Raspberry Vinegarette Salad Dressing

This simple recipe will turn even the simplest green salad into the star of your holiday table.  Move over, bread stuffing!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup raspberry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

PREPARATION

Make the dressing by simply whisking together (I like to use a food blender) the garlic, honey, Dijon mustard, raspberry vinegar, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and vegetable oil. Can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

 

Really, this stuff is so delicious that you can make it in large amounts, pour it into elegant bottles and, voila, you’re Christmas shopping is done! […]

Guilt-Free Summer Party Food: Beet Hummus

Roasted Beet Hummus | Perfect Summer Snack

Spring is bleeding into summer shortly. With more hours of daylight and warmer temperatures, summer always seems to lend itself to relaxed outdoor parties, dinner soirees and the like. And that means I get to whip out all my favorite party foods. To start the season off, this is my all-time *favorite* appetizer for a party of one or twenty…

Quick, simple AND guilt-free: beet hummus is a fun twist on the traditional (if, dare I say, over-featured) hummus dip party option. Standalone hummus is healthy enough, with the tahini full of calcium and chickpeas […]

Problem Solving 101: Got A Problem? Just Relax.

So you have a problem. And racking your brain for a solution just isn’t helping you come up with a way to fix it.

Like a lot of people, my best problem-solving ideas usually don’t reveal themselves when I want them to. And certainly they don’t come to me while I’m working. Some people say they get ideas in the shower. Or while working out. Or from a restful night’s sleep. (Mine come to me when I’m relaxed and talking with friends about something completely unrelated to what I was trying to figure out!)

So — […]

Pregnancy & Exercise: Head Start for Baby

Pregnant Woman Running on the Beach with Child

Intuition and research tell us that the lifestyle of a pregnant woman can affect her baby. From drinking alcohol to smoking, there are certain behaviors doctors discourage. At the same time, some lifestyles can be beneficial for baby…

And exercise just got one major point in its favor.

This past week, researchers from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences presented interesting work at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting in Washington. With a group of 61 healthy women, 20 to 35 years old, the researchers piloted a study on the relationship between exercise, pregnancy […]

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Coffee Drinkers: Do They Live Longer?

Person Drinking Coffee with Morning Paper

I don’t have many health vices. Coffee has always been at the top of the list and, so, I always tell myself it is healthy to treat yourself to some things. I mean, my morning coffee experience–complete with checking email in bed and skimming a trashy gossip magazine before getting ready–makes my day. And I relish the ritual, despite some guilt over the disputed healthiness of regular coffee drinking…

Well…no longer do I feel guilty! Now, research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association found that women (exclusively) who sip more than one cup […]

Asthma Symptoms: Do You Suffer?

Young Family Enjoying Family Time in Allergy Free Home

Got Asthma?

It’s spring in New York.  I know because despite the cold and rain, my annual allergies have arrived with a vengeance. The symptoms: coughing, sneezing, nasal congestion even to the point that it’s hard for me to sleep.

In most people these discomforts would get suffered in silence. But given my tendency toward hypochondria, I a) tell my friends who are of little help, then b) compulsively search the internet and c) inevitably shudder to imagine that, somehow, my entire list of complaints pop up in stories about asthma.

As it […]

Healthy Pasta Recipe for Spring!

Bowl of Tasty Pasta with Swiss Chard

Confession: I love pasta. I could eat pasta twice a day, every day. I could prepare a decadent bolognese or creamy alfredo sauce. But the truth is–these are neither very healthy choices for an already high-carb/low-protein meal. So, with spring (and summer!) around the corner, I set out to find a healthier, guilt-free option.

I started with my favorite pasta, orecchiette — which means “ear” in Italian and is shaped as such. I found this recipe from the New York Times inspiring me to choose Swiss chard as the base ingredient. It is a […]

Vasectomies, Prostate Cancer…and March Madness?

Man Watching March Madness on TV

There has long been contention in the medical research community as to whether vasectomy procedures affect a man’s risk of prostate cancer. And since an average of one in six men over 35 years of age decide to get a vasectomy — a procedure that leads to sterility by means of severing and tying a man’s vas deferentia to prevent the release of sperm — the topic deserves attention. Yet even data and discussion from the National Cancer Institute is as outdated as 2002.

In the meantime, a stranger correlation has come out of the […]

Want Natural Anxiety Relief?

Sunny, Sandy Beach in Hawaii

Advice from “The World’s Happiest Person”

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Could there really be a “happiest person in America”?

After the research polling group Gallup created their Well-Being Index to understand elements of a happy life, the New York Times came to Gallup asking if there was one single happiest person.

This hypothetical profile, Gallup reported back, is a man: “He’s a tall, Asian American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year.”

Well, after some phone calls and digging, the New York […]