Category: Nutrition

I think of food as information. The right food can bring out the best in your genes for a healthier life. Most of us believe that age related diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, adult onset diabetes, stroke, cancer, etc are the inevitable consequences of aging, but we are now finding out that this is not necessarily true. Healthy aging is mainly the result of how we “communicate” with our genes — through our diet!

A revolutionary new science, Nutrigenomics, is showing how different foods may interact with specific genes, how food “talks” to our genes and how our genes express themselves after the conversation. Eat the right foods and they will send instructions to your genes for good health. Eating the wrong foods however, sends messages for disease.

This section will include articles/blogs on all matters relating to food and supplements. In time, you will also find great recipes for making healthy and delicious food.

Low-Carb Swaps

Rest assured, you can still have some comforting, familiar dishes when cutting back on carbohydrates or cutting out grains. Here are some of my favorite healthy swaps for pasta, bread and wraps.

Be Well Kitchen:
Simple Roasted Chicken with Veggies

This hearty dish is delicious and simple, making it one of my favorites to make on a regular basis. With everything being cooked on the same baking sheet, the cleanup is extremely easy AND the vegetables are flavored with all of the chicken’s juices. Additionally, this meal makes for really good leftovers.

Five Healthy Snacks for Your Child

It’s so easy to break open a bag of goldfish, pretzels or fruit snacks for your kids. The companies producing these products make it simple with individual servings, fun character themes and cute little shapes. But, guess what? These cute little snacks are full of chemicals and are made in laboratories. The list of ingredients is long and confusing, full of strange chemicals and carcinogens. With the onset of childhood obesity and developmental issues, it makes me wonder how these foods are affecting our children.

The Care and Feeding of Your Mitochondria

They’re essential to energy, focus, vitality, and metabolism. And yet most of us have no idea how our mitochondria work. Here’s how to tune up your body’s quadrillions of “energy factories” so you can perform at your peak.

We spend billions of dollars every year buying pills, potions, and creams that promise to slow the aging process. But what if we could enlist our own bodies to help us live longer, healthier lives?

Meet your mitochondria — the tiny factories in each of our cells that turn the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe into energy.

Get to Know The Avocado – The Superfood You Should Eat Every Day

It’s no secret that I love to eat and my favorite food of all? Avocados. I’m bananas for them! Avocados are truly one of nature’s little miracle foods and I encourage you to enjoy them several times a week. These little green gems can do so much to help keep you well from head to toe, they’re simply too good to pass up. Here are a few thoughts on why you need to get to know them better – and eat them more often:

7 Strategies for Picky Eaters

We all want the best for our children – for their health, happiness and future. One of the best ways to support their growth and their future is through instilling good eating habits and providing them with a nutritious diet. None of this is easy with our busy schedules and our culture of processed food, unhealthy school lunches, and restaurant “kid menus” full of trans-fats and sugar.

Be Well Kitchen:
Keren’s Famous Chocolate Fudge Cake

Many of us are willing to stick to healthy eating and stay away from refined sugar — except for birthdays and holidays. This chocolate fudge cake is a wonderful dessert to make for those special occasions. You can have your gluten-free, sugar-free cake and eat it too!

How to Stock a Probiotic Pantry

Probiotics — the live microorganisms found in fermented foods such as kefir and kimchi — are one of the hottest, and most promising, topics in nutritional research. Your gut is teeming with trillions of bacteria that help you digest food as well as thwart intruders — and it turns out, you can give those friendly bacteria a boost by adding probiotics to your body. “We’re only at the cusp of understand the potential of probiotics,” says Gregor Reid, PhD, a microbiologist at the University of Western Ontario. Soon, Dr. Reid theorizes, probiotics may be used in prescription drugs to treat a range of conditions, from acne to depression.

Be Well Kitchen: Cherry Pear Smoothie Recipe

Since smoothies are one of my favorite ways to get well-rounded nutrition in, I’m always experimenting with new flavor combinations and ingredients to keep it fun, flavorful and fresh! Here I share a recent fave, which offer healthy fats and protein from the cashew butter and hemp seeds, fiber which helps the body eliminate toxins and promotes digestive health, and phytonutrients in the greens.