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Oven Roasted Balsamic Beets

These Oven-Roasted Balsamic Beets are delicious and can be simply prepared which intensifies their natural sweetness. Toss them in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction. Beets are a nutritional powerhouse – they cleanse the body, are chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and a great source of energy! Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing this recipe great for serving as side dishes, snacks, and tossing over salads.   Ingredients: (Servings: 2, Calories: 77) 1 bunch trimmed beets (about 4 beets) 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 pinches sea salt 2 pinches black pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Gently scrub beets, and pat dry. Wrap in foil, and roast until tender (about 1 hour). Let cool, then peel and dice. Place beets in a medium...

Simple Almond Milk Recipe

  Almond milk is delicious and entirely customizable! This simple recipe is perfect for cereal, baking, and drinking straight alongside baked goods. Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing   Ingredients: (Servings: 3, Calories: 60) ½ cup raw almonds 4 cup purified water 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (optional) Pinch of sea salt Directions: Soak almonds and 1 cup purified water in a blender, at room temperature, for about 6 hours. After the almonds have soaked and using a strainer, drain off water and rinse well under running water. Add almonds back to blender with 3 cups purified water, maple syrup (optional), and sea salt. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes. Strain with cheesecloth or strainer with fine holes, and pour into a container, squeezing...

Lentil Vegetable Soup

This soup is packed with a hearty punch of flavors and made us full after eating a serving. Substitute Chicken Stock for Vegetable Stock for a vegetarian option. Ingredients: 1 pound French green lentils 4 cups yellow onions (3 large onions) 4 cups chopped leeks, white part only (2 leeks) 1 Tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves) ¼ cup good olive oil, plus additional for drizzling on top 1 Tablespoon kosher salt 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 1 Tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried 1 teaspoon ground cumin 3 cups medium-diced celery (8 stalks) 3 cups medium-diced carrots (4 to 6 carrots) 3 quarts chicken stock ¼ cup tomato paste 2 Tablespoons red wine or red wine vinegar Freshly grated Parmesan cheese Feel free to add some of your yummiest veggies to make it your own, such as red...

Broiled Lamb Chops with Rosemary

Rosemary has this incredibly aromatic woody flavor and these lamb chops soak all of that flavor right up! Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing this recipe that is as delicious as it is easy to make.   Ingredients: (Servings: 4, Calories: 194) 4 lamb chops (lean) 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon dried rosemary ½ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon pepper   Directions: Preheat the broiler. Drizzle oil over lamb chops and rub to coat them. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, and dried rosemary, and season both sides of the lamb chops. Rub spices into chops. Move the lamb to a broiler pan, and broil for 8-10 minutes. Flip once during cooking. When done, lamb should be only slightly pink...

We’re Nuts about staying Healthy – Here’s Why

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Nuts are a great way to get a dose of heart-healthy fat, as well as a mix of valuable vitamins and minerals.  The National Center for Biomedical Information states that “by virtue of their unique composition, they are likely to beneficially impact health outcomes.”  Research suggest that regular nut consumption is unlikely to contribute to obesity and may even help in weight loss!  But that doesn’t mean that you should eat handful after handful.  Instead (like most things), moderation is key. Ideally, a serving  should be about the size of a golf ball. All nuts are not created equal. Many are high in fat content. They are one of the natural plant foods richest in fat.  Nuts are beneficial because...

Eat Greens Every Day and Build an Internal Rainforest

  Have you ever gone through your week, and realized that you didn’t eat any greens? I used to do this and then would crowd in a salad here or there thinking that was enough. But was it enough?  NO!  We should be eating greens EVERY day, with EVERY meal.  Sounds strict, and I know a plate of greens isn’t as much fun to eat as a plate of French fries.  Let’s move past what our taste buds want and move forward to what our bodies need as a WHOLE. We need greens.  Greens help build your internal rainforest and strengthen the blood and respiratory system.  They act as a systemic purification, or detoxification, for our body, and help to balance our internal pH.  Dark, leafy greens are essential...

Nutty Green Rice

Nutty green rice is both delicious AND filling. Pair this detox approved dish with a detox approved vegetable (such as broccoli, kale, carrots, cauliflower, or cabbage salad) and you will have a well-balanced meal with carbs from the rice, protein from the almonds, fat from the olive oil, and micronutrients from the vegetables. Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing this recipe!   Ingredients: (Servings: 8 {1 serving ≈ ½ cup}, Calories: 157) 1 cup basmati or brown rice 2 cups water ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup almonds 1 bunch parsley 1 clove garlic 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper ½ cucumber, diced, for garnish   Directions: Bring water to a boil, add rice and salt,...

Guacamole

This recipe is simple to make and calls for fresh, high quality ingredients. The best guacamole starts with the freshest ingredients, so be sure to look for avocados that are ripe, but firm. Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing this delicious recipe! Plain and simple, it is a blend of quality ingredients with flavors that meld together perfectly.   Ingredients: (Servings: 4, Calories: 169) 2 cloves garlic, minced (= 2 teaspoons) 3 scallions or red onion, minced (= ¼ cup) ¼ jalapeño, minced 2 avocados, peeled 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (juice of ½ a lime) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 pinch of sea salt   Directions: In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, scallions, and jalapeños. Add avocado and mash using the back of a fork. Gently stir in lime juice. Finish with...