The nourishing gift of kindness

“One kind word can warm three winter months” — Anonymous

Kindness truly warms the world. Has someone ever smiled at you for no reason or let you go ahead of them in line at the supermarket? When someone held the door for you, or paid you an unexpected compliment, did you not feel a rare glow?

Kindness can spark a monumental flow of positive energy and when you commit random acts of kindness, you will always be revisited by a flow of love. Too often, however, we forget to be kind to ourselves. Too often, we speak harshly of ourselves when describing our thoughts, our actions, even our physical appearance.

If each day we would greet ourselves with a kind thought, a big smile, and a moment of gratitude for all that is right, we would be filled with contentment. And as the frenetic holiday season begins, what better time than to share the gift of kindness with ourselves and the world. Being kind to our bodies requires patience, dedication and loving intent.

The cold, dark, winter months can sometimes be a difficult time to control cravings and nurture good nourishment. Introducing bright, sunny, ingredients such as citrus fruits will help strengthen the immune system and stimulate the senses with exotic fragrance and sweet flavors. Citrus fruits wake up the palate with their vibrant intensity. A bowlful of Satsuma oranges are exquisitely sweet, seedless beauties, the perfect seasonal snack. Red grapefruits are also full of fantastic flavor, bursting with juicy succulence, with just a touch of tongue-tickling astringency. The refreshing flesh of grapefruit contains copious amounts of vitamin C, which will help support a healthy immune system, while stimulating collagen production to encourage beautiful skin.

Grapefruits are a natural appetite-suppressing food, fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free, and a good source of dietary fiber, which helps keep the body full longer. These attributes make grapefruit part of an effective weight loss regime. Enjoy the spectacular flavor of citrus, particularly grapefruit, and awaken to the sunny sensation of kindness as you prepare your delicious life.

Sensational Sunny Citrus

Makes 4 servings.

1 large red grapefruit, peeled and cut into chunks or sliced

1 large orange (or 2-3 Satsumas, find them at Whole Foods) peeled, and sectioned

4 kiwis, peeled and sliced

2 blood oranges or Cara Cara oranges, peeled and sectioned

1 cup fresh grapefruit juice

½ cup fresh orange juice

3 tablespoons honey

½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon powdered ginger

Combine all the fruits in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, over medium low heat, add fresh juices, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract and honey. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and stir until the honey is dissolved.

Continue to simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat. Divide fruit among 4 pretty dishes, pour some of the warm sauce over each portion and serve right away.

Robin Glowa, HHC, AADP, “The Conscious Cook”, is a passionate food and wellness professional who earned her certification in holistic health counseling from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University Teacher’s College. She earned her cooking experience in the kitchen! Robin specializes in teaching healthy cooking classes to children and adults utilizing, fresh, natural ingredients and simple, delicious recipes. She conducts cooking demonstrations for many local organizations and is available for cooking parties and private instruction as well. For more information go to Robin’s blog is