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.
Corn, cucumber, tomato, mint, parsley, and meyer lemon. Delish!
Portobello mushrooms are delicious any way they are made but roasting them in olive oil and herbs magnifies their goodness by 1000!
In general, nuts are a healthy and convenient food to snack on. When prepared correctly, they are a good source of healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.
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.
My mom has a rather ferocious love affair with garlic. In fact there wasn't a single dinner from my childhood that didn't include garlic in it. If you like garlic then I dare you to try her chimichurri recipe. I promise it will keep the vampires away.
Sautéed kale and shitake mushrooms. Just a simple and healthy recipe that's quick and easy to put together.
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!
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.
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.
This is a great smoothie to enjoy with a protein packed breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
This is just a quick recipe to show you how easy it is to make yummy and nutritious grain-free noodles.
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