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Health Benefits of Apricot

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!

Skin Elixir

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.

Improve Metabolism

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.

Apricot Bars (Paleo, Vegan)

Ingredients:

 Crust:
 Filling:
Crumb topping:

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely. Once cooled, slice into squares.

Adapted from Wholesomelicious

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Baked Chicken Wings

Who says 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! 

THESE ARE 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!

Dr Zs Baked Hot Wings

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs organic chicken wings
  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1 Tbs onion powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  3. Add the chicken wings to the pot, reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. Drain wings in a colander and place on paper towels and pat them dry – This is important because if they are still wet they won’t crisp up as much in your oven.
  5. Grease a metal sheet pan.
  6. Place the chicken wings directly on the sheet pan.
  7. 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:

  1. Heat butter in a saucepan on medium heat
  2. Once butter is melted add hot sauce, garlic, onion powder and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add your chicken wings to a large bowl; pour the buffalo sauce over to coat thoroughly.
  4. Plate and enjoy!

Notes:

  • 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 (MY FAVORITE).
  • For metal sheet pans be sure to purchase stainless steel instead of Aluminum ones.