Cheetos Crunchy

The bright orange packaging boasts “0 grams trans fat” and “Made with real cheese” and cute Chester Cheetah is skateboarding and munching on Cheetos; not hard to miss walking down the supermarket aisle. And, once you turn over the package to read the ingredients, the first lines that may grab your attention are “Made with […]


Overwhelmed – just writing the word makes me anxious. How does it make you feel? Do you live in a state of being overwhelmed? If so, you are not alone. 64% of Americans say they are taking steps to reduce stress in their lives and, according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 121 million […]

The Importance of Reading Food Labels

I was so excited this morning to see “NEW Almond Butter Cups” by Sunspire at my local health food store. I used to love Reese’s peanut butter cups but do my best to stay away from them now that I eat healthier than I did back in high school and college…and in my 20s and […]

Marketing Junk Food to Children

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 1971, CSPI has been working to improve the public’s health through its work on nutrition, food safety, and alcohol issues. CSPI is supported primarily by the 850,000 subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter (I subscribe and find […]

Two of my favorite protein/snack bars

Like many people, I used to reach for sugar for a mid-afternoon snack. I’d have my peppermint patty and diet coke sometime between 3-4pm. The peppermint patty was labeled “fat free” and the diet coke had no calories, so I thought I was “being good.” Now I understand that eating well is not a matter […]

Milk Thistle – a powerful herb

Milk thistle has been used for over 2,000 to cure liver ailments. There is so much information on the herb’s benefits and I offer some resources below.  It is important to note, however, that some herbs can affect the potency of prescription medications. Please consult with your physician if you are currently taking pharmaceutical drugs […]

Some of my favorite resources for healthy eating while traveling: HappyCow’s vegetarian restaurants guide is a global, searchable vegetarian dining guide and directory of natural health food stores, including nutrition & health tips, vegan recipes, raw foods, travel, veganism and other vegetarian issues. Definitely a favorite of mine. I’m already searching for places in Orlando, FL for my trip next week. A comprehensive […]

A New Year – An Open Book

We open the book. Its pages are blank. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day ~ Edith Pierce My good friend, Pat Mussieux of Steps2Happiness, posted this quote on facebook earlier today (her friend Barry Dunlop originally posted it). I read the quote and got chills. The word Opportunity […]

The Power of Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a powerhouse! This cruciferous vegetable is packed with vitamins and nutrients that offer a myriad of health benefits.  Just three florets of cauliflower will provide 67% of the daily recommended serving of Vitamin C.  When purchasing cauliflower, make sure the tops are white. If the floret has begun to spot brown or purple, […]

My Sister’s Baked Apples

4 apples cored Place in pyrex dish Pour a little black cherry seltzer inside the apple Sprinkle cinnamon and vanilla* Pour a little black cherry seltzer in bottom of dish Bake at 350 for one hour –You can get creative and add a topping…slivered almonds, a spoonful of ice cream…add a comment below and let […]