Dr. Dawna Ara, DACM

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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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6 Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice

There are a ton of great benefits to having a yoga practice, and it is in the regularity of your practice that you will find these benefits in their most potent form.

“Regular” doesn’t mean practicing yoga daily either. You could practice once a week, it’s the significance of your putting aside that time to practice every week which is a huge step towards reaping all the yummy, great stuff yoga has to offer. Your body and mind will sink into that routine and be able to snack on it all week long.

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Basic Coconut Whipped Cream Recipe

Like most people I love whipped cream. No matter how it's used it always improves the dish it is added to. Plain and unsweetened it adds goodness and volume for a creamy rich texture to sauces and soups. Sweetened with a bit of sugar and vanilla, whipped cream makes an excellent treat as is or added to deserts. But there's just one problem, I am lactose intolerant as well as allergic to dairy.

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Flax Seeds: The Best Egg Replacer for Your Vegan Baked Goods

Can't eat eggs or don't want to but miss the occasional indulgence in baked goods? No problem! I have a solution for you. Believe it or not you can use ground flaxseeds as an egg replacer in your recipes. Flaxseeds may seem like an odd choice but really they're brilliant. Why? Well to explain this you'll have to understand a wee bit about food chemistry. Don't worry, I won't bore you with too much detail. 

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You Win Some & You Lose Some

Would you like to know the difference between winners and losers in life? It sure isn't that winners don't have losses or that they have all the luck. In fact sometimes they have even more failures or worse luck and other things that do not go right for them. Hard to believe but it is true. The winner takes more risks and tries more things. But most important, the winner knows how to handle loss.

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Spring Goddess Salad

The strawberries up in the Bay Area are rockin it right now. If you haven't already done so go get yourself a basket or two or three of fresh organic strawberries from your Farmer's Market. You will thank me for it later. 

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Roasted Potato & Bacon Soup

Bacon? Yep, I said bacon. Bacon in moderation won’t ruin your health, especially if you buy organic nitrate free fresh from the Farmer’s market. It adds so much taste and unexpected crunch to the soup you’ll be glad you got over your fear of saturated fat. So here we go:

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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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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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.

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