Easy-to-Digest Foods for Upset Tummies, updated

(published in Tampa Bay Wellness, April 2013) Do you have a “touchy” digestive system? Many people struggle with digestive problems. This could include anything from an occasional mild stomach upset, stomach flu, or food poisoning, to morning sickness, frequent attacks of gall bladder, gastritis, colitis or irritable bowel.  Or even the side-effects of chemotherapy treatment.…

Chocolate Decadence Smoothie

(recipe:  vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free) Sometimes you just have to have some Chocolate!  This green smoothie is a great way to quell your worst chocolate cravings AND have your body thank you! Chocolate Decadence: 3 large handfuls spinach, romaine or leaf lettuce 1 apple, core removed 1 cup almond milk 2 Tbsp cacao powder (raw, if…

Apple Pie Smoothie

Recipe (vegan, gluten-free, no added sugar) If you’ve been enjoying apple season like I have, try this green smoothie that is a new twist on an old favorite…. Ain’t Your Grandma’s Apple Pie: 2 apples, cores removed 2 handfuls kale, spinach or other greens 1/4 cup raisins 1/8 cup almonds (about 6 to 8 almonds) 1…

Everything Cookies

Recipe (Vegan, no refined sugar, low fat, can be made gluten-free) When you just need a cookie, these are the favorite around our house.  We don’t make them often, because we avoid sugar, flour and oil.  But I adapted this recipe to reduce the amount of oil needed, and to replace the white sugar.  This…

Awesome Asian Kale Salad

Recipe (vegan, sugar-free & gluten-free) I have made this salad several times, doubling the recipe, and taken it to parties.  Amazingly, even though most people would say they don’t like kale, (especially raw kale), this salad is completely devoured within an hour of setting it out.  And many people demand to know the recipe.  So,…

Mint Chocolate Chia “Tapioca” Pudding

Recipe (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free) Around the holidays I seem to often get a craving for mint-chocolate treats. Rather than succumbing to a sugar-laden cookie or coffee drink, I have been experimenting with making my own satisfying, yet extremely healthy treat, full of antioxidants, beneficial fats, and fiber. Here is my newest creation.  Try it and…

Plant-Based Meal Ideas

As I teach my patients the benefits of a more plant-based diet, many are at a loss for how to create plant-based meals.  Below are some meal suggestions that may make this transition easier. For health, we need to increase vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, fiber and water, and to decrease processed foods, refined…