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Immune-Boosting Orange Julius

Immune-Boosting Orange Julius

While I love just eating the fruit, this juice (which really tastes just like an Orange Julius, without all the sugar) is a super delicious and easy way to change things up. Additionally, the turmeric and cinnamon kick up the flavor and the health-boosting properites: turmeric is anti-inflammatory, as well as mood and brain-boosting; cinnamon, in addition to being a warming winter-spice (a good pairing with the warm-weather citrus fruit) and blood-sugar stabilizing, also fights viruses and infections!  Keep it coming. 

Chocolate Extravagance Avocado Mousse

Chocolate Extravagance Avocado Mousse

You may love avocados in guacamole or toast form, but trust me when I say they make an excellent vessel for chocolate. This super rich and decadent chocolate avocado mousse is not only amazingly delicious and will satisfy even the most intense chocolate cravings, it's also crazy good for you

Savory Salmon Cakes

Savory Salmon Cakes

If I were going to make a recipe to impress someone, it might be these savory salmon cakes. Forget healthy (and they are), these salmon cakes are just so crazy good.  All the flavor, great texture, super satisfying. And yeah, super good for you, too. One of salmon's many health benefits is that it's loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce depression and inflammation. So if you're recovering from a broken heart, are super stressed, or just feeling kind of blah, eat this delicious mood boosting meal.  Less inflammation also means you will feel better, mind and body. I've subbed almond flour for the usual wheat flour, so they're super low glycemic, gluten free, and protein-packed, which is great for balanced blood sugar. Stable blood sugar = a more stable mood (no hangries, please and thank you) and also a flat tummy. 

Almond Butter Bliss Balls

Almond Butter Bliss Balls

These almond butter bliss balls are an easy make-ahead snack that's perfect for that mid-afternoon slump, pre-workout, or even a quick breakfast on the go.  They're filled with protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied and keep your blood sugar from plummeting (read: no hangries, or crazy cravings), and so tasty! I've added maca powder for some adrenal support, to help keep your bod and hormones balanced from all of life's stresses. 

GET BONED

 GET BONED

Bone Broth.  

Oh I'm sorry, are you disappointed? You won't be after reading this. ;) All the cool kids are doing it. Really. 

Bone broth is one of those "everything old is new again" phenomenon. It's a traditional food in many cultures, and for reason alone it should probably should be part of your diet. What likely started as a way to use all the parts of an animal, bone broth is simply the strained liquid made from boiled down animal bones (chicken, pork, beef, or fish) with vinegar and water, and maybe some vegetables and spices. It gives you good skin, good digestion, a strong immune system,  and is also good for achey joints!

Trader Joe's Healthy Healthy Bargain Buys

 Trader Joe's Healthy Healthy Bargain Buys

Hi there. So I have a confession: I have an expensive grocery habit.  Between Wegmans (which I love), my co-op (which I also love), and The Piggery, my local meat's butcher shop (which I love love love), it's so easy for me to over-spend. This is not to say that eating organic and healthy can't be done on a budget, but I'm a sucker for delicious, healthy food, and trying the newest thing, so I'm not always as judicious with my grocery shopping as I could be. (True story: I popped into my co-op after yoga yesterday just to pick up some dinner from the hot-bar and walked out $40 lighter. Oops).

Simple Homemade Coconut Milk: 2 Ways

Simple Homemade Coconut Milk: 2 Ways

Homemade coconut milk is one of those, "Why didn't I know about this?" kinds of recipes. (And it's really more of just a series of a few steps than a recipe). I used to buy ready-to-drink coconut milk at the grocery store - you know, the kind that comes in a carton like regular cow's milk.  I even found one that was unsweetened, but it still had all kinds of preservatives and fillers, like carageenan (the research on carageenan is inconclusive, but suggests it may cause gastrointestinal distress, and we don't want that), and even more than that, it just didn't taste that good!  Enter these recipes. They come together in minutes, are cheaper than buying ready-to-drink coconut milk, you control what goes in it, and they taste better! Win!