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Winter Immune Support Starts Now!

I’m often asked by my patients for ways to help ward off the cold, flu (and now COVID) each year and I wanted to give you all the tools to start supporting that immune system now so that the likelihood of any winter illness is decreased.  Let me start off by saying that the goal isn’t necessarily to never catch anything – as this is the body’s way to build up your immune system.  Of course it would be great if we never got sick but if our systems are working correctly the idea is that when you do become ill the illness doesn’t last as long, or isn’t as severe.   I’ve been using the recommendations and protocols that I will share with you today for over 20 years and year after year my patients (especially the teachers and nurses) come back in March and are always floored that they didn’t get sick for the first time in years.

So without further ado, let’s jump to my recommendations –

  • Feed Your Body – what you eat definitely plays a role in how your immune system functions – the biggest culprits that will knock your immune system down the fastest are sugar, alcohol, and the chemicals in processed foods.  Instead opt to eat more veggies, fruits high in Vitamin C, quality proteins and stay hydrated. I’ve also created an Immunity Support Recipe Pack, if you want to have nutrient dense recipes you can make for yourself and your family to help during those winter months. I created this informative pack to better educate you on your immune system.  Feel empowered as you learn how to support your immune system and take the guesswork out of what to eat as you enjoy recipes that are specifically designed to support your immunity.
  • Sweat it out – Exercise aids in the release of toxins, and is important in keeping the blood and lymphatic system flowing (which is an important part of your immunity!)  Consistent exercise can help relieve stress and increase blood flow to the brain. It also releases hormones, stimulates the nervous system, and releases endorphins.  Whatever exercise you like, go for it!  Walking, running, rebounding, yoga, pilates, dancing, biking, cardio or sculpting workouts.  Just 15 minutes a day is enough to help support your immunity.  
  • Count Sheep –  The benefits of getting a good night’s sleep is especially vital for your body to rest, regenerate and maintain an efficient immune system.  Manage your schedule and routine so that you can devote at least 8 hours each night to some shut eye.  This may involve saying “no” to extra activities or waiting to binge watch Game of Thrones. Stop your screen time at least 2 hours before bed time, get into bed before your actual bedtime, make sure the room is completely darkened, and read a book or meditate to slow down that brain in preparation for dreamland! If you are struggling with your sleep, get a jump on it now and start a product like Sleep Ease to help support your body in both falling asleep and staying asleep.
  • Hooray for Herbs – An Elderberry a day keeps the doctor away – Elderberry syrup or tonic is one of those time honored traditions that can help ward off colds and flu.  If you purchase some ensure that the company is using quality ingredients and no fillers and preservatives (Hint: quality products should only have a 2-3 month shelf life).  If you’re more of a DIY kind of person, earlier this year I created an Elderberry Syrup mini-course on how to make your own organic elderberry syrup and tincture at home.  I have a nice 30 minute video, my personal recipes, and links to all of the supplies you’ll need to make this immune syrup at home.

Standard Prevention Daily Dosing:

  • For Children 2-13 years old: 1 tsp per day
  • For Adults: 1 Tbsp per day
  • Supplement your System – There are a number of key nutrients needed to keep the immune system strong during winter.  First there are prevention protocols – these are great when you are not currently ill but want to stay strong and symptom free all winter.  I also have acute protocols – these are designed to be used when you are sick or starting to feel any signs that you might be coming down with something.  You can click the link for each product to read more about the product and to place an online order on our authorized website.

*** NOTE: If you are wanting to add any immune protocols to your regimen, we are recommending to place your order as soon as you can and consider stocking up since Standard Process was completely sold out of all of their immune products for almost 3 months last year! ***

  • Adult Prevention Immune Bundle – “I don’t want to get sick”
  • Adult Acute Immune Bundle – “I’m sick and need to get over this quick”
  • Children’s Acute Immune Bundle – “I’m sick and need to get over this quick”

Easy Button Bundles

Standard Process has recently created immune system packets as well – you can take one packet a day for prevention or 3 packets per day for acute situations.

  • Immune System Health Pack: one box has 30 packets and each packet includes –
    • Immuplex (2 capsules)
    • Cataplex F Tablets (2 tablets)
    • Cataplex C (3 tablets)
    • Calcium Lactate (2 tablets)

*Dose – Take one packet a day for prevention or 3 packets per day for acute situations.

*Dose- Take one packet in the morning and one in the evening.

** If you have any questions or trouble with the ordering platform just reach out and my team will be happy to assist you! **

My goal is to empower you with the tools to help you and your family feel your best this winter season.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions and here’s to your health this winter!

Cheers

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Free Gift with Detox Purchase

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I have been using Standard Process and MediHerb supplements both personally and with my patients for over 20 years and the 21 Day Purification Program has been an integral part my practice.  In assisting 1000’s of patients with this program over the years, I know that sometimes it helps to have a little guidance, tips, and extra recipes to keep you on track with the program. 

I have spent the last few months creating a FREE online resource for all of our patients and customers to use with the detox program.  I have created an online, self-guided program that will walk you through the 21 day purification program step by step. 

My goal in creating this program is to provide the perfect self-study course to compliment your detox program.
 I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from over 18 years in clinical practice working with 1000’s of patients and channeled it into a comprehensive, step-by-step implementation of the 21 day purification program that not only teaches you the high level theory, but the actual EXECUTION of how you can do the same. 

Want to see what is included with this amazing bonus?  This link here lists all of the program perks and info and the step by step instructions on how to redeem access to the free program!  

https://drzgraggen.com/purification-program-bonus/ 

 When you purchase your 21 Day Purification Program kit through my office’s authorized website, you’ll receive my online program ABSOLUTELY FREE!  You can also order via phone – 843.214.2997

 Just forward a copy of your order number or receipt to us at support@drzgraggen.com and we’ll email you back with the details needed to access the course.

 I can’t wait for you to jump in!21 Day Purification Kit

Our 21-day purification program helps patients purify, nourish, and maintain a healthy body and weight. We offer eight different purification product kits based on the preferred protein and fiber choice.

Included in the program are:
1 SP Cleanse–purification
2 SP Complete, SP Complete Chocolate, SP Complete Vanilla or 2 SP Complete Dairy Free–nutritious supplement shakes
2 Gastro-Fiber or 2 Whole Food Fiber–fiber support
1 SP Green Food–phytonutrients
1 patient purification program guide
1 recyclable bag

Click this LINK to learn more about the 8 different kits or to purchase.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, ACN, CNS, CCN
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Health Benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary is a well-known culinary aromatic and its usage stretches far beyond the kitchen due to a myriad of health benefits. As the health industry continues to push its research on safer alternative medicine, rosemary is no exception as one of the best candidates in this matter. In fact, more companies are manufacturing this herb in different forms from essential oil to capsules. 

Here are the health benefits of rosemary:

ANTI Power

Sometimes, anti has a negative connotation but in this case, this is what makes this herb highly potent due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial abilities. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory prowess of rosemary is largely ascribed to polyphenolic compounds like rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid which help protect your body from oxidative damage and inflammation.

Memory and Mood Enhancer

Drinking rosemary tea or inhaling the scent of this herb can boost your mood and reduce anxiety. Moreover, rosemary extract helps balance out the good bacteria in your guts and reduces inflammation in your hippocampus, a part of your brain that is linked to your memories, learning, and emotions.

Regulates Your Blood Sugar

An unhealthy level of blood sugar can affect numerous sections of your body such as the eyes, kidneys, heart, and nervous system. This is why it is imperative to monitor your blood sugar level.  

Rosemary contains carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid which promotes the absorption of glucose into muscle cells, lowering blood sugar.

Festive Rosemary Beet Phyllo Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar (16 ounces) whole beets, drained and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 cups fresh arugula, torn
  • 72 frozen miniature phyllo tart shells
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

  1. Pat beets dry with paper towels; place in a small bowl. Add the olive oil, rosemary and orange zest; toss to combine.
  2. Divide arugula among tart shells; top with beet mixture. Sprinkle with feta cheese.

If you’re gluten-free and want a great recipe to make your own GF phyllo dough check out this link.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Health Benefits of Turkey

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and do you ever wonder why turkey is the most served food during this special occasion? It actually traces back to the 19th century when the turkey become a favorite first because it was plentiful and second because hens and cows were more useful for their produce (eggs, milk) rather than their meat; and third, a single turkey can feed a whole family. 

Beyond the bountiful history of this food is a flock of nutrients waiting to be discovered including a healthy turkey recipe! 

Reinforces your Immune System

Turkey is rich in selenium, an antioxidant that promotes a healthy heart and thyroid. 

Source of Protein

Aside from reinforcing your muscle growth, this abundance in protein also assists in regulating insulin levels and preventing fatigue.

Sleep inducing

Ever wonder why after a hefty bite of turkey makes you feel sleepy? That’s because this meat is rich in the amino acid L-tryptophan which promotes serotonin and melatonin. So if you are having a hard time sleeping, you might want to have a mouthful of turkey-enriched food beforehand. 

Improves Vision

Not recognized for vision like carrots or squash but turkey can help improve your eyesight and protect your eyes from cataracts due to the zinc and the B-vitamin Niacin. 

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 (28 ounces) can no-salt-added organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14 ounces) can organic kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ cup sliced scallions, for serving
  • Hot sauce, for serving

Directions

  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add turkey and cook, breaking it up into chunks, until no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Add tomatoes, kidney beans, onion, squash, water, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, garlic, cinnamon, salt and cayenne to the slow cooker; stir to combine. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.
  3. Remove lid and stir to combine. Serve hot, topped with scallions and hot sauce, if desired.

Adapted from eatingwell.com

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Calcium Lactate has been improved!

We are excited to share the good news with you: Calcium Lactate has received a make over!

Standard Process has redesigned the Calcium Lactate tablets — a product that contains both calcium and magnesium — to provide you with a better experience.

Calcium Lactate is now available in medium oval tablets, which reduces the number of tablets you will need to take each day. The amount of calcium per serving has also been increased, and it’s now considered an excellent source of calcium (20% of the Daily Value).

Calcium Lactate is a dairy-free, vegan tablet that helps maintain healthy bone density.  It is an excellent source of calcium and a good source of magnesium.

  • Supports muscle and nerve function
  • Supports normal functions of cells and cell membranes
  • Supports normal blood clotting process
  • Supports proper functioning of enzyme systems
  • Supports and helps maintain healthy bone density and remodeling
  • Provides support in the immune system response function*
  • Adequate calcium as part of a healthful diet, along with physical activity, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later life
  • Excellent source of calcium
  • Good source of magnesium
  • Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, non-dairy, non-soy


Why Calcium Lactate Works

Calcium Lactate contains 20% of the daily recommended value of calcium (from calcium lactate and stearate) and 12% of the daily recommended value of magnesium.

Both of these minerals are essential for a number of metabolic functions and processes in the body, yet much of the U.S. population struggles to meet the recommended amount of either mineral.

Calcium Lactate for Maintaining Healthy Bone Density

Bone remodeling (bone turnover) is a continuous cycle of bone breakdown by osteoclasts in areas of the body where bone isn’t needed, and bone rebuilding handled by osteoblasts.1 In other words, bone itself undergoes continuous remodeling, with constant resorption and deposition of calcium into new bone. The balance between bone resorption and deposition is important for healthy bones, and it changes with age.

Both calcium and magnesium are critical to bone health. 99% of the body’s calcium supply is stored in the bones and teeth where it supports normal and healthy bone structure and function.2 Taking an additional calcium supplement can help increase the body’s supply of calcium.

Magnesium also contributes to the structural development of bone, with 50% to 60% present in the bones. 3 In particular, magnesium is involved in bone formation and influences the activities of osteoblasts (bone rebuilding) and osteoclasts (bone breakdown).4

Calcium Lactate for Immune System Health

Both calcium and magnesium are involved in supporting aspects of the body’s healthy immune system.  Calcium (Ca2+) signals control various aspects of cell functioning such as T lymphocytes.5 T lymphocytes – along with other immune cells – respond to foreign particles in the body. These T cells, which are made in bone marrow and are essential for cell-mediated immunity, need a sustained Calcium ion flow for regulation, activation, and proliferation.5

Emerging research indicates magnesium may also play a role in the human immune system response such as through magnesium transporters. A number of magnesium transporters have been identified in immune cells such as Magnesium transporter 1 (MagT1).6 MagT1 is expressed in the spleen, thymus, T and B lymphocytes, suggesting that MagT1 may be involved in the human immune system functions. 7

Does lactate come from milk?

The term “lactate” sounds similar to “lactose,” and you may assume that it comes from cow’s milk, but that is not the case. Calcium Lactate is a non-dairy product.

The “lactate” in Calcium Lactate is a calcium salt of lactic acid. Lactic acid is a byproduct of the bacterial fermentation of sugar. In this case, it does not come from milk.

Need to place an order?  You can now order this product on our authorized online retail website and have your orders delivered directly from the farm to your home!

https://drzgraggen.standardprocess.com/products/calcium-lactate

 Yours in Health,

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, ACN, CNS, CCN

References

1. Wardlaw GM, Hampl JS, DiSilvestro RA. Perspectives in Nutrition. 6th edition. New York, NY: McGraw Hill Higher Education; 2004.2. Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2010.
3. Institute of Medicine (IOM). Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Fluoride. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1997.
4. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/ 
5. Oh-hora M, Rao A. Calcium signaling in T-lymphocytes. Curr Opin Immunol. 2008 June; 20(3): 250–258. 
6. Schmitz C, Perraud AL. Chapter 26 – Magnesium and the Immune Response, Editor(s): James F. Collins. Molecular, Genetic, and Nutritional Aspects of Major and Trace Minerals, Academic Press, 2017, Pages 319-331. 
7. Al Alawi AM, Al Badi A, Al Huraizi A, Falhammar H. Chapter Six – Magnesium: The recent research and developments. Editor(s): N.A. Michael Eskin. Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, Academic Press, Volume 96, 2021, Pages 193-218.

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Health Benefits of Beets

What lies beyond the fertile ground is a purple root vegetable filled with valuable nutrition and detoxifying properties that every single person on this planet can surely love!

It’s time to uproot the secrets of beet and uncover a special recipe inside this article.

Anti-Cancer Pigment

Beets or Beetroot is rich in a purple-crimson pigment called betacyanin. This agent is a powerful asset of the plant as it can suppress the development of cancer including bladder cancer. 

Anti-inflammatory

The betacyanin in beets remains one of the mightiest antioxidants in a vegetable due to its high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which protects cells from damage that can cause heart disease and cancer.

Energy Support

Looking for a shot of energy boost? Well, beat it because beetroot is the answer! The nitrate in beetroot helps deliver more oxygen to the muscles, therefore, it will help the muscles to recover faster. 

Digestive Support

Beets are a wellspring of glutamine, an amino acid that is crucial in maintaining and keeping our digestive system healthy. It is also abundant in fiber which keeps the bowel movement smooth and supports the beneficial bacteria that surrounds the gut.

Don’t like to eat beets?  If you’d like to get the benefits of beets without the taste, my favorite go-to beet supplement is Betafood by Standard Process – I use this to help support the liver and as a part of my protocols for my athletes to assist with endurance!

Mushroom and Root Vegetable Stew [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Ingredients:

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 Chioggia beets
  • 4 yellow beets
  • 4 red beets
  • 2 carrots, cut into pieces
  • 5 Jerusalem artichokes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup of red wine (vegan)
  • 6 cups of vegetable stock
  • A pinch of salt
  • 15 mushrooms of your choice
  • Parsley, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Start by finely chopping the onion and fry over medium heat in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Peel and cut the beets, carrots, and artichoke. When the onions are lightly browned add the beets, carrots, and artichoke and fry for a few minutes. Add the tomato purée and stir, then pour over the wine and broth. Let simmer for 40 minutes.
  3. Wash and cut the mushrooms into fine pieces. Fry in a frying pan, without oil first, and then when the mushroom water cooks out (takes a few minutes), pour in a little vegetable oil and fry so that they get a nice golden color.
  4. Taste the stew and add salt and pepper, if needed. Garnish with parsley and fried mushrooms.

Adapted from One Green Planet

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Wormwood Complex is back in stock!

ANNOUNCEMENT – Wormwood Complex is back in stock!
We are excited to share the good news with you: MediHerb® Wormwood tablets are now back in stock!

 Previously, MediHerb had been unable to source the herb that met our shared quality standards. After much persistence, we are happy to share that we can once again produce the product so that it upholds the quality that Standard Process® and MediHerb are known for.
 Wormwood Complex contains Stemona, Wormwood, Black Walnut Hulls and Clove which work to support a healthy intestinal environment. The combination of herbs and essential oil in Wormwood Complex contains many phytochemicals including sesquiterpene lactones, terpenes, thujone, 1,4-naphthoquinones, alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins and phenolic acids.

M1490 | 120 tablets | Wormwood Complex – Wormwood Complex contains Stemona, Wormwood, Black Walnut Hulls and Clove which work to support a healthy intestinal environment.

These herbs have been traditionally used in herbal preparations to:
*Promote healthy intestinal motility
*Stimulate digestion
*Help relieve temporary, mild digestive discomfort
*Encourage a healthy intestinal environment
*Assists with parasite support 

Need to place an order?  You can now order this product on our authorized online retail website and have your orders delivered directly from the farm to your home!

https://drzgraggen.standardprocess.com/products/wormwood-complex

 Yours in Health,

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, ACN, CNS, CCN




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Medi-Herb Tribulus is FINALLY back in stock!

ANNOUNCEMENT – Tribulus is back in stock!
We are excited to share the good news with you: MediHerb® Tribulus tablets are now back in stock!
 Previously, MediHerb had been unable to source Tribulus terrestris herb that met our shared quality standards. After much persistence, we are happy to share that we can once again produce the product so that it upholds the quality that Standard Process® and MediHerb are known for.
 Tribulus contains an extract of Tribulus terrestris herb (aerial parts – leaves and stems) and contains steroidal saponins, mainly furostanol glycosides (including protodioscin and protogracillin) and small quantities of spirostanol glycosides, sterols and other compounds.
 This product is standardized to contain 90 mg per tablet of furostanol saponins to ensure optimal strength and quality. Protodioscin, a furanostanol saponin from Tribulus terrestris, is considered responsible for the plant’s effects on libido and vitality.
 M1445-Tribulus-Bottle-TabletM1445 | 40 tablets |

The compounds in Tribulus have been used traditionally to:

*support healthy libido in men and women
*promote normal menstrual flow
*tonify and promote vitality
*promote an overall feeling of well-being
*support during menopause 

Want to learn more about Tribulus? 

Watch Kerry Bone’s video about Tribulus terrestris.

Need to place an order? Send us an email to support@drzgraggen.com or call our office at 843.214.2997 and we’ll be happy to help.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, ACN, CNS, CCN
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Health Benefits of Yam

Mostly mistaken as sweet potato, yam is running on a league of its own. Yam’s distinct characteristics include a cylindrical shape, bark-like skin texture, and its color varies from pink to purple to white or even yellow. It has over 600+ varieties and most of them are still grown in Africa where it originated. 

Let us unearth the health treasures that this tuber has to offer!

Cancer fighter & anti-inflammatory

Yams contain an impressive amount of cancer-fighting properties, namely the antioxidants, in addition to their vitamins and minerals. These antioxidants also provide anti-inflammatory properties which fortify the ability to reduce colon cancer, ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome. 

Rich in iron and heart-friendly minerals

Yams keep your heart healthy by flushing out the excess sodium, therefore, reducing your risk of getting long-term diseases such as stroke, hypertension, and heart attack. Other minerals that support your heart are manganese and potassium which improve the condition of your blood vessels.

High iron and mineral contents make yams your companion in protecting you against anemia. The trace minerals can also improve your blood flow. 

Sharp eyesight

One of the many functions of Vitamin C is it safeguards your ocular (eye) health that further prevents the risk of macular degeneration.

Strong hair and nails

Yams are known to promote collagen production which keeps your skin firm and elastic; and your hair strong. Antioxidants along with Vitamin C, protect your body from free radicals preventing your skin from premature aging. 

Healthy Candied Yams

Ingredients

  • 1 yam cubed
  • 1/4 cup organic orange juice
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. 
  2. Slice the yam into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Throw them in a pot of boiling water for about 5-7 minutes until they are slightly underdone.
  4. Transfer then yams to a greased baking pan. (For this recipe I used an 8X8 glass dish) 
  5. In a measuring cup, mix the orange juice, 1T maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 
  6. Pour the mixture over the yams. 
  7. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. 
  8. For the last 2 minutes of cooking, pull the dish out and brush with the last T of maple syrup. Enjoy!

Adapted from My Whole Food Life

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Ya’ll this paleo recipe is soooo good. If you want that buffalo chicken feel without the guilt of fried food, dairy, or gluten this will be your new jam. Whether you a just looking to eat healthy or add weight loss as one of your health goals, this recipe is here to serve all the feels. Serve my buffalo chicken dip on lettuce wraps, gluten free crackers, or just dip in with some veggie sticks. I hope you enjoy! – Dr Z

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Use a saucepan and boil the cashews in water for about 12-15 minutes or until they are soft.
  2. In a blender or food processor add drained cashews, spices, water, lemon juice and hot sauce. Blend until nice and smooth.
  3. Add the drained chicken to a casserole dish.
  4. Spread sauce from the blender on top of the chicken and mix well.
  5. Bake casserole dish at 350 degrees in over for about 20-30 minutes.
  6. Serve buffalo dip on lettuce wraps, with gluten free crackers or with veggies. ENJOY!

This dish will make approximately 4 servings – 330 calories per serving.

If you like this paleo recipe, check out my paleo- Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe.

Want to see how I made this paleo recipe? If so, watch the video below!

WANT MORE?

If you’re looking for an easy program to help keep you on track and progress with your weight loss or health goals, my 28 Day Hormone Reset Detox Program will do the trick! Includes 4 weeks of videos, food guides, shopping list, journal, recipes and much more. Check out the program and all of the details here.