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Blue Koi – Restaurant Reflection

The food at Blue Koi reflects its leadership.

Whole, fresh food in a bottomless bowl

What makes a great restaurant? Is it the food, service, variety, or atmosphere? These days you’re lucky if your favorite establishment meets your expectations on more than one.

There is one place where owners, Scott and Jane Chang, never miss the mark. That restaurant is Blue Koi. Read more

Mistake-less Meals! Asian Noodle Bowls

There are no limits on creativity or taste when creating Asian style noodle bowls.

Integrate vegetables INTO the meal instead of always on the side.

Asian style noodle bowls are healthy, delicious, and require no planning. Precisely why our family loves them so much. There are no rules. Get creative and use proteins and vegetables you have on hand. Read more

WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. Neal Barnard

A low fat, plant based diet is proven to to improve and in some cases reverse diabetes.

Who is Dr. Neil Barnard?

Dr. Neil Barnard is the President of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine which began in 1985. An adjunct associate professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, he has authored 15 books and numerous scientific articles. His book, 21 Day Weight Loss Kick Start, was a New York Times bestseller.

Dr. Barnard is sympathetic to those who struggle with their dietary choices. He comes from generations of cattle ranchers in North Dakota. He has vivid memories of bringing cattle to slaughter. His father abandoned the ranching business to become a physician who treated diabetes.

As President of The Cancer Project, Dr. Barnard developed a team of instructors around the country to teach people about food and its effects on cancer.

Awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Institute of Health, he conducted a study of the effects of a low fat, vegan diet on diabetes. With the results published in peer reviewed journals, the diet proved to improve glycemic and lipid control better than the diet promoted by the American Diabetes Association.

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Maple Tempeh Open Faced Sandwich

Open faced is another word for over flow.

Whole grain, low-fat protein, antioxidants galore!

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WAKE UP AMERICA! The Hungry Brain

Diabetes, dieting, attention deficit disorders are better understood when we look at how our brains and gut work together.

Food For Thought

In the conference I attended lead by Dr. Merrily Kuhn, I learned the powerful relationship between our brain and our gut health.

In order to repair or minimize damage to our bodies, whether brought on by ourselves, our environment, or our genetics, we must understand what’s broken or missing.

Ever eat too much, get stressed, or have trouble sleeping? Your brain chemicals are having a party. These words from Dr. Kuhn may help you to be a better chaperone.

Plus I’ll let you in on a little secret to boost the benefit from that cup of coffee for your next race or exam!

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Burgers & Beer: Ultramarathon Burger & Wasabi Potatoes

If this burger is good fuel for Ultramarathoner, Scott Jurek, then think what it might do for the rest of us.

Scott Jurek’s Lentil-Mushroom Burgers

In Scott Jurek’s book, Eat & Run, reviewed in my Under the Covers book series this week, this famous ultramarathoner shares many of his favorite recipes. Unlike a few other vegan athletes, Scott’s recipes are doable for the average Joe. Not “over the top” with weird ingredients that you identify with another species:).

I hope to share many of his good eats with you. Jurek emphasizes that protein is not synonymous with meat. Not only will you improve your health, reduce your likelihood of disease, but you may actually improve your athletic performance on a plant based diet. Scott Jurek did. This is one recipe that is as “meaty” as you can get for a vegan entree.

Chow down brothers and sisters! After your run, of course!

Served here open faced on a slice of crusty garlic bread

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Pizza Rolls for Grown-Ups

Turn a junk food into a nutritional powerhouse in less than 30 minutes tops.

Never again put frozen pizza rolls in your grocery basket plllllllease!

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Appetite for Profit

The demand for corporate profits is undermining efforts to improve our food supply.

Who is Michele Simon?

Public health attorney, Michele Simon, is your lawyer. Taking on large corporate giants to fight for improvements within the food industry, Michele is making a difference for your future.

Author of the book, Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines our Health and How To Fight Back, Michele teaches us about food politics, corporate tactics, and policy resolutions.  In 2007, Michele’s groundbreaking report lead to a ban on alcoholic energy drinks.

She is President of Eat Drink Politics, an industry watchdog consulting business. With a Master’s degree in Public Health from Yale and a law degree, I am thrilled to know this female activist is on the right side of the battle over our nation’s food supply.

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The #1 Best Kitchen Gadget

The Vidalia Chop Wizard wins the top spot hands down.

Chop an entire onion in 10 seconds!

We’ve all seen those “As Seen on TV” ads showcasing kitchen knives that cut paper, cellulite zappers, or the latest and greatest ab ripper. Never has it lead me to pick up the phone or enter an order on-line. Well, almost never. Read more

Macho Gazpacho

Don't be afraid to ask a restaurant for a recipe of a favorite menu item.

Fresh and colorful at the starting line

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