August 28, 2018

9 Superstar Mood-Lifting Ingredients

Need a pick-me-up without resorting to energy drinks or caffeine? Add these 9 ingredients to your next dish to get an all-natural mood booster.   Use in a recipe: Nutty Lentil Burgers   Use in a recipe: Berry Crisp   Use in a recipe: Beet-Raspberry Lentil Bowl   Use in a recipe: Leek, Mushroom and Zucchini Noodle Soup   Use in a recipe: Kale-Stuffed Portobellos with Millet   Use in a recipe: Warm Millet Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts   Use in a recipe: Cherry-Walnut Bites   Use in a recipe: Walnut-Crusted Salmon with Edamame Mash   Use in a recipe: Chinese 5-Spice Shrimp with Mango-Carrot Slaw […]
September 6, 2016

My Search for Great Ingredients Leads to New Resource Guide

I take great care to mention in every recipe where to source any unfamiliar ingredients. I want everyone to be able to make and eat these wonderful, anti-aging recipes. That’s why I wrote my cookbook in the first place. I also have launched a new EATING WELL RESOURCES section on to offer a list of resources for some of my ingredients. Part of the fun for me is to discover new foods, especially when they are loaded with healthy benefits that can help us all age better. I find a lot of exciting produce at Whole Foods and Amazon, […]
July 11, 2016

Where To Find Some of My Exotic Ingredients

By Grace O Because of FoodTrients, I have made it my mission to find herbs, fruits, vegetables and plants from all over the world that pack a lot of nutrition and age-defying benefits.  It’s been so rewarding to introduce some of the foods and ingredients I grew up with in Southeast Asia like moringa, yuka/cassava, jackfruit, ashitaba and others. It’s also been a great adventure for me to learn about new superfoods from around the world like baobab, reishi mushrooms, ashwagandha and more. I’m very fortunate to live in southern California where so much produce grows. It’s a melting pot […]
June 11, 2016

Why Quality Ingredients Matter

I try to use organic produce and non GMO products as much as possible. I particularly pay attention to the Environmental Working Group’s list Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen Produce Guides available on Certain fruits and vegetables, like strawberries, tomatoes and apples have higher concentrations of pesticides so if you can buy them organically grown, it’s better for you.  Do your own homework and learn more to protect yourself and your family. To reduce your exposure to pesticides, the EWG recommends buying organic whenever you can. But we all know that organics are not always accessible or affordable for […]
February 13, 2013

Beautiful Skin Needs To Be Chemical Free

In our ever advancing and constantly changing society, let’s get back to some of the basics—the basics of food and the earth. While technology and growth are amazing, chemicals and hormones in our food and body products is not so amazing. If we are trying to “eat organic” and “healthy,” why are we okay with putting chemicals onto our skin? What goes onto our skin goes directly into our bloodstream, including all our wonderful smelling lotions, shampoos, cleansers, toners, make up, and perfume. Even if something says it’s “organic” you still have to read the label—unfortunately! The Organic Consumers Association’s […]