Challenges of a Plant Based Diet

Plant Based Diet

Hello healthy New Mexicans! It has been quite a while since my last post. Traveling for work and endless basketball tournaments are part of the reason, however I’m delighted to say that the main reason is that my family has made a major shift to a plant based diet that…

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Twin Warriors Golf Club at the Tamaya Resort

Tamaya golf

This October, my husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary with a round of golf at Twin Warriors and one night at the Tamaya resort located in Bernalillo (about a 20 minute drive from Albuquerque). You can see some lovely pictures of the golf course at their website however,…

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Do you need a News Fast?


While we try to go about our daily lives, the horror of the repeated random killing events continue to haunt us in the back of our minds. The continuous bombardment of fear inducing news is increasing at a seemingly exponential pace. Every time my mind wanders at my desk at…

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Cienega Canyon Nature Trail

Meadow Cienega Nature Trail

One of my favorite areas in the Sandia Mountains is Cienega Canyon. This is a gorgeous, peaceful picnic area with a lovely spring and plenty of hiking. This area is also special because it has several paved trails. The Cienega Canyon Nature Trail, also known as the Cienega Canyon Interpretive…

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Countdown to Brazil-Starting with Coyote Call Trail

iris valles caldera brazil

Written by Shannon McCoy-Hayes My husband and I are traveling to Brazil and Argentina in August. Our destination is Iguazu Falls but we’ll also be staying at an eco-lodge in the rainforest in Misiones. Sounds idyllic, right? Well, I’m not going to lie. I’m terrified. I have been sedentary for…

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Mixed Grain Casserole with Green Chile

Barley and Quinoa

This vegetarian mixed grain casserole is a favorite of mine, perfect as a vegetarian main dish or a delicious side dish. This also works well to make ahead of time, to be warmed up and served later. The recipe includes hearty grains: barley and quinoa with plenty of fiber and…

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Cilantro- Fanatic or Phobia?


I am a self-proclaimed Cilantro lover. Adding fresh cilantro to salsa, tacos, eggs, makes the dish taste ‘fresh’- in my opinion. To my surprise, there is a large group of people with cilantro phobia!!!  How could this be??!! ‘It tastes like soap!’?? ‘Cilantro gives me headaches!!’??? There never seems to…

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Tamale Variations- Healthier Options

Masa for tamales

It isn’t Christmas without tamales! But they can be so bad for you. Traditionally, they are made with a corn ‘masa’ mixed with lard or shortening and filled with pork that is cooked in red chile. You can purchase the masa in the frozen section or you can get it…

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Vegetarian Tamales


Christmas in New Mexico calls for tamales! This is a healthier, vegetarian version made with olive oil instead of lard. For vegan diets, hold the cheese! Ingredients: Wraps: Soak corn husks in hot water until pliable. Filling (calabacitas with optional chicken substitute): 2 zucchini diced 2 Yellow squash diced 1…

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Kasha-Katawe Tent Rocks- An Unforgettable Day Hike

slot canyon view tent rocks

The cool, clear, brisk days of late fall is the best time of year to visit Tent Rocks, a favorite day trip of mine, and a fantastic place to take the kids. An adventure of slot canyons and whimsical rock formations that look like tents, or if you are hungry,…

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