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!


Healthy Foods Is it yogurt? Is it milk? No, it’s kefir! By: Leanne Ely 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 […]

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

Healthy Foods Jumping for joy…for Bok Choy By: Leanne Ely 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 […]

The choice isn’t hard, eat swiss chard!

Healthy Foods The choice isn’t hard, eat swiss chard! By: Leanne Ely 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 […]

The Paleo diet and your kids

Dinner Diva The Paleo diet and your kids By: Leanne Ely I feel SO amazing since transitioning to a paleolithic way of eating. I feel even better than I did when I was a teenager. Honestly, I wish I knew more about about the benefits of avoiding grains, dairy, gluten and legumes back when my […]

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.   […]

Top 10 Reasons Why You Need Saving Dinner Fundraising

Food For Thought Top 10 Reasons Why You Need Saving Dinner Fundraising By Daniel Munns, Saving Dinner Fundraising August is here and for many of us, that means it is “Back to School” time. It’s time to purchase school supplies, new clothes for the kids and time to figure out the carpool schedule. Pretty soon […]

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 […]