Digestive Bitters – Spark your Digestion!

Do you ever wonder why eating a salad before a meal is so popular? It’s a long-standing tradition that eating some greens before the main course can aid in digestion, but how does that work? Traditionally, salads were made of bitter greens like dandelion leaves and wild edibles which when eaten in even small amounts can really spark the digestive…

Herbal allies for sleepless nights

We all know there are ten or twenty great herbs for sleep, but how do you pick the right one? Which one of these herbal allies is right for your personal sleep issues, whether it’s falling asleep, staying asleep or calming your dreams? I have a great love and fascination for sleeping and the physiology of circadian rhythms. Sleep is…

The Nutritionist Table: Thoughts on Sugars and Sweeteners

Which sweetener option is right for you? Every so often, I like to do some research on major food groups/trends and see what’s new in the literature. Recently (in the past 5-10 years), our society has had quite an infatuation with sweeteners and what the new best product on the market is. It seems like every year something “better” and…

Gifting the gift of Health

By Lindsay Kluge, M.Sc, CNS, LDN  Every holiday, I see folks scrambling to find gifts at the last minute, or hard pressed to find something for the person who has everything. Most of the time, it’s an impulse buy or something not so special for the cat to knock off of the dresser. Ultimately, most gifts given are not meant to…

Traveling with Food Allergies

  Traveling with your food allergies can be a tricky task, especially when you’re confronted with lots of new foods at the table of family and friends. Tis the season for lots of food, family gatherings and plenty of travel time!  It’s best to prepare ahead of time and allow yourself plenty of time to search for ingredients or chart your…

The Nutritionists Table: Delicious Vegetable Recipes for the Holidays

The holidays can often be challenging when trying to balance the sweet and savory with the nutritious recipes. During the holiday season we are presented with a bombardment of foods, and in my family we always found delicious ways to incorporate vegetables into at least half of our holiday meals. Whether from your garden, market or frozen section, below are…

Rosemary and cognitive function – Medicine from the Kitchen

Did you know that you have some powerful medicines right in your kitchen or in your flowerbed? The accessibility and affordability of herbal medicines are abundant and often utilized by both lay people and the conventional medical community alike. I am a big fan of kitchen medicine and using what I have on hand to remedy health situations when the…

Natural Treat Alternatives to Halloween Candy

This Halloween consider some natural alternatives to candy that are healthier for your trick or treaters! Every year at this time of year we start to think about buying those treats for those little "Trick or Treaters". Like so many of us we have starting to recognize the negative consequences of unhealthy treats and have been searching for healthier alternatives.…