Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

February 16, 2015, by Dawna Ara Uncategorized Comments Off

I always stock my kitchen with butternut squash. Although technically it’s a fruit, butternut squash is often referred to as a vegetable. It can be purchased year round at my local Farmer’s Market but I especially love to eat it during the winter months when I can make a warming soup out of it. On it’s own butternut squash is relatively low in calories (not that I’m counting), high in fiber, vitamin A and potassium. It also has moderate levels of vitamin C, the B vitamins, and magnesium. Here is my recipe for roasted butternut squash soup. Enjoy!

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Vegan & Grain Free Raspberry Almond Cookies

February 10, 2015, by Dawna Ara Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nutrition, Soy Free, Vegan Comments Off

Here’s a vegan, grain free, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, egg free, corn free, pretty much everything free cookie that those with a long laundry list of ingredients to avoid could probably eat. Don’t worry, I promise these actually taste good!

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Flourless Pancakes

February 8, 2015, by Dawna Ara Dairy Free, Digestion, Gluten Free, Nutrition, Paleo Comments Off

Hooray, It’s Pancake Sunday again! Or at least that’s what I’m calling it. I found some great recipe inspirations online and decided to come up with my own simple recipe. These pancakes are grain, gluten, dairy, nut, and soy free. Here’s my version of a classic American breakfast for those with dietary restrictions.

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Just a Simple and Delicious Roasted Chicken Recipe

February 6, 2015, by Dawna Ara Uncategorized Comments Off

One of my all-time favorite things to eat is roasted chicken. No long explanation blog post is needed. If you like chicken, then try this simple and delicious roasted chicken recipe.
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Introducing Karen Gordon, DAOM, LAc

August 10, 2014, by Dawna Ara Uncategorized Comments Off

Very recently I closed down my practice to pursue motherhood and other adventures in the bay area. Many people have asked for a referral as finding a good acupuncturist is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. While preparing for maternity leave, I was lucky enough to find Karen Gordon, the best doctor of acupuncture in Pasadena to treat my patients until I returned from the leave. Now that I will be relocating to the Bay Area for good, Karen will be taking over for me indefinitely.

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Updates, Exciting News, and New Adventures!

August 10, 2014, by Dawna Ara Uncategorized Comments Off

My Little Munchkin

Introducing Aadi Gibrana Ara-Gradert born on 7/30/2014 at 7:18pm.

Aadi was born weighing 7 pounds 12 ounces and measured 21 ¼ inches.

I can’t believe this little munchkin was behind all the late night cravings, karate kicks to the lungs, and the ever growing round belly.

I’m so in love and happy he is finally here with us! You can view more pictures of Aadi here.

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Estrogen Dominance and Natural Ways to Balance Hormones

October 23, 2013, by Dawna Ara Acupuncture, Hormones, Nutrition Comments Off

Recently I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about estrogen dominance and how it could be responsible for a long list of dire ailments. Honestly we shouldn’t be blaming estrogen for the downfall of female health. Afterall, without this hormone the human race would cease to exist. Estrogen has a lot of great qualities. It is responsible for your glowing skin, it helps you to think clearly, it is responsible for your sensuality, and it helps you to feel sexual.

Estrogen levels fluctuate throughout your menstrual cycle as well as throughout your lifetime so it’s normal to see and feel these changes as the levels go up and down. We start to get into trouble when the delicate ratio of estrogen to progesterone gets out of balance. Even women with low amounts of estrogen could be considered estrogen dominant because their levels of progesterone are so low. In this case, you are not feeling symptoms of estrogen dominance because you have too much estrogen, it is because you have too little progesterone!

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Homemade Coconut-Cashew Yogurt Recipe

October 14, 2013, by Dawna Ara Dairy Free, Digestion, Gluten Free, Mental Health, Nutrition Comments Off

It may sound intimidating to make your own delicious and healthy dairy free yogurt but it’s actually pretty easy!

All you need are a few yummy ingredients, an oven with a light or insulated cooler, and a couple glass jars with tight fitting lids.

Why make your own yogurt? Well, it’s good for you! It can help keep your immune system working so you don’t get sick and it keeps your bowels regular.

New research suggest that having healthy microflora can keep your brain healthy as well. Plus, it’s much cheaper to make your own yogurt than it is to buy it in the store. Homemade yogurt guarantees high quality ingredients and yields a higher beneficial bacteria count than store bought yogurt. There are no additives and no waste of plastic containers. You will win all around when making your own yogurt.

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Eating the Rainbow

October 7, 2013, by Dawna Ara Digestion Comments Off

An easy way to find out if you are getting enough nutrients is just to look down at your plate.

What colors do you see? Is your food colorful and bright or does it look a little drab and dreary?

Did you eat the same colors yesterday and the day before? If so, you might want to consider changing it up.

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Energizing Juice with Lemon, Ginger, Apple, and Greens

September 23, 2013, by Dawna Ara Nutrition Comments Off

Feeling a bit sluggish? Need an afternoon pick me up?

Instead of reaching for that iced caramel latte, try this juice recipe that will give you energy without taxing your adrenals and spiking your insulin levels.

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