Tea, Fruit and Chocolate Associated with Lower Blood Pressure

Flavan-3-ols, a subclass of flavonoids found abundantly in tea, apples, chocolate, berries and grapes, may help lower blood pressure naturally. There have been many small interventional studies over the years that have demonstrated the heart health benefits of flavan-3-ols. Now there is published research from a large population study that also supports these conclusions. [...]

How to Boost Your Metabolism 18 Percent and Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Looking to boost your metabolism so you can lose weight more easily and lower your cholesterol naturally? You absolutely can. New research shows that you may be able to significantly boost your metabolism, by as much as 18.7%, and lower total and LDL cholesterol by 19.3 mg/dL and 15.5 mg/dL, respectively, in just 16 weeks. [...]

Is Beyond Meat Heart Healthy? The SWAP-MEAT Study

There are a growing number of meat substitutes available today in grocery stores and on restaurant menus. These include Beyond Meat®, Impossible Foods™, and other store brand versions of plant-based ground beef, hamburgers and sausage. But are they heart healthy? After all, these meat substitutes are highly processed (plant-based, but NOT whole food as they [...]

Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Broccoli Pepita Pesto

Who would have dreamed that broccoli could be the base of a delicious pesto? This vegan Broccoli Pepita Pesto recipe is whole food, plant-based and oil-free. You gotta’ make it to believe it! I love broccoli, and I love that I have a new way to enjoy it even more. By quick-steaming the broccoli, you’ll [...]

Ditching Dairy – Can You Get Enough Calcium from a Plant-Based Diet?

As a Certified Health Coach helping people adopt a whole food, plant-based diet, I often get asked about dairy. It goes something like this . . . Q: “If I eliminate dairy on a plant-based diet, will I get enough calcium?” A:  Yes, you can get enough calcium on a whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet. [...]

5 Reasons to Eat Onions Every Day

Onions are more than the perfect aromatic beginning of a delicious meal. The unique phytonutrients in onions make them anticancer, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, delivering many health benefits across the body. The onion is a member of the allium family of vegetables that includes garlic, leeks, shallots, chives and green onions (scallions.) The benefits of onions [...]

Is Your Healthy Oat Breakfast Triggering a Snack Attack?

Oats are a popular heart healthy choice for breakfast. But when it comes to losing weight, not all types of oats are going to help you reach your goal.  You could make a steaming bowl of oatmeal from steel cut oats (unrolled), rolled oats or instant oats. You could eat Muesli (raw rolled oats with [...]

LDL Cholesterol: Red Meat vs. White Meat vs. Plant-Based Protein

We know that red meat is associated with higher cancer risk than white meat, but what about cardiovascular health? Over 100 million American adults have high cholesterol. This leads to one in four having their lives cut short by heart disease. Along with prescribing statin drugs, doctors often advise their patients with high cholesterol to [...]