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    3 Things I Learned At TBYH Conference – Washington DC

    On November 1 and 2, 2014 we gathered for our 5th Take Back Your Health Conference™ in Washington, D.C. I was a little bit of an anxious wreck the month leading up to it - organizing last-minute travel details, ironing out our audio visual needs, scrambling to gather product donations for our gift bags, etc. —Read More

    The Perfect Menu For A Mid-Summer Dinner Party

    This past week I had the opportunity to teach two more cooking classes for the University of Virginia's Club RED - a heart health initiative for women - managed by the Cardiovascular Center at UVA. I truly love spending time with this group of ladies. We have a good time learning, cooking and chatting about —Read More

    Peach Pina Colada {Paleo, Dairy-Free}

    Imagine a hot, sunny beach day in southern California. It was July 4th and my friend and I were planning to spend the day sipping away on cool drinks by the ocean and getting a tan. We discovered a bottle of rum and frozen fruit in the freezer and I, being the self-proclaimed Smoothie Queen, —Read More

    Flourless Chocolate Cake (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

    What can I say about chocolate cake that hasn't already been said? Maybe I'll mention the high magnesium content, or the importance of a little healthy indulgence every once in awhile. I should also mention that this cake includes nutrient-dense ingredients and leaves out most common food allergens and chemicals, so it's a very good —Read More

    Lemon Tart (Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

    When I was a teenager, I loved to bake. I still do, but I had to go through a transition where I switched to baking gluten-free, dairy-free and sometimes egg-free. It was a challenge and for periods of time I rebelled against baking altogether, frustrated and angry. Now, especially with all of the new ingredients —Read More

    Gingery Butternut Carrot Soup (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo)

    Here is one of my favorite vegetables: Butternut squash. Unfortunately, it's difficult to chop without a very large, and very sharp, knife. But you can always buy it pre-peeled and chopped so you don't have to deal with it. This past week I taught a healthy cooking class at The Happy Cook in Charlottesville, Virginia. One —Read More

    Strawberry Cupcakes (Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

    I look forward to strawberry season every year and it's finally here! Sadly I won't be near my parent's house this year to help pick from their strawberry patch, but I may try to find a pick-your-own farm near me - it's worth it for the taste of vine-ripened strawberries. But even if you are —Read More

    Seafood, Fennel and Lime Salad

    A friend made this salad a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it! It's originally from Ottolenghi, The Cookbook, which is full of delicious recipes that are "Take Back Your HealthTM approved" or easily adaptable to be. When I find a recipe that is almost perfect for me, minus one or two minor ingredients, —Read More