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Probiotic Applesauce

I will never make regular applesauce again! Not only does this fermented version of applesauce carry greater health benefits, but I’ve discovered that I also like it better than the regular cooked one. As you know, probiotics foods (and supplements) carry the types of healthy bacteria that inhabit your intestines. It’s what we call intestinal flora.  These little critters are essential to good health in several different ways.  For example, they are essential for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients;…
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Gazpacho!

Gazpacho is one of my favorite cooling meals to have in the middle of summer. It’s also a prime example of the incredible wisdom of nature providing exactly what we need each season. What we need at the height of summer is cooling, hydrating foods. What does the earth provide? Tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, nectarines, berries, etc… fruit that lets its watery juice drip down your face as you bite into it. There are a gazillion gazpacho recipes, but most of…
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Safe and Effective Alternatives for Pain

Have you ever heard or said these words, “You have a headache? Did you take anything?” Our culture is wired to pop a pill at the slightest hint of discomfort. Aspirin. Ibuprofen. Tylenol. Whatever. There are a couple of things that are seriously wrong with this mindset. #1 Side Effects. Whether it’s aspirin, Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Pain-killers are no joke. For example, these are known “side effects” of Ibuprofen… upset stomach, mild heartburn diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas dizziness, headache, nervousness skin itching or…
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Healthy Lunch Idea

Check out my lunch today! It was SO good! And it was also immensely satisfying even though it was only the size of a salad plate. I thought I’d share my lunch with you as a simple idea starter. Perhaps it gives you the nudge to try something new tomorrow. Some of you may be stuck in the soup and salad lunch routine. Even though that can be very healthy (depending on the soup), a repetitive routine can get boring. And…
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Golden Miracle Drink

Surely by now, you’ve likely heard of the many benefits of turmeric. Adding turmeric to your diet and supplements on a regular basis is a powerfully healing practice. Before we get to the recipe itself, let’s just review some of the powerful effects turmeric can have (as proven by vast amounts of research): It helps prevent and treat cancer It helps prevent cardiovascular disease It has shown to ameliorate auto-immune conditions (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease) because of its…
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21 Days of Greens: #14 Pear-Mango-Avo “Ju-thee”

A dear friend told me she had once tried a juice that she absolutely loved and wanted to learn how to make. She was pondering buying a juicer but was a little anxious to do so without first having a sense for what was involved in juicing. We decided to have a juicing and smoothie party so we could try to remake the juice she so loves and she could see how I make juices. I’m calling this a “Ju-thee”…
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21 Days of Green: #13 Pineapple-Mint-Cilantro juice

Oh my goodness! This is possible the tastiest juice I have ever made!  It is sweeter than I normally make them and so this juice to me is a treat; not one to indulge in on too much of a regular basis. On the benefits side of this juice we have the following: Pineapple is a powerful anti-inflammatory fruit because an enzyme it contains, called bromelain. Cilantro is a heavy-metal chelator, which means it helps remove heavy metals from your…
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21 Days of Green: #4 Greek Greens

Years ago, my friend Sandra Keros cooked for me while we were in nutrition school and being Greek, she showed me that the traditional way to make braised greens in Greece is to add a sprits of lemon at the very end when they’re done cooking. It is simply delightful! Thank you Sandra. Here’s my own spin and recipe for Greek Chard. Ingredients 3 tbsp butter or coconut oil 1 red onion, thinly sliced 5-6 cloves garlic, slivered or crushed…
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21 Days of Green: #3 Green Juice “Lemonade”

This is a deliciously refreshing juice. It’s a spin on a lemonade because it’s sweet and tart, but it obviously has no refined sugar. It does have cucumber and romaine lettuce in it, so it’s many many times more nourishing and healing than a simple lemon+sugar+water lemonade. Ingredients 1 cucumber 2 apples Juice of 1/2 lemon 2 romaine leaves Small bunch of cilantro Yields about 16 oz depending on the size of your cucumber and apples. Directions This is meant…
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21 Days of Green: #2 My Daily Salad

I have a salad for lunch probably 4 out of 5 weekdays. On weekends, I keep things pretty varied; but weekdays it’s a simple formula that works quite well for me:  smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch, veggies with oil for dinner and then about 2-3 times per week my body clearly asks for some form of animal protein. It works and it’s easy. It also keeps me pretty consistent with eating 2-3 meals per day that are mostly green….
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