introducing your little one to new and exciting flavors! Parents often use this as a crutch—it gets them stuck in a rut at mealtime and leaves them frustrated and tired. Instead, let your eating habits rub off! Around […]

A Gut Feeling

Have you ever heard this term “gut health”? It’s something I’m hearing on a daily basis, it seems. Now, I know a lot of people don’t exactly want to spend their time thinking about gross bacteria in their bodies. But research shows that the 3 trillion bacteria living in your gut help your brain out […]

Fish Sticks and Fries

So, I was in the process of planning out my post about the different things we can all do with end-of-the-season kale when I had a moment. As I was sitting and writing the post, our dinner of fish sticks and french fries was cooking in the oven behind me. I have a stomach bug […]

Dear Pumpkin,

I think it’s time we talked. Starting at the end of August, I see signs of you everywhere. “Pumpkin Bread”…. “Pumpkin Spiced Ale”… “Pumpkin-Filled Pasta”… “Pumpkin-Flavored Pumpkin.” I’m going to just say it: there are some things that pumpkin has no business being in. Pasta is one of them. Beer is another. And no offense, […]

Making Your Own Tomato Sauce

This is the time of year when gardeners can happily find themselves up to their ears in tomatoes. As an Italian, I don’t ever have a problem making those bad boys disappear. However, sometimes we find ourselves needing a change from fresh caprese and bruschetta or desiring to save some of our tomatoes to enjoy […]