• Does eating like a Viking lower your cholesterol?

    Last year, we wrote about an upcoming ‘diet’ called the Nordic Diet. Unlike traditional dieting, this is a long term way of eating to improve overall health, not just to spur weight loss. The Nordic way of eating involves produce, such as berries and vegetables, heart healthy fats, low fat dairy, fish and lean meats, […]

  • Hormones and Food Addiction

    Leptin: regulates energy intake and energy expenditure. It is involved with controlling your metabolism and appetite. Leptin tells people when they’re full by signaling the brain that the body has had enough to eat, producing a feeling of satiety. An extremely small proportion of the population is born without the leptin gene. These people feel […]

  • Beet and Blood Orange Salad

    Makes 6 servings Ingredients: Vinaigrette 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Salad 2 lb red or golden beets, peeled 3 cups baby arugula leaves 2 cups frisee 4 blood oranges, peeled and segmented […]

  • Carby Condiments

    You’re at a potluck and are tempted by all the bread, pasta dishes and potato salad. You decide to pick healthier, low-carb options and choose BBQ chicken and a mixed green salad with a tangy, sweet dressing. Sure, chicken and lettuce based salads are low-carb, but what about that sauce and salad dressing? Most of […]

  • Marinated Mushrooms

    vegetarian, vegan, low-carbohydrate free of gluten, grains, nuts, dairy, soy Makes about 3 cups; serving size about ¼ cup. Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds medium-size fresh mushrooms  cooking spray 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoons coriander seeds 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon pepper Directions: Clean mushrooms with damp paper towels; […]

  • Beets in a burger?!

    One of our patients raved about a beet burger that she had a the newly opened New Leaf Community Market in Pleasanton, CA. We decided to try this burger for ourselves and began on a quest to find the best beet burger recipe. After searching high and low, including several unsuccessful cooking attempts, this recipe […]

  • Gluten Free Party Ideas

    May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  For our patients who have Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, here are some great gluten-free dinner ideas. They’re so good, you won’t miss the gluten! Appetizers Rice Crackers with Cheese – There are lots of great gluten-free cracker options available on the market today, many of them […]

  • Not so splendid Splenda?

    GRAS, or Generally Recognized As Safe, is a label that the FDA applies to food additives that they consider safe to eat or drink. A more official definition is: “any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive, that is subject to premarket review and approval by FDA, unless the substance is […]

  • How is Mom’s heart health?

    Hopefully yesterday’s Mother’s Day was filled with family, love and new memories. But it’s important for Mom to focus on her heart health so that she stays healthy for years to come. Heart disease affects over 8 million women in the US alone. Approximately 400,000 of these women will die from heart disease each year.  […]

  • Essential foods for a healthy kitchen

    When you’re leaving work late and don’t know what to cook for dinner, it’s all too tempting to get fast food or call for pizza delivery. But if you stock healthy items in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer, pulling together a quick and healthy dinner will be a breeze! Here’s our list of some great […]