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Consider this Easy Gift of Health this Xmas

It’s a wonderful chance to educate and inspire those we love to eat a little cleaner. I am so excited that I found an easy and healthy recipe WITH CHOCOLATE that I can make as a gift to my local friends and family. My Coconut Cacao Real Food Balls need no cooking and all the ingredients are Organic, Gluten Free and Non GMO. Click HERE for the recipe. I even made them in my kitchen this weekend as a gift I give you each step along the way.

I will deliver my delicious treats WITH the recipe because I KNOW people want to eat healthier and they think it is too hard! As a result my  little recipe card will inspire and motivate!

Most of these ingredients I bought from Costco which has become the number one seller of organic food in the country! Consequently, Costco has become one of my most favorite places to shop. Remember Costco’s selection varies by location and season!

Dr Karen Health Talks Podcast – How to Make Fermented Foods 101



Fermented foods have a lot of health benefits. They are rich in enzymes, which help speed up digestion and absorption in our system. They are also rich in good bacteria, specifically lactobacillus acidophilus, which is an extremely beneficial flora found in the gut.

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity even found that some types of probiotics promoted weight loss.

NOTE – Most fermented foods you can buy in supermarket jars or cans have been pasteurized and cooked at high heat, killing any friendly bacteria. You’ll have to make your own pickles or sauerkraut to retain those products’ bacterial benefits. (If you take basic precautions in fermenting your own, there’s little risk.)

What’s For Dinner? – The Magic of Marinades

What’s for dinner? That question often instills panic in me as a busy working professional. I know I am not the only one! I decided to take on the challenge and find simple, quick, healthy recipes that I can enjoy making and eating and sharing! I am NOT a cook! I am passionate about health and I know if I can help just one person cook more at home with healthy ingredients, then I am making a difference.

I found the magic of marinades!

I am sharing this one with you because I have  lemon tree and a small herb garden and it is EASY!

LEMON-HERB MARINADE FOR PROTEIN OF YOUR CHOICE

Marinating is a simple, versatile technique that can be used to enhance flavor in a variety of dishes. I  have a lemon tree and a small herb garden and just pick my fresh lemons and herbs right from my garden. Marinades are a great way to have variety and yet not take hours to prepare foods.

Marinade Ingredients (to make ¾ cup)

1 lemon, zested

¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme

3 tablespoons minced fresh chives

2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or rosemary

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

 

Ina small bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients. Place choice of meat, fish, chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Add 1 tablespoon marinade for each portion of protein. Marinate, refrigerated for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Season with salt and pepper before cooking