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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
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

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

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.

Western Medicine Philosophy

"Rough Days" by Bayat

The paradigm is changing…

In one of my recent courses at the University (as I am currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience), the topic of Western Medicine philosophy came up.  The topic arose due to some medical statistics.  Can you believe my shock when my instructor stated what he called the Philosophy of Western Medicine:

“How much can we poison you to kill the thing that is ailing you without actually killing you?”

You see… he gets it!  Many are starting to get it.  Western Medicine has minimal understanding of holistic healing.  Instead, everything is viewed from a “reductionist” viewpoint with little thought about what effects can occur globally.  More faith is put into man-made pharmaceuticals instead of in the miracle of our own bodies and the healing power of nutrition – nature’s apothecary.

Need I remind you that Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine” stated, “Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine thy food.”  He understood that the miracles of biochemistry that our bodies can utilize is provided for us.  Roots, leaves, and fruit of plants provide healing chemicals far more powerful than most pharmaceuticals.  I could demonstrate this with the research that I am currently performing – and will one day when it is published.

Research nutrition.  Research healing.  Discover more about your health so that you can learn how to manage and keep it.

Gluten-Free Garlic Chicken Pizza

I did it.

I made gluten-free pizza and lived to tell the tale.  Skip the take-out, this pizza will rock your world.

To make your own gluten-free garlic chicken pizza, assemble the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1-2 cups all-natural cheddar cheese
  • 1 bottle of sugar-free marina sauce (about 2 cups)
  • 1 recipe of garlic chicken
  • sore bought gluten-free crust

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  If necessary, roll out your dough onto an oiled surface.  Begin dressing your crust with a layer of marina sauce.  Sprinkle cheese, chicken, onions, and tomatoes onto the marinara sauce.  Bake the pizza until the crust is slightly browned and the cheese is bubbly.

 

What is a DC?

I am often asked what a DC degree is as many have not heard about it.  Actually, there are many professional or doctoral degrees that many people do not recognize.

DC stands for “Doctorate of Chiropractic,” a degree that is earned by Chiropractic Physicians upon successful completion of their chiropractic curriculum and practicum.

Chiropractic Physicians have a curriculum very similar to other health professionals.  However, all emphases of medicine take a slightly different approach as they are specializing in a certain aspect of health.

Below is a list of doctoral degrees:

  • DC – Doctor of Chiropractic
  • MD – Doctor of Medicine
  • DO – Doctor of Osteopathy
  • DPT – Doctor of Physicial Therapy
  • DDS – Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • DMD – Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • OD – Doctor of Optometry
  • ND – Doctor of Naturopathy
  • JD – Juris Doctor
  • PharmD – Doctor of Pharmacology
  • PhD – Doctor of Philosophy

This webpage will give you a visual of how a DC degree compares to that of an MD.  However, it is important to note that medical physicians will specialize in one aspect of the body whereas chiropractic physicians will take a more holistic approach to health.

 

Raw Apple Holiday

Apples and Peanut Butter

apples + peanut or almond butter + unsweetened coconut + raw pecans + chocolate chips = amazing.

Serve it at your next big event, share it with a friend, or enjoy it with a warm blanket and book.
This treat has the power to transform any day into a holiday.

 

Tips:

  • For easier drizzling, heat your almond/peanut butter on low heat prior to pouring it over the apples.
  • Splash your apples with fresh orange juice (prior to toppings) to prevent browning.
  • For added sweetness, try mixing organic almond or peanut butter with a little organic maple syrup and vanilla prior to drizzling your apples.

 

Warm Apple Berry Breakfast Cobbler

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Cold Winter Mornings

Cold mornings are best greeted with warm breakfast dishes.  This warm berry breakfast cobbler is a sweet way to start the day.  Enjoy this dish on a cold morning or evening… you will not regret it. And this dish is amazingly simple.  Whip up a warm healthy breakfast in minutes.  Your cold feet will thank you.

 

The variability of this dish is amazing.

Enjoy it plain, with plain Greek yogurt, or with a generous scoop of coconut whipped cream.

 

Either way, you are going to love it.

And if you do not absolutely love it…  you can call me and I will eat your warm breakfast berry cobbler for you.

And that makes me kind of hope that you do not like it. (hee hee hee)

 

Warm Berry Cobbler with Greek Yogurt

Warm Apple Berry Breakfast Cobbler

4 large sweet apples and/or pears – chopped into cubes
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 cups fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, raspberries, etc.)
1 Tbsp agave nectar or sucanat
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup of oats or healthy granola/cereal (gluten-free is applicable)
Crushed almonds, pecans, etc.

 

Heat coconut oil in a large skillet. Add apples and or pears and saute until tender. Add berries, sucanat/agave nectar, cinnamon, granola/oats, and nuts. Bake until berries have “burst” and your oats are ready to crumble.

 

Eat it.

Enjoy it.

Love it.

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