Basil

Greek cuisine is known for being one of the healthiest, especially since hundreds of studies have been published about the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet [1].  One of the unique traits of the Mediterranean Diet is it’s richness in fresh herbs such as basil.  This...

Play Harder, Eat Healthy and Power Down

In coordination with the PTO of the Rockford Iqra School, we put together a night of family fun and education called PEP Night; PEP stands for Play Harder, Eat Healthier and Power Down.  The children and their parents had a fun filled evening and learned valuable life...

Meatless Monday Menu

Wondering what and how to cook a Meatless Monday meal?  But first, what is it? Meatless Monday is a nationwidemovement to help encourage person to eat healthier and preserve the environmentat the same time.  Mass meat productiontakes a big toll on the environment and...

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

My kids eat around the clock.  Providing them with healthy, tasty optionscan be difficult at times but every once in awhile I have an amazing idea.  Yesterday I was thinking about making bananabread and my son wanted oatmeal cookies so I had this great idea to make...

Jasmine Tea

Jasmine tea has long been used for medicinal purposes in the Middle East and Asia.  It is also known for its relaxing aroma and snow white flowers.  Jasmine tea and jasmine green tea are consumed all around the world and thought to have many health benefits and...

Medicinal uses of Mint

Mint is an easy to grow herb with a refreshing sent and diverse in its uses; enjoy mint fresh, dry or boiled for tea.  Mediterranean cultures use it with salty dishes and in salads, while western cultures prefer it in sweets, fruit salads and with chocolate.  But all...

Tumeric

Most people probably think of the yellow Indian spice when turmeric is mentioned.  It gives rice and meat a brilliant yellow color.  Turmeric is a major component of the curry spice mix but it is not exclusive to Asian cuisine, it is also used in Mediterranean...

Does Green Tea Promote Weight Loss?

Green tea has been in the media multiple times in the past few years.  Reporters rave about its amazing benefits and grocery store shelves are piled high with many different types and flavors.  Green tea has gotten so much publicity companies have started making green...

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Every mom experiences the question of, what do I feed my kids? We all look for the perfect snack, fast easy, healthy and most important of all: the kids will eat it without complaining.  Ideally, a well-rounded snack will contain three main nutrients: protein, whole...

Something is Better than Nothing

If I got a dollar for every time someone told me they cannot eat healthy because they like some kind of junk food, I would be a millionaire. Healthy eating is not all or nothing. Just because you enjoy chocolate does not mean you are a food junky. A balanced diet...

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