Category Archives: General Nutrition Information

Bio-individuality WHO? Big Word, Cool Thoughts, Read On….

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BIO-INDIVIDUALITY.  Say THAT ten times fast!  (Kay, don’t really.) 😉   What does this even MEAN and WHY is it so important?  First, here’s an example of this lovely word, and tell me if you can relate.  You and a friend BOTH decide to follow a plant-based regimen for two weeks.  You both weigh the same AND you each eat the EXACT same foods (as each other) for those two weeks.  At the end of that period, she’s lost a boat load of weight and you’ve lost two pounds.  THAT my friend, is bio-individuality!  Read on, cuz this is cray! Continue reading Bio-individuality WHO? Big Word, Cool Thoughts, Read On….

Crazy Delicious and Clever “Recipes”….

So the reason I put recipes in quotes (up top) is because it’s TOO SIMPLE to call this an actual recipe.  However, it IS clever, if I do say so myself!  Personally, I like to keep my protein high and my carbs, fat and calories LOW.  There are so many foods I’ve pretty much avoided over the years with this philosophy in mind!  I used to LOVE pancakes and waffles, so I decided to experiment with my protein powder (I alternate between two: Vega Very Vanilla and Nutiva Hemp Protein, which is why my pancakes are green 😯 )  So here is how easy it is to turn your protein powder into pancakes or waffles and WRAPS! And then stay tuned for the most AMAZING GREEN SMOOTHIE EVER EVER EVER!!!!!  (And you MUST message me after you try it cuz I’m dying to hear your reactions!!!) 😀  Continue reading Crazy Delicious and Clever “Recipes”….

Passover Bagels/Donuts – TO DIE FOR! AND They’re Healthy”ish”!


What do you call a cross between a bagel and a donut?  A DOGEL!  I can honestly tell you, these are “to-die-for”!  My kids actually beg me to make these even when it’s NOT Passover.   These delicacies are the first to disappear at my seders.  I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand matzo – and dogels are the yummiest alternative!  AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY OF PASSOVER TO ENJOY THESE!!  Each year I make batches for my sisters’ families (and used to make for my parents too).  I PROMISE you, you will LOVE these and thank me!  SO, I’ll give you the recipe, (with a vegan and whole-grain option as well), and some nutrition numbers too.  These are very easy to make!  You can leave out the ‘sugar’ and it’s more of a bagel.  And lastly, thank you to my mother-in-law, Sondy Burg, who introduced me to these YUMSTERS!!!  Here goes…  They will NOT disappoint 😎 ….. Continue reading Passover Bagels/Donuts – TO DIE FOR! AND They’re Healthy”ish”!

Poopie Brownies! Yummy Recipe That’s Healthy and Makes You ….

THESE ARE SO DELICIOUS!!!  And I’m sorry for the title of this, but there’s no better way to describe these.  They just have that very desired and healthy affect of …….. making you ‘regular’, for lack of a better term! 😯   I know my kids will deny that they LOVED these, but they’re totally full of sh** (well not anymore, because they ate my poopie brownies 😉 )!  These are yummy, guilt-free and HIGH IN FIBER, making them SO good for you.  The main ingredient, black beans, is why I properly named these “POOPIE BROWNIES”! Continue reading Poopie Brownies! Yummy Recipe That’s Healthy and Makes You ….

Foods Disguised As Healthy, But ….. SUCK!



I recently received a comment/question (which I’ll post below for you to read) from a reader (Amy) about my last blog on carrageenan – and I think it’s definitely worth expanding on.  Like Amy, I drank almond milk because for ME, it was a better alternative than milk.  If I want calcium, there are far better AND SAFER options than cow’s milk.

In my studies thru Cornell, I came across the dangers of carrageenan.  Being the avid nutrition-label-reader that I am, I FREAKED when I realized that carrageenan is one of the ingredients in my almond milk.  Needless to say, I dumped it and have fortunately found other brands that do NOT tout carrageenan as one of their ingredients.  But this lead me to panic a bit because WHAT ELSE am I ingesting while thinking I’m doing my body good?!  So here goes… my upward spiral to weeding out unsafe ingredients that the food industry has so cleverly disguised as healthy!  Continue reading Foods Disguised As Healthy, But ….. SUCK!

Candy Bar or GINORMOUS Salad? Hmmm! (Some Fun Comparisons.)


A lot of people who I work with seem to know a lot about nutrition already. Those are by far my easiest clients – because they just GET IT!  So currently I’m working with a gentleman who is trying to lose about 80 pounds and get off of his diabetes medications. The other day he confessed to me that when he gets hungry in the middle of the day, he will run down (to the lobby shop in his office building) and grab a Hershey’s candy bar. “Wait. You’re telling me that when you feel hungry, a candy bar is your go-to answer?”  Of course I said this as unemotionally as possible, but when I heard a very intelligent, well-educated man say he does something that I just assumed everyone KNOWS is a no-no, a light went off in my head.  I hope he couldn’t read the cartoon over my head, but it read “THANKS DUDE!  GREAT BLOG TOPIC!”

With that, here are some very interesting food comparisons, just for fun!  Ready?  Kay, here goes: Continue reading Candy Bar or GINORMOUS Salad? Hmmm! (Some Fun Comparisons.)

An Interesting Little Tidbit About Your OATmeal!


SPEAKING OF BLOOD SUGAR … (I know! I’m annoying already!  Trust me though!  You want to know this!) Hopefully you know, at least from my previous blog, what a glycemic index is and why it is SO important to eat foods that do NOT spike your blood glucose.  This is crucial both for good health AND a slimmer waistline!  But did you know that oatmeal, the most basic breakfast item, can play a huge role in the process? Yup, true story! By incorporating oats into your diet, you can nurture and protect your precious, beautiful cells.  So here’s what ya gotta know!  Simple, yet interesting! Continue reading An Interesting Little Tidbit About Your OATmeal!

Love Buffalo Wings? Me Neither! But You’ll LOVE My HEALTHY Cauli Wings!

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I thought I’d share my EASY, GO-TO recipe since I seem to be making this a LOT lately.  My husband devours these CRUNCHY CAULIFLOWER “WINGS” in no time, which makes me so proud 😀   And this is my most-requested side-dish by far!  It’s a great alternative to chicken wings or anything fried and crispy, and it totally fits the bill when you just NEED that tang and crunch!  So here it is.  A to-die-for recipe worth LIVING for! 😎  Continue reading Love Buffalo Wings? Me Neither! But You’ll LOVE My HEALTHY Cauli Wings!

Glycemic WHO? What is This and Why Should We Care?


In many of my blogs I often refer to foods that ‘spike your blood sugar’.  I am going to explain why it is so important to avoid this – and why it’s crucial to eat a diet that promotes stable blood sugar, both for weight management and for your HEALTH!   It’s actually pretty fascinating how this whole ‘thing’ works!  Once you understand this concept and fully appreciate why it is SO important, it’ll be easy to make healthy choices.  So, you ready to (possibly) learn a little something?  Great!  Then buckle up!!!   😎  Continue reading Glycemic WHO? What is This and Why Should We Care?

Cool Way To Test For IODINE Deficiency! (Your kids Will Think You’re A FREAK!)


Here’s a quick, cool little FYI for ya on your Friday morning!   Wanna know a very cool way to test to see if you’re iodine levels are at a healthy place?  Go buy some iodine (I have the Logol’s Iodine, 5%) and put it on your skin. (I do my upper arm so people think it’s a tattoo, POSSIBLY because I draw a huge HEART on myself with that little wand, therefore making me VERY cool 😎 ).  If that orange stuff is still there in 48 hours, you’re fine.  If it’s not, you need to up your iodine intake.  “WHY?”, you ask? Continue reading Cool Way To Test For IODINE Deficiency! (Your kids Will Think You’re A FREAK!)