Wellness Wednesdays: Pineapple juice for coughs

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Have to give this a try.  Hopefully, I won’t need to but you never know!


Wellness Wednesdays: The “Mother” of all super foods!

Photo: thecaloriebee.com

Many say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar which will do that and thensome?

Peace Soulstars,

Before the whole acv (apple cider vinegar) craze my mother has been the main pusher of taking acv for EVERYTHING.  lol…It’s actually a recurring joke in my household that anytime anything hurts or you get any kind of ailment my mother insists that you “Get the vinegar!”  “The vinegar” without a doubt being apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it.  The “mother” is a filmy looking matter that contains enzymes and nutrients that make acv beyond amazing in treating your body good.  Over 15 years ago (and beyond) my mother has been such an advocate for taking acv as a natural remedy for everything from high blood pressure to body aches and dental issues.  In fact, she is the natural remedy queen so it’s inevitable for me to have become a natural healer myself.  What can I say?  It’s in my dna!

I can honestly say that for the past six years I have been flu free despite maybe a bout of a cold here and there.  When my family gets sick we  never take over the counter medicine.  We stick to natural remedies that are highly unlikely to cause unpleasant side effects.  If I ever do get sick, it’s happens when I haven’t been taking my apple cider vinegar regularly.  I went a whole two years during grad school with no illnesses and I was stressed beyond measure.  I can only attribute it to my vitamins and acv tea which I drank almost daily during that time.  Oh yeah, and I haven’t had a flu shot since I was pregnant with my daughter which was over ten years ago!  ACV is a staple in my household for stomach issues, colds/flu prevention and treatment and I’ve also cured a wart my daughter had by using acv topically.

I like variety because I get bored easily so I use it in different ways.  The apple walnut salad from yesterday’s post includes an apple cider vinegar based salad dressing.  One of my favorites is a tea that I make from 2 tablespoons (1 tablespoon for newbies) of apple cider vinegar with raw honey and cinnamon.  If I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll add some ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the mix.  I’ve also been brave enough to take a tablespoon of acv straight and chase it with a cup of water but it’s not for the fainthearted.  I can attest to many of the health benefits and I’m open to trying other ways to add acv to my daily routine.   For more acv info click here , here, and here!

Love and light,




Foodie Tuesday: Italian Fish Stew


Photo: http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com

During this time of year I’m all about comfort food ie. soups, chilis etc.  Here is a recipe for a tomato based, hearty, flavorful and quick recipe for a soup that features cod and shrimp.  This is one of my family’s favorites for the fall and winter.

Superfood Wednesday: Brussel Sprouts and sweet potatoes!

Peace Soulstars,

It’s Wednesday and we’re not talking just one superfood but two! Double the pleasure!  Brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes are in season.  So, load up!




Love and Light,


Superfood Wednesdays: Avocados!


Peace Soulstars,

Avocados have been a mainstay in my diet for years now.  I can’t tell you how that happened besides the fact that I just explored my options.  The only time I consumed guacamole was with my burrito bowl at Chipotle or just as a dip with tortillas.  Now, I’ve expanded my palate to include avocados made in different dishes from the salad I posted yesterday to avocado toast, avocado and egg pizza (it tastes better than it sounds), and bean salsa with avocados.  The key to incorporating different foods that you like but have the potential to love is to try them with different foods that you DO love.

I like tortilla chips so I ate guacamole with chips. Then, I moved on to putting it in my burrito bowl.  I love beans and there’s a bean salsa that I make which includes avocados in the recipe.  I also love eggs.  Specifically, boiled egg whites with toast.  I was inspired by a picture of egg whites with avocado on toast which piqued my interest.  So, I tried it and I’m glad I did!  A few things to take from this post: Whatever way you eat them, avocados are good for you and pinterest is your friend.  In case you don’t already, use pinterest as inspiration to try new recipes and foods.  It’s helped me look at food in a whole other way.  What are your favorite ways to eat avocados?

Love and Light,



Vegan Cheese is pretty damn good!


Pictured: Glutino brand multigrain (and gluten free) crackers; daiya jalapeno havarti style cheese

Peace Soulstars,

I thought I’d share my food find from this week because I am searching for healthier snack and meal options.   I discovered a new snack that included an alternative to one of my favorite foods that happens to not be healthy: cheese.  This is my second time trying vegan cheese which is actually not too bad in my opinion.  If you have been following this blog from the beginning you know about my vegegan journey.  I ate primarily vegetarian with some vegan meals for almost two months but Super Bowl day chicken wings nixed that…lol…Recently I’ve decided to ditch the labels and detach myself from the pressures that come with lifestyle changes.  It’s a process and should not make you feel like you are depriving yourself.  I choose to enjoy trying new things and gradually ridding myself of what is not good for me.

Speaking of new things I was inspired to try vegan cheese again after finding this youtube channel.  There are actually so many more options than I thought which means I don’t have to settle for whatever’s in the house.  Instead of chips I can snack on multi grain crackers with vegancheese and a side of apple slices.


This was on point and 10 year old approved because my daughter loved this vegan “cheese” with the crackers.  This was a perfect balance of tarty sweet from the apples (granny smith) with the sharp taste of the cheese.  I think it’s safe to say this was nomtastic! Yes, that is corny but at least it’s original!

Love and Light,