Monday, April 21, 2014

Soft Serve Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

It's been way too long since I've posted recipes! Life is busy!
I finally have a night to sit out side and enjoy a wonderful warm spring evening watching my cats play and eating some Chocolate Banana Ice. It has zero fat and is super easy to make and it's like soft serve chocolate ice cream! Yummilicious!

Here is the recipes:
3 cups frozen banana slices
1 t vanilla
2 T water
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
In a food processor, grind frozen banana slices with vanilla and water until it starts to get creamy. You will need to stop the food processor and use a fork to help break up the chunks. Add in the cocoa power and process until it's all incorporated together. Scoop out into a bowl, grab a spoon and go for it! But you better share some with your significant other so you don't get a tummy ache from eating that many bananas:)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vegan Meals with Chef AJ

I love cooking videos! But to be honest, there are very few that I've found enjoyable to watch and that keep my interest. This video by Chef AJ is great! Take a look:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Avoid Cardiovascular Disease with Diet

I have a strong family history of cardiovascular disease. Both sets of grandparents had it, my Dad had a quadruple bypass when he was 60, and many aunts and uncles have suffered the consequences of this life threatening disease. Is this my genetic destiny? I think not!

I'm so grateful for the knowledge I've gained over the last 25 years, which I am implementing into my diet every day, that will greatly reduce, and most likely eliminate my risk of ever having a heart attack.

In this article, Julianna Hever, the Plant Based Dietitian, tells 5 ways to avoid cardiovascular disease without medication.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Organic vs. conventional

In almost every class that I teach, someone asks about organic vs. conventional produce. This is a great question and Julianna Hever addresses it very well!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Eliminate Chronic Pain

I love teaching cooking classes for the Bridge Recovery Center!  My heart goes out to all who are suffering with chronic illness and I hope and pray that they can find recovery at the Bridge. In my classes I emphasize the importance of good quality, high nutrient plant foods and how they can cleanse, detoxify, repair and heal your body. This is a great testimonial from Roberta Joiner who is no longer suffering with chronic pain because she changed her diet.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Extremeitis - from Disease Proof

This is such a fantastic post by Disease Proof writer Emily Boller. I know that this is one reason that there are so many who come to my classes, come to the Vegetarian Society programs, so excited and ready to take control of their health ...and after a few months, I never see them again. it's so hard to be different! It's so hard to be labeled "extreme" or "radical." It's so hard to with stand the funny looks, constant sarcastic remarks, criticism, and honest concerns of family and friends. I hope you will take the time to read this post and redefine for yourself what "normal" means in your life.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Combating Common Diseases - Michael Greger, MD

Another one of my favorite web sites for nutrition education is
Dr. Michael Greger posts a new 3 - 5 minute video every other day about his latest discoveries in nutrition research. Below is his annual nutrition review in an hour long lecture. I hope you will take some time to watch.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Vegan Education at Your Fingertips

One of my favorite sources for "vegan education" is the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. They have monthly educational programs where they feature some of the best health experts on plant based nutrition. This is a recent lecture by Mary Clifton MD, who has recently discovered the power of a vegan diet in reversing disease, something that she did not learn in medical school. She is cute and fun to listen to. I hope you will take time to watch.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Foods That Fight Inflammation.

I'm really excited to see this post from Dr. Michael Greger today on Facebook. 
In my smoothie class this morning, one of the guests asked which smoothie, out of the 3 smoothies I made, was best for inflammation. I told her the one with the highest anti-oxidants which was the ...Purple Power Smoothie. And here is Dr. Greger to back me up. So this is for my friends at the Bridge Recovery Center ( and anyone else who is fighting inflammation. Be sure to read his blog posts suggested below the video.

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