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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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. 

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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!

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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.

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