This adorable and bright fruit is rich in flavor and nutritional value and its flavor range from sweet to sweet-tart depending on the varietal. The best way to consume fresh apricot is unpeeled because the skin is loaded with fiber and nutrients.
Check out the health benefits of apricot below and uncover a sumptuous guilt-free recipe that you’ll surely enjoy!
The combination of Vitamin C and A in apricot makes it a potent elixir for keeping your skin glowing and healthy! Apricot oil derived from apricot seeds is known to treat skin problems such as eczema and dermatitis, while the flesh can be used to soothe itching caused by sunburn or scabies.
Fortified with Fiber
Fiber is your go-to mineral for fierce and healthy digestion! A diet rich in fiber also helps protect you from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and weight gain.
Enhance Bone Strength
Apricot is rich in calcium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, and iron. These minerals promote bone growth and prevent age-related bone conditions such as osteoporosis.
Apricot contains potassium which evenly distributes the fluids in your body, therefore, there is a healthy balance of electrolytes that amplifies your energy and keeps your blood pumping.
Begin by making your filling. Set aside dried apricots in a medium-sized bowl. Boil 3 cups water, and pour over dried apricots. Let sit for about 20 minutes. Now drain the water, and add apricots to your food processor or blender. Add in lemon juice and maple syrup. Pulse until mostly smooth, a few chunks are fine. You may need to add a bit of water to get the right consistency, but the filling should be thick.
Now make the crust: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper and lightly grease. Combine all of the crust ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Take the mixture and carefully distribute it over the parchment paper, pressing down firmly and evenly. Place inside the oven and bake for 13 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes. Leave the oven hot.
While crust is cooling, make the crumb mixture. Combine all ingredients into your food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds, or until the mixture is crumbly.
Once the crust is cooled, spread the apricot filling over the crust. Complete by topping with the crumb mixture. Now bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool completely. Once cooled, slice into squares.
I’m a huge fan of healthy, delicious, fast and fresh tasting meals and when I recently made this one my mouth was like WOW! This has absolutely been my favorite dish hands down lately – I’ve been making it about once a week because it is seriously Just. That. Good. Not only is it yummy but also a fairly quick meal – you can pre prep that marinade in the morning and you’re good to cook that chicken once it’s time for dinner. This recipe as written will serve two but feel free to double or triple it up for more people or leftovers. Finally, this entrée pairs nicely with a side of cauliflower rice, avocado and corn salsa, guacamole or grilled veggies. I hope you enjoy!
Serving size – 2
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/8 cup fresh lime juice
2 cloves minced fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon salt
Black pepper – to taste
Make that marinade – add all of the ingredients with the exception of the chicken into a large bowl and stir until well combined.
Add the chicken to the large bowl and spoon the marinade over the chicken until well coated.
Place the chicken marinade bowl in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes and up to 8 hours.
In a large skillet over medium heat place one teaspoon of olive oil.
Once the oil has warmed – add your chicken thighs to the skillet.
Cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side (the size and thickness of your chicken will determine final cook times) until the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees and no pinkness remaining.
Remove chicken from pan and add to your serving dish – garnish with cilantro leaves and enjoy!
Choose chicken thighs or chicken breasts if you want a dish that is more juicy, tender and will tend to hold more of the flavors.
You can marinate for 20 minutes or up to 8 hours depending on how much time you have – BUT basically the longer you marinate the better your finished dish.
Use as many fresh ingredients as you can in this recipe – lime juice, cilantro, garlic – it DOES make a difference in how much the flavors will POP – I promise it’s worth the extra few minutes in prep.
Leftovers – this one does really well saved and reheated again so make extra if you need another meal on a different week night for a quick after work meal.
This cruciferous vegetable is certainly one of the healthiest and nutritious plant foods that Mother Nature has offered. It is widely adored by the masses due to its powerhouse nutritional content and the continuous demands for this food have expanded its form of consumption from salads, to power juices, to dried chips.
Let’s munch and crunch the factors one by one on what makes this vegetable extra special!
Fortified with Antioxidants
Kale is equipped with antioxidants that are potent in relieving inflammation and countering oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Antioxidants also help protect your DNA from damage and can slow down cancer growth and spread.
Kale is rich in Vitamin K which plays a significant part in bone formation, therefore, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Kale contains bile acid sequestrants which can lower cholesterol levels, therefore, reducing the risk of heart disease.
Healthy Skin & Hair
Kale is rich in Vitamin C which is necessary for collagen production and Vitamin A, a compound retinoid that increases collagen production reducing fine lines and improves the color of the skin.
As always the best way to consume this food is by eating it in your diet. However, if you want a way to consistently add it to your daily protocol via supplement my favorite recommendation is Cruciferous Complete by Standard Process.
3 to 4 big leaves of curly green kale (the Tuscan/lacinato variety also works well)
4 medium ripe avocados, halved and pitted
3 to 4 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 ½ medium limes), divided, to taste
¾ teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
⅓ cup roughly chopped red onion
¼ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro, lightly packed
1 small jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed, roughly chopped
To prepare the kale, first remove the tough ribs with a chef’s knife and discard them. Chop the kale into small, bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle it lightly with salt, followed by a squeeze of lime juice (about 1 teaspoon). Massage the kale by scrunching it up in your hands, repeating until the kale is darker green and fragrant (this step softens the kale and makes it less bitter). You’ll need 1 cup (packed) kale for the guacamole, so measure it out and set it aside.
Next, use a spoon to scoop the flesh of the avocados into the bowl of a food processor, discarding any bruised, browned areas. Add 3 tablespoons of lime juice and salt. Blend until the mixture is fairly smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides as necessary.
Add the massaged kale, onion, cilantro, and jalapeño. Blend until the mixture is mostly smooth, with only tiny bits of kale and onion remaining (or completely smooth if you prefer). Taste, and add additional salt and/or lime juice, if necessary, and blend again (I usually add up to ½ teaspoon more salt and another tablespoon of lime juice). Serve immediately.
The first things that usually pop up in our minds when we think of chocolate are sugar, dessert, and carbs. Despite its negative reputation, a lot of research has shown that chocolate, specifically the dark version, is rich in antioxidants and other nutrients that can help amplify your health.
Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols which improves the blood flow in the brain, therefore, amplifying cognitive functions. A study has also shown that a high content of flavanol enhances the activity in the dentate gyrus part of the brain which plays a critical role in memory preservation.
Dark chocolate may have been the most delicious medicine that you will ever snack on because it is high in antioxidants that helps amplify your body’s protection against diseases as well as stimulating the lining of the arteries to manufacture nitric oxide, to help regulate blood pressure.
If you need an alternative morning boost from coffee, you might want to try a hot cup or a bar of dark chocolate. This food’s ability to improve blood flow allows the oxygen to be carried-out faster through the muscles.
Aside from its truly delectable taste, dark chocolate contains a chemical component called phenylethylamine which makes it irresistible and it stimulates the same feeling as falling in love! Eating dark chocolate can amplify your mood along with the naturally produced in our body dopamine, theobromine, and tryptophan content.
Healthy Dark Chocolate Mousse
2 avocados (220 g) only the flesh
50 g pure cocoa powder
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup (75g) cup almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
Turmeric is an esteemed herbal food in Asia that specifically flourished in the traditional valley of India. It is a family relative of ginger and can be consumed dried or fresh. Its flavor is characterized as musky, earthy, and a tad bitter. Through its health benefits, this golden spice goes beyond just being a food and flavor enhancer.
Exercising regularly and healthy eating are the best ways to trim your waist to achieve the healthy weight that you desire. But consuming turmeric in its raw or liquid form can help boost your body’s ability to change your body composition by regulating lipid metabolism and targeting fat by repressing various processes in charge of the growth of adipose tissue.
Skin is the largest organ of our body and it acts as a defense against physical injury and harmful microbes that attempt to attack our internal system. Through this, we must take care of our skin and turmeric can improve skin tone and texture as well as the healing capability due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Alleviates Joint Pain
Turmeric helps relieve inflamed joints with its anti-inflammatory power. You can also apply and massage it directly in the affected area by mixing it with other spices in a steamed pot to create a paste-like texture. This will help revitalize the blood flow.
Add it to your Daily Regimen
Turmeric is best utilized by the body if taken daily and we are so excited that our favorite herbal company Medi-Herb has created a fantastic product in the form of Turmeric Forte. This particular product contains a bioavailable form of Turmeric rhizome and Fenugreek seed to support a healthy inflammatory response. My suggested dose for this product is 2 tablets per day.
Turmeric Forte contains a bioavailable form of Turmeric rhizome and Fenugreek seed to support a healthy inflammatory response. These herbs and their constituents:
Support a healthy inflammatory response
Maintain and support healthy joints
Support healthy liver function and healthy digestion
1 whole lemon (juiced // ~3 Tbsp or 45 ml juice as original recipe is written // plus leftover rind)
1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional // can sub stevia or raw honey if not vegan)
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional // or cracked black pepper which many readers have commented helps with the bioavailability of the turmeric!)
3 cups of filtered water
To a small saucepan, add turmeric, ginger, lemon juice and leftover lemon rind, maple syrup (optional), cayenne (optional), and filtered water. I personally didn’t think it needed any sweetener, but sweeten to taste.
Bring to a simmer (not a boil) over medium to medium-high heat (~3 minutes). Then turn off the heat.
Set a small strainer over serving glasses and divide between two mugs. Enjoy. If the tonic is too potent for you, dilute with more hot/warm water.
Store (strained) leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop until just warm.
Can I tell you that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! It’s super fresh, fast, healthy, detox friendly, paleo and gluten free. What’s not to love?!? This is a dish even YOUR KIDS are going to eat. My dog Brie enjoys any leftover zoodles!
This is a 20 minute one
pan dish if you follow my preparation and kitchen tool techniques and I especially
enjoy it during the summer. I keep the
zucchini cold and cover the cold zoodles with the heat meat, veggie, sauce
combo and it becomes a fresh summer dish for these hot hot hot Southern summer
You can also substitute
grass fed beef for the organic turkey if you wish.
In this recipe I use a
jar of marinara in order to save time for those quick weekday meals. When choosing your sauce choose one without
any added sugars and I always buy one that has the least amount of sugar/carbs
listed on the label. Some fantastic
brands are: Organico Bello, Cucina Antica,
Also, be sure to have your tools on hand to make your life EASIER – Two kitchen items I cannot live without is my garlic roller/peeler – seriously if you don’t have one of these you need one. I can peel my garlic in 3 seconds flat with this bad boy. Also you’ll want a spiralizer to make those yummy zoodles. With this tool I can zoodle a zucchini in about 20 seconds. Dinner in 20 minutes? BOOM!
Eggs are fortified with choline, a fundamental nutrient that keeps the brain cells healthy by maintaining their structure and reinforcing the membranes therefore, your brain functions are sharper and stronger.
Eggs contain two of the most powerful antioxidant for the eyes which are lutein and zeaxanthin and can they help prevent serious eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataract.
To build stronger muscles, a required amount of protein is needed and eggs are one of the best sources of protein. Add pieces of hard-boiled eggs to your salads to maximize the number of nutrients you can obtain from your food.
The high content of protein from this food allows you to feel more satiated which is why you feel longer when you have eggs for breakfast.
Eggs are a great source of Vitamin D, which is commonly associated and found in sunshine. This Vitamin is significant in the absorption of calcium for stronger bones as well as healthy immune systems.
Healthy Hair and Nails
Eggs are thriving with vitamins, minerals, and sulfur-containing amino acids that help maintain healthy hair, skin and nails.
Apple and Onion Scrambled Eggs
Ingredients: 3-4 servings
8 eggs, beaten
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 granny smith apple, chopped
Fresh chives, minced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Melt some cooking fat in a skillet over medium heat.
Add red onion and celery to the skillet and cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add the apple and continue cooking for another minute or two.
Pour the beaten eggs over the apple mixture in the skillet.
Stir slowly with a wooden spoon or a spatula until the eggs are slightly underdone.
Remove from heat, season to taste with salt and pepper, and rest 1 to 2 minutes in the skillet.
The fruit that shines among others because of its jewel-like brilliance and rich ruby color. Pomegranate is more than just what you see. Pomegranate is filled with delicious seeds that can be eaten raw or juiced plus it is also packed with vitamins and minerals to re-energize your health!
Pomegranate contains two powerful antioxidants: Punicalagins (juice and peel) and Punicic Acid (seed oil). Both of these antioxidants help protect your body against free radicals and are responsible for the overall health benefits of Pomegranate.
The high-level content of punicalagin makes pomegranate a powerful fruit that drives inflammation down and other diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and diabetes.
Prevents Blood clot
There are two types of a blood clot, the good one which helps your injury recover fast and the other one is fatal because it can clog your arteries, heart, and any parts of your body.
By fighting off free radicals, bad cholesterol, and blood clots, the antioxidant in pomegranate regulates the flow of your blood thus enhancing the level of oxygen in your body.
you can’t have
your wings and eat them too? With
football games and colder days I wanted to create a healthier version that
would also be detox friendly for those who still want to enjoy a tailgate party
or cheering on their favorite team this season!
SOOO GOOD – I promised
you won’t even
miss that they are not fried!!! I’m also
giving you my secret on how to make them oh so crispy and yummy – It’s an
extra step but a necessary one if you want those crispy wings. First you’ll need to parboil the wings for a few minutes to boil out
some of the fat. This will make for the
best baked wing you’ve ever
put in Yo Mouth!
Place the chicken wings directly on the sheet pan.
Bake the chicken wings for 25 minutes on the first side;
flip the wings and bake for another 5-10 minutes on the other side, until the
skin looks crispy and golden brown.
Buffalo Sauce Instructions:
Heat butter in a saucepan on medium heat
Once butter is melted add hot sauce, garlic, onion powder
and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add your chicken wings to a large bowl; pour the buffalo
sauce over to coat thoroughly.
Plate and enjoy!
The best place for me to buy affordable organic chicken
wings is at Costco – at the
time of this post they were $2.50 per lb.
When choosing your hot sauce read your ingredients
carefully. Choose a hot sauce with the
fewest ingredients and ones you can understand what each ingredient is – some of my favorites are Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and Crystals
For metal sheet pans be sure to purchase stainless steel instead of Aluminum ones.