The following blog posts are categorized under Healthy Holidays


Breakfast is served

  I find myself preparing more breakfast meals this time of year. There are kids home from school, our friends and family filling the spare rooms, and a need for…


Candy Cane Smoothie

  Don’t let the holidays get in the way of your Nutritional Style. Here’s a way to feel like you’re enjoying the holiday, especially if you love sweet treats! Nothing…

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5 Ways to Survive the Holiday Season in Style

  You love this time of year; the romance, the glitter, the candles, so many reasons to be around loved ones. And, lots and lots of delicious food and drink….

“Raw” Pumpkin Pie

I’m not much of a “baker”, but I love mixing this easy dessert for the holidays; it’s a crowd pleaser. Pumpkin is a fall Superfood, loaded with vitamin A, carotenes, fiber, and antioxidants. While a pumpkin pie is definitely still a sweet treat, using raw pumpkin and natural sweeteners like dates and coconut makes it a healthful choice. I say go for it. I love using the extra raw pumpkin in smoothies, too. Here’s my favorite recipe. Raw Pumpkin Pie Crust Ingredients 2 cups of pecan or walnuts 1/4 cup of soaked dates (pitted and cut into small pieces) sea salt, dash Optional: 1/4 cup dried coconut Preparation Blend the crust ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, then press evenly in the bottom of a pie plate. Raw Pumpkin Pie Filling Ingredients 2 cups of shredded whole pumpkin 2 teaspoons of finely ground almond flour (optional-this helps to hold the pie together) 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup of almond milk or rice milk to blend Preparation 1. Blend ingredients in a blender and place on top of the crust. Set in fridge for a couple hours to…


Fall Entertaining Style

It’s gotten chilly here is Virginia; given the time change and early sunsets, and I’m happy to be inside, cuddled by the fire, wrapped in a throw and planning to…

The Green-tini: a “healthy” cocktail

Eat Drink and Be Merry! Even healthy girls serve, and enjoy, a good cocktail from time to time. And while you probably don’t want to drink alcohol too often (depressant, inflammatory, yeast promoting), when you do, there’s no need to keep your health-minded ways out of sight. I serve distilled, organic vodka to my guests mixed with a citrus green juice and call it a Green-tini! The year-round cocktail avoids the usual sweetened mixes and spirits that can spike your blood sugar and contribute to bad yeast in your gut. The fresh lemon offers alkalizing effects, and fresh ginger heals your digestion. PLUS I like to think all those phytonutrients in the green juice outweigh the negative effects of the alcohol (for sure it doesn’t hurt). Now, with this a healthy(er) cocktail, you can entertain in Nutritional Style. Cheers! Ingredients All organic please! Fill shaker or mason jar with: Two shots of your favorite green juice (click here for my favorite recipe) Half a lemon Thumbnail-sized piece of ginger, crushed 2 shots of vodka Cubed ice Preparation Mix all ingredients and shake. Strain and pour into your fanciest martini glasses when everything is well-mixed. Garnish with organic candied ginger, and…


DYNS Healthy Halloween Tricks

There is something about Halloween that causes even me, a Nutrition Coach, to feel excited. Maybe it’s the crisp air or the excitement of the kids, but I still love…

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I spent some quality time with my son at his school this past weekend. It was an especially fantastic visit. He’s so busy, and he loves it, and that makes me one proud Mama bear. At breakfast on Sunday, he turned to me and said he hadn’t yet gotten me a Mother’s Day gift. Well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree this time around. I, too, have been so busy that I haven’t taken care of my own Mom. So, if you’re like us, I thought I’d share a list of ideas that light me up. Maybe something below will suit the Mother(s) in your life? The Tea Lover A friend calls this Breville Tea Maker the “Tea Robot”. What a treat to have the perfect temperature tea waiting for you in the morning. I added some of my favorite loose teas too. *This is what I want the most. I’m a connoisseur of sorts. The Luxe-ist While a gift certificate for a massage may never get used, going WITH your mom to the spa is always a great gift. The best. For my last minute local DC and VA friends, I personally love treatments at Salamander Resort….


Green cannellini bean Dip

  I was pressed to deliver a green snack to a group of lower school kids for St. Patrick’s day, and having contributed guacamole one too many times, I made…

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Eat that cookie, drink that prosecco!

  I’m over the white-knuckle nutrition approach to holidays. The shame and regret that I hear around the dinner table makes sharing a meal far from nourishing. And sad to…


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