Does chocolate start calling your name around 2 p.m.? Does that bag of potato chips start talking to you an hour after dinner? The Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials Blog asked myself and other Registered Dietitian Nutritionists about factors that contribute to sweet cravings. Read the top three reasons you can’t seem to control those cravings.
Turkey Sausage Patties with Avocado Lime Sauce
Rev your metabolism, boost your energy levels, decrease risk of diseases such as cancer and achieve a healthy weight by starting your day with these Turkey Sausage Patties. Research has shown that starting the day with breakfast is inversely associated with weight gain over ten years which may explain why 78% of people from the National Weight Control Registry report start their day with a hearty breakfast. In order to reap all of the breakfast-eating-benefits you’ll need to ditch the donuts, pastries and processed meats and choose quality foods like these homemade turkey sausage patties with avocado lime sauce.
Wild Cherry Shake
Introducing my new Wild Cherry Shake for a truly wild and fruity smoothie experience, topped with a savory splash of cacao nibs. Sip it down for your morning nourishment or gulp it down after a hard, sweaty workout. The shake is stacked with frozen cherries, cacao powder and almond butter plus a cup of shredded cabbage to give you a break from your traditional spinach-filled drinks! Click below to find out why grass-fed whey protein powder is my preference for post-workout fuel. You will also find my favorite brand.
4 Important Truths About Gluten-free Diets
Gluten-free diets are all the rage with lots of people ditching wheat, barley, and rye. From a medical perspective, the most important reason to avoid gluten is because of celiac disease but there is a growing number of individuals without celiac disease that are steering clear of pastas, breads and hidden sources of gluten. Read more about gluten-free diets and the top four important truths.
Zoodles with Turkey Sausage and Sun Dried Tomatoes
When it comes to incorporating more vegetables into your meals, it doesn’t get easier than this Zoodles with Turkey Sausage and Sun Dried Tomatoes recipe. This dish allows for you to move beyond your traditional white or whole wheat pastas and experiment with a vegetable-based pasta (aka zoodles). Top your zucchini noodles off with some warm Italian turkey sausage (preferably organic), cannellini beans, sun dried tomatoes and the best blend of flavors!
Coconut Butter Fat Bomb Bars
We’ve been tricked into believing that a lower dietary fat intake leads to less fat for our bellies and booties but it’s really not so simple. Healthy fats are an incredibly important source of fuel, brain power, and blood sugar control. Don’t hide from fats! For many people incorporating healthy fats throughout the day can lead to weight loss and stable blood sugar levels. These coconut butter fat bomb bars are an extremely tasty way to add fats to your diet in between meals or after dinner. Crank up your food processor and get ready to enjoy this gluten-free, dairy-free and added sugar-free treat with only three dates as the sweetener.
Buffalo Chicken Chili
There are two common excuses about nutrition that I hear constantly: “healthy food doesn’t taste good” and “I don’t have time”. There’s no room for either of these excuses with this buffalo chicken chili recipe which proves to be delicious and simple. The flavor combination of the ground spices mixed with buffalo sauce is out of this world! The recipe is so easy that the chili can essentially cook itself! See for yourself that nutrition can be both delicious and convenient.
Top 10 Best Food Buys at Thrive Market
Over two years ago my life changed for the better when I learned about Thrive Market. The best way to describe it is an online version of Coscto that sells healthy food and lifestyle products that aren’t in bulk. I learned about Thrive when we opened the Center for Functional Medicine and I started working for Dr. Mark Hyman. He raved about Thrive and promised that it was the best way to purchase healthy, non-perishable foods. It turns out he was 100% spot on. As a consumer of Thrive and a dietitian, I have become one of their biggest advocates (second to Dr. Hyman, of course). Through ordering from Thrive I have found certain foods that I cannot scoop up in health food stores without breaking my bank. Find out my top 10 food purchases from Thrive!
Cupid’s Dark Chocolate Grain-free Brownies
This recipe is the perfect blend of eggs, avocadoes, black beans, and coconut oil–and no we aren’t making omelettes! We’re serving up brownies that will meet all of your chocolate-loving needs while still keeping it nutritious! Whether you are making brownies for yourself or your lover on Valentine’s Day or celebrating an amazing four weeks of the HealthySelf Reset, this chocolaty chocolate brownie recipe will provide you full-fledged joy and happiness! The only added sugar comes from the dark chocolate chips–no other source in the entire recipe! Enjoy this nutrient-dense treat that is gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free.
PB&J Paleo Pancakes
Holy Cow! These PB&J Pancakes are a heavenly combination of fluffy pancakes and creamy PB&J sandwiches. The best part is that they are a million times healthier than Aunt Jemima Pancakes and your classic PB&J! Start your morning off fueling your body with high quality calories by incorporating these delectable gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, added sugar-free pancakes into breakfast. The only thing they aren’t free of is nutritious ingredients!