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January 12, 2017

A version of this article originally appeared in my February 2007 column in the Kansas City Wellness Magazine.

Purifying your drinking water can be the most significant step you can make towards improving your health.  Good cooks know it makes a difference in way food t...

October 31, 2016

This is a great festive fizzy drink, but you can also substitute with filtered water if you prefer.


1 part organic apple cider vinegar

2 parts fresh squeezed orange juice 

4 parts carbonated water (club soda)

Combine vinegar, juice and water - garnish with oran...

Serves 4


3 cups hazelnut milk (recipe here)
3 cups raw, chopped pumpkin*
2 Tbsp. raw honey or liquid stevia to taste
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Cut pumpkin in half and scrape out seeds.  Using a veget...

This is a refreshing drink that is great to take to holiday gatherings.   No need for alcohol here -- you can toast the night away guilt free!


Splash of bottled or fresh-squeezed organic cranberry juice

Splash of bottled or fresh-squeezed organic cherry juice


July 20, 2016

What I call "the hot heat," that is, triple digit heat indices, arrived early this year, and continues as I write this edition of Food First! Getting in and out of a hot automobile or even the walk from the car to your destination can dehydrate you quickly. Fatigue, bo...

February 1, 2016

Golden paste acts as a "starter" to blend the perfect cup of golden milk. It includes not only turmeric and coconut oil but also black pepper, which has been found to increase curcumin's bioavailability by 2,000 percent.

Here's a simple recipe to make your own from Heal...

February 1, 2016

Store bought nut and seed mylks have achieved the rank of processed food. Homemade nut or seed mylks taste better and no one will miss the sugar or additives. Use a nut mylk bag to strain the solids out of the mylk. sells a good one.

1/2 cup sunflower seeds...

1 small organic apple, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1" piece of fresh ginger

Fill a small pitcher with water and add all ingredients. Let the mix sit on the counter overnight for maximum flavor. Strain as you serve and enjoy throughout the day!

You can also heat...

Serves 1


1 cup pumpkin puree* (homemade from a cooking pumpkin is best)!
1/3 cup almond pulp* (from making homemade almond milk)
1 heaping tsp. ground flax or chia seed
1/3 cup almond milk (or more for desired consistency)
pinch sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground...

This is so easy and refreshing . . . plus GUILT FREE!!!

1 cup frozen strawberries
1-2 lemons
liquid stevia drops to sweeten

Place frozen strawberries in a bowl and let thaw.    Place the mushy, thawed strawberries and juice in a blender and process until smooth....

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