The Story About Fats

The Story About Fats I wrote a very lengthy article about a year ago about fats.  While it is packed with some really good info and a lot of research to back it up, I wanted to write a simpler version for those of us who are short on time.  What I mean by that is, everyone.  So here it is, the story about fats. The Buzz Recently, you have probably heard some buzz about how coconut oil is one of the truly healthy oils.  Perhaps you have heard promises…

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Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies

Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies Because who doesn’t want a breakfast cookie for breakfast?!  This summer I have an overabundance of basil growing in my garden.  I am not tired of it yet, and so I am experimenting with it in a lot of ways!  These strawberry basil breakfast cookies were one of my experiments, but they really were delicious.  I do get bored with breakfast sometimes, and so I always like to try new things.  I am delighted when they come out really yummy! Ingredients for Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies…

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GERD: Do you have Reflux?

GERD Q: Do you have hoarseness, chronic cough, choking episodes, trouble swallowing, lump in throat, chronic throat clearing, postnasal drip, heartburn, or asthma? A: If your answer is yes, you may have GERD. GERD doesn’t always present with heartburn.  It may show up as any of the above symptoms.     Q: What causes GERD? A: It’s not actually the stomach acid itself that causes GERD. It is the pepsin (the enzyme in the stomach that helps digest protein). Pepsin is activated by acid, but it isn’t the acid that causes…

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Leaky Gut? Leaky What?

Leaky Gut, Leaky What? Leaky Gut Syndrome: What you need to know. About our Small Intestines To understand what leaky gut is, you need to understand a little about your small intestine.  The small intestine is home to 70-80% of our immune cells.  It also houses 100,000 neurons and therefore has a deep connection to your brain.  It has an immpresive 4,000 square feet of lining.  All of this lining is made up of one single cell.  Between these cells you have tight junctions (TJ’s).  These TJ’s have a very…

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Easy Bar-B-Q Salmon

Bar-B-Q Salmon Confession I had never eaten fish until college when my then boyfriend (now husband) decided he was going to change that.  He took me to Red Lobster.  I remember thinking it was “fine”.  I didn’t love it.  I didn’t hate it.  I thought maybe it would be nice to try to cook it myself sometimes.  This Bar-B-Q Salmon recipe was the beginning to a new love for fish. About 8 years ago when my son was 1 year old, I kept reading about all of the amazing benefits…

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Easy Caprese Salad

Easy Caprese Salad This caprese salad is so easy and delicious!  I love making different kinds of salads in the summer using the fresh vegetables right out of my garden.  There is nothing like the fresh taste of home grown tomatoes and basil!  This salad is full of flavor and is a good sources of protein. Ingredients: 4 Small chopped tomatoes, or about 40 cherry tomatoes, quartered 4 Slices of fresh mozzarella, cut into bit sized pieces 1 small bunch of fresh basil leaves (about 12 leaves total), finely chopped…

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Lime Coconut Shrimp and Black Rice

Lime Coconut Shrimp and Black Rice This amazing Lime-Coconut Shrimp gets an super food boost when you use black rice.  With a hint of the tropics you can make this slightly more spicy if you decide to add some red pepper.  This recipe is easy, delicious and full of nutrients! Black rice contains more fiber and more protein than brown rice.  It also gives you some great antioxidants!  These antioxidants help to protect your cells from damage and are linked to lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other…

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Avocado, Tomato, and Parmesan Crackers

Avocado, Tomato, and Parmesan Snack Crackers Snack choices can often get boring as “snack ruts” are very common.  Most of us just eat the same thing day after day because it is easy, and it is harder to come up with a new idea.  Today I was bored.  I was bored with my snacks.  My refrigerator was starting to be empty as it was time to go grocery shopping.  But I did have avocado, tomato, and Parmesan cheese.  I wanted a savory snack and this is what I came up…

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Sweet Potato Falafel Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Sweet Potato Falafel Salad with Crispy Chickpeas This recipe has a few pieces to it, but don’t get overwhelmed.  It is pretty easy, and it is super delicious!  Start to finish plan for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  To make it easier the night of, you can start with making the crispy chickpeas.  You can do this ahead of time also, they keep well in the refrigerator for up to 7 days!  Then make your falafel.  Last, assemble your salads. This salad is vegetarian and gluten-free–now that is hard to do! …

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Sweet Potato Lentil Soup

Sweet Potato Lentil Soup You guys.  Everyone of my friends that has had this seriously can’t stop talking about it!  This Sweet Potato Lentil Soup IS AMAZING!!!  This vegan soup is full of fiber and gets a protein boost from the red lentils.  It is so full of flavor you would never guess it is actually good for you!  This creamy soup is perfect as an appetizer or a main meal.  You can make it on your stove top or in your pressure cooker. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Olive Oil ½…

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