Wash what you eat!

Food For Thought Wash what you eat! By: Leanne Ely Unless you have grown a fruit or vegetable yourself, in your own organic veggie patch, I would hope that you’re giving your produce a good thorough wash before eating it. There are a couple of good reasons why you should be washing your fruits and […]

Amazing spirulina

Healthy Foods Amazing spirulina By: Leanne Ely There are so many superfoods out there that it can make your head spin when you start researching them! I wrote about one of those superfoods not too long ago (aloe vera), and today I want to tell you about another one — spirulina. What is spirulina? This […]

Is it yogurt? Is it milk? No, it’s kefir!


Shepherds in the Caucasus Mountains discovered that when they carried fresh milk in leather pouches, it would sometimes transform into an effervescent liquid. According to Islamic legend, “kefir grains” were a gift from Mohammed to those Orthodox Christians living in the Caucasus Mountains. Kefir was a secret among the people of the Caucasus region for […]

Cast your vote for cast iron

Food For Thought Cast your vote for cast iron By: Leanne Ely If you feel that cooking in cast iron is more your grandmother’s speed than your own, you might want to rethink that out-dated belief. Cast iron is an efficient way to cook and it’s a healthy option, too. I think those old-fashioned cast […]

Jumping for joy…for Bok Choy

Bok choy is one of my favorite vegetables. Like cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts, this mild Chinese cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable. Very common in Asian cuisine, you rarely see this delicious cabbage in other types of ethnic cooking, despite the fact that it’s grown in the United States, Canada and Europe. Bok choy has […]

The choice isn’t hard, eat swiss chard!

It’s so exciting in the spring of the year to see the beautiful rainbow-colored leaves of swiss chard at the farmers’ market and on my plate! More than just a pretty face, these gorgeous veggies are full of nutrition. While I like chard best in the spring when it’s at its freshest, I love eating […]

Food For Thought: Want to learn to love fish?

So many people tell me they can’t stand fish. The “fishiness” and the texture just take out any desire to eat it. And yet we all know how healthy fish is, right? But hey, you’re a big girl and you want to try it again? Come now, I’ll help you! The key to getting properly […]

Dear Dinner Diva

Healthy Foods Dear Dinner Diva By: Leanne Ely I receive a lot emails with questions about food, nutrition and health. Unfortunately, I can’t answer every one of them. However, I have decided to awaken my alter personality, the Dinner Diva, for today’s article and answer some of your burning (well, maybe just simmering) questions.   […]

4 Components for Healthy Skin

Healthy Foods 4 Components for Healthy Skin by Leanne Ely, CNC The foods that you eat affects every area of your health and nowhere does it show up more than on your skin. Women in particular are notorious for investing huge sums of cash on facial soaps, scrubs, masks, lotions, potions and oils. Of course […]

HF – Let Food be Thy Medicine

Let Food be Thy Medicine By Leanne Ely, C.N.C. Eating a varied diet, eating clean, moving around (yes, the e word, exercise!), having positive thoughts, and getting fresh air goes hand in hand with what Hippocrates believed and promoted. After all these years the truth is apparent–what he taught works. If only more doctors today […]