February – Heart-y Beet and Barley Salad

It’s February….the month of the heart! When I think about words used to describe the heart, things like hardworking, vulnerable, steady, and loving are a few that come to mind. When I think of caregivers many of those same words apply. I came up with this dish in recognition of the vibrant pulse that beats within each of us. Fresh ingredients in this salad join forces to give maximum flavor plus provide abundant amounts of cholesterol lowering fiber, heart healthy fats, anti-oxidant phyto-nutrients, and cardio-protective vitamins and minerals. Enjoy!

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Greens, Glorious Greens!

While strolling along at the farmers market recently these beauties caught my eye. Loaded with stress busting magnesium, energy producing iron and bone strengthening vitamin K, dark leafy greens pack a wallop when it comes to a source of concentrated nutrition.

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The absolute best – 20 dozen energy truffles

Yay for nurses! Those skilled, compassionate, patient, tolerant, and hardworking bedside healers who are the heartbeat of healthcare.

When asked to provide 20 dozen healthy snack during Nurse Appreciation Week for a chunk of the 900+ nurses at San Francisco General Hospital, I jumped at the chance. You see, I love and respect these people, I really do.

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Celery…. Really????

I mean who actually dives towards the crudité platter for sticks of celery? Plain and misunderstood, many people find it….ummm….boring bunny food. [Though celery sticks are useful transport vehicles for big scoops of dip or dressing, I suppose.]

Typically a background player, celery is a delicious flavoring for soups and a definite for stuffing the Thanksgiving bird, but hardly ever does it take center stage. It’s mostly humble and there when you need it, or else quietly going limp in the bottom of the veggie drawer.

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