Confession: I love pudding. Smooth, melt-in-your mouth swirls of it, topped with angelic wisps of whipped cream and garnished with delicate slivered nuts...sigh. Layer it into a darling parfait dish or bake it in a ramekin and I find the stuff to be completely irresistible. While I enjoy most flavors, I have always been particularly fond of pistachio pudding, with its sophisticated taste and charming pale green color. One thing is for sure however...a dessert this good shouldn’t come from a box mix, nor should it be something that is sacrificed for those needing to avoid dairy. So, here is a cunning no-cook, dairy-free version that uses the natural coloring of an avocado, the robust sweetness of a banana and the creamy texture of coconut milk to create an easily-digested, satisfying mousse-like treat in minutes.Read More
Last week marked one year since I adopted my sweet, brown, curly-haired Chesapeake Bay Retriever into our home and family. We have always enjoyed the breed and their fun-loving demeanor, as well as their fervent passion for the water, even in the frigid cold! Our last Chessie, Rocky, just passed away, after living 13 wonderful years experiencing outdoor adventures such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and even surfing. Yes, we taught our dog to surf the waves to shore! This time around, with busy lives and hectic schedules, I decided to try something new – doggie adoption, in hopes of bypassing that time-consuming puppy stage. I looked into Chesapeake Bay Retriever rescues and breeders all around, when finally I found my Taylor! She came to me as a four-year-old mama of two litters, and I thought life would be smooth sailing from there. Boy, was I wrong! Due to the facts that Taylor was locked up in her crate (barely big enough to fit her body) for nearly all hours of the day and night, had to compete with nearly two dozen other dogs for attention, and never really got outdoors for anything other than to get a drink of water and to relieve herself, she was anything but the Chessie breed I had known with Rocky.Read More
Probiotics – they are everywhere! In fact, they are so well known that I would hardly call them "special” to the natural health world. You can find them at just about any grocery store, and there are always a million and one brands to choose from. Ok, not literally, but you get what I mean! So just what are probiotics, why are they so important for our health, and how do we know which brands to buy?? That is what we are going to dive into today!Read More
Happy New Year! 2018 is upon us with new ambitions, opportunities, and goals. Perhaps you are amongst the vast majority of people who have set some sort of “New Year’s Resolution”, or accomplishment you desire to achieve in this year ahead. A new year is exciting, and offers a fresh start to get back on track with those things you have fallen away from in the previous year. For many people, the desire to get back in shape, lose weight, and eat healthier is high on the priority list. Wonderful goals, might I add!
If caring for your body, and keeping healthy and well are goals on your list, today’s post may very well be of benefit to you. That is because we are going to dive into the “hot topic” of inflammation, and how supplementing with turmeric can help.Read More
As the holidays draw near, you may be on the lookout for some universal gifts that anybody can enjoy. There are so many ideas out there, it can be overwhelming. I personally love to browse the Radiant Life website in search of some fun favorites that I can gift to my family and friends. For this post, I have sifted through the website and its many different categories and pulled five items that I think could be enjoyed by any person, from your neighbor or teacher, co-worker or coach, and of course the many other friends and family you hold dear.Read More
What do you first think of when you hear “Milk Thistle?” If you are like me when I first heard about milk thistle, I pictured a milky, thorny, plant. Little did I know! I laugh to this day because when I recommend milk thistle to others now, I often get that same perplexed look, and every once in a while somebody exclaims, “I am allergic to dairy!” Well, turns out milk thistle is actually a weed, a ragweed to be exact, and though it can grow in almost any warm climate around the world, milk thistle is found in abundance in my home state of California!Read More
Fall has finally arrived here in my little town of sunny SoCal! It is hard to believe November is upon us and yet just a few days ago my thermostat read 102 degrees! A brisk fog rolled in off the ocean over the weekend though, and today the high reached 60 degrees. I don't know about you, but in my house, fall screams “warm cup of tea,” and one of my favorite recipes “Chai Spice Muffins!” I finally feel a little better about turning the oven on, and not having to blast the air conditioning to compensate for all that extra heat!
Most notably known as the “calming mineral”, magnesium has so many benefits. It is used by many to settle down, relax, and get a good night’s rest at the end of a long day. But do you know just how important this vital mineral is to our bodies? According to Dr. Sircus, “after oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies, vitally important yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it.You can read more about his research here in his article on “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” (1).Read More
When it comes to calcium more does not mean better. This may come as a shock to the millions of Americans who dubiously gobble down calcium supplements and tactfully wipe off multiple milk-mustaches daily. We are a culture that simply loves calcium- it is our glamorous “superstar” mineral with a name that rolls off the tongue. It has slipped its way into nearly everything from orange juice to glittering sugar-coated chocolate chews. Yet, contrary to the treasured conventional wisdom that calcium can single-handedly build strong bones, recent studies have shown that increasing calcium intake through supplementation has no significant effect on reducing the rate of fractures nor preventing the bone thinning disease osteoporosis. In fact, recent research released in a number of prestigious medical journals is revealing that improper supplementation with calcium is actually correlated with an increased risk for atherosclerosis and heart disease. Is calcium really the hailed bone-savior we have been looking for?Read More
Is it just me, or did summer fly by? I know in my household, Labor Day has always been the last “hurrah!” before the new school year began the following day.
Preparing for a new school year is no small feat, and certainly many items are on the never ending list to be accomplished and crossed off before the school bells ring and your child runs off with his or her friends, full of smiles, in anticipation for the year to come.Read More