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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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Better than Soda!! (and soo easy…)

Labor Day turned out to be a hot one! Apparently it was record heat across most of the US. After a few hours of doing chores… I know, I know… the afternoon was for relaxing. But it was sweltering, even indoors! I had a 1/4 watermelon in the fridge and I knew exactly what to do with it! Watermelon-Lime Mocktail! 3-4 cups watermelon 2 handfuls ice cubes Juice of one big lime I wish I’d had mint, but I was all…
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Sweet & Savory Summer Salad

I LOVE making savory salads with sweet fruit. A fruit salad is delicious. But a savory fruit salad is spectacular! It’s unexpected and it just pops. I’ve made this salad in the past and it’s easily one of my favorite summer meals. Ingredients 2 cups water melon, cubed, seeded 1 medium cucumber, peeled, cubed 1 large tomato, cubed 1/2 cup to 1/cup black figs, cubed 1/4 cup medium onion, hair-thin slices 2 tbsp mint or basil (or both), finely sliced 1/2 tsp…
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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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Curried Chicken Salad Wraps!

Can you say “Yuuuuuum!”? That’s how tasty my lunch was today. I had to share on Instagram even though the picture doesn’t do it justice. 🙂 Recipe (Makes about 5 lettuce wraps) 1 cup diced chicken * 1 stalk celery, finely diced 1 tbsp raisins 2 tbsp slivered almonds 1/4 tsp curry (you could do more) Pinch of turmeric 2 Tbsp mayo 1 tsp olive oil Romaine lettuce wraps * What I normally do is that whenever I roast a whole chicken…
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What I Learned at the Longevity Now Conference

A week ago, I attended the Longevity Now Conference in Anaheim, California. It was a packed 3 days from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, full of inspiration and information. Some of it was new for me, some of it was a refresher, but all of it renewed my passion for helping you create thriving health naturally. My top 10 personal take-aways from the conference: Recommit to a zero-sugar, low sweet carbohydrate lifestyle. Almost every speaker talked about the importance of managing blood…
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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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Homemade Coconut Milk

Do you love coconut milk as much as I do?  Having grown up in Venezuela, there are few flavors that feel more homey and indigenous to my upbringing than coconut. Perhaps plantains and mango are steep competitors! 😉 However, I do not buy coconut milk at the store for several reasons. First and foremost, the processed coconut milk that we find in stores usually has many other additives that I am not interested in consuming (thickeners, gums, sweeteners, etc.) If it’s…
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Cooking with ease: Roasted veggies

I have a confession to make: I don’t like cooking. Well, I guess I need to clarify that: I don’t like cooking on a daily basis.  Cooking for special occasions? I love it. But cooking dinner every day is just not my thing. I find it very tiresome. What’s my solution?  I cook a few things once or twice a week and then I’m the queen of reheating. The other trick? Cook A LOT of one thing at a time, especially things…
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October: Ebola & Breast Cancer

It’s the end of October and from a health perspective we can safely say that this month has been about breast cancer “awareness” and Ebola. And I am sad to report that I am not happy with the way either of them are addressed in the media.  Actually, I am not happy about the main message that seems to be central to each of these stories. When it comes to what you hear about Ebola and Breast Cancer “Awareness” in…
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