Anti-Inflammatory Sauerkraut

Anti-Inflammatory Sauerkraut

Can I tell you somethin’? Lately I’ve become obsessed with turmeric. And I mean… obsessed.

I’ve been adding ground turmeric to soups and dumping heaping tablespoons of it into curry. I have even come so far as to try adding it to tea and my coffee.

Note: in case you’re not familiar with it, you should know that turmeric is awesome. Turmeric is a deep orange spice that is popular in Asian and Indian cuisine because of its warming flavor and medicinal properties. Curcumin, a compound in turmeric, has been shown to help reduce inflammation in the body which is why turmeric has historically been used to treat wounds.

I’ve been trying to come up with other fun ways to add turmeric into my diet and even considered a DIY turmeric lip balm… but that seemed too far. I guess we’ll have to settle for adding it to sauerkraut.

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Sonnet Apples

Opal’s Youth Make a Difference Initiative

In my real life outside this blog, I spent many years of my career working in non-profits serving low-income and homeless communities here in Seattle. One of my favorite jobs was when I had the privilege of working with low-income families and providing them with hands-on cooking classes and free food education for their kids….

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How to Use Artificial Lighting in Food Photography

How to Use Artificial Lighting in Food Photography

As I began writing this post I realized that as of this month, I’ve been blogging for five years now. Isn’t it crazy how time flies? It seems like just yesterday when I started this blog for a grad school project and was reading every book I could possibly get my hands on to learn more about our food…

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Hearty Sweet Potato Chili

Hearty Sweet Potato Chili

You know you’ve been watching way too much of The Walking Dead when you’re standing in your kitchen and hear a strange noise and your first thought is… zombie?  Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to talk chili. Chili pro’s: Hearty, satisfying, and delicious during the cold months. Easy…

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The Inspired By Zucchini Cookbook

If you love carbs and comfort food…

  Let me be honest with you for a minute: I really love comfort food. One of the hardest parts for me about “clean eating” has been ditching the pasta, bread, and grains over the years. I mean, come on… who doesn’t love a plate of warm lasagna? My diet has evolved over time, but my…

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Women's Wellness Tea Giveaway

Women’s Wellness Tea Giveaway

I don’t know about you, but for me, winter always feels a little bit blah. My body usually feels achy with the cold weather and the short days always leave my mind feeling groggy. One of my coping mechanisms is a cup of good quality herbal tea so today I wanted to share one of…

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Carrot Ginger Lime Juice

Carrot Ginger Lime Juice

I’m thinking a lot about what I want to manifest this year. I want to create a happy home, a healthy body, and feel really accomplished in my career. I want to feel joy, love, and a sense peace and well-being along the way. After all, it’s not just about the destination, but it’s about how…

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Fresh and Fermented

Fresh and Fermented Cookbook Review

There’s nothing I love more than a good cookbook. To me, a good cookbook is a cookbook that inspires me to spend more time in the kitchen because I can’t wait to actually make the recipes. I love cookbooks that encourage me to think about food differently and I always love learning something new. And, this…

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How To Get Started With Juicing

How To Get Started With Juicing

Let me go out on a limb here and tell you that I am NOT starting 2015 off on a juice cleanse.  …Say whaa?   I know this statement might shock some people because… isn’t everyone on a juice cleanse right now?! My philosophy when it comes to food and health is that all of us have to listen to…

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20+ Healthy Mocktails for New Year's

20+ Healthy Mocktails for New Year’s

Phew. Another year down. I don’t know about you, but 2014 was a pretty big year for me. It felt like a lot of hurdles and in looking back, I’m not quite sure how I got through it all. I just have to say that I’m immensely grateful for all of the supportive, wonderful, and loving…

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Pomegranate and Fennel Digestive Spritzer

Pomegranate and Fennel Digestive Spritzer

I’m always fascinated by food and nutrition trends and now that we’re on the cusp of the New Year, I’m really curious to see what changes we see in the health world in the coming year. As a food blogger and holistic health coach, I think it’s important for me to know what’s happening in the…

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