Two summers ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Israel. I fell in love with the local, popular dish shakshuka, which was readily available in almost all restaurants and served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I ended up eating it daily. Upon returning home to the states, I missed this savory middle eastern dish of eggs poached in tomato sauce and began experimenting with recipes to create my own perfect version. I use quite a bit more veggies than is traditionally used, and more eggs. I really enjoy this dish and often share the recipe with my clients, since it is so healthy and easy to make. I hope that you will enjoy it as well! Continue reading
Fermented vegetables are considered to be one of the three essential fermented foods for optimal health. The other top two fermented foods are the popular drink kombucha and milk kefir. All cultures have historically consumed various fermented foods as part of their eating traditions, knowing that these foods enhanced health.
Fermented salsa is a delicious, easy way to obtain the health benefits of fermented vegetables. Other popular American fermented vegetables include fermented cucumbers (pickles), along with sauerkraut. The benefits of fermenting vegetables is long term storage, improved digestibility and increased nutrients. Salsa once opened can usually only be kept for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. In contrast, fermented salsa can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Continue reading
Kefir is by far the most powerful and healing of all fermented foods. Home made kefir made with kefir grains and raw organic pastured milk contain up to 56 types of probiotics. Making your own kefir is quite simple. The most challenging part can be locating the kefir grains to start the process, but there are many online resources available. Some local communities have them, as well. I was fortunate to find some at a local grocery store, which carries both kefir grains and kombucha scobys.
Most healing and illnesses originate in the gut. For this reason, enhancing one’s multitude of probiotics or healthy bacteria is essential for optimal health. There is no comparison between home made kefir and store bought kefir in terms of quantity and type of probiotics, but it can still be beneficial to use store bought kefir. Try and use brands which carry the highest quality ingredients possible, with no added sugar. Continue reading
Nuts are a healthy, easy snack and can provide quick protein when energy lags. They also provide good fats, containing 60 to 80% of their calorie content in the form of fat. For those with no digestive issues, raw nuts in small quantities are relatively easy to digest and pose no health issues. However, to maximize the nutrients found in nuts and improve digestibility, it is recommended to first soak nuts in a combination of sea salt and filtered water for several hours, drain and then dry at low temperatures for 12-24 hours. What this process does is reduce the levels of phytic acid and numerous enzyme inhibitors which can strain the digestive system. Soaking or sprouting nuts also improves the nutrient availability of nuts. Continue reading
Our family loves drinking kombucha, a delicious fermented tea. This refreshing drink can be used as a daily health tonic and it has been found to be a powerful aid in healing several diseases. Kombucha contains vitamins B and C, probiotics, glucuronic acid and amino acids, which assist in digestion and detoxification of the liver. It is low in sugar and calories, containing approximately 2 grams of sugar in 8 ounces of unflavored tea. While store bought GT Kombucha is delicious, healthy and convenient, it can become costly if large quantities are consumed. Continue reading
One of our family’s favorite meals is taco salad. Using grass fed hamburger meat and home made taco seasoning, this is a delicious and healthy dinner or lunch. It is also fairly quick to make, so works well after a day at work when time is limited or whenever an easy, delicious and nutritious meal is desired. Check out Grass Fed Meat to learn more about the many health benefits of this nutritious food.
This cookie is a favorite for the Jewish holiday of Passover because it is grain free and grains are restricted during this festival. Macaroons are delicious to eat all year round, when one desires a lighter dessert. The egg whites provide protein and the coconut provides other nutrients. I have experimented with different recipes over the years and have settled on this one for a perfect and satisfying cookie every time! I use higher nutrient ingredients to increase its nutrition profile. Continue reading
Mint chocolate chip ice cream is a favorite dessert in our house and super easy to make. Using an ice cream maker, one simply mixes the ingredients, pours them into the maker and in 30 minutes delicious home made ice cream is ready to enjoy. It can be fun to make with guests present, so they can witness the ice cream in the making. With high quality ingredients, this dessert can provide many added nutrients, including vitamins A, D and K2 from the cream. Continue reading
Deviled eggs are great for a brunch, appetizers, breakfast or snacks. It is great as a change of pace from hard boiled eggs. Deviled eggs can be grabbed as an easy to go food when in a hurry. My recipe below is quite simple, but delicious and nutritious. For years I was afraid of eggs with all of the misinformation about how cholesterol in eggs are so unhealthy. Now, I embrace eggs and eat as many as I like, both raw and cooked in different forms. Continue reading
The argument against nutritious foods is often the time it takes to prepare them. What if there were fast foods that were easy to prepare, nutritious and delicious? What follows are ideas and recipes for fast, nourishing and mouth watering foods. Continue reading