Let's Eat!!

Eating well doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive.  There are many ways to fit healthful eating into your hectic lifestyle.  You and I will come up with creative and simple ways to get you eating better and cheaper than ever!

Barley, Basil and Strawberry Salad

(Needs some day ahead preparation)



  • 1 cup pearled barley, soaked in 2 cups distilled water overnight, then drained
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 5 or 6 grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds, lightly toasted
  • handful of basil leaves, finely chopped
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • salt and pepper to taste


Boil water in sauce pan and add soaked barley.  Cook until all water is absorbed.  Remove from heat. and set aside.

Combine lemon juice, olive oil, agave nectar, salt and pepper in a bowl and set aside.

Transfer cooked barley to a large bowl,add nuts, basil, strawberries and tomatoes.

Drizzle dressing mixture, then toss and chill for at least an hour before serving.

(serves about 4)

Yummy Green Smoothie

*This photo is a representation of my smoothies and not the recipe below


  • 2 cups liquid (distilled water; chilled, freshly brewed green tea; or nut milk) {if you have a high powered blender you may be able to use just ice, depending on how many powdered ingredients you use}
  • 1 or 2 cups fresh spinach
  • a few leaves of kale, including the stalks (I like the lacinato kale)
  • 1 thumb sized piece of aloe (aids in digestion)
  • One or two small kiwifruits with the skin (so make sure this is organic)
  • A small banana​
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds (drink quickly if using chia … they expand)

​(newbies might want to add some pineapple, or strawberries until they can wean themselves off the sweetness.)


Place all in a high powered blender, blend, pour in a cup and enjoy the healthy!


​I usually add protein powder to my post-workout smoothies.  Other mix ins can include moringa powder, maca powder, chunks of unpeeled ginger, turmeric, wheat germ, goji berries, spirulina, chlorella, etc.  The options are limitless! Please note, some of these have side effects when combined with medications and certain health issues, so make sure to do some homework before heading to the store. 


Yucatecan Ibes


I was taught how to make this dish in Merida, Mexico during a market tour for a cooking class.. It was a verbal lesson, so there really aren't any amounts to list.  It's pretty much by taste.  As a note, I really hate beans, but I love this dish!

  • Cooked Beans (I used black beans because that's what I had on hand, but it is typically made with small white beans)
  • Scallions (including the white parts)
  • Pepita Powder (I just ground up 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds in my coffee grinder instead of looking for it already ground)
  • Cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Mix it all in a bowl and eat.
Can be eaten hot, cold or room temperature.

Moringa Snack Bars


  • 1/2 cup Raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • (optional- add raw slivered almonds and halve the amounts of the other nuts)
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon moringa powder
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (I have also used dried guava)


Place nuts in food processor and pulse until mixed.  Remove and place in a small bowl.

Now place fruits in food processor and pulse until smooth.

Return the seeds and remaining ingredients to the processor and mix.  You may need to work in small batches depending on the size of your processor.

Shape the mixture into small bars

Dehydrator version:

Place bars on relax sheets and dehydrate for 8-10 hours at 105F.  You will know they are ready when they are crispy outside and firm on the inside.

Freezer version:

Place the bars on a parchment-lined plate and stick them in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up.  bars eaten right out of the freezer work all, but soften quickly.  

Baked version:

Bake in oven at 350 for 5-10 minutes.  They can burn fast, so watch them.