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  • In Season: Winter Citrus

    Written by: Danielle Maina               Next time you are at your local farmers market or natural food grocery store, make sure to stop and check out some of winter’s citrus fruits. December is the perfect month to pick some up because they’re extra juicy and we all could use an extra vitamin C boost

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  • The Importance of Vitamin D

    Written by: Danielle Maina Winter is almost here, and that means cold weather, cloudy skies and hopefully some much needed rain storms. With wintery weather comes the realization that we are not in the sun as much as we are during the warmer seasons. As a result, most of us are not getting enough of one particular vitamin that could

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  • In the Kitchen: Secrets to Healthier Baking this Winter

    written by: Danielle Maina The rain has made its way to SO CAL and we Californians could not be more thrilled about it. This is the type of weather that invokes the desire to snuggle up on the couch with a cup of cocoa and eat delicious food!  For me when winter weather rolls around it time to throw on

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  • Holiday: Make this Thanksgiving a Healthy One!

    Written by: Danielle Maina WHOA! It’s ALREADY that time of the year! Thanksgiving is officially here and it seems everywhere you look there are mashed potatoes, yams smothered in butter and marshmallows and healthy eating’s arch-nemesis, pumpkin pie. Progressively over the last decade what we think of as the “traditional” Thanksgiving foods have many people worried about their caloric intake

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  • Pick of the Season: Pomegranates

    Written by: Danielle Maina   Of all seasonal produce, fall’s is undoubtedly my favorite. There is just something so beautiful in the color and the earthy vibe of fall’s picks of the season. But there is one fruit in particular that sticks out in my mind when I think of fall: pomegranates.   Beautifully red in color, pomegranates are known

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  • Raise Awareness: National Diabetes Month

      Written by: Danielle Maina In honor of National Diabetes Month, I wanted to write a post focusing on the disease because it can be very complex to comprehend. I know all to well how complicated and emotionally taxing this disease is because just a year ago I almost lost my father to complications from his type 2 diabetes. I

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  • The Inside Scoop on Persimmons

    Written by: Danielle Maina    HAPPY FALL! One of the best parts about fall are all the beautiful fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of their season. We have our usual suspects when it comes to apples and seasonal squashes but I am here to tell you about the persimmons. You are probably wondering, “What the heck is

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  • The Hidden Power of Pears

    When was the last time you ate a pear? A few years ago? Months ago? For most us the answer is not in ages, but for those rare pear-eaters who eat them with consistency, GOOD JOB! Pears are at the peak of their season during the fall months of September, October and November and when they are in season, they are a delicacy.

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  • Are you getting enough fiber?

    Written by Danielle Maina Fiber. We’ve heard about it, we know it is “good” for us, but do many know WHY it has such a great reputation? According to the National Library of Medicine, in 2014, Americans are only consuming HALF of the recommended daily intake of fiber (women needing up to 25 mg/day and men up to 38 mg/day).

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  • Put Down the Snacks and Pick Up the Flax

    Benefits of Flaxseeds Seeds have been all the rage lately, flaxseeds especially. What’s great about seeds is their versatility; they can be incorporated into your diet with hardly any effort at all! What makes flaxseeds so unique is that you can buy them all ready ground making them incredibly easy to incorporate into any meal. Flaxseeds can be thrown into

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