Food, General

My Favorite Homemade Dressing

I usually sprinkle nutritional yeast (for protein & B vitamins) and liquid aminos (essential and non-essential amino acids) on my salads in place of salad dressing, but thought to myself one day, ‘There has to be a recipe for a salad dressing that includes those ingredients.’ Glad to say I found one (that I love) on the Daily Garnish blog.…

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Food, General, Health & Wellness

My Vegan Offering

I realize kids need to be offered new foods 10-20 times before they learn to enjoy it, so I wasn’t offended that my children gave my vegan dinner offering (whole grain pasta & lentils, sauteed kale and oven-roasted butternut squash & carrot puree) suspicious, sidelong glances and wary expressions. I simply suggested they try it, and to their surprise… they…

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Food, General, Health & Wellness, Nutrition

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth

I’m sorry I missed you last week. I was busy doing what turned out to be a full-time job: picking up and distributing Girl Scout cookies! As I found myself surrounded by those tasty once-a-year cookie treats, sorting them in preparation for delivery (and sampling my favorite flavors), I paused long enough to check the nutrition labels to see just…

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Food, General, Health & Wellness

Take a Walk on the Dark Side: The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

It’s Valentine’s Day, and chocolate is on the minds of many! Whether you’re eating it, buying it or both, here’s some information you may want to know. Dark chocolate has some benefits over milk chocolate or white chocolate. These benefits are thought to come from the flavonoids it contains. Flavonoids are naturally occurring antioxidants that can also be found in…

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Food, General, Health & Wellness

School Lunch: Dilemmas and Options

It’s the last day of September and many children have been back in school for almost a month (or longer). By now, we’ve established our new (and earlier) morning routines, which for my children includes having their backpacks ready and lunch bags packed. On occasion, my children will have the school lunch rather than a bag lunch. And I always…

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Food, General

Time To Drink More Water

If you watch the television dance show, “So You think You Can Dance,” you know that they’ve declared today (Saturday, July 31st) National Dance Day! I love to dance, and dancing a fun way to exercise and stay fit. It’s great to see so many people and organizations stepping up the challenge to dance today (and specifically to learn a…

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