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 bloodContinue reading “Is Chocolate a health food?”


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 toContinue reading “FRUIT CRISP”


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 doseContinue reading “SPICY SHRIMP CAKES WITH CORN AND AVOCADO SALSA”

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, dicedContinue reading “Amazing Vegetarian Chili”