Sometimes I like to alternate my whippet’s “go To” Honest Kitchen meal with a week or so of homecooked. Below is a simple, easy to prepare recipe that sits well with my sensitive whippet’s GI tract. The Holistic Vet Blend vite/min mix is formulated to balance the nutrition needs of your dog.


1lb choice of ground beef, chicken or turkey

5tbls mix of finely ground spinach, yellow squash & apple

½ cup finely ground carrot

1 cup low sodium chicken broth (Pacific makes a good one)

1 tbls coconut oil

1 5/8 cup choice of well cooked basmati rice, long grain brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato or russet potato

2 tsp Holistic Vet Blend Limited Ingredient Vitamin and Mineral Mix formulated to balance above recipe.

Canine LIMITED Premix – Dog Supplement for Homemade Food

Saute ground meat in coconut oil, add cooked grain of choice and all finely ground veggies mixing well. Add chicken broth and cook down to desired consistency.

When cool mix in Vite/ Min so evenly distributed.

Makes about 6 cups food. Racie is 25 lbs and gets 2 ½ cups daily.



Here’s a quick and easy recipe for all you black bean lovers….


2 cans no salt black beans can liquid included
1 1/2 cups chiffonade de-stemmed swiss chard leaves
1 1/2 cups chiffonade de-stemmed kale leaves
Stems from swiss chard and kale sliced finely
½ cup celery sliced finely
1 cup mushrooms sliced thinly
½ cup carrots sliced thinly
¼ cup sliced pitted low salt olives
½ cup diced red pepper
2 tbls minced shallots
2 tbls olive oil
½ cup Heinz Ketchup (See my faves in the Health & Wellness line)
3 tbls minced jalapeno peppers
1 cup diced tomatoes
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp oregano
Salt to taste
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Sour cream to garnish
Empty beans and can water into a soup pot.
In a covered nonstick skillet, water saute stems from swiss chard and kale, mushrooms, celery, carrots, red pepper and shallots until soft. Then stir in olive oil, minced jalapeno, tomatoes, Heinz catsup, onion powder & spices. When well folded in, add in chiffonade of kale and chard leaves until wilted. Salt to taste. Fold entire mixture into the soup pot until evenly incorporated and heat thoroughly.
Ladle into soup bowls and top with cheese. Microwave for 90 sec. to melt cheese.
Top with sour cream and serve with favorite bread.
Serves 2-3..



Cilantro aka Chinese Parsley /coriander,has been a staple in cuisines around the world with it’s use dating back centuries. If you enjoy Mexican food, you’ve tasted cilantro in guacamole.

Here are a few of cilantro’s many health benefits:

Recent studies show that cilantro attaches to heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and mercury in the bloodstream acting as a “bio absorbent”. This process, called chelation, helps our bodies eliminate metals from our systems through our excretory systems, to cleanse and purify our tissues, organs and blood. Cilantro leaves contain the bioactive components, flavonoids, saponins and fibers capable of absorbing and chelating heavy metals.

 The leaves of the cilantro plant also have potent anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antimicrobial effects as well as the significant chelating properties mentioned above.

Researchers have found that cilantro may provide many other  health benefits in the form of reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and seizure severity, as well as raising energy levels and promoting healthy hair and skin.

 In Traditional Asian Mediciine, cilantro has a predominantly cooling and grounding effect and has been known to contribute to detoxification pathways within the body by stimulating the liver. By stimulating the liver and increasing bile production, cilantro helps contribute to the overall lowering of LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels

With it’s many health benefits, unique taste and versatility, cilantro can be an easy, low cost addition to incorporate into your wellness plan.

A Votre Sante,


PS  Stay tuned for easy, delicious cilantro recipes in the coming weeks.


More Of Eileen Poole’s Remedies & Recipes

Here’s the recipe for the soup created by Dr. Henry Bieler for his clients and given to me by Eileen Poole at my first visit in 1979. It has been a daily diet mainstay since I saw Eileen nearly 33 years ago. I have a cup in the morning with my steamed veggies, cooked grain & protein meal, a cup with lunch and a diluted cup by my bedside so I can sip it if I wake up. Eileen always recommended a short Bieler’s fast if I overindulged during the holidays, at celebrations or felt a bit under the weather…which always pulled me through or nipped the overload in the bud.

Years back, there was a fire in the apartment building where I lived resulting in a smoke inhalation project for me. When I called Eileen to tell her what happened sharing I had a sore throat, severe headache and very achy chest with spasmodic, dry coughing she suggested doing a 3 day Bieler’s Soup fast with a large squeeze of lemon added to every cup to clear the ill effects I was experiencing. By the third day all my symptoms were gone and I felt back to normal. I have used this remedy several times when I inhaled something that irritated my lungs or bronchial pathways with good results.

• Bieler’s Soup

*This soup is referred to as the “Miracle Soup” by many of my clients. They feel and look better with just 1-2 cups a day.


4-6 Zucchini sliced (medium size)

1 lb Bag Fresh Frozen or Whole Green Beans

1 Handful of Parsley Tops (No Stems)

2 Stalks of Celery sliced with strings removed (Optional)

Fill a large pot with 1/3 water and add all the ingredients. Cover and cook in rapidly boiling water for 15-18 minutes until the vegetables are fork tender. Then place all ingredients in blender and puree in batches until smooth. Season with any of your favorite herbs, i.e., paprika, oregano, garlic, lemon, lime or basil. Serve hot or cold.

Do not add salt. You can add a pat of unsalted butter for extra body.



More Of Eileen Poole’s Remedies & Recipes

When I came to Eileen for some suggestions on something I could take out on my 2 hour trail rides with my horses or on long hikes, she suggested the following fortified smoothie recipe to keep my energy up without weighing me down or spiking my blood sugar.

This recipe is still my “go to” trail/hiking snack for hiking/long trail rides..or even if I’m on the go.


2 heaping tbls. Mt. Capra Goat Whey
8 oz. unsweetened coconut milk, oat milk, or rice milk
1 tbls freshly ground flax seed
1/2 cup fresh fruit of choice
stevia to taste

Put all the above into a blender and puree until smooth. If this recipe is to be carried with you to be used later in the day, Eileen suggested partially freezing the smoothie so it would remain cold .

My favorite combos for fruit are: Peaches & strawberries, mango & papaya, papaya & blueberries, kiwi & papaya or raspberries & peaches.

If you don’t have time to freeze the whole mixture, the quick version is to use frozen unsweetened fruit instead of fresh.

A Votre Sante,


Kaaren’s Product Pick Of The Month August 2011……Arcona Skin Care Sunscreens

“Summertime anti-aging tip”

With the wonderful weather and longer days, most of us are spending more time in the sun. Protecting our skin with a good full spectrum sunscreen is one of the most effective anti-aging tools you can use.

One of the most versatile, “natural” sunscreen lines is Arcona Skin Care’s Reozone. They offer 3 different full spectrum sunscreen formulas for face & body ranging from SPF 20 – 40 in both transparent and lightly tinted without the harmful chemicals many sunscreens include.

My favorite is Reozone SPF 40 with a universal skin tone, light tint. This product has a wonderful mousse like consistency that glides onto your skin for superb coverage while camouflaging minor skin pigmentation and evening skin tone. It also contains sodium hyaluronate to soothe and restore skin.

To order contact:

The Arcona Studio
(877) 272-6620

Kaaren’s Product Pick Of The Month For July 2011 Arcona Skin Care


With so many skin care lines available to choose from, finding the right one can be a daunting, costly and time consuming process including a lot of trial and error.

Because what goes onto your skin goes into your body, as a holistic health care practitioner, I feel it’s of primary importance to choose a skin care line that is formulated from high quality natural ingredients.   The next step is finding products that suit your individual needs and work effectively.

One of my favorite natural skin care lines is Arcona.  They offer non-animal tested products free of chemical stabilizers, toxic ingredients, dyes, and perfumes.  All their products are cold pressed in small batches at low temperatures in order to preserve the natural activity of the concentrated ingredients.

Unlike many heavy commercial “moisturizers” that just sit on the surface of your skin,  Arcona’s effective hydrators penetrate the skin to moisturize from within restoring your skin to it’s natural balance.

Arcona’s “Basic Five” programs are as the name suggests, a five product skin care foundation plan that is available for six different skin types.  Each of the “Basic Five” plans is synergistically formulated to produce powerful results that deepen over the long haul.  This line also offers a large selection of additional specialty products to target the individual’s specific needs.

With my busy schedule,  I really appreciate that the “Basic Five” routine is so simple and easy to use..taking only minutes morning and evening.  It takes all the guess work out of creating beautiful skin.

If you live in Los Angeles or plan to visit, make sure to schedule an appointment at the luxurious Arcona Studio for a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating Arcona Signature Facial Contouring.

The Arcona Studio is also home to the Arcona store where the staff can help you to select a customized skin care program.

Every 6-8 weeks I drive 2 1/2 hours each way to treat myself to a Signature Facial Contouring..and that says it all !!

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact:

The Arcona Studio

425 Broadway

Suite B

Santa Monica, Ca. 90401

(877) 272-6620


Kaaren’s Product Pick Of The Month For June 2011..natural anti-aging tip

One of the simplest anti-aging products you can add to your toolbox is to invest in a pure silk pillow case.

We all spend 6 plus hours a day for our entire lives sleeping. The repeated weight of your head pushing your face against a pillow case that grabs the skin or bunches up will create “sleep creases” that do not disappear overtime and that will actually worsen existing lines.

The slippery texture of natural silk allows your skin and hair to glide over the surface when you change positions during the night making for more restful sleep and reduced skin drag. This luxurious addition also helps keep your head and face cooler which can induce a deeper state of sleep. Best of all, you wake up free of the dreaded “bed head”.

The most economical, high quality silk pillow cases I have found come from “Feeling Pampered”. They offer several sizes and styles in lush fashion colors as well as in 100% natural undyed.

To order contact:

Feeling Pampered


or visit their website: www.feelingpampered.com

Kaaren’s Product Pick Of The Month For May 2011

With 21st century hectic lifestyles, “on the go” food choices and nutritional deficiencies prevalent in the soil our food is grown in, most of us need some additional support in the form of supplements, particularly minerals in order to stay healthy.

Two products I most frequently recommend to clients are Pure Essence “Ionic Fizz Calcium Plus” either with or without the additional vitamin D and “Magnesium Plus” by the same company.

The Ionic Fizz line of products come in many delicious Stevia sweetened flavors and provide one of the most easily absorbed calcium/magnesium with support mineral formulas I’ve come across.

The slightly higher ratio of magnesium to calcium in the “Calcium Plus” formula assists bone health, helps to quell sweet cravings and aids in promoting general health.

If you are under stress, indulge frequently in sugar or alcohol, are experiencing sleep disturbances, or signs of hormonal imbalance, adding additional magnesium in the form of “Magnesium Plus” can be a great help to putting you on the road to health.

Pure Essence products are available through most natural foods stores. For a list of retailers in your area or to buy direct contact:

www.pureessencelabs.com .

Kaaren’s Product Pick Of The Month For April 2011

This month’s product of the month is actually a free online newsletter about natural hormones that I recommend to all my clients.

Virginia Hopkins Health Watch is unique in that the information presented in the newsletter bridges the gap between science and complimentary medicine with common sense, easy to understand articles. This newsletter is all about educating men and women in the safe use of bio-identical hormones as well as providing a no nonsense approach to nutrition, prescription drugs, and prescription drug alternatives.

The archive section is an immense resource not only for articles on complimentary health care and bio-identical hormones, but also contains contact information to relevant products that are economical..and work.

Virginia Hopkin’s ebooklet “10 Steps To Hormone Balance” is a must have for women of all ages.

Also offered on the site are ZRT Saliva & Blood Spot Hormone Test Kits as well as effective natural remedies for common ailments we all experience from time to time.


www:virginiahopkinstestkits.com / (888)438-1211

About Virginia Hopkins:

Virginia Hopkins co-authored 2 of Dr. John Lee’s best selling books on natural hormones as well as editing Dr. Lee’s wonderful newsletter on the same topic until he passed away in 2003. Dr. Lee was an amazing man who pioneered the now trendy field of bio-identical hormone therapy.