Pumpkins R’Us

My first job as a teenager was baking unhealthy but oh-so-yummy muffins early in the morning at an L.A. shop. Decades later, I am still a fan of baking and sweets. Nowadays I experiment with healthier alternative sugars like coconut nectar syrup and coconut sugar, and gluten-free flours from buckwheat to chickpea to brown rice […]

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Grateful and Healthy

It’s the time of year for spending chilly days with loved ones and focusing on gratitude. As Oprah says, being grateful is by far the most powerful thing you can do to change your life. I keep a daily gratitude journal, noting even the small things like a colorful candle on my table or a […]

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Support Refugee Causes, Especially at Holidays

I had the pleasure of seeing Emmanuel Jal (pictured) speak and perform last weekend. A refugee from Sudan, he tells powerful stories of growing up in a war zone and refugee camp, losing relatives, and suffering from starvation. He motivated the crowd to make a difference through local youth programs and activism. International Rescue Committee […]

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Some Sweet Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is coming, and people rack their brains about how to show appreciation to their “better halves” (or “media naranjas” in Spanish) and other loved ones. Flowers are an appreciated choice, but for us foodies, especially those who could do better at keeping plants and flowers alive, chocolate and all its cousins come to […]

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Vegan Cuisine on Christmas at Cafe in Santa Monica

Lucky for me and some friends who also found themselves in Los Angeles and wanting lunch on the famous Dec. 25 holiday, Golden Mean Vegan Cafe, an organic restaurant, welcomed us with wholesome organic vegan cuisine and friendly staff. Owner Aaron Glassman started the place in Santa Monica about two years ago to “create a […]

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Green Holiday – Decor

Reprinted from The Healthy Voyager To the Jingle Bells Tune: “Waste, waste, waste. Spend, spend, spend. Time to waste and spend!” That seems to be the theme for the holiday season. But it doesn’t have to be. The holidays can be just as vibrant, pretty and inviting as always but it all can be done […]

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

New Years Around the World: Vision Magazine

By Paige A. Newman Many people in the United States associate New Year’s Eve with watching an 11,875 pound Waterford crystal ball on TV as it drops during a live countdown to midnight in New York’s Times Square. The next morning, they awaken from champagne-induced hangovers, again turning on the TV for the Pasadena Rose […]

Friday, January 2nd, 2009