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  • spaghetti squash with kale & chickpeas

    Spaghetti + squash + no spiralizer needed! Yes, you read correctly! If you’ve never experienced the A M A Z I N G N E S S of spaghetti squash, you need to try it STAT. All you have to do is roast it for an hour, scrape it with a fork, and you have sweet buttery spaghetti! It is packed with antioxidants in that bright yellow color. 1 cup of squash will provide you with 59% of your daily vitamin A and 26% of your daily vitamin C.

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  • protein power balls

    These snack balls are perfect for a pre work out snack, post work out recovery, lunch box treat, or in my case “need calories for breastfeeding” snack. They are packed with protein (4-5 grams per ball), good fats and minimal natural sugar from the dates which you can certainly omit if you don’t want any sugar. I’ve made these with sunbutter so that they are allergy friendly but you can use whatever nut butter you have on hand (peanut, cashew, almond, etc).

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  • guilt-free brownies

    Yes, these guilt-free brownies actually taste amazing and are good for you! When I make these for other people I always ask them what they think they’re made out of and no one ever guesses the secret ingredient… BEANS! Yes, beans… packed with protein, fiber, and cancer fighting, blood sugar lowering, and stroke reducing properties! The high fiber content in beans prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal as well as lowering cholesterol levels. In other words, you can feel really good about eating one of these brownies! I would love to hear what you think of them!

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  • healthy snacking: kale chips

    I often forget how easy and delicious kale chips are! The big kale chip hype was probably ten years ago but they never get old. They only take about 5 minutes prep and 15 minutes oven time! Also, for those of you who have never had homemade kale chips, don’t knock them until you’ve tried them! They are perfectly airy, crispy and salty and I bet you won’t be able to stop eating them. You can add whatever flavors you choose like Za’Atar seasoning, lemon, tamari or even a cashew “dressing”. The options are endless.

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  • watermelon & avocado salad

    Summer is coming to an end but the weather has been absolutely perfect here on the east coast and I’m holding on as long as possible. This easy salad from Jeanine over at Love & Lemons is refreshing and packed full of cancer fighting antioxidants, healthy fats and a little kick from spicy peppers.

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  • chocolate ice cream

    Dr. Hyman has said, “dairy is nature’s perfect food… but only if you’re a calf.” We now know that consuming dairy is not necessarily healthful. Studies have shown that countries with the lowest consumption of dairy also have the lowest rates of osteoporosis and hip fracture. Dairy is acidic to our bodies, which signals calcium to be released from our bones to alkalize our blood, in turn creating weak bones (the opposite of what most people think). Approximately 75% of the world’s population do not even have the digestive enzymes to break down dairy causing indigestion, bloating, diarrhea, and wreaking havoc in the gut. Dairy is also associated with increased risk of cancer as well as causing chronic ear infections (especially in children), sinus issues, eczema and acne.

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  • summer tomato gazpacho

    I am all about easy, no-cook, seasonal meals in the summer time. Most of us are probably busier than normal and nobody wants to turn the oven or stove on when it’s 90 degrees out. Today’s recipe is a simple cold soup called gazpacho that takes minutes to throw together but tastes amazing! It’s a perfect light lunch or appetizer and a great way to use up the abundance of tomatoes growing in your garden (if you have one) or from the farmer’s market.

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  • make ahead collard wrap with cashew cream

    It can be challenging to bring a healthy, mess free, utensil free meal on the go. This wrap is perfect for plane rides, beach days, hikes, etc. Since there’s no bread or flour tortilla, there’s nothing to get soggy! The collards are used in place of bread and are much healthier too! Feel free to put whatever vegetables you have on hand in this wrap. If you have a nut allergy, you can substitute hummus for the cashew cream. The cashew cream is amazing though, so don’t skimp on it if you don’t have an allergy to cashews! You’ll probably want to eat it plain with a spoon.

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  • cashew cream

    This cashew cream is life changing, seriously. I could eat it by the spoonful. It is good on just about anything, as a dipping sauce, creamy pasta sauce, or dressing. Best of all, it takes only a few minutes of blender time and remembering to soak your nuts the night before. The first time I had cashew cream was at my local health food store in a veggie wrap so I have tried to recreate theirs. You can play around with the flavor if you like by adding a little vinegar, spices or nutritional yeast for “cheesiness”.

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  • cold brew coffee smoothie

    Coffee… is it healthy or not? There’s all kinds of studies saying it is and isn’t. Truth is, one cup of coffee per day likely isn’t going to cause you harm, but when you’re using coffee as a false source of energy, health problems are likely to follow. There’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep and if we are fueling our bodies with caffeine, we are likely interfering with the depth of our sleep and our body’s signs telling us that we are tired. Bottom line, you can have your morning cup of coffee, just don’t have four! Too much coffee has been linked to raising blood pressure, LDL (bad cholesterol), homocysteine (elevated levels associated with heart attack and stroke) and causing adrenal fatigue by keeping your body in a chronic state of stress. To be fair, there are a few benefits to coffee, like antioxidants which fight free-radical damage, but probably not enough to call it a health food.

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