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Recipes – Healthy (and Spicy) Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies can contain quite a bit of added sugar, but this particular recipe is different

Gingerbread cookies are an all-time favorite holiday treat. But sometimes a good batch can contain quite a bit of added sugar. If you keep up with this blog, you probably know that I try to avoid added sugar at all costs. That said, this particular recipe may not be what your used to. But if you give it a try, you might actually enjoy it. If nothing else, Santa may just put you on the nice list for giving him something healthy on his busy night. Ingredients: 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1/4 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup coconut flour 3.5 […]

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Ideas for an (Eye) Healthy & Happy Holiday Season

It's the most wonderful time of the year to incorporate eye healthy habits

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but only if you’ve been nice. If you’re on the naughty list this holiday season, try not to “scrooge” it up for everyone else. But regardless of which list you find yourself on, you’re probably ready to “jingle all the way.” In that case, have a blast & follow these Eye Healthy Holiday Tips. Gifts Ideas: My top three gift ideas for 2016: Gym Membership Jump Rope Cornhole A trial gym membership can provide motivation as the new year approaches. If you go this route, try to pick a gym that offers […]

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Recipes – (Probiotic-Rich) Yogurt, Berry & Oats Parfait

Dietary modifications should be the first step on the path to healthy gut bacteria

As I stated in my previous post, keeping gut bacteria in check is a good way to improve overall health. It may also be important for healthy eyes. As we now know, gut bacteria changes are being linked to Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). With this being the case, improving gut health may help to prevent and/or treat AMD in the future. But for right now, there are plenty of other Reasons to Improve Gut Bacteria. And if you plan on making a change, dietary modifications should be the first step. Yogurt, Berry & Oats Parfait: This week’s recipe is […]

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Book Review – Younger Next Year* for Women

Exercise doesn't only slow the body's decaying process, it's also been linked to better vision as we age

I recently read the book, “Younger Next Year: For Women” by Chris Crowley & Dr. Henry (Harry) S. Lodge. The book specifically targets women forty years of age and up. But as someone just outside of that range, I was able to glean a bit of good information for myself. In all actuality, the information revealed in the book can be applied to any age group. The main idea is to slow the physical aging process based on the scientific evidence of what causes our bodies to decay over time. The number one theme of importance is physical exercise, which […]

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Recipes – (Eye Healthy) Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

Not only is the flesh of a pumpkin extremely nutritious, but the seeds are very healthy as well

Thanksgiving may indeed be the best holiday of them all. On November 24th, it’s perfectly legal to eat as much as you want, then burn it off by watching football (or going to the movies). Of course, it might not be the healthiest holiday. But it only comes around once a year. Let’s be honest, it’s only normal to look forward to a hearty Thanksgiving Day meal. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed the healthy fruits and vegetables that come before the turkey, the stuffing, and the mashed potatoes. Of course, the icing on the cake is the dessert. And by far, […]

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Recipes – (Not-So-Sweet) Cinnamon Baked Apples

The bulk of sugar related health issues come from consuming excessive amounts, not from ordinary intake

This week, I hit the sugar topic pretty hard. But all the talk shouldn’t be so negative. Without a doubt, there is a safe threshold when it comes to sugar intake. Especially for people who workout and/or participate in an active lifestyle. Like most things in life, it’s best to keep it all in perspective. The bulk of sugar related health issues come from consuming excessive amounts, not from ordinary intake. To curb sugar cravings we should always keep in mind our natural options. And a good balance will help the body feel better and less deprived. In the meantime, […]

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Recipes – (Brown Sugar) Sprinkled Sweet Potato Fries

The most accessible & economical source of beta-carotene is the humble sweet potato, which can be used in many ways

This week’s recipe is relatively easy to prepare. It can make for a slightly sweet & savory side dish, or a filling snack. Personally, I like to have my sweet potato fries with some grass fed beef (maybe a hamburger) & sautéed spinach for an eye healthy/late day meal. But you can do whatever you’d like. The main eye healthy ingredient in this sweet potato fries recipe is, of course, beta-carotene. As I’ve stated several times, beta-carotene is found in numerous orange colored vegetables. But the most accessible and economical source of beta-carotene (wherever you happen to live) is the […]

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Recipes – (Omega-3 Packed) Berry-Banana Chia Pudding

This recipe requires several hours of refrigeration so it's best to make it at night, then have it for breakfast the next day

If you haven’t tried chia seeds yet, you’re probably missing out. Without question, these tiny bundles of nutrition are one of the best super foods available (in my opinion). Often times, I sneak them into smoothies, oatmeal, and even salads. And truth be told, sometimes I just drink them plain (mixed in water). One delicious way to consume chia seeds is in the form of chia pudding (think pudding cups, but with a more interesting texture). Since it requires several hours of refrigeration, it’s best to make chia pudding at night, then have it for breakfast in the morning. Also, […]

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Recipes – Seasonal (or not) Stuffed Acorn Squash

Widely considered a seasonal favorite, acorn squash is an eye healthy source of vitamin C and beta-carotene

The arrival of Labor Day means summer is on its way out. No more sticky days in the NYC heat, but a few more hot ones wouldn’t surprise me. As fall approaches, the seasons are changing once again. Although this time around, the change is more subtle. From a healthy food standpoint, fall is my favorite time of year. In my opinion, the leaves can’t turn red soon enough (judging by my most recent recipe posts). I can already smell the cinnamon & apples and taste the sweet potato pie. I’ve even added some pumpkin spice to my morning coffee. […]

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Back to School – Tips For Healthy Eyes (All Year Long)

Assuming procrastination is the norm, it's probably a good idea to squeeze in an eye exam before the school year starts

The start of a new school year is right around the corner (maybe it’s already begun). If I can remember correctly, this is the time when students of all ages make a last-minute scramble to prepare. Assuming procrastination is the norm, it’s probably a good idea to squeeze in an eye exam as well. Several studies suggest our ability to learn is directly connected to our ability to see. Furthermore, the challenges posed by another year of school can be difficult enough (hitting the books, playing sports, socializing, extra curricular activities, etc.). Without question, those challenges can be enhanced by […]