This week Geri of Fab Over 50 is hosting Fashion Flash. What other site has giveaways that include weekend vacations to beautiful resorts, group product testing that yields real answers and a panal of stylists that offer their individual opinions on the same outfit? I am also a huge fan of FOF personal stories which recently included the sobering tale of a successful decorator who through a series of financial mishaps found herself homeless. You don’t have to be over 50 to love this site!
I am not ashamed to admit that I am a foodie. I love trying new restaurants, collecting collecting cookbooks and finding the best brie in the neighborhood. But when I was diagnosed with diabetes, I had to change the way I cooked and ate. Simply eliminating salt, fat and sugar from a standard recipe often produced something that just was not worth eating. I am always looking for great healthy cookbooks, but usually I end up disappointed.
When I started thumbing through 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking by Camilla Saulsbury, I quickly became hooked. With more than 500 pages that feature 500 recipes, ths big book includes breakfasts, salads, meats and vegetables. Her awesome chapter on soups that offers more than 40 vegetable- packed options is alone worth the price of the book.
Rather than relying on fat and sugar for texture and flavor, “5 Easy” adds layers of taste with seasonings like Asian garlic chile sauce, brown rice syrup, smoked paprika and fresh mint. I tried three recipes– Minestrone with kale soup, greek shrimp with feta and mint and green beans with ginger. Not only are they healthy and delicious, the ingredients were affordable and easy to prepare.
The authors’ background is both unusual and impressive. Camilla Saulsbury has been a recipe developer, cooking instructor and a Top Chef winner ( for cookies for all things). She is equally passionate about health and is a lisenced personal trainer certified by both the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a certified Pilates instructor. 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking published by Robert Rose of Toronto now has a permanent spot in my kitchen.