Is Chocolate a health food?

One of my new mantras is, “A piece of dark chocolate a day keeps the doctor away!” Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols (an antioxidant) that has a blood-thinning effect, which can benefit cardiovascular health, and it may also boost the immune system by reducing inflammation. There is some research that suggests cocoa may help lower blood […]


Berries, peaches, plums, and grapes are nature’s candy. These jewel-toned beauties are packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Who knew dessert could be so good and good-for-you? 4 cups chopped fruit (blueberries, mixed berries, apples, pears, peaches, plums) 1 tbs. ground cinnamon 1/2 – 3/4  cup Kashi Go-Lean Crunch Vanilla frozen yogurt Preheat oven to […]


Here’s a new take on crab cakes, using shrimp and lots of fresh and bright flavors. There’s a great balance of acidity, sweetness, and heat. The shrimp provides high-quality lean protein with almost no saturated fat and very low in calories. The corn and avocado salsa that tops the shrimp cakes gives you a good dose […]

Amazing Vegetarian Chili

When the days are cold and the nights are colder, all I want is something warm and hearty – comfort food. This chili is that and so much more. It will warm you to your very core.  Hint – it tastes better the next day.                                             ½ sweet onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 zucchini, diced […]