This easy recipe makes a delicious side dish for your special holiday meal. It can be assembled ahead of time and baked at the last minute. Makes 4 servings (even though the picture only shows 3!)
1 lb asparagus, washed and the tough ends trimmed
4 oz full fat cream cheese, brought to room temperature (I used Organic Valley brand from pasture raised milk)
4 oz nitrate/nitrite free prosciutto (I used Applegate Naturals)
1 large clove garlic, minced
extra virgin olive oil
fresh ground black pepper
Preheat your oven to 375° F.
In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese and minced garlic.
Carefully lay 2 slices of prosciutto on a cutting board, one on top of the other. Use a butter knife to spread 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture evenly across the prosciutto.
Bundle 1/4 of the asparagus in your hands. Start at one end and roll the bundle to wrap in prosciutto.
Place on a parchment lined or greased baking sheet. Drizzle the unwrapped ends with olive oil and sp...
When you decide to make your health a priority, drinking more water is a great place to start. Water is an essential nutrient that we can’t live very long without, yet it is the most common nutritional deficiency in the American population.
Water does SO many important things for your body. It keeps your bodily fluids viscous so they can flow as needed. It flushes toxins, cushions bones and joints, transports nutrients, lubricates joints and empowers your body’s natural healing process. There are many more.
Early signs of dehydration include fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, cravings, cramps and headaches. Late signs of dehydration include heartburn, joint pain, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, constipation and colitis. This is a long list of problems that may improve simply by drinking more water.
So, how much water should you drink?
Drink 1/2 your body weight in oz. daily, up to 128 oz. (1 gallon). Drinking too much water isn't good because it can flush out importan...
The most common fat myth that perpetuates despite evidence to prove the opposite, is that saturated fat causes heart disease. If you believe this myth, know that you are not alone. I once believed it too. Olive oil was my main oil, and even that, I used sparingly. Butter was (I believed) an artery clogging substance that I used so infrequently I kept it in the freezer.
I hope to enjoy a long and happy life and do my best to be healthy into my old age. There are just so many things to do, see and experience! Years ago, somehow I got the idea that maybe, if I took really good care of myself, it might be possible to live to 100 AND still be able to do cartwheels on the beach. Now, every time I go to the beach, I make sure to do cartwheels and handstands because it’s fun, and to make sure I still can. I’m 36 now and as of last month, I still can. We will see if I can keep it up for the next 64 years! Today I indulged my curiosity and found this video of a 91 year old woman doing cartwheels and much more. There is hope!!!!!
One thing I know will help me reach my silly goal, is having healthy, strong bones. Today I am going to first share some important information and then share tips of what you can do to keep your bones healthy and strong, and prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, it is estimated that 1...
You have probably noticed by now that Kombucha is everywhere! At least it is in Central Oregon. I remember the first time I had Kombucha. It was at the Port Townsend, WA Farmers Market where I was selling my handmade glass beads and jewelry. My friend Rainie had a food booth and we traded a necklace for credit at her both. That summer I started many Saturday mornings with her delicious quiche, sauteed greens (usually Kale) and a large glass of her homemade Kombucha. I had never heard of Kombucha before, but knew I enjoyed the taste and felt great after my breakfasts. Now I know much more about Kombucha and it’s health benefits and even enjoy making it myself. It’s really so easy!
Kombucha is an effervescent health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the help of a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts). The first recorded use of Kombucha, then known as “The Tea of Immortality”, was in China in 221 BC. Since then it’s use has spread across the...
1 large beet
1 green apple
2 medium size carrots
juice from 1/2 a lemon
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
The easiest way to make this slaw is with a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a cheese grater. You could also make it with a friend who has a food processor. That would probably be the most fun.
Grate the beet, carrot and apple. Put in a large bowl and mix with the juice from 1/2 a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. It will keep covered in the fridge 5-7 days.
This slaw tastes delicious and it’s a great way to eat beets even if beets aren’t your favorite vegetable. I recently handed out samples of this slaw at a local community event. I didn't know how it would go over but was happy to discover people really enjoyed it, even a few kids! It makes me really happy to see kids eating beet slaw. Eat this slaw regularly as a condiment. It can aid your digestion and support your liver too.
When you want to take responsibility for your health, cleaning up your diet is a great place to start. Cleaning up your diet can go a long way towards improving your energy levels, mood and overall health.
I used to think
that if I shopped in the natural section of the grocery store, the food co-op, Whole Foods or the other health food stores, the food I was buying was reasonably healthy. I believed that the ingredients used to make the foods must be at least healthier than the food in the regular grocery stores. I knew some basics like, don’t eat hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. If something had words I didn’t know what they were I figured it was best to not eat it or feed it to my children. I didn’t feel like there was an alternative so I bought them anyway. What I didn’t know was this was only the tip of the ice burg.
Now I know the health food stores are full of unhealthy foods too. You have to really know what to look for and what to avoid when shopping. This is on...
So often we have little symptoms that we ignore or we justify them as a normal part of aging. Over time these symptoms can get worse and can lead to other symptoms and even disease.
Many times, pain and symptoms are our body's way of telling us something is out of balance and needs attention. By identifying and addressing the root cause of these symptoms, they can actually go away. By listening to our body we can become healthier and even prevent disease.
I will use my own experience as an example. Over the last few years I began to develop seasonal allergies. I’ve always considered myself a healthy person and had never been allergic to anything in my life, so this was strange for me. I thought it must just be what happens as you age. Looking around me at the health issues other people were experiencing confirmed this idea. Just turn on the tv or open a magazine and you will see an ad for medications for your health problem. Having a little seasonal allergy seemed like a pretty mino...
Bacon, cheese, dark chocolate, eggs and butter.* Did I get your attention? What do these foods have in common? Besides being absolutely delicious, these are all foods I eat on a regular basis. Yep. That’s right. I am a certified nutritional professional and these are foods I eat to support my optimal health and wellbeing. I eat these foods and feel good about it. Absolutely no guilt. None. And I have great news! Depending on your own bio-individuality, these foods may be healthy options for you too!
I haven’t always thought of these foods as healthful options. Except for dark chocolate, I previously believed that all these foods were artery clogging, heart disease causing foods that would make me fat and were to be avoided if I wanted to be healthy and live a long life. Butter was a disgusting substance that I used so infrequently, it was kept it in the freezer. Well now I know better. I’ve changed my ways and actually apologized to my kids for depriving th...