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Recipe Roundup

Recipe Roundup

These fun recipes inspired us to lick our fingers clean this week.  Please share any of your new favorite recipe finds in the comments below.

Zucchini Melts

Zucchini Melts

Zucchini Melts
adapted from Dancing Carrots

Ingredients:

1 T olive oil
2 medium zucchinis, cubed
1 pinch red pepper flakes
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup marinara sauce
1 1/2-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Whole wheat “french bread”

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Fry the zucchini in oil until browned and slightly tender. Season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and stir in the marinara sauce. Cook and stir until the sauce is heated through.
3. Slice french bread into slices and bake for about 5 minutes or until they are toasted. Remove from oven.
3. Spoon generous amounts of the zucchini mixture onto each slice of french bread. Top with a generous amount of mozzarella cheese.
4. Bake for 5-7 minutes in oven or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Miracle Garlic

Miracle Garlic

I love garlic!  Are you like me?  I usually triple or quadruple the amount of garlic in any recipe.  It is tasty, and the health benefits are amazing!

Garlic has often been termed “miracle garlic.”  A major key to garlic’s health benefits is one of at least 33 sulfer compounds derived from raw garlic once it is crushed or finely chopped. The most important health benefit from raw garlic is the compound called Allicin.

Allicin has antibiotic, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. These properties are most strong as soon as the garlic is crushed and begin to breakdown after exposure to oxygen.  Cooking the garlic reduces the effective Allicin, and microwaving completely destroys it.  Refrigeration of crushed garlic can slow down the breakdown process.

If consumed raw and immediately upon being crushed, one clove of garlic per day may provide enough Allicin, and the rest of the desired health effects of garlic may be consumed in other forms such as garlic powder in capsules or garlic juice or oil. An equivalent of up to 16 cloves per day may need to be consumed by adults wishing to gain an antibiotic effect.  Now, I know that you are thinking that that would be miserable to smell like garlic.  However, for the benefits of garlic for your health when you are ill, the side-effect is well worth it.  In

Purchasing garlic powder and making one’s own capsules is the most economic and convenient way to consume garlic above and beyond consuming a fresh, crushed clove.  However, there are many nutraceutical grade garlic capsules that will do the trick as well.

Addiction Research – Biomarkers

It has been a busy summer!  I hope that through all of the fun activities you have done this summer, each of you have been continuing to take steps to a healthier you!

I am excited to share this video with you.  This is a presentation that I gave at the BYU Grad Talks competition on my research.  It is a brief overview that looks into the neuroscience of addiction and the holistic approaches that can be taken to overcome this problem.


Addiction Biomarkers from Nathan Schilaty on Vimeo.

The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

A fortification is only as strong as its weakest entry point.

Likewise, we can only be as healthy as our most unhealthy habit.

All too often, people fail to recognize their weakest link in their health (whether short-term or long-term) – the link of nutrition.

We can only perform as well as the raw materials that we intake to fuel our bodies and build our tissues.  If we want the performance that comes from Ding Dongs and Twinkies, then we need to eat Ding Dongs and Twinkies.  Our bodies are not capable of creating good nutrients from bad nutrients.  However, if we want the performance of efficient enzyme activity, powerful antioxidants, and vibrant energy, we need to consume raw vegetables and fruits, non-processed foods, organic / natural meats, and foods without preservatives and dyes.

The weakest link in our health is nutrition.  We can choose to fortify it or keep it weak.  The choice, however, has lasting consequences.

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