Last minute gifts

The final countdown is on and healthy eating is the perfect gift for your loved one or even for yourself.

Need an inexpensive gift, consider dark chocolate covered dried fruit or assorted nuts; even a nice dark chocolate bar makes a great stocking stuffer.

For a few more dollars, you can purchase a cooking class at PCC Cooks or even better, arrange for a private cooking class for one or a larger group. And you can give someone the ultimate gift of coaching for health success.

Whatever you do, committing to your health or the health of a loved one is the best gift that you can give.

New classes open for registration

2013 classes at PCC are available and open for registration. Do something good for your body and check out my full line-up here.  

Eating healthy during the holidays

This time of year can be especially challenging for the health conscious eater. Too many rich foods and sweets and not enough vegetables. When planning my catering menus with clients, I always suggest a few fresh salads to add to the mix. This is often dismissed with many folks opting for the cheese platter andContinue Reading

The true meaning of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving came a bit early for me this year. Last weekend, I spent time with family celebrating my aunt’s 90th birthday. My mother, sister and I hopped a plane to Winnipeg, where both my parents are from, and enjoyed a lovely long weekend with family – sharing great food and great stories and having aContinue Reading

Holiday Eating

As the weather gets colder, I am reminded of the upcoming holidays – a beautiful time to connect with family and see loved ones from near and far. It’s also a time for family meals – highlighting the beautiful bounty of late fall foods and great foods that warm you from the cold. With allContinue Reading

GMO’s – final thoughts before election day

By now, you may have already cast your ballots for election day 2012. In case you haven’t, here’s some last minute thoughts on something near and dear to me. If you live in Washington state (my home state) or California (Prop 37), chances are that you have been hearing about the state initiatives to makeContinue Reading

The value of vegetables

This list of has been circulating for years; I am not sure who the original author is, but it’s a brilliant reminder of the value of vegetables . . .  A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now showsContinue Reading

Eating a Rainbow of Foods

What Color is Your Food? Taste a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for better health FN-595, Revised February 2009 (Reviewed and reprinted May 2011) Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., L.R.D., Food and Nutrition Specialist Red fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigments called “lycopene” or “anthocyanins.” Lycopene in tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit, forContinue Reading

On the path to health – some basic tips to get started

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates Cooking with whole foods is an excellent ways to promote health and adapt your dietary restrictions to better support what you need. Whether you face a diet of reduced sodium, reduced fat or a need for increased fiber, these simple ideasContinue Reading

Tips for Smart Grocery Shopping

Shop with a list – this allows you to save time and money; it also ensures that you get what you need and don’t buy a bunch of things that you don’t. Sounds simple – but few people adequately prepare. Never shop hungry – you’ll make impulse buys and be more inclined to by preparedContinue Reading