A Different Kind of Pesto


You know it and they know it. You're just not eating enough vegetables. Now here's an easy to get them. Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Oz Medical Director Dr. Michael Crupain came by Tonia's Kitchen to talk about their new cookbook, What to Eat When.  They promise it's not a diet book, but rather a guide to meals that could help you look and feel younger, or snacks that prevent diseases.  Among the recipes, a delicious Carrot Top Pesto. The main ingredient is exactly what is named, the very tops of a carrot stalk, which they say, are loaded with vegetables. This pesto has a wonderful, earthy flavor. The best part, it's pretty-much guilt free!

  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice (about 1/2 of a lemon)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest (about 1/2 of a lemon)
  • carrot tops from 1 large or 2 smaller bunches of carrots (yields 1 cup blanched)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 4 green onions fresh green parts only
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts (optional)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. To blanch the carrot tops: remove thick stem pieces. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl with ice cubes and cold water in it. Once boiling, add the carrot tops to the pot. Stir occasionally, cooking for about 3 minutes or until bright green and tender. Immediately remove from the pot, drain the hot water, and add the carrot tops to the ice cube bowl to stop the cooking process.

  2. Drain the carrot tops, wring out excess liquid, and spread them on a plate to dry while you do the remaining recipe prep.

  1. Add all of the ingredients from garlic through walnuts (if using) to the food processor. Blend until a chunky paste forms with small bits of carrot tops. Depending on the size of your food processor, you may need to stop frequently to scrape down the sides. Add the olive oil a tablespoon at a time until combined. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice if desired.

  2. To use as a pasta sauce, cook your pasta in salted water according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot. Add the reserved cooking water and carrot top pesto, stir to combine, and cook over low heat until warmed. Serve right away.

Can Food Be The Key To Living Longer?

You know National Geographer Explorer and NY Times Best Selling Author Dan Buettner as founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps people live longer, healthier lives. His new book is filled with 100 recipes inspired by Blue Zones around the world where people live the longest. Each dish - for example, Sardinian Herbed Lentil Minestrone, Costa Rican Hearts of Palm Ceviche, Cornmeal Waffles from Loma Linda, California and Okinawan Sweet Potatoes - uses ingredients and cooking method proven to increase longevity, wellness and mental health.

Dan joined Tonia on the show. Please listen to our Podcast at ITunes, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts from.

Mushrooms Can Literally Make You Smarter

If I told you mushrooms could help you grow new neurons, would you believe me?


Everywhere you turn, you are probably hearing about mushrooms. No, not the kind you add on your pizza, although we do love those too. From mushroom tea to coffee to Coloradio decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms to Silicon Valley bio-hackers using as a nootropic, there is a reason why everyone is buzzing about mushrooms.

Charlotte Traas
Joining Tonia on the show is Charlotte Traas, Director of Sales Education and Training at New Chapter, Inc. to talk about New Chapter's Lifeshield Mind Force, which already has a cult following. This one -stop brain supplement is perfect for mental clarity for a day that demands focus or even to get through an arduous workout. Made from organic whole life-cycle mushrooms, your brain is covered with Lion's Mane, Chaga, and Reishi, to promote normal brain function, cognitive support, and mental clarity.

By harnessing the intense power of mushrooms, people can use this to work much smarter, rather than harder. It has been shown to help regrown connective tissues in your brain, literally mind expanding. It is why mushrooms such as Lion's Mane, Reishi and Chaga are on the lips of every life hacking entrepreneur out there.

Do you know that we have roughly 86 billion neurons in our brains? For decades, the dogma was that humans could not generate new newrons as adults. Now, we know that humans, like other species, can grow new neurons in certain parts of the brain, such as the memory support hippocampus. 

New Chapter's Mind Force delivers the natural balance of Hericenones & Erinacines through selective formulation with Lions Mane mycellium and fruiting bodies. All of New Chapter's products are designed by a team of herbalists and holistic practitioners in Vermont to unlock the health-giving wisdom of nature, making each nutrient more vital and available for deep cellular benefits.  Find out more at New Chapter



Prime Roots, is a sustainable, non-GMO, whole food source, meat alternative super protein company based in the San Francisco Bay area.

Co-Founder Kimberlie Le is committed to leading a sustainable food business that is good for the planet and good for your health.

As the daughter of MasterChef Vietnam Star Chef Chi Le, Kim saw early on how flavorful and healthy meat alternatives could be. She began cooking, fermenting, and brewing with her mother from a very young age and was inspired by the art that goes into fermentation and cooking. During her time at UC Berkeley, Kim started to deeply understand the burden conventional meat and seafood industries have put on our planet as well as the number of dietary related diseases that can stem from high meat consumption. It was at that moment that Kim developed the idea of starting a meat alternative company that would create delicious protein-rich meat alternatives in an effort to alleviate both chronic diseases and our planetary impact. As a Flexitarian, Kim wanted to make delicious products to reduce her own meat consumption, and through the journey saw firsthand how difficult meat alternatives were to obtain due to price, availability and taste.

This idea has morphed into the company Prime Roots. Prime Roots has blossomed into a company that can truly influence America's food culture and environmental footprint at scale. Visit Prime Roots

A Breakthrough for Alzheimer's!

Dr. Elroy Vojdani

It's a devastating disease. It's called Alzheimer's. It affects more than 5.7 million Americans, and has cost more than $270 billion for research. And a recent study out of UCLA found that we can expect those cases to triple over the next 40 years! 

The degenerative disease is caused by the accumulation of something called “Amyloid plaque” in the brain, which ultimately damages brain nerves and causes memory loss, but a new breakthrough blood test could help millions change their fate!

Functional medicine pioneer, Dr. Elroy Vojdani joined Tonia King on a special edition of Food Talk for Health to talk about his pivotal research published in 2018 on the causes of Alzheimer’s Disease. He says they were integral in the development of a NEW blood test for the risk assessment of Alzheimer’s that will soon be available. There is no one cause of Alzheimer’s… it’s more like 30 different variables and this blood test looks at all those variables and determines some 20-30 years earlier if a person is at risk for cognitive memory impairment. The results allow Americans to make certain lifestyle changes that can delay or change their outcome altogether.

     Dr. Vojdani told Tonia about foods that have a link to Alzheimer’s disease & which foods help mitigate symptoms, toxins that are hiding in the home, and brain-healthy foods & oils to incorporate in your diet. The good news; a glass of red wine at night is good for the brain!

Warmly referred to as Dr. V, he is a licensed medical doctor, an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) and a certified Bredeson ReCODE Practitioner. A well published physician, Dr. V is most known for accurately diagnosing and treating serious, life-threatening conditions by getting to the root of his patient’s health concerns.  He is also credited for his extensive research on the causes of Alzheimer’s along with the blood test he developed to determine if a young individual is at risk for the disease. His expert insight on health and wellness has been featured on Good Day LA, KTLA Morning Show, ELLE, Shape, Bustle, Best Life Online, Healthline, Reader’s Digest, VICE and Well+Good.