Parade’s Community Table: Supercharge Smoothies into a Nutritional Powerhouse

Creamy Orange . Photo by © 2013 by Julie Morris
Creamy Orange. Photo by ©2013 by Julie Morris

For most people making smoothies, it’s throw in forgotten fruit at the bottom of a refrigerator into a blender with water, yogurt or milk. As time goes on, kale or spinach is added for more nutrients. Smoothies are healthy and fun drinks, and if you’re trying to break out of the banana, berry and/or spinach smoothie mix, Julie Morris’ “Superfood Smoothie,” will not only inspire better tasting smoothies, but it’s a chance to learn how to turn a smoothie into a nutritional powerhouse.  Read more Have a Joyous Morning With This Quinoa Mango Bowl

Mango Quinoa Bowl by Joy McCarthy
My email is flooded with PR representatives requesting reviews of health books about the latest diet trends. I delete the majority of those emails, because diets don’t work. All anyone needs is regular sleep, plenty of exercise, and a major overhaul of how they view food. It sounds simple, but learning how to live joyously is a difficult process that demands a lot of soul-searching. Read more

Appetizing Thoughts: “Bless this Food, Ancient & Contemporary Graces from Around the World,” By Adrian Butash

Bless This Food Book Cover

Christmas dinner was Roast Lemon Yogurt Whole Fish, Stuffed Clams, Brazilian Collard Greens with Shrimp, Kumquats and Couscous salad, and Chocolate Pound Cake served with homemade Coffee and Chocolate Covered Almond Ice Cream. I looked forward sharing our non-traditional meal — influenced by Italian-Americans The Feast of the Seven Fishes’ dinner on social media and writing about it after Christmas. Despite starting dinner early and prepping a few ingredients on Christmas Eve and the weekend before, the daylight for taking proper food pictures was lost, because daylight in the winter ends early. Initially, I was upset, but the anger was shrugged off. Instead, I chose to experience our holiday blessing of having an abundance of food sans working for my food blog.  Read more

Roast Garlicky Butternut Squash with Chicken and Wheat Pasta

Roast Garlicky Butternut Squash with Chicken and Wheat Pasta
Roast Garlicky Butternut Squash with Chicken and Wheat Pasta is my new social media addiction. It’s not quite as addictive as Twitter or Facebook, but its slowly gaining popularity. Similar to my early experiences of using Twitter, it was quite boring. Now, I’m beginning to follow relevant people or organizations, such as Newsweek, NPR, and so forth. There are a few food blogs of interest. Last November, someone, who I wish to remember his or her name, recommended a book, The Gastronomy of Marriage by Michelle Maisto, who is a food blogger at The Market The title sounds like an Italian Renaissance painting. The beauty is in the writing. To some, whose attention span is on par with today’s pop culture of instant trends coming and going in millisecond timeframes, Ms. Maisto is a relaxing read. Read more