Dr. Dawna Ara, DACM

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The Yin & Yang of the Holiday Season

From pumpkins and spooky Halloween decorations to Hanukkah candles, Christmas lights and hot cocoa, the holiday season is a lively time of year. Traditionally this is the time to spend with loved ones, give thanks for all that you have and indulge in comfort food. As a child, my excitement came from watching holiday cartoons and anticipating the arrival of Santa and presents.


Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Do you need more veggies in your life? Here's a simple broccoli salad recipe that calls for blanched broccoli. Lightly cooking the broccoli ahead of time makes it easier to digest and brightens up the color. Blanched broccoli also keeps it's crunch so no need to worry about having a soggy salad


Mashed Cauliflower & Chuck Roast

Hey Everyone! I'm trying something new here. I recorded a video of myself cooking and wanted to share it with you. The recipe is a modification of the classic roast with mashed potatoes. For a low carbohydrate version I substituted cauliflower for the potatoes. It was so good that my husband who is a pretty elitist when it comes to mashed potatoes, didn't even notice. Trust me, he would have called me out if he did!


Camomile Honey Gelatin with Coconut Whipped Cream

Here's a healthy and tasty twist on a good old fashioned dessert. Real gelatin is that good stuff found mainly in the bones and connective tissue of animals. According to Weston A. Price, gelatin is good for your skin, hair, nails, joints, and can aid digestion. Pair it with coconut whipped cream and you have a healthy and unique treat. 


Tangy & Sweet Sugar-Free Lemonade

I love lemonade but I don't love all the sugar that's added to store bought lemonade, and I definitely don't like when it's sweetened with artificial sweeteners. Yuck.

In this recipe I used powdered stevia. Stevia is an herb 150 times sweeter than regular cane sugar but doesn't raise your glucose levels so it's fairly safe for diabetics and other people watching their sugar intake. 


Cherry Marcia Bars: Cherry, Chocolate, Chia, & Vanilla Bars for a Tasty & Convenient Snack

I love this version of my homemade chia bar. You seriously can't go wrong when you combine chocolate, cherries, chia seeds and vanilla. These are really easy to make and convenient to travel with. You can take them when you're out and about and need a quick snack, or take a batch with you to work and store in the fridge. No need to be tempted by office donuts. Now you have your own super duper delicious and HEALTHY snack. Oh and the kids love them too!


How to Make Your Own Healthy Almond Butter for Better Digestion

Almond butter is a staple in my home. I think it's good on just about anything. I use it as a dip for fruit and veggies, add it to smoothies for an extra protein and fat boost, use it for raw treats as well as baked goods. Then one day I thought to myself, this stuff is so dang expensive, why don't I just make my own almond butter? If I make it myself I know it's super fresh and has no extra oils or preservatives. Plus I could make it way WAY healthier by soaking the almonds first.


Grain-Free Ramen for People who Like to Eat Ramen

Kelp noodles are a great substitute for ramen noodles if you are avoiding grains. They are made out of kelp and sodium alginate, which is derived from the cell walls of brown seaweed. They hold their shape and texture well and don't break down into mush. They have a mild taste and the longer they sit in the soup, the more flavorful they become.