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9 Unique Ways to Use Chia Seeds in Your Diet (and why you should)

9 Unique Ways to Use Chia Seeds in Your Diet  (and why you should)

Though Chia seed entered the modern arena relatively recently, it’s not so new. Chia seed is an ancient superfood that has been used for centuries. The seed was a dietary staple of Mayan and Incan cultures. The word “Chia” means strength. The seeds were used by these ancient cultures as a source of instant energy. It was valued for its ability to sustain and provide endurance. In a case of extreme survival, you could live off chia because it contains 19 amino acids (with most of them being essential amino acids). (where to find)

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Caramel Sun Butter Sea Salt Brownies

Caramel Sun Butter Sea Salt Brownies

I’m Stacey from www.beautyandthefoodie.com  and I enjoy making healthy paleo treats for my family. I adore La Healthy Living and all her healthy living articles and natural remedies. There is a vast wealth of knowledge on this site. I was very excited to guest post here and bring you some chocolaty paleo treats. These paleo brownies are thick, chocolaty, sheet-cake style brownies with a caramel, sunflower butter frosting. Then they are sprinkled with sea salt and drizzled with optional chocolate sauce. Enjoy!
Sincerely,
Stacey

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21 Amazing Uses For Beets

amazing-uses-for-beets Beets truly are a versatile vegetable.  From cooking to beauty recipes, beets have got it all. Even Hippocrates viewed beets as a medicinal plant. Throughout centuries beets were used to treat many diseases. Beets not only provide your body with important nutrients and stimulate your metabolism but also saturate the body with powerful antioxidants.  (Here you can find more practical information on beets)

In my family, beets have been a part of our lives since childhood. We use beets in soups, salads, for canning, etc.  Throughout the centuries our great-great-grandmothers used beets to improve their complexion ( rubbing their cheeks with slices of fresh beets). It really works well as a natural blush… providing  natural skin radiance. Beet facial masks are not well known. I hope these amazing uses for beets will make you love this vegetable even more.

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Top 10 Healthy Grain Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Top 10 Healthy Grain Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving dinner is probably my favorite occasion of all. It’s not that I can’t buy turkey throughout a year, or mashed potatoes with cranberry relish. But there is something magical about Thanksgiving and the anticipation of eating the traditional dishes. It’s like  Thanksgiving has selfishly claimed them all. A year long anticipation of something gives you even more pleasure in indulgence. All in all, we give glory to God for all the amazing blessings He has bestowed upon us.  I’ve chosen my top 10 grain free (paleo) Thanksgiving recipes that won’t make you count your calories or go on a strict diet. (This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipe books-  find it here)

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Pumpkin Craze! Top 10 Uses For Pumpkin

uses-for-pumpkinI love pumpkin. This is probably my favorite time of year when an abundance of delicious pumpkins are prevalent. I really think pumpkins are a very versatile vegetable; you can incorporate pumpkin into your favorite dishes without sacrificing their taste. Whether it’s Mexican, Italian or American, pumpkins can do it all. And, as a major bonus, you can loose weight and just feel better by eating pumpkins. Pumpkins are loaded with fiber (as we know, diets rich in fiber, help us loose weight as they make you feel fuller for a longer period). Pumpkins will also make you happy as the seeds contain a significant amount of tryptophan, an amino acid involved in the production of serotonin (which makes us feel good)! Continue Reading

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Cauliflower Risotto with Peaches and Prosciutto

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Incredibly tasty and super easy to make!

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup peaches, finely diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1 head finely diced cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone or cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 ounce chopped prosciutto
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped


Directions

  • Make the Cauliflower “Rice”. Using a food processor or a grater, grind the cauliflower until it is rice size
  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add finely diced peaches, chopped onion, and 1 chopped garlic clove. Cook for 9-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until liquid is thickened.
  • Add  finely diced cauliflower, broth and  dry white wine. Cook until it starts to reduce approximately 10 min.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup mascarpone or cream cheese and 1 ounce. chopped prosciutto; top with fresh basil


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Roasted Cremini and Shiitake Mushrooms

 

Shiitake mushroom is absolutely harmless and can be used as a valuable culinary product, as well as, a remedy for many diseases. A wide range of useful properties in shiitake mushroom allow the use of this mushroom as a prophylactic and a means that prolongs youth and health.

Shiitake mushrooms contain 18 amino acids and vitamin B group vitamins - especially a lot of thiamine, Riboflavin, and Niacin. Shiitake mushrooms also have vitamin D,  fiber,  potassium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, sodium, enzymes and other biologically active substances.

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Fig, Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad

 

 

The Fig is a repository of various nutrients. Fresh figs are simply invaluable. They contain proteins, cellulose, pectin substances, organic acids, vitamins A, C, B1, B3, PP. Also, figs are rich in sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus.

And Fresh Figs  add uniqueness and elegance to the salad.