food pyramid is food plate

The Food Pyramid is Now a Plate

Do you remember the Food Pyramid? Are you aware of the new guidelines? Instead of a pyramid, the US government has adopted the plate. The food pyramid is now a plate. What a practical way of displaying how we should eat!

A medical doctor, who happens to be vegan, developed this idea years before the government decided to update their stance on food and nutrition. You have probably noticed that may restaurants have been asking you what kind of “protein” choice you would like with your salad or other meals. Years ago, protein used to always mean meat. But now that definition has expanded to include vegetable- and grain-based protein options.

One great leader in the world of nutrition is Dr. Barnard. A very well spoken man with great research, I truly appreciate his contribution to the world of nutrition. I recommend following his thinking on his blog. While attending a recent cruise called the Holistic Holiday at Sea, I was lucky enough to attend some of Dr. Barnard’s lectures. I find that each individual’s nutrient needs are very distinct in regards to their genetic makeup, lifestyle, and drive to optimize their mind and body.

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Recipe of the Week! Paleo Pancakes

Holy Cow! Grain free pancakes!!  This awesome recipe is a great way to make a family favorite with no grains, and super high in protein. Average pancakes have a number of undesirable ingredients.  They can be chock full of sugar and flour; have little or no protein for that lasting fullness needed in a breakfast food.  This recipe uses extra eggs, coconut flour, and eliminates the sugar for an extra healthy version of the breakfast staple.  They are super good served with either real maple syrup, honey, or salsa! The kids will eat a dozen of these tasty cakes!



  • 4 eggs

  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup coconut milk (or more if needed)

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • coconut oil for frying

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

  • ½ tsp sea salt

  • ½ tea baking soda

  • ½ cups coconut flour


  1. Mix, eggs, vanilla, applesauce, sea salt, baking soda, honey, and cinnamon together and blend until smooth.

  2. Slowly stir into the coconut flour until moistened.

  3. Lightly oil your pan with coconut oil place over medium heat.

  4. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake.

  5. Brown on both sides and serve hot.