Edmonds Healthy Eating: Delicious recipes for nutrient-rich pumpkin

Far too often relegated to Halloween doorstep décor and overused as a coffee drink marketing device (think Pumpkin Spice Latte), pumpkin and all its health benefits deserve so much more. Pumpkin calories clock in at just 49 per cup of purée, plus that serving sneaks in 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, and…

Healthy eating: How to combat food cravings

Have you ever stared at a pile of cookie crumbs or a nearly empty potato chip bag, with a belly full of shame, and wondered, “How did I let this happen?” I can relate. I think almost anyone can relate. Besides driving you to eat, cravings can drive you nuts—making you feel like an out-of-control failure who…

Healthy eating: Look to your garden for healthier meals

For me, healthy eating involves gardening. I am grateful that I have a yard where I can have a small vegetable garden. We are still eating berries, kale, squash, plums and a variety of basil/kale/spinach pesto. Many of these items are frozen and some of them are canned. This year I made plum chutney and…

Healthy eating: Snow or not, delicious ways to use kale

“Snowmaggedon” or “Snowpocalypse” came into our area with a roar. If you were like me, you were housebound for several days due to the condition of our local roads. We moved here from Burlington, Vermont almost 20 years ago and during our last winter we had 120 inches of snow recorded for our neighborhood. So…

Healthy Eating: Magic Mineral Broth — recovery in a bowl

I recently had surgery. I had my initial consult with the surgeon back in October 2018. I needed the surgery, but kept putting other things and other people in front of myself. As a result of my cancer diagnosis, I have had too many surgeries in the last decade. I kept thinking that this surgery…

Healthy Eating: Eat better in 2019, one day at a time

The new year is just days away. This is the time when people hurry up and get things accomplished before the end of the year and start to think about plans for 2019. Thinking about resolutions comes to mind. These resolutions often involve health-related topics, which include losing weight, eating better and exercising more. Thus…

Healthy Eating: Savory or sweet, these treats are just right for holiday season

This is the time of year when our eating and drinking habits can get out of control easily.  During the holiday season, overeating can be a serious problem, leaving us feeling tired, stressed and generally unwell. Lots of family gatherings, office parties and holiday festivities with friends offer us an abundance of opportunities for overindulging….

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Healthy Eating: Enjoy soup season with butternut squash

We have entered the season of soup. Halloween arrives. The rains begin. The leaves fall from the trees. Daylight savings time comes. Definitely “soup season.” I love it! One of my favorite Sunday rituals is to make a big pot of soup that feeds the family during the week. I love a dinner of soup,…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Treat yourself to a whole-grain cookie

We just celebrated the Fall Equinox and it’s apparent that the days are getting shorter. For many of us, our children are back in school. The rhythm of my days has shifted. I harvested the last of my Italian plums and created a glorious new recipe for Plum Chutney (which I will share in another…

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Edmonds Healthy Eating: Recipes make good use of nutritious kale and plums

Plums and kale are abundant in my garden right now. Almost makes me giddy. Really. I adore eating plums right off of the tree and my kale crop has been amazing this year. I have been picking since May and will probably continue to pick until at least Thanksgiving! Now that’s a gift that keeps…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Anytime is waffle time

I love this time of year when I have lots of fresh fruits and veggies from the market and from my garden. The bounty is overwhelming and I enjoy sharing my extras with friends and neighbors. Despite the hot weather (although this is a debatable statement…I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and that is…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Try a Sun Burger on backyard barbecue

I have been a yoga teacher since 1987. Yes, that is a long time. Thirty-one years, to be exact. I was taking yoga classes before it was trendy. In fact, when I was taking yoga it was still considered weird and not mainstream. Now there are more yoga teachers than the market can bear. I…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Strawberry-rhubarb crumb cake

Although summer does not officially start until June 21, many people think of Memorial Day as the beginning of our summer season. For me, it’s when I pick my first strawberry from my backyard garden. That date will be June 1st this year. I was weeding last night and out of the corner of my…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: The joy of growing your own food

We are starting to see lots of new sprouts emerging from the ground in our garden. The raspberries are leafing out and the strawberries are waking up. I just used the last bag of frozen green beans from last year’s crop. I still have a few bags of organic berries in the freezer. (If you…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Savory zucchini pancakes

What an amazing start to spring we have had. Just this past week we had all four seasons in one day: rain, hail, snow and sunshine. I am in the midst of getting my garden planted and we managed to get in cold weather crops and have lettuce and peas poking up through the garden…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Pumpkin banana bread a nutritious after-school snack

The seed catalogs are starting to arrive in my mailbox and the Seattle Flower & Garden Show just ended…this definitely means that I need to start planning my vegetable garden. I know many people probably have their plant starts going. My husband and I have a small backyard vegetable garden. We tend to grow enough…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: The connection between good health and community

January is almost gone and we have two more months of winter. When all we seem to be getting is rain, rain and more rain, then comfort foods beckon, right? Those of you who made New Year’s resolutions regarding exercise and diet have probably abandoned them by now.  Don’t despair — that’s normal. Willpower in…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Baked latkes for Chanukah

I was raised in the Midwest in a reform Jewish household. The cultural aspects of growing up Jewish continue to be important to me and part of that legacy involves delicious food memories from the holidays.  I am sorry that I did not pay more attention to my paternal grandmother’s cooking and capture some of…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Festive muffins for a healthier holiday

Thanksgiving is the biggest food holiday of the season — bigger than Christmas and New Year’s put together. In fact, Thanksgiving kicks off six weeks of celebration: Office parties, family gatherings, hanging out with friends. It’s easy for eating and drinking to add on the pounds without even trying. I recommend getting outside and taking…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Butternut squash casserole a fall favorite

There is nothing more quintessential in seasonal cooking than butternut squash for autumn. Just like the first corn on the cob of the season in the summer, I look forward to the arrival of winter squashes in the fall. Butternut squash is one of the most popular and versatile of the winter squash family. The…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Welcome fall with lentil and squash soup

When asked what my favorite season of the culinary year is, I usually say it’s the one we’re in. I am especially fond of the fall because pumpkins, squash, kales, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and other autumnal veggies start coming to the market. All of these ingredients delight me because this time of year is Soup…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Make-your-own pizza a family meal

School has already started for some families, and others will send their kids off after the Labor Day weekend.  Here’s a simple, nutritious family meal that brings everyone together: pizza. This recipe makes a terrific “do-it-yourself” family meal –especially with all of the wonderful vegetables in the markets right now. All you do is make…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Fresh scones

These can be used as shortcakes, scones, the cobbler on top of baked fruit, and with the addition of herbs or cheese, savory biscuits to accompany dinner. The trick here is not to overwork the dough and make sure all of your ingredients are cold. It’s a very crumbly mass once it comes out of…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Peas and pistachios make for tasty pesto

My peas are steadily climbing up their lattice. We planted them late but we’ve enjoyed cool weather and they remain vibrant and happy. I love pesto and come up with endless variations for this special- to-my-heart concoction. I often use basil, but other times I use parsley, mint, chives, tarragon, etc. Making up combinations depending…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Kale salad packs a punch of flavor and nutrients

June 30 is a big deal date in my life. On that date in 2009, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This means that on June 30th I will be celebrating my 8th Cancerversary! Without going into details, this means that I am beating the odds with ovarian cancer. I am “dancing with N.E.D” and…