Popcorn is one of those snacks that is irresistible to include in a family movie night or just to create a quick snack for you or your kids!
I love to make a big batch on the weekend or before the kids get home from school, when they are always so HANGRY!
Who doesn't love popcorn? There are actually some health benefits to this snack, but beware many varieties and packaged options are not healthy!
First let's talk about the pros....
Now the cons...
There are some downfalls to previously popped packaged popcorn (say that 5 times fast!) which can contain chemicals and toxins that we really don't want in our our our kid's bodies.
Elderberry is one of the most powerful plants I keep in my medicinal “chest”, especially during the winter season.
Check this out, a new study, “has shown that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus. It inhibits the early stages of an infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the viral attachment and entry into the host cells.” (Source)
Australian scientists discovered how elderberry compounds inhibit the flu virus’s replication and entry into our cells, at the same time it strengthens the body’s immune response to the virus!
Elderberry, known as Sambucus, is a kind of flowering plant that contains antioxidants that can help relieve colds, fight the flu, and help balance the immune system. You can find many options at your local health-focused grocer OR you can make your own!
Some of the benefits of taking elderberry are:
Waking up to water is one of the first piece of advice I give to anyone looking to move themselves towards optimal health!
It is estimated that over 75% of American adults suffer from chronic dehydration!
Don't be a part of that 75%! Dehydration causes a multitude of health issues and keeping hydrated is one of the most important things you can do every day of your life!
Rule of thumb drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of water every day! For example, a 120 pound woman would need to drink 60 ounces of water every day.
120/2 = 60 ounces. Simple as that!
Waking up to water can be an incredibly beneficial habit to create in your life!
This morning tonic combines anti-inflammatory spices and detoxifying lemon to help kick start your health! It's extremely cleansing and will get things moving, if you know what I mean!
What's also key is that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is highly anti-inflammatory and has a myriad of health benefits. Pairing it with black pepper helps us...
This is one of the simplest Fall squash recipes ever!
Acorn squash is vibrant in color and packed with nutrients. This is just one of the MANY plants Mother Nature has blessed us with that not only tastes divine, but is SO good for us!
The bright orange flesh is full of vitamins C, A, and B... it has minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, and manganese, which are ALL critical for health!
It's also ample with antioxidants that protect cellular health.
Acorn squash is also a great source of fiber, which we all need more of in our diet!
Fiber feeds our good gut bugs, and if you are in my 14-Day Gut Reset Program, this recipe is for you (just skip the maple syrup!).
This recipe is almost like dessert!
It's sweet, savory, and easy to pair with a clean meat!
I could eat it all day long. It's also a perfect and versatile carb that can take place of other starchy veggies, and is perfect in both sweet and savory recipes.
Okay enough of it's magnificence, let's do...
Granola has a bad rap. Most store-bought are full of processed oils, tons of sugars, and ingredients that aren't recognizable by mother nature. Many also have GMO's which wreak havoc on our digestive system and make pesticides even harder for the body to break down!
I have yet to find a legit granola I like. So of course, I had to make my own!
This is a yummy granola recipe I love to serve with sliced apples, bananas, raisins, cinnamon (even more!), hemp & chia seeds, and cashew milk. It's super quick and simple to throw together, bake, enjoy. It's yummy and filling!
When I was inspired to make this, I was literally in the middle of cleaning and a craving for granola came on strong. I dropped everything preheated the oven and went to work... unsure of what kind of granola I was going to create.
I wanted to make it simple... I've created granola with lots of dried fruits but it just seemed to limit how we could use it. Personally I prefer the oats and seeds more than...
This is a simple salad that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. It's so good for digestion and giving us the fiber we need for a healthy gut!
Kale has so many health benefits! It promotes detoxification, skin health, has tons of antioxidants, and has ample fiber... which we all need more of in our diets! Pair kale with lemon juice, also super detoxifying, onion, which our gut bugs love to eat, and extra virgin olive oil, the healthy fat... you have magic!
The nuts add more healthy fat to help you absorb all of those amazing fat-soluble vitamins!
The trick to making curly kale easier to eat, massage it with oil! It breaks down the hard fibers! Sautéing kale is also one of my favorite side dishes... I'll post that recipe soon too.
Okay enough chit-chat... let's do this:
It is estimated that 64% of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day!
A study published in 2005 by researchers at the University of Scranton (Pa.) indicated that coffee was the number one source of antioxidants in the American Diet than from any other source.
Our body needs antioxidants! These substances can help prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules in the body produced by a reaction or response to an environmental stressors.
Of course, I recommend getting your daily dose of antioxidants and nutrients from fruits and vegetables, but the fact is that only 1 in 10 Americans actually get enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet.
For the purpose of this post, we will focus on coffee and how to make the most of your morning cup of Joe. If you have a cup of coffee everyday, this post may inspire you to up your coffee-game and take baby steps to make it healthier and infuse it with super...
Whenever summer transitions into fall, I take full advantage of the new seasonal produce coming into play. Just so you know, peak season for sweet potatoes is October through March.
Sweet potatoes are such a beautiful source of complex carbohydrates. They help stabilize blood sugar, are high in antioxidants, and are packed with Vitamin A, the immune system LOVING vitamin!
Whenever a diet removes any macro-nutrients, I recommend you run the other way! Our body needs ALL of these to function properly. So instead of consuming simple processed carbs, focus on the plethora of beautiful Mother Nature made complex carbohydrates to satiate you carb-cravings. Not only do we need complex carbohydrates to balance our hormones, but also to create balance in our appetite and metabolism!
Pair this root veggie with zucchini (also loaded with nutrients - vitamin C & antioxidants), garlic, and onions (both which the gut/microbiome LOVE, you get...
This herbaceous salad is one nourishing powerhouse meal! Loaded with TONS of nutrients, antioxidants, polyphenols, and most importantly it's fucking delicious.
Summer and salads are meant for each other. There is nothing like a crisp, cold, and satiating salad in the summer evenings. I ALWAYS double the batch. This is a huge batch and fed my husband and I twice, with about one serving left over.
I added lots of herbs to this salad. Parsley is super rich in antioxidants, has antibacterial properties, super rich in nutrients that supports eye health, and is high in vitamin C!
Basil is also an important component in the salad and dressing. Basil is great for digestion, anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, is great for our skin, and promotes a health gut! It's also a beautiful addition to make this salad even more freaking yummy!
Last but not least, I added just a bit of fresh oregano. Oregano is one powerful herb. It's a really great antibacterial agent, has...
This is such a simple and delicious dish. I always make extra, so I can eat more of it tomorrow. I always add green chile, I'm from NM, and it's an absolute staple! You can always up the spice with red peppers or even jalapenos. Make it easy and batch cook, so you can eat more tomorrow too!
Just a little insight, all my meals consist of four important components:
This chicken fajita salad checks all the boxes, especially number 4! I love meals that not only taste fucking delicious, but are satiating and savory. Okay, let's do this.
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