Berry Sorbet Gluten and Dairy Free

Did you get a Vita-Mix, Blendtec, or other high powered ‘blender’ for Christmas? A quick recipe: Berry Sorbet – with no dairy or gluten – 1/2 cup of raw cashews – 1/4 cup raw sunflower kernels, your favorite vanilla vegan protein – I use DoTerra’s vegan protein but use what you like. Cover the mix […]

Raw Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Raw Chocolate Pudding | Filled with nutrients | Sweet enough to satisfy most people If you are one of the thousands who ‘love’ chocolate, this recipe could fit the need for a very ‘rich’ and filling meal.  Who would think that a recipe with chocolate would be considered a meal?  Keep in mind that I […]

Forks over Knives DVD

Buy it, watch it, share it, follow the principles and steps outlined in it!

Short and simple review –

When people ask me what movie and/or book they should read to learn about following a plant based lifestyle, I always recommend Forks over Knives first.  Since the movie came out they released a cookbook, books, smartphone app, and more to help you in your journey as you follow a plant based life style.  If you take the time, you can search the internet, your local bookstore, or library and you will find thousands of resources concerning a plant based diet.  From my experience, you will not find a better resource than Forks over knives if you are interested in learning more about a vegetarian diet.  The video discusses what many call the “diseases of affluence”.  The diseases that occur from injesting too many processed and/or animal based foods. As you watch the video, you will see the personal jouney of Dr T. Colin Cambell and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn and their commitment to helping the viewer improve their health and reverse the effects of poor eating habits.  “Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented – and in many cases reversed – by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.”

If you are struggling with excess weight and/or the diseases of affluence, please take the time and watch this video then follow its principles.

Many will list as a New Year’s resolution to improve their overall health and/or lose weight.  This is a great first step!

Watch it today on Amazon. 



Fruits and vegetables consumption lacking in children

“Eating more fruits and vegetables adds under consumed nutrients to diets, reduces the risks for leading causes of illness and death, and helps manage body weight.”  CDC August 8, 2014 

According to the CDC study, 60% of children aged 1-18 years old did not consume the recommended intake of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Schedules are busy, lives move too fast and one item that suffers is the consumption of fruits and vegetables.  The mom or dad arrives home late from work and must speed off with one of the children to soccer practice and the best they do is grab a fake fruit bar on their way out the door.  On the way home, they stop and buy a large pizza from their favorite shop and the tomato sauce becomes the closest to a fruit intake for the day. 


Fruits and vegetables consumed via Green Smoothies

One of the best ways to get more fruits and vegetables into your children is via a green smoothie.  The fruit sweetens the spinach, kale, or other greens that you add to the smoothie with few complaints from your family.  Over the past 40 years, I consumed countless fruits and vegetables in this manner and utilized the same approach for my children and now my grandchildren.  It warms my heart when one of the grandchildren ask, “pappy, will you make us a ‘moothie’?”  Will I ever deny them fruits and vegetables in a smoothie?  Nope!  I have served countless smoothies to family and friends.  Do you have a picky eater in your family?  Then introduce them to green smoothies for life and they will consume more than the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables without complaints.  Fruit and Vegetables are much cheaper during the summer and why not mix a handful of kale, bananas, ice, and raw cacao for a great tasting green, ‘chocolate’ drink?

Are you thirsty after a long day in the yard?  Cut a piece of pineapple, add it to two cups of water, and add a few leaves of mint or drops of mint essential oils to the mix and let the cooling effects take over! 😀

Fruits and vegetables | Learn how to increase the intake for your family

Creating tremendous tasting green smoothies are not difficult and are fun to make.  We are taking our workshops on the road.  Watch this site for more information concerning our Smoothies for Life small workshops!

“How do you build up your bank account? By putting something in it everyday.Your health account is no different. What I do today, I am wearing tomorrow. If I put inferior foods in my body today, I’m going to be inferior tomorrow, it’s that simple.” Jack LaLanne

Orange Delight Smoothie | Orange Julius Substitution

If you attempt to satisfy the pickiest of eaters, you must ‘trick’ them with substitutions that taste and look similar to what they enjoy.  Many people enjoy an Orange Julius from the mall or Orange Sorbet.   Thus, the “Orange Delight”.  It is very easy to create and a ‘delight’ for even the biggest challenge. […]

Whole (BenBella Books, 2013)

This is a must read book for everyone!

Over the past 30+ years I read countless books on nutrition and “health”.  Unfortunately, many of them never fully ‘clicked’ with me to the point where I agreed 100% with the author’s teaching.  Too often what they stated didn’t resonate with my philosophy of the nourishing the whole body.  Yes, I experimented with different methods toward optimum health but looking back to when I was 16 (41 years ago), there is one thing that always clicked.  “Feed the whole body!”  “Don’t cheat, its your body!” If one part is out of balance, then eventually the entire body will suffer.   Most of the books on the market are driving the reader toward a ‘diet’ versus a lifestyle change (which I promote).  A diet is short lived because they attack one item (weight).  Yes, some diets attack other aspects of life such as diabetes, heart issues, etc.  However, too often they recommend ‘cheating’ or doing a binge day.  That always rubbed me wrong.  I am after ultimate health!  In Dr Campbell’s book “Whole”, he addresses the fact that all calories are not created  equal and the fact that the American population is off track and fails to understand the basics of proper nutrition toward health.

Additionally, he illustrates the contempt that some have when dealing with a health based diet and more important a “Plant Based Diet”.  If you read the China Study and enjoyed or didn’t enjoy the book, then “Whole” is a must read for you.  However, if you felt overwhelmed by the China Study and never finished it or started it, then read “Whole”.  The China Study is the evidence for a plant based diet and “Whole” focuses on why most don’t adapt it and why it is challenging convincing folks to adopt it.

He addresses the fact that there is more to the food we eat than one part.  For example, an apple has more than vitamin C in it!  He is attempting to change the way we think about food!

“Everything in food works together to create health or disease. The more we think that a single chemical characterizes a whole food, the more we stray into idiocy.”
― T. Colin Campbell, The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

“It’s never too late to start eating well. A good diet can reverse many of those conditions as well. In short: change the way you eat and you can transform your health for the better.”
― T. Colin Campbell, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

The book is available as a Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, and audio.

It is a great book to listen to on your drive to/from work, at the gym, while walking your dog, or when others are watching TV – :D.  Feed your mind and body with nutrients!

“I don’t care if you eat worms and cardboard; if you eat 35% fewer calories, you will lose weight and your cholesterol levels will improve50 in the short run, but that is not to say that worms and cardboard form a healthy diet.”
― T. Colin Campbell, The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health



”America’s premier nutritionist, T. Colin Campbell, with courage and conviction, articulates how the self-serving reductionist paradigm permeates science, medicine, media, big pharma and philanthropic groups blocking the public from the nutritional truth for optimal health.” –Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, author of the bestselling Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

Healthy black bean breakfast burrito

Pappy, what are you making today? My eldest granddaughter was asking about my newest experiment in the kitchen. As a child I observed my parents cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. My mom always made up recipes. A little of this and a little of that to make some of this. Although she had a […]

NutriBullet | Magic Bullet – Travel review

On a recent trip I decided to bring along the NutriBullet and test it as a traveler’s smoothie maker.  It travels light and I used a small camera bag I had to protect the NutriBullet from travel’s harm.  When I travel, I normally rent a room with a small kitchen and since the majority of […]

Quinoa & Black Bean Delight (Gluten Free Recipe)

Quinoa & Black Bean Delight (A Gluten Free Recipe that satisfies most taste buds) First, what is quinoa? (Nature’s Earthly Choice: Organic Quinoa (1 x 4 lbs)) According to Wikipedia, it is a grain like crop with edible seeds.  Quinoa is gluten free and is a tremendous substitute for barley, wheat, or many other grains.  […]

Berry Super Drink – Green Smoothie Recipes

Berry Super Drink This is a very simple great tasting drink and fast to make.  It makes a tremendous ‘snack’, desert, or pick me up in the middle of the day. 1 cup blueberries 1 cup blackberries ½ cup ice ½ cup water 1 spring of mint Blend for 45 seconds or until smooth.  On […]