Nutrient Bioavailability: A Brief Into

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Here’s a quick pop quiz:

1. Is spinach a good source of iron and calcium?

2. Can you boost the amount of iron you absorb from your food by consuming vitamin C?

3. Is it better to take vitamin/mineral pills with meals?

The answer to all of these questions is “yes, but”—with the emphasis on the “but”… Continue reading “Nutrient Bioavailability: A Brief Into”

Probiotics & Gut Health

“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates

“Gut health” is a phrase that is becoming recognized and seen more and more frequently when we are talking about overall health.

Why?

Well, it is pretty simple: Research over the past couple decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health. Not only that, the research further shows that an unhealthy gut actually contributes to a wide range of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, autism spectrum disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

In fact, there are many researchers who believe that supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier will be one of the most important goals of medicine in the next century. Continue reading “Probiotics & Gut Health”

Fast & Simple Brownies

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Sometimes you just need something chocolate-y, am I right?

Well, the other night I was in that state of mind but the only thing chocolate in my whole house was unsweetened cocoa powder…I was determined and came up with these super fast & simple brownies that you can make using ingredients you most likely have in your house at all times!

I made a half batch (pictured) but the full recipe will fill a 8×8 or 9×9 pan 🙂 Continue reading “Fast & Simple Brownies”

Ranch Veggie Burgers

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These burgers are my easy to put together and SUPER flavorful! They have over 15g of protein thanks to a boost coming from the amazing iWon! Organics protein chips…in this case, the ranch flavor 😀

These are super flavorful and also vegan! Though, there will be one ingredient you can choose to use that would made them simply vegetarian 😉

My secret ingredient is really the iWon protein chips…just like my last veggie burger recipe, I crush them up instead of using standard bread crumbs and they add flavor, protein, and are an EXCELLENT binder for the burgers! Continue reading “Ranch Veggie Burgers”

Green Chili Veggie Burgers

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These burgers are my new favorite! They are:

Simple
Flavorful
Savory
Enchilada-inspired
Spicy or not spicy…all up to you!
Vegan
& Super healthy ❤

My secret ingredient for making these taste like a delicious green chili enchilada: Crushed up tortilla chips instead of the standard bread crumbs used in so many veggie burger recipes!! I’m telling you…game changer!! Continue reading “Green Chili Veggie Burgers”

Nacho “Cheesy” Bean Dip

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This takes just 10-15 minutes to throw together and it is the perfect dip for chips, crackers, or veggies, and is also amazing in tacos, burritos, sandwiches and even on nachos!! Basically, it is good in or on anything!! 😀

This is packed full of healthy ingredients, super low fat, AND has no added oil so you can feel good about devouring it all right after you make it! …seriously though, I’ve done it…

Lastly, it is super easy to double or triple this recipe, which you will probably do in the future because you are going to want this stuff on EVERYTHING!! Continue reading “Nacho “Cheesy” Bean Dip”

Chilled Spicy Peanut Noodle Bowl

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This is the PERFECT

This is also highly customizable because you can add whatever veggies you like and you can also add tofu (which I did), or tempeh, or vegan chicken (or regular chicken for you meat eaters 😉 ) And toppings…go crazy! Try things like scallions or chives, cilantro, parsley, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, chopped peanuts, hot sauce, etc., etc. Continue reading “Chilled Spicy Peanut Noodle Bowl”

Cauliflower & Chickpea Crock-Pot Curry

This is the first East Indian style curry dish I have ever made that I am 100% happy with! Whenever I have tried in the past I always feel like it is missing something…well NOT THIS TIME 🙂 This is a fast, simple, and delicious recipe and it gets even better as the leftovers sit in your fridge. Try it and I know you will love it ❤

And while I used specific ingredients in the making of this recipe, feel free to toss in other vegetables you may have in your fridge or garden (i.e. zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, etc.) because I have no doubt that they will end up tasting just as delicious as what I used 😀

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Buddha Bowls

Some of you may have heard the term being thrown around lately and thought “BUDDHA Bowl???” You may have also been confused because all these supposed “Buddha Bowls” look different…soooo….what exactly IS IT?

Well…the short answer…it is this:

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