Chia: The Little Seed that Could

It’s More Than a Pet Chia has been around way before the 80’s chia pet craze.  In fact, they originated in Central America and were a staple in the Mayan and Aztec diets.  The word chia means, “strength” because these tiny black and white seeds were once used as source of energy by Native Americans.  These days chia seeds make a great addition to smoothies, beverages, breakfast cereals, and can be sprinkled on just about anything due to their ability to take on the flavor Continue reading →

Mango Parfait Dessert

Here is a dessert that will please all palates.  It is simple and easy to make.  Not a low calorie food but who’s concerned with calories when eating dessert?  Before You Start Make sure you use frozen mangoes not fresh ones.  Frozen mangoes are creamy while the fresh ones will have a lot of juice and will make a soup.  Try using high quality and organic mangoes.  The O organics brand is very good but there are others.  Please use real lime juice.  Lime juice Continue reading →

Detoxify with Cucumber and Kiwi

Looking for a refreshing drink that will also help you detoxify, lose weight, and just plain feel good?  We have it.  This cucumber and kiwi smoothie is exactly what the doctor ordered.  It tastes delicious and refreshing and will actually keep you satisfied for a good 2 hours, if you chose to drink it for breakfast.  The recipes makes about 20 oz.  For extra probiotic power, use 1 cup of kombucha instead of water.  Before You Start If you buy mint from the store, place Continue reading →

Comfort Food: Broad Bean Stew

When the weather is rainy and gloomy we tend to want comfort food.  Needless to say, we had more than a few of those days lately.  So I wanted something comforting, yet easy to make and nourishing.  As I was touring the grocery store looking for inspiration, I saw these beans that are rarely mentioned in cookbooks or other health-promoting venues.  But I do see them occasionally in health food stores.  I decided to give them a try.  I was not disappointed.   These broad Continue reading →

Diabetes-Friendly Dessert Good for Everyone

Whether you are trying to lose weight or you are battling type 2 diabetes or even inflammation, this dessert will revive your palate, excite your senses and is therapeutic.  Chia is high in protein, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids (4915 mg/oz), also an excellent source of calcium, zinc, and manganese.  These ingredients are the best when it comes to fighting disease such as diabetes, heart disease, and inflammation. You can learn more about the virtues of chia seeds here. Coconut milk has medium chain Continue reading →