Everyone’s buzzing about Brussels sprouts, but these little balls of veggie joy can be a bit bitter if they’re not done right. To tone down the taste, think small. Baby Brussels sprouts have a milder flavor than the full-sized version, and oven roasting with the right seasonings makes them an especially irresistible dish. In this recipe, they’re tossed with smooth olive oil, bright lemon juice and a dash of kelp seasoning, which is a tastier and lower-sodium alternative to salt.
About this time of year, many of my clients’ thoughts turn to detoxification. People’s memories of their recent holiday food-and-drink indulgences are fresh in their minds and also on the scale. Fortunately, so is the optimism that spring is just around the corner. Both are excellent motivators for health-minded people to work with the liver to support the body’s ability to neutralize toxins.
Hummus lovers know tahini—a thick paste made from ground sesame seeds—as the star ingredient in their favorite dip. But a jar doesn’t have to sit neglected in the fridge until it’s time for another creamy chickpea creation. Thinned with lemon and lime juices and spiced with peppers and parsley, tahini can be turned into a sassy sauce to drizzle on veggies, salads, sandwiches or any dish for an instant calcium, protein and omega-3 boost. Try it as a topping on my Mini Beanie Burgers—ketchup will become a condiment of your past!
Essential oils can do many things. One of their most important features is the ability to influence mood and emotion. At this time of year, oils with calming and relaxing properties are popular, but sometimes we can also use a boost to keep our spirits bright.
There’s no doubt that scent is a powerful trigger for feelings and memories. Smelling cinnamon might remind you of happy times baking with your grandmother as a child. Coconut might conjure up your favorite beach vacation. Peppermint and pine can put you in the mood for holiday festivities, even if it’s the middle of July.
If this hits home for you, you may be interested in aromatherapy. A natural health practice involving the use of essential oils to support well-being, aromatherapy is based on the power of scent to positively affect mind, body and spirit.
Shrimp scampi is a protein-packed, flavorful dish that’s been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. To make a paleo-friendly version, simply swap out butter for olive oil and replace the commonly used angel hair pasta with equally satisfying, homemade spaghetti squash noodles. Cooking shrimp with the “shell on” renders a more succulent finished dish–a little messier, but worth every bite!
A pile of tender-crisp, steamed green beans makes the perfect side dish for just about any main course. Give yours a citrusy twist with a splash of sweet, tangy orange and lemon juices, plus a zesty kick from freshly ground black pepper and natural sea salt. Quick tip: For freshest flavor, don’t wash green beans until you’re ready to steam them. They’ll keep well in your refrigerator for up to a week.
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