Chocolate, Colored Eggs, and…Pears!

Bunny ears. Jellybeans. Honey ham. Fruit. Ever since I can remember, Easter meals have always included the same family traditions, from “egg fights” to Mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Egg fights aren’t as messy as they sound, by the way: you just bump your hard-boiled Easter egg against your sister’s or your dad’s, and if your egg comes out unscathed, you’re the winner! Then you choose another opponent and continue “fighting” until both ends of your egg are cracked, then you peel it and eat it. It’s a fun way to play with your food and eat it, too! Now that I’m older, I still appreciate some of the chocolate and the familiar old eggs, but I also look forward to including fresh fruit in our meal. To me, Easter not only signifies new life and celebration, but a Continue reading

Spring Clean with Pears!

Despite the chilly temperature, birds were busy chirping in the trees this morning; it’s the first definitive sign that spring has arrived in Denver! This time of year makes me want to open the dusty closets and start spring cleaning. But it doesn’t have to stop with the cobwebbed spaces in the house. How about spring cleaning your daily routine? My introductory nutrition students always ask questions about cleansing and detoxifying the body. Although popular topics in the media, cleanse or detox diets are a bad idea. Most of these plans rely on unhealthful methods to remove “toxins” from the body, often encouraging tactics that eliminate calories, entire food groups, or rely on nutrient-deficient beverages. The truth is, the body has its own caretakers in the form of the liver, kidneys, lungs and gastrointestinal tract, the body’s filtering powerhouses driven Continue reading