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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.