Healthy Eating: Almond date balls a nutritious, delicious snack

I’ve grown slightly weary of cooking full deal meals.  My tendency these days is to prepare a big pot of soup or stew, a  casserole or a piece of protein and some sides that I can call dinner for at least two or three nights. Everyone is on their own for breakfast or lunch. Lately…

Healthy Eating: A berry delicious crisp

Spring is here and I am enjoying all the blossoms of the neighborhood daffodils, forsythia, daphne odora, sarcocca and more! I even spotted a pair of pileated woodpeckers routing around in our garden earlier this week. We’re waiting for a pair of chickadees to make a nest in our bird house again this year. My…

Healthy Eating: Time to jump on the sourdough starter bandwagon

During the pandemic, sourdough has become all the rage. People are home more; they are cooking more often, and social media has made sourdough the superstar of the baking world right now. So much so that people give their sourdough starters names as if they are new pets in the family. I have had a…

Healthy Eating: The perfect time of year for Magic Mineral Broth

I have been working on several different recipes using items from my freezer and pantry. During the stay-at-home situation that we find ourselves living through, I am trying to use the food items that I have in my pantry and my freezer to avoid trips to the grocery store. I head to the grocery store…

Healthy eating: Give thanks and eat pie (in moderation)

I hope that everyone had a safe and lovely Thanksgiving holiday. I missed gathering with friends this year- — not only for the wonderful company and conversation but also for the variety of food that everyone brings. Family gatherings are steeped in food traditions, which makes them comforting and welcoming. In our house, my husband…

Healthy Eating: Red lentil curry with homemade naan a perfect autumn meal

We are in the first week of autumn and having glorious weather. Although the recent rains knocked off many leaves, the trees in my neighborhood offer a spectacular range or reds, oranges and yellows.  It makes my daily walks an outdoor gallery of art. Nature at its finest. As the days become shorter and cooler,…

Healthy Eating: Homemade granola, your way

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.  Suffice it to say that I still love my hometown (especially for many of its culinary treasures) but I am glad that I call Edmonds home (especially because of the weather and the natural beauty.)  One of my earliest cooking memories is making granola with my mother in…

Healthy Eating: It’s strawberry season — just in time to celebrate July 4th

I absolutely love it when local fresh strawberries are in season. It means summer is really here (even if the weather feels like “Juneary”).  Strawberries mean the 4th of July is near. Although the usual holiday festivities like city fireworks and parades won’t be happening, you can still celebrate our freedom with fresh strawberries. I…

Move 60! launches nutrition video series

Move 60!, Verdant Health, Sound Dietitians and the Edmonds School District Food and Nutrition Services Department have been working together to promote healthy living by creating family-friendly nutrition videos. There is a series of eight videos starting with “Let’s Make A Parfait.” Along with the videos there is a recipe handout for families to cook…

Healthy Eating: Two comfort food recipes to enjoy and share

It is hard to believe that we’ve been staying home since the middle of March…at least I hope everyone has been staying home. I venture out each day to take my miniature schnauzer Mia for a well-deserved long walk. Well deserved for both of us I think. I am grateful that I have a backyard…

Healthy Eating: Enjoy the health benefits of walnuts in this versatile sauce

If you are like me and following our “new normal” directions for living…you have been staying home.  “Stay home, Stay healthy”–it’s an easy directive that is not always easy to follow.  Cooking is a great way to use the extra time as well as to keep yourself nourished and healthy.   It’s likely that you have…

City of MLT receives WellCity Award for promoting employee health

The City of Mountlake Terrace has received its second consecutive WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities, recognizing its dedication to promoting employee health. In addition to all the benefits of a healthier workplace, the city will receive a 2% discount on medical premiums in 2021. The lower premiums will result in a substantial…

Healthy eating: Lentil soup packs a flavorful, nutritious punch

Move over, chickpeas: Lentils are officially the coolest legume. For the uninitiated, lentils are tiny round legumes — aka a seed that grows in a pod — that come in a variety of sizes and colors, including black, brown, yellow, red, or green. They’ve long been a staple in Indian cuisine  as well as vegan…

Healthy Eating: This curry squash soup makes a nourishing winter meal

By now you probably know that one of my favorite things to make is soup. During the winter months I am completely satisfied by a bowl of soup and a slice of hearty bread for dinner. Sometimes I’ll add in a tossed salad. My chief taste tester (my dear husband) often feels that soup passes…

Healthy Eating: Tips for mindful eating as new decade dawns

As we start 2020, I have been reading many articles that reflect on the past year and the past decade. With regards to food and eating, there seems to be a trend right now that gives more permission for people to be themselves and eat the way that works for their bodies and their situations….

Scene at Cedar Plaza QFC: Cosmic Crisp

QFC now has Cosmic Crisp apples for sale. The apple took 20 years to develop at Washington State University, at a cost of $500 million. It’s the first apple created in Washington, and it stays in the fridge for a year. They’re called “Cosmic” because the dots on the skin look like stars. I had…

Healthy Eating: Choose your food treats wisely during the holidays

Are you still feeling full from your Thanksgiving feast? Did you eat a piece of pie for breakfast the next day? That’s OK because it probably has pumpkin or apples, maybe eggs, butter and milk, flour and spices — all ingredients that a healthy breakfast might include! But… remember most of us gain weight between…

Healthy Eating: Delicious recipes for nutrient-rich pumpkin

Far too often relegated to Halloween doorstep décor and overused as a coffee drink marketing device (think Pumpkin Spice Latte), pumpkin and all its health benefits deserve so much more. Pumpkin calories clock in at just 49 per cup of purée, plus that serving sneaks in 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, and…

Healthy Eating: Granola bars, just in time for back to school

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already passed the Autumn equinox and the school year is well under way.  When children go back to school, our lives get easier in some ways and more complicated and busier in other ways. I am always looking for “healthyish” treats to make and to serve my family. I…