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Tasty Beef Chili with Liver (don't worry- you won't taste it!)

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

When it comes to eating organ meats, I tend to be on the timid side. Last year I made the optimistic resolution to learn how to eat liver with greater creativity and enthusiasm. To my credit, I have made several attempts toward this admirable goal over the past few months. However, truth be told, I have also wiggled my way into finding as many loopholes and excuses within my offal-eating plan as possible. The savory chili recipe I'm about to share with you might be teetering on the edge of that "cheating" category, but I've come to embrace it nonetheless. With its vibrant punch of flavors, a steaming bowlful of chili is the ultimate disguise for organ meats-- making them tasteless and palatable for all to enjoy.

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Nutty Chocolate Coconut Bars

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Sometimes I get into a snack time rut. Has that ever happened to you? I will ravenously swing open the cabinets one day and peer at all of the bags and jars on the shelves, only to realize I am completely bored with my choices. Sprouted nuts seem a bit too bland, I'm out of fresh fruit and I've already had coconut flakes for the past 7 days in a row. In these moments, rather than give in to eating one of these same old options, I challenge myself to muster up as much kitchen-creativity as I can. This recipe for Nutty Chocolate Coconut Bars was created in exactly this way. Using ingredients I found hanging around my kitchen, these unique and delightful bars combine my favorite nutrient dense foods into something new and inspiring.

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Spicy Chicken With Red Palm Oil

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Around here, we've been using a lot of red palm oil this season. With a vivid red color and intriguing taste that borders on the exotic, we can't seem to get enough of this unique healthy fat. From vegetable stirfries to egg dishes and robust sauces, red palm oil offers a warm, waxy flavor that perfectly complements most all savory meals. Plus with more vitamin E than any other plant food, its nutrient profile is nothing to complain about. If you've ever dipped a spoon into a jar of this rich, velvety oil, you may understand just how captivating it can be to cook with. And if you haven't, you must try this spicy chicken dish. It is a basic recipe that's been turned exciting with a bit of red palm oil flair. Strap on your aprons folks, because your kitchens are about to get red!

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How Do You Picture Pure Water?

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Mountain Spring Water. Reading those words and immediately we think of clean, healthy, vibrant and life-giving pure water. Crystal clear water flowing from the highest mountain peaks filling our streams, rivers and lakes with healthy water, full of key nutrients and perfectly pH balanced to hydrate our bodies. Natural spring water, the way nature intended. If only all of us could find a local source of clean, natural spring water for our daily water needs.

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Tags: Connect With Nature, Drink Pure Water

The Unspoken Solution for Anxiety: My Story

Posted by Kelsey Grossmann

Welcome my sister Kelsey back to the blog! Together we will be working on a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!

Stop worrying. I cannot count the number of times I have heard those two words in my lifetime. Too many at that, and believe me: if I could have stopped, I certainly would have. Growing up I was constantly worried about getting sick, being stuck somewhere, or the possibility of bad weather coming. Anything that I could not control I was anxious about. I was that kid that all the school nurses knew by name because I frequently visited the nurse's office complaining of a stomachache. Most days I was told just to hang tight and wait it out. I would then return to class and continue the day with a gnawing pain in my stomach. Back then, I did not have the insight to realize that my anxiety and stomach pains were very much related.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Heal Your Mind, Fuel Your Body

Granola Done Right: A Simple Soaked Granola

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Who doesn't love granola? With that perfect crunch, satisfying sweetness and coveted packability, granola is the dream snack for a foodie on-the-go. With so many variations, it seems hard to go wrong with this simple cereal. It makes a delicious breakfast covered with a splash of coconut milk and pile of berries, and there is nothing better than a big handful of the stuff on the hiking trail. Yet unfortunately, most manufactured granola has more sugar than a candy bar, is made with over-processed grains and costs an exorbitant amount of money. Store-bought granola can hardly be labelled as the "health" food it has the reputation for. If you are a die-hard granola fan, try this homemade variation as a special treat using properly soaked oats, nuts and seeds.

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DIY Zinc Deficiency Test: Video

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Zinc is one of the most abundant trace minerals in the body.  It is a critical structural component of many proteins, and a co-factor to enzymes that are directly involved with cellular function. Nicknamed the “intelligence mineral,” it is most widely known for its contributions to mental development, reproductive function, collagen formation and immune system support. Although severe zinc deficiency is believed to be rare, marginal deficiency, often called dietary zinc deficiency, is actually quite common and estimated to affect 2 billion people worldwide.1 In the United States, experts estimate that dietary zinc deficiency effects up to 30% of the population, depending on age group.2 Finding simple ways to identify and correct zinc deficiency has become increasingly important to medicine, as we continue to unravel just how important this mineral is for healing the human body and mind. Check out this Zinc Taste Test as a simple way to quickly assess your own mineral status and see if zinc deficiency is something you should be looking out for. 

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies, Heal Your Mind

The Truth About Nutrient Dense Foods That Nobody Wants to Hear

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Today, most grocery store produce departments are overflowing with displays of plump, colorful fruits and veggies. From bins of red peppers to cartons of sweet blueberries, many of us are fortunate to have a rainbow of produce at our fingertips year-round. However, a recent string of studies has brought the quality of our plant foods into serious question. Crops have shown a shocking decline in nutritional value over past years, leaving nutritionists, food policy advocates and environmentalists scrambling for answers. It may very well be that the recommendation of “five servings of fruits and veggies a day,” is no longer enough.

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Tags: Fuel Your Body, Avoid Toxins

The 5 Supplements that Healed My Acne Naturally

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Please welcome my sister Kelsey to the blog. She put together this guest post on how she healed her own acne using real foods!

I am one of those unlucky folks that dealt with lingering acne well into my twenties. Now I am not just talking about a small pimple here and there, I am talking about moderate acne that created multiple bumps underneath my skin that caused inflammation in my cheeks and forehead. I was embarrassed that I had to deal with such a thing when all my friends had clear skin. I tried so hard to hide the scars and bumps, but despite the layers of makeup that I applied I could never quite do it. Eventually I was unwilling to go out with friends. To some this may seem a little bit silly, but after five years and no luck of successful treatment I was self conscious and tired of it. Luckily, with the help of an integrative dermatologist and my sister, I was able to come up with a supplement regimen that changed my skin for the better. Here are the supplements that immensely helped my skin and overall health.

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Tags: Supplements & Remedies

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Flourless chocolate cake is one of those desserts I've only ever ordered at a bakery or when out to eat. There is something about the rich, fudgy slivers that is just so luxurious and decadent. Whether drizzled with raspberry sauce or dusted with cocoa, flourless chocolate cake has such perfect sophistication, and usually a lavish price tag to match! I have always believed this gourmet dessert to be definitively outside of the realm of possibility for my own humble kitchen. Yet in a random surge of boldness, I was recently inspired to whip up a rendition. The result was indeed the perfect, ooey-gooey, way-too-chocolately dessert that I was hoping for. If you are looking to seriously impress yourself and your guests this season, this recipe is a must-try!

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