Archive for May, 2010

Quinoa
Here’s a crazy good and super simple recipe from the Center for Personalized Medicine that is easily modifiable to use local, in-season fruit.

Ingredients:
1 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey or agave
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup pineapple diced
1/2 cup chopped nuts, pecans

How to make it:
Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, honey or agave (GenoType dependent), and salt. Stir until well mixed.
Add the pineapple and pecans. Toss gently to coat with dressing.
Stir in the quinoa and toss to mix well.
Serve warm or refrigerate for at least several hours to serve cold.

Puff’s Kitchen Notes:  I used a 20 oz. can of Dole pineapple chunks (no sugar added), drained and it seemed like the right amount of pineapple.  Also, I didn’t have pecans in the cupboard so I used raw slivered almonds.  To kick it up a notch, I topped it with a couple of teaspoons of CocoChia right before serving.  This was surprisingly good, with just the right amount of sweet, tangy, salty, and crunchy.

Find out more about the amazing little seed known as quinoa here, at the Nutrition Data site. Enjoy!

Cooking for health ~ Puff

Detox2
Last time, I touched on the controversy about detoxing (or cleansing, as some prefer to call it) and why some are in the “nay” camp, while others are in the “aye” camp.  Hopefully you have done a bit of research of your own.  Like all health decisions, this is a personal decision and only YOU can determine what works (or doesn’t) for your constitution.  And, like so many old ideas, many modern medicine practitioners will poo-poo it as bunk.  Rather than rely on my opinion, or anyone else’s, do your own homework and decide for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Detox ControversyAs you know if you’ve been following along, Huff and I have been decluttering our homes, our offices, our thoughts, and our bodies.  It makes sense that as we Shed That Which No Longer Serves Us, we would eventually bump up against the idea of cleansing the physical body from the inside out.

I’m sure that this will piss off a few people, alienate a few more, and give inspiration and (dare I say it) hope to a few others.  So be it.  If you don’t like the detox idea, you don’t have to try it, that’s all!  It’s sort of like lima beans.  Some love them, some don’t, neither are wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Hey Fabulous Friends ~ Sometimes we need a quick little pick me up and here are a few Healthy Habits to perk up your day.

Healthy Habit:  Drink another glass of water.  Right now.  Tired?  Hungry?  Headache?  Sore muscles?  Hydrating can help!  Before you reach for coffee, sugary snacks, or painkillers, drink about 12 ounces of cool or room temperature water (not cold).  If plain H2O is too blah, make a pitcher of spa water: add slices of Read the rest of this entry »

Many moons ago, I worked for a publishing company and one of our specialty areas were materials geared to professionals who work with special needs kids with feeding problems.  At that time, one of the people we worked with — and a recognized expert in the field — was (and is) Ellyn Satter

Fast forward 15 years and I was reading the New York Times  (she’s a frequent contributor, it turns out) when I saw her name associated with the “Well” section talking about food.  I was delighted to see an old “friend” in print and we connected once again.  Now that I’m blogging on a regular basis, it’s fun to read other people’s blogs and to share the vast stores of wisdom that is available to us through friends, colleagues, and long-ago acquaintances.

Ellyn’s is one of those sites that is rich with information and inspiration for eating well and I encourage you to visit and poke around.  I’ll be talking about what I’m learning from Ellyn in future posts and I hope we can have a good chat about what we all find there.

And to you, Ellyn, thank you for continuing your life’s work — not only for all those kids in the world with feeding difficulties but for the rest of us, looking for a healthy relationship with what’s on the plate.

Eating towards health ~ Puff

Compare and despair or admire and acquire?

Lately, Andrew has been sort of joking about the Karate Kid montage, set to the tune of “You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito, as a motivational tool.  Now, personally, that would not be very motivating to me, but you get the gist.  So it got me to thinking about vision boards, mind maps, positive intentions, and Olympic athletes who use guided imagery to compete at the highest level. Read the rest of this entry »