Dr. Dawna Ara, DACM

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Goji Berry & Rose Latte

Goji Berry & Rose Latte

Goji berries are one of the most well known Chinese herbs in the US. Used for over 2000 years in China, they were first mentioned in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, the oldest known book on Chinese herbs in 200 BC. They are prized for their ability to tonify blood and yin without causing stagnation. Consumed daily in China as a food and herbal medicine, goji berries are revered for their anti-aging properties. They are used in many beauty tonics.

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Creamy Carrot Soup for Better Skin

Carrots are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. A staple in most cuisines, the white, yellow and purple varieties were first cultivated in Afghanistan around 3000BC. The modern, sweeter and bright yellow and orange varieties were created in the Netherlands around the 16th century. 

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Hot Cocoa with Immune Boosting Herbs & Mushrooms

Taking my herbs is something I look forward to every day. Not only do they help me to think clearly and feel good, but I’ve learned how to make them taste delicious.

Here I have homemade hot cocoa with collagen for skin and joint health and a homemade immune tonic with astragalus and mushrooms to keep me well throughout the fall and winter season. This warm and cozy drink is very calming and I look forward to drinking it as my day winds down. No, you cannot taste the herbs.

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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

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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!

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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. 

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Vegan & Grain-Free Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Not to toot my horn but this has got to be the best grain-free, dairy-free and egg-free banana bread recipe I’ve ever come up with. I wanted to make an egg-free recipe because many people have allergies or intolerances to eggs or are following a special diet that excludes them. If this is not you then feel free to use eggs as they are one of the healthiest foods on the planet for those who can tolerate them. 

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The Complete Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Series

I know what you are thinking. Gluten free is annoying. You can’t wait for it to go away so you can go out to dinner without the embarrassment of your friend asking the waiter if each item on the menu is gluten free. You preferred when they were a vegetarian. At least then you could eat your naan bread and channa masala in peace without them giving you the stink eye.

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Paleo Flourless Pancakes for Any day of the Week

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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Homemade Coconut-Cashew Yogurt Recipe

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!

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