Nutrition, Cooking, and Recipes

Paleo Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Paleo Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

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Out on Yawkey Way before Red Sox games, you can buy a sausage with peppers and onions for six dollars.

In fact, you kind of have to — they smell amazing.

And if you know what I’m talking about — the wafting steam from that cart, the sweet smell of fried peppers and onions, the umami of the sausage, the vibration of excitement in the air, and the sound of a thousand Boston accents bouncing off the brick walls of Fenway — you’re going to love this recipe.…

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Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute

Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute

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I have a strong affinity for mushrooms —the culinary ones, not the other ones. I especially love cooking with shiitakes, and this recipe is one of my favorite ways to use them. Shiitakes are not only full of vitamins and minerals, but also possess some amazing anti-inflammatory and disease-preventing properties.

This recipe can stand on its own, but can also serve as a hearty side dish or even as a co-star in an entree featuring a protein like fish, chicken, or your favorite vegan alternative — if you eat those things, of course.…

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Alma's Mung Beans and Brown Rice

Alma’s Mung Beans and Brown Rice

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Imagine you could make a quick and healthy dinner that you could also eat the next day for lunch without even reheating. Wouldn’t that be convenient?

Well, that’s what this sprouted mung beans and rice dish is all about.

If you aren’t familiar with mung beans, this is an opportunity to try something new. You can read about their health benefits here.…

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Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach Egg Muffins

Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach Egg Muffins

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If you are like me and lead a hectic lifestyle but eating clean is a priority, then healthy portable snacks are a must.

If you have healthy food handy all the time, then you will be less inclined to buy or grab the nearest processed junk when you become hungry. But while it is easy to take a piece of fruit with you or some nuts, packing a healthy snack that provides you with protein is a bit trickier.…

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How to Cook a Week of Healthy Meals in No Time

How to Cook a Week of Healthy Meals in No Time

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Imagine if you could make all your meals for an entire week in just two hours. And, on top of that, imagine all those meals were both healthy and enjoyable (and cost less than what you usually spend).

That would be pretty awesome, right?

Well, you’re in luck. I’m going to drop a series of three lessons on you that will teach you how to do just that.…

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Iskiate Chia Energy Drink

“Born to Run” Iskiate Chia Energy Drink

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I found out about iskiate in Born to Run, Christopher McDougall’s epic book about the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico (a.k.a. “the running people”).

Iskiate (IS-kee-ah-tay), also known as chia fresca, is a water-based chia drink that supposedly confers huge amounts of energy and endurance on the drinker, bolstered by the superfood status of chia, a squeeze of lime, and a hit of agave.…

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Peach Raspberry Iced Tea

Peach Raspberry Iced Tea

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It’s summertime and there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cold beverage. Make your tea more interesting this summer with this refreshing recipe for peach raspberry iced tea. It’s great to have in the refrigerator, is pretty enough to serve at parties, and is so simple to make it’s almost silly.

And the best part? It’s sweetener free! So you can indulge all you want and stick to your healthy eating goals.…

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Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

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Now that it’s summer, it is definitely salad season. This fresh tasting fattoush salad recipe was given to me by an Iraqi friend who says this is the staple salad in her country.

Fattoush salad is a great accompaniment to any meal, but can also be made into a meal itself by adding grilled chicken, shrimp, or any other protein you like.…

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Slow Cooker Pomegranate Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pomegranate Pulled Pork

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Recently while I was staying with friends, they made a dinner that used pomegranate seeds and pork ribs. I liked the idea for the dish and the combination of flavors, but the ingredient list for their recipe was not the best for those of us working on making healthier food choices.

I decided to recreate the dish with healthier ingredients — and it was a huge hit.…

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Why No Single Healthy Habit Is the Key to Success—and Yet It Is

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No doubt, most of you want to enjoy a lifestyle that can help you maintain good health and a fit body. At the same time, you probably hope to actually enjoy that lifestyle.

In other words, you may not want to deprive yourself of all your favorite treats or make time for an Olympic-level fitness routine. As a result, some people wonder if they can make just one change at a time by either improving their eating or their exercise habits.…

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Crispy Paleo Buffalo Chicken Wings

Crispy Paleo Buffalo Chicken Wings

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In the year 2006 B.W.L.C. (that’s “before Whole Life Challenge”) I had a bit of an issue with chicken wings.

(And if I’m honest, Trader Joe’s wine.)

I’d order a bunch of takeout wings, quaff a bottle of red, and generally descend into a buffalo sauce-driven coma. And then I’d pay for it, because Two Buck Chuck and sugar-filled wing sauce is the world’s most effective hangover recipe.…

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How to Cook with Fats and Oils for the Healthy Eater

How to Cook with Fats and Oils for the Healthy Eater

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There are so many different types of fats and different ways they affect our systems when we consume them. These differences are even more enhanced when we look at the way these fats are produced, how refined they are, and how we use them for cooking.

Most of us understand the basics of which fats to consume, but when it comes to how to cook with fats and oils, things get more complicated.…

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