Cooling Foods

Cooling Foods

Bring on the Heat! By Flannery As the seasons change, we naturally start favoring certain foods that match the conditions outside and keep us feeling good and energized inside.  In the heat of summer, that means a lot of lighter, easy to digest and hydrating foods to keep us cool – sweet fruits, colorful salads […]

Bring Out the Butter?

Bring Out the Butter?

While the amount of buzz about nutrition in the media right now is great for bringing more awareness to the unequivocal role of food in every aspect of our health, it can make it rather difficult, even frustrating, to cut through all the noise and be able to confidently answer the question: What should I […]

New Foods for the New Year

New Foods for the New Year

In this first month of the year, our thoughts are often on improving ourselves and our health. These improvements tend to focus on the “bad” habits or foods that need to be eliminated.  There are certainly things in our lives and diets that our bodies would better off without, but this approach can promote a […]

Probiotic Foods – Perfect for the Holiday Season

Probiotic Foods – Perfect for the Holiday Season

It’s the beginning of December and as the weather gets colder, we nestle deeper into the warmth of holiday celebrations and the accompanying indulgences.  From decadent meals and cocktail hours to seemingly endless desserts, the time from Thanksgiving to New Years tends to put our digestive systems through the wringer.  At this point, we may […]

Getting Through The Darker Days of Winter

Getting Through The Darker Days of Winter

In the Northwest, we face an especially dark (and usually damp) winter. From November through March the days are short and the sky is gray. And even if you are one who appreciates this season, it is hard not to feel the emotional and physical effects of the darkness. Vitamin D, or the lack of […]

Choosing Dark Chocolate for a More Nutritious Treat

Choosing Dark Chocolate for a More Nutritious Treat

Hot or cold, bitter or sweet, crunchy or creamy, the allure of chocolate in Seattle cannot be denied.  The cacao-obsession started with the Aztecs and Mayans who drank it hot for its revitalizing effects on the body. Today’s hot chocolate hardly resembles that pure, bitter drink, but when chosen well, chocolate still has many health-promoting […]

The Miracle Noodle

The Miracle Noodle

What’s gluten-free, has zero net carbs, and still satisfies a noodle craving? (No, this is not a trick question.) Shirataki noodles are traditional to Japanese cuisine and are fast becoming infamous for their low-calorie, no carbohydrate nutritional profile.  Made from konnyaku, a root common to Asia, these thin, translucent noodles are perfect for gluten-free or […]

Get Growing: Spring Planting for Your Vegetable Garden

Get Growing: Spring Planting for Your Vegetable Garden

Spring is officially here and while we wait for the Seattle weather to warm up to the idea of consistent sunshine and higher temperatures, it is the perfect time to start planting vegetables for late-Spring and Summer Harvest.  The mild Spring weather makes it the right time to get your seeds in the ground so […]