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Watermelon Lemonade

Summertime is here and I love all of the summer bounties that surround us during these months.  One of my favorite treats is watermelon – I love it raw, grilled, in beverages, you name it.  

This month I wanted to recreate a childhood treat of mine and combine it with my love of this yummy fruit – Instead of using the powdered chemically-laden mixes, opt for this fresh, quick and easy recipe.  

Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place watermelon in a blender and pulse until you have a nice puree. 
  2. With a mesh strainer, strain the watermelon into a bowl so that you just use the juice.
  3. In a large pitcher add, watermelon juice, lemon juice, water, coconut sugar and mix until blended.
  4. Pour over ice and garnish with a mint sprig
The Ingredients
On ice and ready to enjoy!!!
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Health Benefits of Peach

The sweet and summery goodness of peach is more than just a culinary treat to the world. Let’s unwrap the health benefits of this fruit with a delicious recipe for your indulgence!

Sweet and Hydrating

This fruit is a good supplement to your daily hydration needs. It contains 85 to 89 percent water, a perfect way to satisfy both your thirst and palate at the same time.

Optimized with Fiber

Eat the whole fruit to maximize the fiber content which is good for digestive support and regulating sugar levels. One-medium sized peach contains 3 grams of fiber when you include the skin.

Your Vitamin C Buddy

Unlikely it may seem, but the peach is going for the citrus fruit gig. This fruit contains 10 milligrams of vitamin c for every medium-sized peach which are about 13 percent of your recommended daily intake. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant known to protect your body against oxidative damage.

Healthy Gut

While Vitamin A is known for keeping your skin and eyes healthy, it is also a primary nutrient that keeps your organs and gut lining healthy thus, fending off the pathogens that we absorb through food. 

Paleo Peach Crumble

Ingedients

  • 5 cups diced peaches – (approximately 3 large peaches)
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8×8 inch square pan.
  2. Place the diced peaches on the bottom of the pan. Top the peaches with 1 Tbs of honey and 1 Tbs of lemon juice. Mix the peaches around with a spoon so that the honey and lemon become evenly mixed into the peaches.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the almond flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg together with a fork and set aside.
  4. In another separate bowl, mix the melted coconut oil and maple syrup together with a fork until well mixed.
  5. Pour the coconut oil/maple syrup mixture on top of the almond flour mixture and mix with a fork until clumps form and there are no real “dry” areas of the mixture left.
  6. Evenly pour the almond flour mixture on top of the fruit in the pan. Using a fork, distribute the almond flour topping across the peaches, forming a “crumble” texture.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is crisp and the edges are lightly golden.
  8. Eat warm or Cold. Enjoy!

Adapted from Perchance to Cook

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Zucchini Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 2 Medium zucchini
  • ¾ Cup tahini
  • ⅛ Cup olive oil
  •  ¼ Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  •  5 Cloves  garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • ½ Cup fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ Cup sesame seeds
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.
  3.   Serve immediately with cut veggies.
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Health Benefits of Egg

Brain Fuel

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.

Brighter Eyes

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.

Stronger Muscles

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.

Decreased Cravings

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.

Powerful Bones

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
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Direction:

  1. Melt some cooking fat in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add red onion and celery to the skillet and cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the apple and continue cooking for another minute or two.
  4. Pour the beaten eggs over the apple mixture in the skillet.
  5. Stir slowly with a wooden spoon or a spatula until the eggs are slightly underdone.
  6. Remove from heat, season to taste with salt and pepper, and rest 1 to 2 minutes in the skillet.
  7. Serve topped with fresh chives.

Recipe Adapted from Paleo Leap

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Health Benefits of Asparagus

Whether you add this to your special dish or go all out asparagus, this vegetable is a force to be reckoned with in terms of its flavorful taste and robust nutrients!

Let us dive into the health benefits of asparagus and keep reading until the end because I have an exceptional recipe that you will surely enjoy!

Weight Loss Comrade

If you are aiming at shedding a few pounds, then asparagus can be your best friend! It is low in calories and fat, but it has a high amount of soluble and insoluble fiber which supports good digestion, helps lower cholesterol, and makes you feel full preventing unnecessary cravings.

Natural Diuretic

These spears are your weapon against salt and excess water, therefore, it can help prevent urinary tract infections due to their high levels of amino acid asparagine.

Vitamin E Goodness

One of the few powerful nutrients of asparagus contains is Vitamin E which strengthens your immune system and protects your cells against free radicals. 

Mood Booster

Lift the good vibes within! Asparagus is rich in folate and Vitamin B12 which lightens up your mood and deflect irritability. Apart from those 2 nutrients, asparagus also contains a bounteous amount of amino acid and tryptophan which is also linked to enhanced mood.

Antioxidants Galore

The purple variant of asparagus is enriched with anthocyanins that provide fruits and veggies purple, red, and blue hues and it is effective in fighting off free radical damage.

Roasted Lemon Garlic Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch Asparagus
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • ½ Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • ½ Tsp fresh milled Black Pepper
  • Pinch ground Cayenne Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the bottom inch or two off the stalks. This part is usually pretty rooty and stringy, due to cutting the stalks, so it’s best to just compost it.
  3. Slice the garlic and toss it with the asparagus, olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and black pepper. Spread the asparagus out on a baking sheet or grill pan. You can use parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup, but it isn’t necessary.
  4. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, turning the asparagus once for even cooking. The asparagus is ready when it is tender, but not mushy.

Adapted from Paleo Plan 

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Health Benefits of Pomegranate

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!

Antioxidants

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.

Anti-inflammatory

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.

Pro Oxygen

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.

Avocado Pomegranate Salad (AIP/Paleo/Refined Sugar-Free)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dino kale cut into 1/4 inch strips
  • 4 small ripened avocados, diced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped

Dressing:

  • Juice of a lemon
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1 tsp honey

Instructions:

  1. Whisk dressing ingredients together, set aside.
  2. Add all other ingredients to a large bowl. Pour dressing over and toss.
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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love a good, gooey chocolate chip cookie? This is one of my favorite recipes when you want to satisfy your sweet tooth but also keep it paleo – Enjoy!

Dr Z

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda, arrowroot powder.
  3. In a small saucepan melt coconut oil.
  4. In a medium bowl add the coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, almond extract, sea salt, and egg and blend until thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips until combined.
  7. Use olive oil to grease the baking sheet.
  8. Drop a spoonful of dough onto the baking sheet. They should measure approximately 2” across and about 1/4” thick.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
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Black Eyes Peas Recipe

Black eyes peas usually only receive acclaim during New Year’s for luck and prosperity but these legumes can be eaten all year long! Here’s my take on a healthy year long recipe that is also friendly for those doing my detox program.

Healthy Black Eyed Peas

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water or organic chicken bone broth
  • 1 Tbs olive oil or butter
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 3 ribs celery diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 pound black eyed peas – dry
  • 14 oz diced organic tomatoes – canned (get fancy and use the fire roasted ones 😉
  • 1 tsp basil – dried
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Rinse black eyed peas and remove any debris. Place in a bowl and soak at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain black eyed peas from the soaking liquid and give them a quick rinse under cold water.
  3. In a large stock pot add organic broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Heat a medium pan with olive oil or butter. 
  5. Add onion, celery, and garlic and cook until slightly tender.
  6. Add onion mixture, drained black eyed peas, red bell pepper, basil and tomatoes (undrained) to the pot and simmer 50-60 minutes or until black eyed peas are tender.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste

** If you want an easy button to this recipe you can use already rehydrated black eyed peas and cook/simmer time will only be 20-30 minutes! **

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7 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

The flu season has arrived but have you ever wondered why there are people who can withstand an infection while some co-workers or members in the house are coughing and blowing their noses? The power lies inside the body and more specifically in the Immune System. A change in your routine such as exercising and sleeping 8 hours a day can make a huge difference in improving your immune system but one of the important items to check out is your diet. In today’s post, I listed my top 7 foods that will strengthen your body’s defense against infections and diseases.

Green Tea

Our body naturally produces antioxidants, but sometimes, the amount of free radicals is just too much to handle. The power of tea lies in its abundance in antioxidant which protects your body from free radical damages.

Red Peppers

Sweet and spicy, red peppers are the real deal when it comes to flavors. This vegetable is also oozing with nutrients that can kick start your immune systems such as Vitamin A. Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and an antioxidant called phytochemicals.

Citrus

Bring in the zing because the citrus is here to represent! Citrus is well known in the community to be the best source of Vitamin C whether it would be oranges, lemons, pomelos, grapefruits, and limes. 

Oysters

Oysters contain 3 nutrients which are key factors in supporting your immune system. First is Selenium which is an antioxidant and it activates the prostaglandins which decrease inflammation and regulates blood pressure.  Second is Zinc and it fortifies your immune system response by supporting white blood cells to reproduce swiftly. Last is the Omega-13 fats which minimize inflammatory reactions and a prime factor in creating cell walls.

Garlic

This ingredient is a kitchen staple known for its ability to ward off spirits and vampires during the old age, but the gift of garlic is in the compound called allicin which enhances the response of the white blood cells to fight off diseases.

Ginger

Ginger is filled with lots of immune booster goodness and it is also an antibacterial which is why it made it on our top list. It contains gingerol and it is responsible for relaxing the blood vessels.

Turmeric

Spice up your immune system by adding turmeric to your diet especially when you are stressed or during flu season. Turmeric increases the immunomodulating capacity of your body which intensifies your immune system.

Oysters Rockefeller

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley
  • 1/2 Shallot, minced
  • 12 Oysters
  • 2 1/2 cup Spinach, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Directions:

  1.  Clean oysters with a stiff-bristle brush under cold water. Shuck oysters.
  2. Pour a thin layer of kosher salt on a baking sheet. Place oysters on a salted baking sheet and preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat then Sauté garlic and shallot until tender.
  4. Add the spinach, parsley, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Continue to sauté until the spinach is wilted.
  5. Remove spinach topping from heat and allow it to cool.
  6. Top each oyster with the spinach mixture.
  7. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes, or until the topping is lightly toasted and the oysters have started to curl.

Adapted from: https://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipe/oysters-rockefeller/

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Puppy Paw Print Ornaments – DIY

It’s that time of year again where we desire to purchase (or create) fun and meaningful gifts for family, friends and co-workers.  This year get your fur babies involved with my DIY Ornaments. 

This is a super easy and fun project that even the kids can take part in creating!

I hope you enjoy this one!

XOXO

Dr Stephanie and Brie Cheese Nicole

Puppy Paw Print Ornaments

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Parchment paper or aluminum foil
  • Straw/pen for punching a hole

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • Mix the salt, flour, and water in a bowl until it becomes firm
  • Knead the dough for 30 seconds
  • Cut out individual circles with a round cookie cutter or drinking glass
  • Gently press your dog’s paw into the dough
  • Use a straw to create a small hole at the top
  • Bake at 200 degrees in the oven for 2-3 hours or until completely dry
  • Once cooled, grab some acrylic paint to decorate