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Tumeric Latkes with Cinnamon Applesauce

by on November 22, 2015

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Turmeric and cumin are wonderful Indian spices that aid digestion, rev up the metabolism and help break down body fat. Couple that with the addition of cinnamon to the applesauce which helps regulate blood sugar and reduce cholesterol, and you have an delicious potato latke brimming with super nutrition.

Preparation time: 25 minutes | Cook time: 35 minutes | Serves: 15 latkes


  • 2 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes, grated small. Squeeze out extra liquid (see instructions below)
  • 3 medium carrots, grated small
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • ¼ cup matzo meal, potato starch or all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric (or up to 1 teaspoon to taste)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • ¾ cup Canola or grapeseed oil (for frying)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Place grated potatoes (peels and all) in a colander with a bowl or plate underneath. Sprinkle 1 tsp of salt on potatoes and mix well. Let stand for 10 minutes (the potatoes will release some liquid).
  3. Using a cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel, wring out excess moisture from the grated potatoes (make sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible)
  4. Add remaining ingredients (except the oil) to potatoes and mix to combine.
  5. Use a ¼ measuring cup to measure out latkes batter and use your hands to form into patties.
  6. Heat about 1/4 cup of oil in a non-stick skillet and drop about five latkes at a time. Cook at medium heat, 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  7. Place cooked latkes on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Repeat the process two more times, using 1/4 cup of oil each time.
  8. Place latkes on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crispy




  • 2 pounds apples, peeled, quartered and cored (I prefer tart apples like Granny Smith)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1-2 tablespoons organic brown sugar or honey


  1. Cut apple quarters into small pieces. Put into a saucepan just large enough to hold them. Add cloves, water and sugar.
  2. Place pan over medium-high heat. When the apples start to steam, cover tightly and turn the heat down to low. Cook at a low simmer, stirring and turning the apples from time to time, until they are very soft.
  3. Mash lightly.
  4. Remove from the heat, let cool and transfer the applesauce to a container. Keep refrigerated for up to a week.


Jeannie Solomon is an accomplished and well-respected certified nutrition and wellness coach at the PJCC who focuses on holistic nutrition and whole-body wellness, providing the guidance needed to pursue a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.

Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Parfait

by on November 5, 2015

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Pumpkin, the quintessential fall holiday symbol is also a wonderful food full of fiber, protein, and vitamins K and A. By alternating layers of pumpkin puree with protein-packed Greek yogurt, these beautiful parfaits are easy to prepare, slimming for your waistline, and full of nutrition.

Prep time:  20 minutes | Serves: 4


  • 1 cup 100% pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup crumbled graham crackers (both plain or cinnamon work great)


  1. In a small bowl combine the pumpkin puree, cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice) and maple syrup.
  2. Crumble the graham crackers.
  3. Layer the graham crackers, seasoned pumpkin puree, and yogurt into four glass/see-through containers. Feel free to create the layers in any order.
  4. Optional: top with Honey & Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Brittle (see following recipe)


Jeannie Solomon is an accomplished and well-respected certified nutrition and wellness coach at the PJCC who focuses on holistic nutrition and whole-body wellness, providing the guidance needed to pursue a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.

Book Review – Jerusalem: A Cookbook

by on April 30, 2015

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Food in Israel is unique and full of exciting flavors that have come together into a melting pot of centuries of influence from surrounding lands. Bringing the complexity of Jerusalem life to the dinner table, Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem: A Cookbook is as much a social studies lesson as it is a culinary delight.

Though both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year, they come from opposite sides of the city. Tamimi is from the Muslim East Jerusalem and Ottolenghi from Jewish West Jerusalem. Both independently moved to London years ago and that’s where they met, working in the Continue reading

A Healthy Spin on Latkes: The “No-tato” Pancake

by on November 21, 2014

quinoa latkes

Traditional potato latkes are delicious but more and more people are looking for healthier ways to make these wonderful fried patties.  We’ve come up with a recipe that is heavier on protein and veggies and light on the carbs.  And, as a bonus, they taste great! Enjoy!

Quinoa & Veggie Latkes Recipe


3 cup cooked quinoa (use 1 part quinoa to 1 part water)
1/2 cup grated onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
1 cup each finely grated zucchini and carrot
1/4 cup potato starch
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Monkey See, Monkey Do — How Behavioral Modeling Influences Health

by on July 1, 2014


My 2-year-old granddaughter seemed to welcome her newborn baby sister with bland indifference. I observed her as she played with her blocks and other toys and did not appear to be perturbed by the presence of a new member in her family. After she had dinner, I was surprised when she set out deliberately for the couch, wrapped her mother’s pillow around her lap, lifted her shirt, and clutched her bear to her chest. It was dinner time for her bear! While it was fun to watch her precise imitation of breast feeding, it made me stop and wonder how we as adults subconsciously follow patterns of behavior that may not reach our cognitive awareness. Continue reading

A Healthy Lunch Is In The Bag

by on June 10, 2014


A nutritious brown bag lunch is not only easy to prepare, but economical and healthier than the usual cafeteria fare or fast-food options. Not to mention, a good midday meal can help bolster those notorious mid-day slumps and keep you on your game. Here are a few tips for bagging a healthy lunch.

Think Outside the Box
The healthiest lunches should contain foods from three different food groups: a protein, whole grain, and a fruit and/or vegetable. However, this doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the Continue reading

Fitness Tip: Brain Fuel

by on February 10, 2014


Eating to Support Brain Function

Research continues to show that adding specific foods to your diet can help support brain function, memory and cognitive skills. Who wouldn’t want that? The Journal of Neurology recently found that the Mediterranean Diet may reduce small-vessel damage to the brain. Try these healthy tips from the Mediterranean Diet not only for your body, but also your brain:

  • Majority of your diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
  • Limit red meats and eat fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Use healthy fats like fish and olive oil. A recent study shows that Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and seafood boosts memory function by 15%
  • Try cooking with olive oil, canola or walnut oil instead of butter
  • Alternate your protein choices; nuts, nut butters and beans are great alternative sources of protein

By incorporating these healthy foods into your diet, you can begin to benefit from their positive effects on brain function. The Mediterranean diet is a great way to explore a healthy style of eating. Give it a try, what do you have to lose?

1. Welma Stonehouse, Cathryn A Conlon, John Podd, Stephen R. Hill, Anne M Minihane, Crystak Haskell, and David Kennedy. DHA supplementation improved both memory and reaction time in healthy young adults: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Butr May 2013 vol. 97 no. 5 1134-1143
2. WebMD
3. Tsivgoulis, G, et al. 2013. Adherence to a Mediterranean diet and risk of incident cognitive impairment. Neurology, 80 (18), 1684-1692.
4. Science Daily, March 2013

Note: The information presented here is not a substitute for medical advice. Consult a physician before starting any exercise. We suggest that you discontinue exercise immediately if you feel you’re exercising beyond your current abilities.

Healthy Chocolate Recipes? Yes, Please!

by on February 6, 2014


Sweets Without The Guilt

The term “Healthy” has a bad rap!  When we hear the term “healthy” we automatically think “tastes bad”.  Right?  But, just because something has that label doesn’t mean it is any less delicious than the less healthy version!

Chocolate, for instance, can be healthy for us but the sugar that usually accompanies it is not.  By using some healthier ingredient options you can have a delicious dessert that won’t taste “healthy”.   Enjoy!



  • 3/4 Cup Raw Cacao Powder (available at health stores) or Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Cups Almond Meal
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Organic Honey
  • 1 Tbs. Organic Coconut Oil
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Pantry Makeover

by on January 28, 2014


It’s the beginning of the new year, and there is no better time to take stock of our belongings and reorganize! When it comes to the kitchen, there is no better place to get started then the pantry. This year, I challenged myself, and now I challenge you, to do out with the old and unhealthy, and bring in the new-nutritious.

Make your kitchen pantry work for you, not against you!

Kitchen pantries come in all shapes, but whether yours is a full sized closet or a combination of a bookshelf and a couple of small cabinets (like mine), the pantry is the soul of any kitchen. As fresh foods come and go out of the refrigerator and freezer, the pantry holds all the boxed, canned and bottled goods, whether they are spices, oils, pasta, sauces or soups, that add bulk

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