With spring just weeks away, the vegestable stands are piled high with perfect green artichokes. These round petaled beauties are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. For centuries most Europeans viewed green foods as poisonous but arichokes were already popular in 15th century Italy and France. In the 19th century, European immigrants brought them to Northern California where they flourished in the cool, foggy climate.
I love artichokes and was delighted to learn they are nutritional superstars. Rich in vitamin C ( the anti-wrinkle vitamin) folacin, and magnesium, a big beautiful artichoke has just 60 calories. But their real payload is fiber with one whole artichoke clocking in at 6.5 grams of fiber at just 60 calories. Awesome! By comparison, 1/2 cup of cooked beans has more than triple the calories ( 150) for … Continue Reading… →
I was really looking forward to my six week appointment with Invisalign. I had gone through three sets of aligners and felt a definate change in my bite. The first set of aligners were super easy to wear. Not only were they totally comfortable, they kept me from snacking. Without aligners, I would reach for a random cookie or chunk of cheese– but with Invisalign eating even one bite meant taking it out, scarfing down the food, a trip to the sink to brush my teeth and replacing the aligner. Few foods now seem worth the trouble. I also noticed that my teeth were much whiter because I could not drink tea and coffee while wearing Invisalign. Cutting back on my 5-6 cups of tea and coffee certainly kept my … Continue Reading… →
This week Une Femme d’un Certain Age is hosting Fashion Flash for the first time. We’re so excited that she has joined Fashion Flash to round out our group. Her “classic with a twist” style is chic but never dull and she shares her fashion explorations with charm and humor. Don’t miss her scarf tying videos which can change an outfit from ordinary to elegant. Une Femme d’un Certain Age is one of the very first sites I subscribed to and I still love to start the day with her posts.
When I saw the title of Real Moms Love to Eat I was hooked. I remember how hard it was to follow good nutritional guidelines when I had young children in the home. Corraling two little girls off to school before going to work, then … Continue Reading… →
True story. I was at a blogger meetup at the HBA, a huge beauty expo, when I was introduced to a very pretty young woman with a popular blog called Aging Backwards. I was a bit put off. What would this young woman know about aging? When she told me her age I was shocked– and impressed. I decided that if she could look like that at her age she certainly knew her stuff. Her blog is now part of the Fashion Flash group and Jackie also co-hosts the The Ageless Sisters, a well-known radio show with Cynthia Rowland — and this week I was delighted to be a guest. The Ageless Sisters asked such great questions that I uploaded the full interview to share it with you. From Invisalign to the new BB creams to the No-Nonsense beauty … Continue Reading… →