Sensible Indulgences

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Baking Substitutes

During the holiday season we tend to do more baking. The National Institute of Health estimates that Americans gain between 1 and 2 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Here are some easy recipe substitutions that can be used to help make your baking healthier. These easy recipe modifications can help make foods healthier […]

Fall = Pumpkins

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Hot-Pumpkin-Cocoa

Fall! I really enjoy this time of year! Temperatures are cool, but not cold. Trees become exceptionally beautiful with all the different colored leaves painting quite a beautiful landscape to view as you drive down the road! It also means a trip to the pumpkin patch, local grocery store, or city market to choose that […]

Introducing the Mediterranean Diet

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Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet is a heart healthy diet based off of a typical way of eating in the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Countries like Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey all practice the general principles of this diet.  The Mediterranean region boasts lower rates of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes as well as […]

Celebrating Blueberries

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blueberries

It’s July and time to celebrate everything red, white and blue….blueberry that is since July is National Blueberry Month. On May 8th, 1999, the USDA proclaimed July as National Blueberry Month.  These beautiful berries greatly deserve this honor for not only are they sweet, plump, juicy and delicious, when in season, but they are nutritious […]

Table Salt vs. Sea Salt

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salt

Salt is a crystalline compound known as sodium chloride, it is a mineral, a component of seawater, and used for seasoning food, and as a preservative. Sounds simple right?  It should be easy for the average consumer to choose a salt for their cooking and baking needs; however nothing is ever that simple.  Many popular […]

Importance of Leafy Greens

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gardening greens

Consuming dark leafy greens regularly is a great way to improve your overall health.  They are an important source of many key nutrients including potassium, folic acid, vitamins A & C and dietary fiber. The USDA recommends consuming 1 ½ -2 cups weekly to prevent nutrient deficiencies and other illnesses. There are many varieties to […]