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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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Creamy Mushroom Soup (dairy free)

This is so earthy and satisfying! It’s also very quick to make. Ingredients 1+ lb mushrooms, washed and coarsely chopped 1 onion, coarsely chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 large zucchini, chopped 1 tablespoon dried thyme 2 bay leaves 3-4 cups stock to cover 2 tbsp coconut oil or clarified butter 1 tsp sea salt Pepper to taste Directions Melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Sauté the onions and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, thyme and bay…
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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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Chilled Cucumber Soup (dairy free)

I adore cucumbers and when it’s hot, there’s nothing more refreshing or satisfying than a cold cucumber soup. With the summer days lingering on for a while longer, give this recipe a shot. You’ll love it! This takes less than 10 minutes to put together. I recommend letting it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. The flavors will also develop and it will be fantastic. Ingredients 1 and 1/2 lbs cucumber, peeled 4 yellow tomatoes 1 yellow bell pepper…
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Mocktails!

I love this hot weather to get creative with refreshing drink ideas. I don’t drink sodas or sugary drinks, but I do love a chilled glass of wine on a warm evening, or an icy cocktail at summer gatherings. But when I’m home, I keep it pretty alcohol-free. Justin and I enjoy coming up with what we call “mocktails”. They’re delicious, refreshing drinks that feel special but don’t contain alcohol. Last week, I made up a simple mocktail of mint-basil-infused water.  I…
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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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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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