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Healthy Family, Healthy You HUGE Book News!

There will now be TWO Healthy Family, Healthy You books.

If you read this blog regularly, you know I’ve been working on the Healthy Family, Healthy Book book for over a year. A while back I stopped telling people, “It’s not a cookbook,” because it was starting to turn into one. I understand why everyone thought that was what I was trying to write. I’ve previewed recipes on this blog. I’ve asked you for (and received!) help testing recipes. The truth is, the Healthy Family, Healthy You book was supposed to be 1/3 nutrition info, 1/3 strategy info and 1/3 recipes. Then one day I woke up and realized I had over 100 recipes! I don’t know about you, but a book over 300 pages sounded like too long to me!

So, this is what will be:

#1 Healthy Family, Healthy You

The Healthy Mama’s GUIDE to Peace, Love & Happiness in the kitchen…and beyond!

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#2 The Healthy Family, Healthy You Cookbook

The Healthy Mama’s Recipe for Peace, Love & Happiness. In the kitchen…and beyond!

A companion to the Healthy Family, Healthy You Healthy Mama’s Guide.


I’m in the final layout and cover design stages and I can’t wait to share the information and my strategies with you and YOUR PEEPS!

I’ll be creating book parties that are actually a GIRLS NIGHT OUT. Do you belong to a women’s networking group, a mom’s group, a synagogue or other women’s group? Drop me an email ( so I can send you more information to see if my program will be right for your group.

Want to help your friends and/or community create their own healthy families and a community of support around eating well?

Would your co-workers benefit from healthy and time saving tips? Let’s talk about that too.

I’ll also be holding in person workshops for my “3 Weeks to Peace in the Kitchen” program and creating an online version. I look forward to sharing more information and posting sign up opportunities shortly.

In the meantime, please let me know if your group would benefit from empowerment around food and family!

In case you missed it, here is more information about the Healthy Family Healthy You book!

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About the Book

Learn how to feed your family right with the least effort and most reward.

It’s not what you’ve heard before.

Here are the tips, tricks and important nutritional information I’ve discovered while writing about and researching food and health for the past decade. I’m a journalist with no pony in the game or supplement to sell you; just a mom trying to do her best for you and your children’s health, happiness and longevity.

Are you looking to create a healthy family, a peaceful kitchen, and a happy you? Can’t get your kids to eat healthy food? Don’t even know which foods are healthy and which are not? Worried the effort will make you crazy?

If you’re looking for happiness and empowerment around food and family, read Healthy Family Healthy You: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to Peace, Love and Happiness. In the kitchen…and beyond!

Get clear on what you want for yourself and your family and learn how to make it happen.

  • Over 50 “Tasha’s Tips” to make your life easier, healthier and happier!
  • The Magic 8 Healthy Family, Healthy You Authorized Fast Food List
  • Specific Digestible Nutrition Information
  • Strategies, Substitutions, and a Structure for making lasting changes to your household diet

Set your kids up for a healthy relationship with food and your family for a long, pleasurable life together.

Start feeling happy, healthy and empowered today!




Meal Replacement in a Can or a Box? I don’t think so…

Slim Fast vs. Medi-Fast vs…. REAL FOOD!

We’ve all been through stages where we didn’t have time to cook or just thought it was simpler to count calories by eating something from a box or a can. Slim Fast started first (or at least in my lifetime it was first…). I don’t know how popular it is now, but I do know how popular Medi-Fast is. I can’t begin to tell people who feel they are only successful losing weight on these plans that they are WRONG, but I do think the approach is misguided. Again, I suppose if you are very overweight and this is the only thing that has worked for you… My problem is that I don’t like to judge. What I do like to do is provide better options.

That’s my shtick.

Substitution is your strategy.

So I’m suggesting a substitution for your (meal) substitution. If you’re going to replace a meal with a drink, do it right. Consume real nutrients and not just high fructose corn syrup in a glorified milk shake. Sometimes people aren’t even trying to lose weight. They just don’t have time to deal with it, so they pick up a can or bar, thinking that because the label says it has protein, it’s a good choice.

(Those commercials for giving the “nutritious” shakes to kids make me crazy. This is obviously a larger conversation, but if you’re that desperate, make them a shake yourself with whole food ingredients, like cacao that contains tons of antioxidants. You can even sneak in some greens and they won’t know. Try finding an antioxidant in a children’s Ensure or Boost shake. Again, this is a larger conversation we can have another day…See below for more on this topic and of course my upcoming book will have lots of recipes and ideas.)

If you think that the only way you can lose weight is by replacing 1 or more meals with a shake, at least make it yourself so you can include real nutrients and live foods in it. I’m all about the green smoothie for breakfast. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about lunch and dinner. I even have a great example for you. I know there are a million green smoothie recipes out there. Some people will just never be into that. Okay, so eat a huge salad. Your body will register that you’ve eaten (much better than only drinking a meal), you can throw in high fiber and high protein beans, add healthy fats, like a nut or avocado based dressing, and you are set. But when you really just want to grab and go, you can make a few shakes at a time and keep them in your fridge, or even freeze them in mason jars.

Here is a great recipe, from the Reboot Kitchen (That’s Joe Cross from the “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” movies…). Serve it in smaller amounts to your kids for an awesome after school snack. This is a much better “car snack” for the way to soccer practice than anything processed or from a drive-thru. And if the drive-thru was going to be dinner – give them a big serving of this instead.

Goji Cinnamon Almond Smoothie (Plus Greens!)

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This is a smoothie that contains greens, but it doesn’t actually turn out GREEN, so it doesn’t seem to be a “green smoothie.” This helps some people who just have an aversion to them. It is rich and filling. Truthfully, I’ve been trying to like almond butter (as a more healthful replacement for peanut butter) for years. Haven’t succeeded yet. However, I love it in this smoothie! I love everything about this smoothie. It is rich, creamy, filling, yummy… and now I know how I can use up all that almond butter I bought and never used for Passover!

Give it a shot and let me know how you like it!

Do you use meal replacements from the store or your doctor? Are you willing to try a new way? More book news coming very shortly…but I will be conducting workshops around the book release. Let me know what you are looking for. Dinner on the table in 15 minutes or less. How is that? What else?

p.s. About the kids…continued from above. I hear from many parents whose children are newly vegetarian that they have no idea what to feed them. I’m considering putting together a workshop or teleseminar/webinar or e-course on the topic. Please let me know what your questions are so I can answer them!


2 Delicious Summer Salads! Recipes and Pictures included

Easy, Healthy Summer Salads! Use as a main meal or side dish.

For an easy summer Shabbat lunch, with or without company, see how many fruits and veggies you can make! Then when you go to eat the leftovers…you won’t feel guilty – just happy and light and like you’ve set yourself up for a healthy week. That’s the Healthy Family, Healthy You way!

First, my recipe, and then one from www.Kalyn’

This first salad is a hearty weekday meal filled with different colors and textures. This works great for a one dish dinner or lunch. If you’re not watching carbs, perhaps add a side of garlic bread made on sprouted whole grain bread, like Ezekiel. I’ve been meaning to finally try to make my own seed crackers for the past month or two, but just haven’t gotten there yet. Those would also make a crunchy and filling side for this salad. I’m also about to finally experiment with Zucchini Chummus. That sounds like a guilt free dip to round out this meal.

See recipe below.


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Easy Summer Salad with Roasted Red Pepper and Avocado dressing

Serves 6-8

Salad ingredients
2 sticks celery, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
1 Persian cucumber, diced
2-3 cups spinach
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (raw, unsalted are best)

Combine all ingredients, except spinach and optional garnish, in mixing bowl. For individual servings, or for a group platter, spread spinach on bottom of plate, bowl or platter; then place vegetables on top, in the center. Drizzle dressing over salad. Optional garnish: 1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds per serving.

Roasted Red Pepper and Avocado Dressing
1 cup roasted red peppers
1 avocado
Juice of 1 lemon
1 small shallot
2 garlic cloves
Salt and Pepper to taste

Toss everything into the blender and blend!

Easy, peasy, lemon squeezey!


Chickpea and Edamame Salad with Lemon and Mint
Recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen

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I wish I could tell you this was my recipe, but it is not. Click on the picture or recipe title to get the detailed recipe. For those of you into paleo and whole30, her website should be a good resource. It’s great to know that someone who is into meat also knows how to put together a fantastic vegetable dish. This can be a vegetarian main dish or a hearty side dish. The bright green edamame just makes me happy!

(Uhh…by the way, I realize the above picture is pretty crappy. I have to commit to taking all of my dishes out to the sunroom to take pictures. That’s why the first one is so good. Be patient! I’m improving my food photography!)

Also, for everyone who feels like they have to grab chips or a granola bar for snacks, I have to tell you that I grabbed these leftovers the other day before I picked up the kids for Practice and Play at My Gym. I didn’t say a word to my kids about eating it (always a good way to get them to try something out of curiosity, rather than resist your orders and refuse to taste a dish). In fact, I hadn’t even realized that my daughter had been snacking on the salad until one of the teachers told me. I mentioned to my daughter that I wanted to show her the new Healthy Family, Healthy You book cover (I’ll be posting it shortly!). The teacher overheard and asked what the book was about. I told him it was a book to help parents feed their children healthy food, with nutrition information and a strategic plan, tips and tricks. He said, “Oh, that makes sense. You guys always have the coolest snacks. Your daughter was just eating away at those beans!” Oooh, I was so proud!

Do you have a salad you make that your kids enjoy? Let me know over on my Facebook page. Have you liked it yet? You know you want to…get healthy tips and tricks over there!