May 10, 2023

Need a Lift? Try These Good Mood Foods

We’re well into spring, so presumably your mood has already lifted from a couple of months ago. But it certainly makes sense that what you eat has lots to do with how you’re feeling about yourself and the world. With longer hours of sunshine (which helps your body use vitamin D for bone health) and the bounty of spring fruits and vegetables available, it’s easy to avoid nutritional deficiencies that increase inflammation within the body, which can contribute to a number of maladies and diseases. For example, there is evidence that depression can be caused by a low-level inflammatory disorder […]
July 31, 2018

Cool Off With Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho

People sit up and take notice when you carry this cold soup to the table. Watermelon gives it a gorgeous, unexpected color and a sweetness that works well with onion, pepper, and lime juice. For a small-plate party, serve in short, clear glasses with demitasse spoons. CHILLED WATERMELON GAZPACHO Ingredients: 1 small seedless watermelon (cubed) 1 cup cucumber (peeled, seeded, and finely diced) 1 red bell pepper (finely diced) 1 yellow bell pepper (finely diced) 1/2 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced 3 stalks celery (finely diced) 1/2 small red onion (finely diced) 1/4 cup fresh mint (finely chopped) 1/4 cup […]
March 13, 2018

12 Foods for Lovers This Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, our thoughts turn to adding a little more love and romance to our lives. Can certain foods boost romantic relationships and enhance sexual desire? According to St. Thomas Aquinas, aphrodisiac foods had to produce good nutrition and a “vital spirit.” In other words, the nutrients that contribute to overall well-being will also help to ensure a healthy love life. Chocolate is typically at the top of my list for Valentine’s Day, particularly dark chocolate. It truly is one of the best superfoods for lovers. Dark chocolate can help relieve stress, sharpen our minds, […]