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Health Benefits of Turmeric

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.

Slimming Concoction

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 Protection

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

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
  • Provide antioxidant activity

Check out the Turmeric Fact Sheet here.

Want to try it out?  Place your orders here.

Healing 5-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated turmeric 
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger 
  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Bring to a simmer (not a boil) over medium to medium-high heat (~3 minutes). Then turn off the heat.
  3. 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.
  4. Store (strained) leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop until just warm.

Adapted from Minimalist Baker

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Turkey Zoodles Recipe – Paleo, Gluten Free

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 days.

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!

Here’s to healthy quick meals!

Italian Turkey Zoodles

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium zucchini – spiralized
  • 1 lb organic ground turkey
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • One medium onion – diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms – diced
  • 3 cloves garlic – peeled and minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 24oz jar of no sugar added marinara sauce
  • Fresh basil chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Spiralize your zucchini and put the spiralized zucchini on a paper towel to drain while you prepare the rest of the meal.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add organic turkey, onion, mushrooms and garlic and cook until turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; breaking up turkey into crumbles, 8-10 minutes; drain.
  4. Put pan back on the burner and turn the heat down to a simmer
  5. Add your marinara sauce – I usually use ¾ of a jar – just depends on how wet you want your dish.
  6. Stir in your spices.
  7. Let the pan simmer until all ingredients are well mixed and warm.
  8. Place a cup of spiralized zucchini on your plate, spoon your turkey, veggie, sauce mixture over the zucchini.  Garnish with chopped basil.
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Health Benefits of Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato is a root vegetable that is sweet in flavor and has a starchy texture. It is most favored consumed as part of breakfast meal or in-between snack due to its abundance in healthy Carbohydrates, Fiber, and Vitamin A.  Despite its name, it is unrelated to white potato because botanically speaking,  white potato stands with the nightshade family while the sweet potato is affiliated with the bindweed or morning glory family.

Let us explore what makes this root vegetable special in the health-conscious community.

Enhanced Immunity

Whenever our body detects a viral or bacterial infection, the immune system comes to the rescue! Sweet Potato is your friend when it comes to protection and repair as it garners 52% of your daily value for vitamin C. It also contains Vitamin A, a potent nutrient against infections and tumors.

Powerful Gut

You need to take care of the good bacteria in your stomach too and the ”resistant starch” in sweet potato helps keep the good bacteria strong by feeding on them.  Your digestive system’s amiable nutrient is present in sweet potato — the fiber which helps prevent stomach diseases such as colon cancer.

Healthy Mind

Accompanied by choline and manganese, your brain can function at its greatest! Manganese binds neurotransmitters and supports in mobilizing electrical impulses to your body faster while Choline is a vital nutrient for brain growth and development.

The magnesium in Sweet Potato can help relieve stress and anxiety by calming your brain.

Regulates Blood Sugar

Sweet potato is enriched with Potassium that substantially drives away extra sodium and fluid out of the body, therefore, reducing the strain on the heart and lowering blood pressure.

Sweet Potato and Sage Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1 cup firmly packed shredded unpeeled sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup Homemade Applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Direction:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the flaxseed with water and set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix sweet potato, applesauce, olive oil, lemon juice, sage, and the flaxseed slurry
  4. In another medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it with ghee or olive oil.
  7. Scoop out slightly less than 1/2 cup batter and roll it in your palms to form a ball.
  8. Place it on the baking sheet and press down to form a 1/4-inch-thick pancake. Repeat the process.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown. Serve topped with a dollop of coconut yogurt or whipped coconut cream, a drizzle of Grade B maple syrup, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
  10. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet with a dash of ghee.

Adapted from Epicurious

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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
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Health Benefits of Cranberry

Nowadays, this berry is widely popular and mostly consumed in its liquid form due to its ability to provide reinforcements to our body and a solid remedy for UTI. But in ancient times, this fruit has been used as an alternative medicine for a variety of ailments such as poor appetite, stomach complaints, blood disorders, and scurvy for English folks; and bladder and kidney diseases for Native Americans. 

Continue reading and together, let us explore the wonders of this ruby red fruit!

A Fortress of Immunity

Snack on cranberries for stronger immunity, vibrant skin, and sturdy joints as it is abundant in Vitamin C which is known for its immune-boosting ability and an essential element in producing collagen. The Vitamin C in cranberries interferes with the bacteria that cling onto the walls of the urinary tract, therefore, helping to eliminate an infection. The same protection occurs in the stomach and mouth.

Filled with Antioxidants

This sweet-tart flavored berry is a powerhouse of antioxidants surpassing high-level foods such as broccoli, strawberry, cherry, and spinach. A cup of cranberries is charged with a total of 8,983 antioxidants.

Heart Friendly

Cranberries are rich in polyphenols, a micronutrient that fortifies cells from damage and diseases. Two glasses of cranberry juice a day could decrease the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes by improving blood pressure and glucose levels. If you opt for the juice variety – you’ll want to choose the REAL juice with no sugar added for these benefits – it will be very tart :).

Mighty Brain Booster

Your brain will surely stay brilliant and sharp with cranberries’ anti-inflammatory properties which enhance coordination and memory.

Keto Cranberry Streusel Bars

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil Cooking spray

Crust

Cranberry Filling

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Pour almond flour, sweetener, melted butter, and almond extract for crust in a medium bowl and mix well. Set aside 1/3 of the mixture to be used later for the streusel topping. Press remaining 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until partially golden, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  4. Combine cranberries, sweetener, orange juice, orange zest, and arrowroot powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until all of the cranberries have popped, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Spread cranberry filling over the crust.
  5. Stir pecans and cinnamon into the remaining crust mixture, mixing until incorporated. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the cranberry mixture.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until set, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into bars, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Adapted from All Recipes

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Health Benefits of Okra

Protects Your Heart

Okra contains a sticky substance called mucilage which helps bind the cholesterol, therefore, instead of being absorbed, it will be excreted in your body keeping your heart healthy.

Powered with Antioxidants

One of the key nutrients found in Okra is the protein called lectin which discourages the growth of human cancer cells. 

Major antioxidants can be found in okra such as polyphenols, flavonoids, isoquercetin, Vitamins A and C, and they are known to improve your body’s protection against free radicals.

Weight Control

Eating okra can help make you feel full in a longer period. Okra also has a low glycemic index which helps control sugar levels, and it is rich in soluble fiber which keeps the digestive system smooth sailing. 

Dietary Fiber

Okra is high in dietary fiber which supports better digestion, glycemic control, and insulin sensitivity.

There is an estimated 3 grams of fiber in an eight medium-sized pods of okra.

Medium for Beauty

Apart from consuming okra, you can also create a facial mask out of this fruit by blending it until it becomes a paste (you can add lemon or honey). Apply the okra paste your face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. This mask will help moisturize your skin, improve the appearance of dark spots, and minimize wrinkles. 

Options for Okra

The best option for getting okra into your system is always by including it into your diet and in your meals but if you need more of a therapeutic dose you can always add it in supplement form. My favorite go-to okra product is Okra Pepsin E3 from Standard Process.

Okra Pepsin E3 supports intestinal function.

  • Supports mucosal tissue in the intestines
  • Supports bowel function
  • Provides bowel cleansing

Check out the fact sheet on okra pepsin here.

Oven Roasted Okra

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Okra
  • Drizzle Avocado oil
  • Drizzle Balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of ½ Lemon
  • Garlic and onion powder

Directions:

  1. Prepare the okra by washing well and slice off the tops. Continue to slice the okra into about 4-5 slices per piece of okra and set aside.
  2. Add the okra to the baking sheet and top with oil, balsamic, lemon juice, and seasonings. Toss to coat.
  3. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

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Health Benefits of Flaxseed

The world was forever shaken when a flock of diet fads was flying around the news and social media but this particular food was never a secret since the dawn of time. Let us discover the secret on what makes flaxseed special!

Fiber Enriched

Not only one, but two types of fiber are enriched in flaxseed which is soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber softens the stool so it can pass smoothly through the GI tract while the insoluble fiber encourages a healthy digestive system and promotes bowel regularity.

Radiant and Healthy Skin

Flaxseed contains healthy fats which can help improve skin’s hydration and smoothness by strengthening the skin barrier and cell membrane.

Rich in Potent Antioxidant

Polyphenol is known as a health-protective antioxidant because of its ability to shield our body from oxidative stress which causes cancer, heart disease, and premature aging.

Stronger Heart

Omega-3 is an essential nutrient that helps protect your heart from any diseases and one of the best producers of a plant-based Omega-3 (ALA) is flaxseed. 

Add it to your Regimen

Want to add some Flaxseed therapeutically to your regimen?  If so, check out Standard Process’s Linum B6.

Linum B6 contains flaxseed oil, a natural source of alpha-linolenic acid, and vitamin B6. This product is designed to support hormone production and nerve tissue, as well as systems such as the cardiovascular and immune systems.*

  • Approximately 50 percent of flaxseed oil is made up of alpha-linolenic acid, which is a precursor of EPA and DHA
  • Supports the formation of eicosanoids
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Supports cognitive function
  • Excellent source of vitamin B6*

You can now order Standard Process and MediHerb products from our office’s personalized website here.

Keto Flaxseed Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Flaxseed Meal (Golden or Brown)
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder Mix (Cayenne, Paprika, Chili) *optional
  • ½ cup Water

Directions: 

  1. In a bowl, mix ground flax meal and seasonings well. Add water and mix till combined with a spatula. Cover and set the dough aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Pre heat oven to 400°F.
  3. Once the dough is ready, roll it out between 2 parchment papers as thin as you like. (cooking times will vary according to thickness).
  4. Gently pull apart parchment paper from each side of the rolled dough onto the other (this is to make sure it does not stick to the paper while baking).
  5. Place the rolled dough with parchment paper onto a baking sheet and use a pizza cutter to cut into cracker sized pieces.
  6. Bake chips for 10-15 minutes (longer if thicker). Once chips are baked, turn off the oven, remove and break the crackers. Spread the crackers on the baking tray and return to the oven for another 10 minutes with the oven door slightly opened. (this is to dry it out so it gets crispy).
  7. Allow crackers to cool completely before storing them.

Adapted from Adapted from Maken With Cherry

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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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.