Nutrition

Cook this: Green bean ‘french fries’

When my son was a baby we wanted to make sure that he was a vegetable lover. The way we went about this was extremely tactical. We mixed a slurry of kale, chard, spinach, and peas into all of his baby food. All of it. Pears? Half slurry. Sweet potato? Half slurry. Oatmeal? Half slurry. I wrote about that here, along with other tips on getting…

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Seriously, HOW did you get your kid to eat those greens?

Simple. Start from the beginning. And trust me, the earlier you start the better off you’ll be. Here are some tips to start your child off right.

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Why You Need to Snack, and Why You Don’t!

Just like everyone doesn’t need breakfast, everyone doesn’t need to snack! Some people enjoy snacking and some people don’t- you’ve got to keep that in mind when you’re deciding about snacking. That said, whether it’s best for your health to snack is very individual (I know, I know, I’m a broken record.) And of course what you’re snacking on is important. Snacking on a snickers bar…

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Do I HAVE to eat breakfast?

gluten free breakfast

I used to spend a great deal of time trying to convince my patients how important it is to eat breakfast. The studies point to many reasons why this is the case. I even have a litany of those reasons listed in my breakfast recipe eBook. The not-breakfast people would fight me tooth and nail. I fought myself tooth and nail. The truth? I abhor breakfast. Not…

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Cook this: Gluten-free, Vegan Walnut & Goji Berry Saute

When I was in acupuncture school we had a class on Chinese Medicine dietetics. I called it ‘Chinese Home Cooking.’ My herb professor hosted this class at his home, and his wife would cook samples of all of the meals we discussed. Each meal would be made with a specific intention for addressing imbalances. Many of them contained super-foods such as goji berries that are a…

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Farm Spirit- A Vegan (& Gluten-free) Tasting Menu Beyond Delicious

My first day as a vegetarian was in spring of my freshman year in college. A high school friend was visiting and I ordered a hamburger at Friendlies (an East Coast mid range diner type of place.) My friend looked at me, slightly disgusted “you mean a flesh burger?” Uh…make that a grilled cheese. I spent the better part of the following decade a strict…

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My Top 6 Tips for Staying Healthy this Fall

Fall is here, are you ready?! In Portland fall is officially here but our summer weather hasn’t gotten the memo yet. That hasn’t stopped the fall colds and respiratory infections from hitting in earnest. I’m leaving for Turkey for a real vacation in a week (I know, a real vacation!) so I’m doing everything I can to keep my immune system in tip top shape…

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Easy Tasty Gluten-free Chia Pudding

I grew up under the watchful eye of a stay at home mother, an architect father, a sassy housekeeper, a posse of siblings and a dog named Tiger. In other words, my babysitter was The Brady Bunch, aka channel 5. Every day at 5pm, rain or shine, before my actual parents came home from work I would curl up in my parents’ bed with a Tab (or…

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Cook This: Pork Chops (or grilled chicken!) with Spicy Peach Salsa

pork chop dr. samantha

Grilled pork chops are an easy and lovely staple summer dish in our house. Protein forward with a light taste. The peaches make add some sweet, the adobo chiles add some spicy, and the cilantro adds a delicious depth. We always make some extra chops to freeze for later with our Food Saver (these things are sooo helpful when you want to make sure to…

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Cook This: Gluten-free Meat Muffins (an easy, high-protein grab and go lunch!)

Meat Muffins: Gluten and dairy free meaty goodness. A patient recently told me she made up a recipe for “buffaluffins.” Buffalo meat muffins. Brilliant, I thought. And look what was sitting in my fridge- a pound of grass fed grass finished beef waiting to be made into burgers. Forget it! Muffins it is. They were good. Not great. I tweaked the recipe a bit to…

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