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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.
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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! **