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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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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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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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Recipes – (Light & Crispy) Tuscan Kale Chips

If you've never tried your own kale chips recipe, you're missing out on some quick and easy nutrition

Over the last several years, healthy eating has become a top priority in my life. And my kitchen just so happens to reflect my lifestyle choice. There’s very little (if any) junk food laying around my pantry. This is mainly to avoid temptation, but truth be told, I don’t even remember the last time I bought a bag of chips. But who doesn’t look forward to a crunchy snack every now and then? Sure enough, I’ve found something healthy to fill the void. If you’ve never tried your own kale chips recipe, you’re missing out on some quick and easy […]

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Recipes – (End Of Summer) Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, which helps to slow the progress of macular degeneration

When it comes to overall health, the benefits of sweet potatoes are numerous. These bright orange bundles of goodness promote everything from heart, skin, and bone health – to minimizing the effects of stress, slowing down the aging process, and decreasing our risk of cancer. They’re also great for the eyes too. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, which helps to slow the progress of macular degeneration. Need more reasons to put sweet potatoes on your plate? I’ll keep going… Our bodies convert beta carotene to vitamin A, a very important nutrient that helps prevent dry eye […]

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Recipes – Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (with Chicken)

Healthy fats help the body absorb nutrients like lutein, which is a carotenoid that prevents macular degeneration

Besides all the health benefits associated with healthy fats discussed in My Last Post (decreased risk of heart disease, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes), they also help with weight loss, boost the immune system, and improve brain function. As far as the eyes are concerned, healthy fats assist the body in absorbing nutrients like lutein, which is a carotenoid that prevents macular degeneration. In sticking with my Mediterranean Diet theme from last week, I’ll start this week by sharing a delicious Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe (with Chicken). This particular recipe is a meal in itself. It can also double […]