The Suppers Programs

Facilitator Newsletter

"The heartbeat of Suppers is the volunteer facilitators..."-Maggie, Editor

A Message From Dor:

Drop everything you're doing and start making brain chips before someone comes along and tells me they trademarked the concept and the title.  You will recall that last month we had to change all of our "flavor bombs" to "flavor balms" (which is actually more Suppersy anyway) because someone had claimed the words flavor bombs as their intellectual property. No matter, I can invent recipes faster than they can trade mark them. This month I took all of my favorite ingredients that are supposed to be good for brain health and combined them into sprinkles that are held together with coconut oil. This will undoubtedly be my offering to the annual list of favorite recipes. In honor of the occasion, I asked our brainy Julia to be the featured facilitator this month.

Important Notes:

  1. Is your facilitator profile on the Suppers website? If not, please email 5-10 sentences to to be featured on the website!
  2. Please send photos and recipes from meetings to be featured in our newsletter and on the website!
  3. We will be featuring a different facilitator in each issue. Please send an exercise, activity, best practice or short food prep video to share with other facilitators and we can include you too!
  4. Do you have suggestions for meeting themes, links or activities to share at a meeting? Send to to help Suppers continue to grow!

Upcoming Events:
  1. Diabetes Pilot: Dor is developing a diabetes pilot with Adi Benito, MD and Dan Jass, MD, using Suppers as the intervention, to be rolled out in September. We'll be asking the whole community to refer people recently diagnosed with diabetes. More information coming soon!
  2. Autism Meeting at Wellness Center in Kendall Park: Friday, September 23rd (evening). Details TBA. Contact:
  3. Facilitator Training: Sunday, September 25th from 11am to 4pm. Only two spots left available, please contact if you are interest in attending!
  4. Farmer Appreciation Dinner: Friday, September 30th: Send us your friends who farm. They are an important part of our immune systems! More details TBA.

Members' Stories:
"Play it to the End"
"The issue on the table was self-sabotage. Everybody in our group attends Suppers in the hope of turning around some long-term eating patterns that have gotten us into a lot of trouble. Some of us are literally digging our graves with our forks. We’ve eaten out of control until the diagnosis of diabetes stirs the fear of God in us. Our eyes were wide open. Every time we put something in our mouths, we were there (if not actually present). We knew it ran in our families. Still, we dug deeper..."
Click here for the rest of the story/exercise
10 Points of Supported Behavior Change:
The Purple Apron:
The newest post of the Purple Apron is for anyone who has a brain!  Take a look to find out some ideas for food specifically for brain health!
This Is Not About Willpower
Cook for the Health of It: 
Season 1 | Episode 4
Surviving Ovarian Cancer


A photo from our most recent Facilitator Appreciation Lunch. Thank you for all you do!

This month's recipes

Sweet or Savory Brain Chips
For Sweet:
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
pinch sea salt

*Optional ingredients - choose up to 3 of the following:
1 tbsp cacao nibs
2 tbsp dried currants
2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
3 drops Stevia (drop into coconut oil to dissolve)
1 lemon, zested
1/2 tsp cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, ginger powder, etc.
1 tsp alcohol free vanilla

For Savory:
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
pinch sea salt

*Optional ingredients - choose up to 3 of the following:
1 tsp curry powder, chili powder, blackened seasoning, etc. 
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbsp pepitas or sunflower seeds 
For detailed instructions check out the recipe in our latest post on our blog The Purple Apron:

Easy Berry Gelatin
One package plain gelatin
1/2 cup unsweetened fruit juice
1 1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh berries
For detailed instructions check out this recipe on our website:
(Thank you Julia!)
Grapefruit and Fig Salad
Handful greens (arugula, young kale, spinach, dandelion)
1 tbsp pumpkin Seeds
1/2 Grapefruit (Peeled/Segmented)
2 figs
1 green onions (thinly sliced)

Vinaigrette dressing (3/4 cup): 
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar (cider or white wine)
Salt/Pepper (to taste)
For detailed instructions check out this recipe on our website:
(Thank you Veronique!)
Fennel Salmon
2 salmon filets (4 oz per serving)
2 oranges
1 fennel bulb
drizzle olive oil
Salt/Pepper (to taste)
For detailed instructions check out this recipe on our website:
(Thank you Veronique!)

This month's featured facilitator:

Julia, Facilitator
Imagine the flavor of mom's fresh sauce with meatballs. Recipes handed down through generations. Colorful vegetables await the family.  My mother and grandmother inspired me to learn to cook at the age of 10, to nurture, and to continue the tradition.
The Suppers Programs calls on us to bring back the family table, whole food, and sustaining nutrition. Through the support of The Suppers Programs' meals, literature, and "therapeutic friends", I have lost 40 pounds, eliminated my strong cravings and trigger foods, and made new friends. With careful experimentation and detailed documentation, I have found the foods that support stable blood sugar in me.
I am a newly-trained facilitator leading Brain Health Brunch with Julia. We cover nutrition, planning, hydration, sleep, exercise, stress reduction, and other topics. I hope my meeting will provide inspiration to anyone who seeks more vibrant health in body, mind, and spirit.


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