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Easy, Delicious, Seasonal Food: My Favorite Fall Cooking Tip!

Delicious, healthy food should be easy and simple to prepare, so we can enjoy it at our table.  Fall brings us an abundance of squash, a vegetable that’s so delicious, versatile, and with so many health benefits, you’ll want to include it often at meals.  

My Favorite Fall Cooking Tip: Don’t Struggle with Cutting Squash Open, Just Bake Them Whole.

Set oven to 350 degrees. Put squash into the oven whole.  For small squash an hour should be fine, for larger ones, an hour and a half might be needed.  When they are done, just cut in half, scoop out the seeds, and serve with butter, salt and pepper.

 PS: Why is squash so good for you?  Some varieties contain a truly impressive amount of vitamin A, 475%, maybe more than any other vegetable.  Vitamin A helps our vision, skin, and creates healthy mucous membranes.  

A cup of squash gives you 42% of your daily vitamin C.  You’ll also find potassium and manganese, amounts of vitamins E, B, B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, niacin, folate, calcium and magnesium, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and pantothenic acid.

PS Many thanks to Ayurvedic Expert Anne Dellenbaugh, for this tip.


Tame Anxiety This Fall: 3 Easy, Soothing Tips for More Peace Now.

It’s common to experience more anxiety in the Fall.  

But this year, with the election looming, and life moving at a faster pace than ever, I’ve noticed an marked increase in the level of anxiety in most people.

Anxiety can arise in the forms of: nervousness, restless minds, insomnia, fear of the future, and even panic.  This state of mind limits our clear thinking, and affects our health in an adverse way.  Let’s reduce or avoid it all together.  

You can choose to take steps that begin to address anxiety, and create a sense of groundedness, strength, peace, and ease. 

1) Simple daily rituals are powerful; create regularity in your schedule:  Wake, eat, and go to bed at the same time for a few days. This regularity will begin to lessen anxiety.

2) Enjoy an easy rhythmic exercise, like walking outdoors, or a breath-based yoga practice. Getting back into rhythm and back to the earth is profoundly grounding.  Do this at the same time everyday to clear your mind.

3) Drink warm water between meals.  Staying hydrated will make a big difference to your state of mind. Try lemon in your water, or some fresh mint.

Taking good care of yourself, in these simple ways, is profoundly soothing.  Try one, or more of these tips for the next few days and see how you feel!


Zucchini Bread with Hazelnuts, Currents, and Olive Oil: A Total Treat

I recently posted this zucchini bread photo on Facebook, and recieved tons of requests for the recipe, & so decided to share it here.  

I want to emphasize This bread is a total treat, and not an everyday indulgence, even though it has plenty of zucchini.

White flour and sugar definitely light up the pleasure centers in our brains, and may make make us happy in the short term.  This bread, eaten with a cup of coffee, fuels us up, seemingly, for running non-stop.  

BUT, there are big drawbacks to always reaching for energy from those enticing breads, scones, and bagels. Simple sugars from white flour and sugar are absorbed quickly by the body, and our blood sugar rises, but an hour or two later we’re hungry again.  Knowing this, my approach has been to stick with whole grains, vegtables, and fruits for everyday, and make foods like this occasional treats. I find I’m happier and more productive, in the long run, with foods that keep my energy steady all day.

When you do eat treats like this, it’s especially healthful to bake them yourself; you’ll know exactly what ingredients go in, and enjoy the delicious smell of it baking.

This recipe is slightly adapted from Homemade Summer by Yvette Van Boven.  

For the bread:

2 cups (150g) self-rising flour

pinch of salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

2/3 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar (use a bit less, if you’d like)

1 large zucchini grated

1 cup (150g) currents

1 cup (150g) raisins

3/4 cup (100g) hazelnuts, toasted and chopped

2 large eggs

1/2 cup (125ml) olive oil, plus more for greasing

For the glaze

finely grated zest of one lemon

2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

make the bread:  

Preheat the ovan to 350 degrees F (170 degrees C).  Grease a 1 and a half quart pan (1 l) with oil.  

In a large bowl, mix the flour with the salt and cinnamon.  Add the brown sugar, zucchini, raisins, currents, and hazelnuts and toss well.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla  and oil, pour into all the other ingredients while stirring.

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 60 to 75 min, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let the cake cool for 15 min.  Carefully slide a knife around the edges, then invert on a rack, and cool completely.

make the lemon glaze:

combine the lemon zest and the lemon juice with the confectioners sugar.  It will not be very thick.  You can add a lot more confectioners sugar to thicken it, but I don’t.

Pour the cooled glaze over the cooked bread and let set.

This bread will keep, stored in an airtight container, for up to one week.


Hate Diets? You're in Luck!

Depravation and restriction never work!  That’s why most people who go on diets, even if they lose weight, gain it back, or gain even more.  

The depressing truth:

—Right now 100 million Americans are on a diet, and the average dieter makes 4 or 5 attempts to lose weight per year. And yet, less than one percent of these attempts are successful, even in the short term.

—Our current situation is that two-thirds of Americans are obese.

Come on: our cultural approach to dieting is not working.

I suggest you take a radical step and refrain from “dieting” entirely—because, face it, it hasn’t worked.

Instead, I want you to start thinking about what foods truly nourish you and help you feel fantastic. Loving yourself though better nourishment is a whole different approach than a dry, restrictive, limiting, or even punishing “diet”.  I want you to enter into an utterly fresh, supportive new relationship with food. 


You listen to your body, honor it’s wisdom, and eat in a way that is satisfying, and delicious.  You eat in a way that gives you plenty of non-stop energy AND makes you feel more vibrant and alive than you have in years.  

It’s totally possible!

BUT, you’ll have to learn a new framework. And, you’ll need to dance dynamically with this new framework as you learn to actually live your new approach to nourishing yourself.  


If you, or someone you love, are struggling with health issues related to being overweight, try my three most important tips to stop “dieting” and begin to create the framework needed to support your nourishment:

1) Concentrate on eating fresh, seasonal and local foods.  Right now, in September, we’ve got an abundance of delicious options to choose from, there’s almost no better time in the northeast.

2) Eat your main meal at mid-day, and eat an earlier, lighter, dinner.  Just lighten your evening meal up a little!  I tell clients, if you are usually eating two desserts, eat one.  This slowly begins to create a shift.

3) Start noticing that when you do manage to eat earlier, and a bit lighter, you have much more energy in the morning, and are more likely to bound out of bed, ready to start your day.

It’s hard to believe, but starting small, with these three tips, can lead to big changes in your health, and in your life. Life is too short not to feel nourished!

(PS the lobster soup above, with lots of veggies and basil is one of the most nourishing things I made all last summer!)


The Green Smoothie: A Delicious Quick Fix for More Nutrition

A green smoothie made in the blender is one of the easiest ways to add micronutrients from plants to your diet. It’s a great breakfast. You can use whatever is on hand, and it will keep a day or so in the fridge. I’ve heard from clients that these smoothies give them so much energy they have not needed coffee, and are even helping them sleep better at night.  My family drinks this, even if they are having eggs for breakfast, instead of organge juice.





 Here’s my favorite for fall right now:

3-4 Kale leaves
1 handful of lettuce
1 handful of spinach 
1 banana 
1 pear or 2 plums, or whatever looks good.
1 Tablespoon Maca (A “superfood”, that bolsters the immune system.)
1/2 teaspoon spirulina (Also found in bulk in health stores.)

In winter add some fresh ginger, and use warm water

Put all ingrediants in the blender, add about a cup and a half of water, or more, blend, and enjoy.  It’s fast, delicious, and starts your day in a way that will give you lots of energy, and a jump on getting the fruits and veggies you need for good nutrition.

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