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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Unique Valentine Treat: Chipotle Lime Chocolates


Looking for a unique Valentine's Day treat? These chipotle lime chocolates have a raw truffle center made with cacao nibs and tender hemp hearts, so they're rich in antioxidants, fiber, and anti-inflammatory fats. The smoky heat from the chili pepper and bright citrus notes from the lime are subtle, exotic, and unforgettable. Make them as spicy as you dare.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Black Bean Chili With a Twist


Chili contains everything a healthy meal should have--protein, healthy fat, and fiber--all in one bowl. And it's one of the most versatile dishes I can think of. Vegetarians can add beans or crumbled tofu or tempeh. Omnivores can add ground meat like beef, pork, chicken, or even lamb. Here I added black beans and ground beef, along with an unexpected twist: cocoa powder.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ginger Berry Sore Throat Soother


Elderberry syrup is a traditional plant medicine effective against cold and flu viruses, bacteria that cause severe pneumonia, and even herpes viruses. Studies show that elderberry's anti-viral activity is comparable to medications like Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and Amantadine, and that it's a good source of vitamin C and natural anthocyanin antioxidants. These compounds trigger genetic signaling that has proven protective against cardiovascular, neurological, inflammatory, and degenerative diseases.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Vanilla Almond Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chunks


I don't eat cookies very often, so when I do, they better be good. These cookies aren't only good, they're good for you, in moderation of course. They're full of antioxidants, healthy fat, and fiber, and because I substituted ground almonds for flour, they're naturally grain- and gluten-free.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Buffalo Baked Chicken Legs


This is a healthy take on buffalo wings, which are usually deep fried. Instead, I slow-roast meaty drumsticks until they're crispy outside and fall-apart tender inside. Then I toss them with a sauce that contains anti-inflammatory spices and healthy fat.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Healthy Holiday Salad: Kale with Pecans and Cranberries


This green and red kale salad looks a lot like Christmas. Thinly sliced kale, dried cranberries, raw pecans, and shaved red onion make a festive mix of flavors, colors, and textures. Packed with fiber, antioxidants, and the good kind of fat, this salad is a healthy addition to any meal, whether you're celebrating a holiday or not.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp


This hot and sour soup makes a light and flavorful appetizer or a satisfying main course. Full of immune-enhancing and anti-inflammatory ingredients like ginger, garlic, onion, chili pepper, shitaake mushrooms, and turmeric, it also makes a nutritious meal for anyone under the weather.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Apricot Walnut Stuffing


This savory stuffing starts like most: with apple, celery, and onion sauteed in butter and seasoned with sage and thyme. But it also has a hint of tart sweetness from small bits of dried apricot, and walnuts add texture as well as healthy fat. I used sprouted whole grain bread but if you prefer a whole grain stuffing or a gluten-free version you could substitute brown and/or wild rice.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Savory Seasoning Salt


This seasoning salt makes me think of a walk in the woods. Rosemary gives it a pine-like aroma, dried lobster mushrooms add some earthiness, and a bit of ghost pepper adds a mysterious heat so small that later you'll wonder if it was really ever there.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

2-Ingredient Halloween Treats


Make this colorful Halloween candy with only two ingredients: dried peaches and dark chocolate. It's naturally sweet because there's no added sugar. And it's a good source of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C.