Rum Balls (Plant-Based, Raw, Paleo)

DID YOU KNOW? Most traditional rum ball recipes are packed with low-quality and inflammatory ingredients like vanilla waffers, confectioners’ sugar and corn syrup. My love for rum balls dates back to my little Jen days. My Nonna (a.k.a. Ma) use to make them for the family around Christmas time. Not sure who inspired her to make…

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Turmeric Latte – a.k.a. Golden Milk

DID YOU KNOW? There are over 12,500 peer-reviewed articles published on the benefits of turmeric, in particular one of its powerful compounds, curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant – making it great for both weight loss and IBS. Unfortunately, the curcumin…

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

DID YOU KNOW? In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Brussels sprouts are used to improve digestive health. Just one cup of cooked Brussels sprouts provides four grams of fiber, which numerous studies show is important for digestive function. Fiber helps to support digestive health by encouraging regular bowel movements, preventing constipation or diarrhea, and detoxifying the…

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Fried Eggs on Vegetable “Rice”

When I started a gluten and grain free diet, fried eggs just weren’t the same because I missed soaking up runny yolks with bread. Not only are egg yolks super yummy, but the yolk is also the most nutritious part of an egg – and some would argue that the yolk is what makes the egg…

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Ciabotta – Italian Vegetable Stew

Ciabotta (also known as ciambotta or giambotta ) is a common summer dish in Abruzzo, as well as all throughout southern Italy. Similar to the French ratatouille, this vegetable stew is made up of seasonal Mediterranean vegetables slowly cooked down with tomatoes and finished with fresh basil. My Nonna (a.k.a. Ma) made this dish every…

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Creamy Macachino Smoothie

Did you know? Maca is known for its hormone balancing effects. Maca has been studied to help normalize the symptoms of premenstrual/menstrual symptoms, as well as the symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, cramps, fatigue and lethargy. Look for gelatinized maca for easier digestion and absorption. This Macachino makes for a great coffee…

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Roasted Lemon Asparagus 

Roasted Lemon Asparagus INGREDIENTS: 1 bunch asparagus 1 small red onion (finely chopped) 1/2 lemon (juice only) 2 tbsp. avocado oil Sea salt and black pepper INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Lay asparagus on a tray, add onion, lemon juice, oil, sea salt and black pepper. 3. Toss ingredients together. 4. Roast for…

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