Living the WELL Life

Sugar Sugar - Choose Better Sugar for the Rainforest

The Dalai Lama says,“We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home." How do we do that? Well, we can start by focusing on simple areas of our lives—something as simple as what sugar we use in our kitchen. Most holiday baking recipes call for sugar so this one is timely. Did you know that every time you purchase sugar you are either supporting a sustainable form of sugarcane farming or a more destructive one? With virtually all sugarcane production taking place in the tropics, choosing a "better" sugar can make a difference for the wellbeing of our rainforests.  Read more

Soy Vey! - Class Recipes

Not a day goes by that I am not asked about soy and the role they play in healthy eating. There are all sorts of wild and crazy rumors circulating the internet: soy will make your brain shrink; make men impotent; prevent babies from developing and contribute to cancer.

Ay, ay, ay…as I often say!  Read more

The Beat Goes On-Class Recipes

Lotus Root Kinpira
Mac and Cheese

Lotus Root Kinpira
An excellent source of folates, blood cleansers, beta carotene, vitamins C and B6, as well as potassioum and inulin which can help lower cholesterol, this powerful dish will ensure that your ticker keeps on ticking.
Makes 2-3 servings  Read more

Holidays…On the Side

Let the feasting begin! We are well into the season of parties, family gatherings, long, leisurely times at the table. 
I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorites with you…mix and match them to create fabulous sides for your holiday feasts.  Read more

8 Great Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Green Kids

I love gifts that keep on giving (and don’t end up in landfills)! Here are eight plastic-free, long-lasting, and instantly-gratifying gift ideas for the compassionate kids in your life. Happy holidays!  Read more

8 Tips for a Healthier Hanukkah

It’s almost Hanukkah and that means eight days and nights of festivities and food. However, the traditional dishes eaten at Hanukkah are not the healthiest. The holiday celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greeks. When the Maccabees rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, they only had enough oil to burn for one day but a miracle occurred and the oil burned for 8 days. Fried foods such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) became the traditional fare for Hanukkah because they are cooked in oil and remind us of the great miracle that happened there.  Read more

The "Rainforest" Holiday Gift Guide!

The holiday gift-giving season is underway. The holidays provide a unique opportunity to give both a meaningful gift and one that will help rainforests at the same time. This month, I’ve put together great rainforest-saving ideas that will work for any number of holiday gift-giving situations. Happy Holidays!     Read more

Your Holiday Survival Guide

It’s h-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-r-e! The holiday season is in full swing. Shopping, partying and feasting have begun in earnest.

You can find lots of recipes here at Christina Cooks to create a healthy holiday feast that is as good for you as it is yummy, but I wanted to share a few dishes with you that are a tradition in our house at Christmas and the New Year. They are said to bring prosperity and luck to those who enjoy them…and being the superstitious Italian that I am, well, you can see why they have become traditions!  Read more

Trick or Treat

You do have choices on the one day of the year dedicated to eating candy. My cookies will win you raves with the little ones (we actually have the kids trade one piece of candy for a cookie…works every time!) and the soup and braised apples will keep the adults out of the trick or treat bags, too.  Read more

Tis the Season to Do Some Good

We all love the feeling of the holiday season (no, not the bargains…although they are nice…). We love the energy, if you will, of the season. Everyone seems a bit lighter, happier…kinder, more generous. We even have a day dedicated to service: Giving Tuesday, a day where we give of ourselves and/or our resources to help those less fortunate than we are.
Here at Christina Cooks, we have teamed up with TD Bank. I know; I know; who likes banks these days? Aren’t they the Darth Vadar of our lives; the Snidely Whiplash villain darkening our doors? 
Not TD Bank.
I have banked with this fine institution for more than twenty years and have loved my relationship with them. So when they told me that they had a program that could help the work of The Christina Pirello Health Education Initiative, I was all ears.  Read more

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