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by Dr. Pankaj Vij on June 20, 2020 at 12:25 pm

Dr. Vij distills a mass of medical research into a simple, effective program for vibrant health. Avoiding fads and gimmicks, he provides practical advice, case studies of ordinary people, and brief sections that debunk common medical myths.

by Dr. Pankaj Vij on June 20, 2020 at 12:23 pm

Douglas Amis, Ed.D. is a Co-Founder of Health Zone Life and creator of the Health Zone Life Model along with Dr. Pankaj Vij. Dr. Amis set out on this project with the objective of providing an open source model that medical professionals could freely use both as and educational tool and in their practice.

by Dr. Pankaj Vij on June 20, 2020 at 12:20 pm

In this episode I am interviewing Dr Pankaj Vij MD FACP and receiving brutally honest answers to the question: what is Coronavirus teaching human kind? Some of you might know him as the author of the best-selling book Turbo Metabolism – 8 Weeks to a New You: Preventing and Reversing Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease and Other Metabolic Diseases by Treating the Causes.

by Dr. Pankaj Vij on June 20, 2020 at 12:23 pm

In this episode with have Dr. Pankaj Vij on the show discussing several topics like turbo metabolism and “find your why”. Dr. Pankaj Vij is also the author of ‘Turbo Metabolism: 12 Steps to a New You: Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Metabolic Diseases by Treating the Causes’. 

by Dr. Pankaj Vij on June 20, 2020 at 9:01 am

Pankaj Vij MD Author, Turbo Metabolism: 8 Weeks to a New You www.doctorvij.com “I can think. I can wait. I can fast.” “That’s everything.” from Siddhartha by Herman Hesse Odds are you’ve heard about intermittent fasting.

by Dr. Pankaj Vij on June 20, 2020 at 8:58 am

It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. -Niels Bohr   Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.

by Dr. Pankaj Vij on June 20, 2020 at 8:52 am

The ancient Greek physician Aretaeus (ar-e-TE-us) of Cappadocia (c. 81—c. 138) described diabetes as a “melting down of the flesh and limbs into urine.” Many experts argue that Type 2 diabetes is an incurable disease that gets worse with the passage of time.

by Dr. Pankaj Vij on June 11, 2020 at 6:21 am

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. -Mark Twain We are in the midst of a surreal global pandemic that none of us imagined we would be experiencing in our lifetime.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 6:21 am

I use Kirkland’s organic seasoning blend most often, but Trader Joe’s sells their own combination, too!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 6:19 am

I often get granulated garlic at Costco, but Trader Joe’s also carries smaller containers of it.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 6:15 am

Curry powder is a bit different from brand to brand and chef to chef – as it is a combination of several spices and herbs. My favorite to use in my Curry Zuna recipe is Cost Plus World Market. 

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 6:12 am

Trader Joe’s has a small selection of very reasonably priced spices including several used in my spice blends in The Foodie Bar Way.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 6:10 am

Trader Joe’s sells pumpkin seeds (pepitas), raw and roasted. Pepitas get sprinkled on my Crazy Salad every single day! I keep the seeds in the freezer.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 6:08 am

You can find pecans at Trader Joe’s, including some that are roasted without any oil or salt. Keep in the freezer, with the rest of the nuts, seeds and whole grains/grain products.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 6:05 am

Trader Joe’s sells all types of nuts, including pine nuts that can be used in the Pesto Foodie Bar in The Foodie Bar Way. Keep in the freezer, with the rest of the nuts, seeds and whole grains/grain products.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 6:03 am

Trader Joe’s sells whole cashews as well as pieces (at least $1 per pound cheaper than whole). Since I use cashews in sauces and dressings, pieces work perfectly! Keep in the freezer, with the rest of the nuts, seeds and whole grains/grain products.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:54 am

Trader Joe’s sells whole wheat couscous – a one pound box for only $1.99. Couscous is a tiny pasta that doesn’t need to be cooked.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:49 am

Trader Joe’s sells unfiltered, organic, apple cider vinegar, perfect for use in the Salad Dressing Foodie Bar and many recipes in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:46 am

Hibiscus tea packs a punch when it comes to antioxidant power! Learn more about it in this article I published in the newspaper.  Experiment with my recipe for Timaree’s Tropical Splash, or other options from the Flavored Water Foodie Bar in The Foodie Bar Way.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:41 am

Trader Joe’s sells reduced sodium soy sauce. Don’t forget that you can purchase “regular” soy sauce and simply dilute it with water.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:38 am

Just a few pieces of these seaweed snacks works very well for the Zuna base (recipe in The Foodie Bar Way). Once opened, they will go from light and crispy, to soft and “stale” – quickly… so once opened, we immediately put the package into a quart size top freezer bag.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:33 am

You can purchase organic raisins at Trader Joe’s and use a TBSP or so to sweeten a creamy dressing.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:29 am

Trader Joe’s sells organic white quinoa, multicolored and red quinoa.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:26 am

Trader Joe’s sells several varieties of oatmeal… You can set up your very own Oatmeal Foodie Bar!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:23 am

We use coconut water from time to time in some of our green smoothies – the sky is the limit when it comes to options from the Smoothie Foodie Bar in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:20 am

This organic coconut is unsweetened and perfect to use as is or toast for a few minutes until aromatic and beginning to turn golden… be careful, once the color begins to develop, if left alone, will burn before you realize it!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:17 am

My first choice for a sweetener is fresh fruit, then dried, (I use some date sugar = powdered dates). Next in line for sweeteners is coconut sugar, we use a small amount in certain recipes. Costco carried organic coconut sugar for a while, but I haven’t seen it for at least a year.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:13 am

Trader Joe’s sells unsweetened cocoa powder that is delicious in my recipe for T’s Dreamy Chocolate Sauce for our Dessert Nachos for Breakfast! YUM!!! I also buy raw cacao powder online.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:09 am

Semi-sweet chocolate chips at Trader Joe’s are free of any animal products!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:06 am

Trader Joe’s sells several different types of rice that is cooked and then frozen. (You can do the same thing at home.)

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 5:04 am

You can find several different varieties of uncooked brown rice at Trader Joe’s, as well as a package of ready-to-eat long grain brown rice.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 31, 2016 at 4:57 am

Trader Joe’s sells a variety of canned beans and has several organic options.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August27, 2016 at 6:09 am

Trader Joe’s sells yogurt with active cultures, made from soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk, but free of cow’s milk.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:59 am

You can find organic mixed vegetables in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s- you can enjoy it as part of your Basic Bar for the Loaded Baked Potato Foodie Bar… YUM!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:56 am

Trader Joe’s sells organic frozen broccoli without anything added. Steam it until just tender!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:52 am

Trader Joe’s frozen organic corn is perfect for the Cowboy Salad Foodie Bar… yum!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:50 am

Trader Joe’s sells edamame in the produce area, ready-to-eat, as well as in the freezer section, (need to be cooked).

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:44 am

Trader Joe’s charges less for their cauliflower, compared to most supermarkets. We LOVE cauliflower, a few of our favorite ways to prepare it include roasted and in our nacho topping (recipe in The Foodie Bar Way).

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:40 am

These organic carrots are both colorful and delicious. Trader Joe’s sells them in their refrigerated produce area. 

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:31 am

I buy lots of greens, including kale and mixed greens, to enjoy throughout the week in our Smoothie Foodie Bar, Crazy Salad Foodie Bar, and, well, greens can be incorporated into nearly every meal!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:22 am

Trader Joe’s carries a variety of organic tomatoes, though once you grow your own, a store bought tomato will never measure up! Don’t keep tomatoes in the fridge, as they lose flavor quickly! 

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:17 am

Trader Joe’s sells all types of potatoes, including sweet potatoes, Yukon gold, red and bags with mixed colors, perfect to steam for snacks! Keep uncooked, whole potatoes in a dark, cool place, away from onions.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:11 am

In my opinion, Trader Joe’s has the best fresh mint! It is less expensive and seems to last much longer than organic mint purchased anywhere else.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 5:04 am

I have a good friend with an amazing lemon tree, but when her tree isn’t producing, I will pick up a bag of lemons at Trader Joe’s.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 27, 2016 at 4:58 am

Trader Joe’s often sells organic limes in bags. If I am not planning to use them within a day or two, I store them in the crisper drawer in the refrigerator.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 24, 2016 at 5:53 am

Timaree’s book has been a lifesaver for me. I love the fact that there are tips for extending the life of your produce, which has been very helpful to me. 

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 22, 2016 at 8:23 pm

Trader Joe’s sells Almond Butter in 16 oz jars. It works well in Scot’s Granola (recipe in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook).

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Trader Joe’s sells delicious Brussels sprouts in a variety of ways in their produce/refrigerated area. Soooo versatile and fun! Watch me prepare an amazing recipe featuring these beauties on California Bountiful TV.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm

Trader Joe’s sells raw beets, ready to grate into your favorite salad or roast for a delicious recipe from The Foodie Bar Way! If you are short on time, you can also purchase their roasted beets in the refrigerated area.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 22, 2016 at 8:14 pm

In the refrigerated section at Trader Joe’s, you’ll find baby bok choy! So delicious and easy to prepare – raw in salads or cooked in stir-fries or my Un-Fried Rice Foodie Bar (found in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook).

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 22, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Trader Joe’s sells beets in the refrigerated section. They have already been roasted and are ready to eat… You can use them in a variety of ways, including in this recipe for Roasted Beets with Citrus – which is in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 22, 2016 at 5:17 pm

Trader Joe’s carries a large variety of non-dairy milks – some are in shelf-stable boxes that don’t need to be refrigerated until opened, while others in are in cartons in their refrigerated sections. Do a taste test to find out which you enjoy the most! 

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 22, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Trader Joe’s carries a large variety of non-dairy milks – some are in shelf-stable boxes that don’t need to be refrigerated until opened, while others in are in cartons in their refrigerated sections. Do a taste test to find out which you enjoy the most! 

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 20, 2016 at 5:56 am

This book is amazing. So simple to cook from. Minimal prep. And healthy to boot. Changed the way I prepare meals for my family. Kids loved all the options to choose from. Big Win! -Joseph Platt

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 5:53 am

Even though “micro-greens” are tiny, they are mighty!!! They are PACKED with nutrients, that your body can easily absorb, so add a handful to your salad mix, pasta dish, on top of tacos or avocado toast… the options are endless! So many recipes in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook to try!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 5:42 am

Trader Joe’s has organic raisins in one pound bags.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 5:40 am

Trader Joe’s sells a variety of organic berries in their freezer section. No sugar added, just berries!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 5:33 am

In my opinion, this is pretty spicy salsa…

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 5:30 am

Whenever I make a trip to Trader Joe’s, I buy a bag of kiwi! I also buy them at our local supermarket and sometimes at Costco (4 pound package). 

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 5:26 am

Trader Joe’s carries nori – seaweed snacks that I use in my Curry Zuna recipe that I made on Good Day Sacramento TV (and can be found in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook). Slide an opened package into a quart size freezer bag right away to keep them fresh/crisp.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 12:42 am

When I am at Trader Joe’s, I like to pick up some organic cucumbers to enjoy with one of my hummus recipes or to put into my Curry Zuna (all in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook). Watch me make Curry Zuna on Good Day Sacramento TV.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 12:33 am

Trader Joe’s sells a variety of balsamic vinegars. I have not yet tried them all, as I tend to stick with my favorite (Kirkland).

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 12:20 am

Sugar Snap Peas that are ready to pop into your mouth can be found in the produce aisle of local supermarkets and at Trader Joe’s. They are perfect for dipping into one of my hummus, dressing or guacamole recipes in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 12:09 am

I get bagged organic apples and pears when I am at Trader Joe’s. They typically have several different varieties of apples.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 12, 2016 at 12:04 am

I almost always buy frozen berries, but if you want to sprinkle them on Dessert Nachos (recipe on www.TheNutritionProfessor.com and in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook), Trader Joe’s sells them!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 11, 2016 at 11:47 pm

Trader Joe’s sells organic celery in the refrigerated produce area. I buy organic celery because it is on the “dirty dozen” list.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 11, 2016 at 11:31 pm

Trader Joe’s sells organic zucchini (also known as summer squash) on a consistent basis, and I find it tends to be less expensive than at the supermarket/grocery store. Some of the zucchini (as well as some sweet corn and papaya*) grown in the US is from genetically engineered (GE) seeds. 

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm

I eat these right out of the package, just as they are or dipped into one of my dressings, hummus, guacamole, salsa featured at www.TheNutritionProfessor.com or in the my book – The Foodie Bar Way.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 10, 2016 at 11:26 pm

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 10, 2016 at 11:25 pm

These colorful potatoes are perfect for steaming and having on hand to sprinkle with mesquite, Cajun or taco seasoning, or dip into hummus, mustard, your favorite oil free dressing (many recipes and even 2 Dressing Foodie Bars can be found in The Foodie Bar Way).

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 10, 2016 at 5:56 am

I eat 100% plant-based, avoid processed oils and sugar AND I’m a ‘foodie’ who likes my food to taste GREAT. I’ve been cooking similarly to this book’s approach for a bunch of years: flexible, versatile, great for pleasing everyone at the table and it makes meals fun.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 10, 2016 at 5:55 am

Such a great book! The recipes are amazing, and the Foodie Bar Way has really encouraged my family to eat more healthy foods. Kids have a tendency to be picky eaters, and with today’s amount of processed foods it is sometimes difficult to get the kids to eat a wide variety of healthy, colorful vegetables.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 6, 2016 at 6:10 am

Trader Joe’s sells a ready to eat/cook collection of delicious cruciferous veggies, including: kale, Brussels, broccoli, green cabbage and red/purple cabbage. Sounds great for my Crazy Salad Foodie Bar (and Base), Un-Fried Rice Foodie Bar and more!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 6, 2016 at 4:50 am

Trader Joe’s sells several different bags of Brussels sprouts, as well as Brussels sprouts still on the stalk (for a limited time during the winter holidays).  

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Trader Joe’s sells organic chia seeds, perfect for many recipes from the Oatmeal Foodie Bar to Salad Dressing Foodie Bars.  Cooking out of the Foodie Bar Way cookbook is fun!

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

While I love making my own salsa (See my Salsa Foodie Bar in the book), when I do buy it, this is one of my favorites.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

There are several plant-based sausages available in the refrigerated area in the produce aisle at many grocery stores.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm

I use raw sunflower seeds in a variety of dressings and sauces and recommend them in place of nuts (for those with nut allergy). They are sold in bags (great price at Trader Joe’s) and in bulk (supermarket). I keep them in the freezer.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm

While most people are familiar with marinated artichoke hearts in oil/vinegar, water packed artichoke hearts are also available in jars and cans.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Since conventionally grown apples are heavily sprayed, whenever I buy apple sauce for recipes, I look for organic (store brand is fine).

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

I absolutely LOVE Japanese eggplant! They are easy to slice in to planks, rounds or even just in half, lengthwise. I like to grill or roast them, (Fajita Grilled Veggies or Mediterranean Grilled Veggies – both recipes in The Foodie Bar Way). I also broil them with a miso-based marinade.

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 2, 2016 at 1:12 pm

I really love the way this book is structured. It has so many options that it seems like there are meal options for any occasion and anyone who has dietary preferences. -Denise Curtis

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Wonderful recipes and inspiring photos make this vegan cookbook a must-have for anyone wanting to cook well for the people they love. A portion of my extended family (15 of us) enjoyed a pasta bar night. 

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm

What a great idea! I have done a Foodie Salad Bar and everybody loved it. The book has wonderful large color pictures. Easy to understand and easy to follow recipes. When you do a Foodie Bar meal everyone is happy and can make choices based on their own preferences. I just love it! -Amazon Reviewer

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm

This book saved my life. I had high cholesterol, over weight, and prostate problems! I have been on a plant base life style for a few years, however as time went on I was getting bored with the same old food. 

by Timaree Hagenburger on August 1, 2016 at 1:14 pm

An excellent book!  I actually already bought 3 copies of the book. One is for myself, and the other two are gifts for my friends! 

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 31, 2016 at 1:28 pm

This book is very well organized. The recipes are easy and so delicious! I especially like the smoothies, I drink one every morning and feel nourished until afternoon. My wife and I love this book. -Brandon Smith

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 31, 2016 at 1:26 pm

This book will not only give you a new take on how to serve food at your next social event, but it will also help you learn how to cook healthy, delicious meals for you or your family. Unlike other cookbooks, this one gives you flexibility.

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 30, 2016 at 5:11 am

Creative, inspiring, everyone should add this book to their collection. Timaree is wonderful, willing to answer any questions, and she has the credentials to back it up! This book is a must buy! -Amazon Customer

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 27, 2016 at 6:01 am

We buy 2-3 bags of Power Greens every week at Costco! I use them in MANY of the Foodie Bars and recipes, including my Crazy Salad Foodie Bar, Smoothie Foodie Bar, Pasta Foodie Bar, Mexican Quinoa, Southwestern Loaded Sweet Potato and more!

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 27, 2016 at 6:00 am

Most of the nut milks can be purchased in shelf-stable/aseptic boxes on the supermarket shelves (refrigerate after opening), or in more “traditional” cartons in the refrigerated section (dairy aisle or natural foods refrigerator case).

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 27, 2016 at 6:01 am

Apples tend to be heavily sprayed, so whenever possible, buy organic! I tend to buy them in 3 pound bags at the grocery store or Trader Joe’s (or 5.5 pound plastic containers at Costco – when they have organic varieties). I keep them in the refrigerator (in the lowest crisper drawer).

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 27, 2016 at 5:59 am

Since conventionally grown apples are heavily sprayed, whenever I buy apple sauce for recipes, I look for organic (store brand is fine).  

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 27, 2016 at 5:57 am

Arrowroot powder can be used in place of cornstarch in recipes and has the advantage of being non-GMO (unlike most cornstarch), suitable for people with a corn allergy and extracted from the arrowroot without use of harsh chemicals. I keep a large bag of arrowroot in the freezer.

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 27, 2016 at 5:56 am

While most people are familiar with marinated artichoke hearts in oil/vinegar, water packed artichoke hearts are also available in jars and cans.  

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 27, 2016 at 5:55 am

My son loves these baby corn in our famous Un-Fried Rice recipe! I found organic baby corn online.

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 27, 2016 at 5:54 am

Always choose Baking Powder market “Aluminum-Free” – it is typically sold right next to the baking powder with aluminum.

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 27, 2016 at 5:53 am

For a variation on oatmeal, try barley flakes! I most often find them in the bulk section of the supermarket or natural food co-op.

by Timaree Hagenburger on July 27, 2016 at 5:53 am

When purchasing BBQ sauce, look for one that does not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup or artificial sweeteners. Also, tomato puree should be the first ingredient!

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