Hello everyone! It’s been a little while — I’m busy with some exciting things for this blog (coming soon!) but today I wanted to share a personal recipe of mine that I enjoy daily. It’s soothing, comforting, and really healthy, plus it’s great for you digestion! Perhaps by now you’ve heard that you should start your day with a glass of warm lemon water. Not only does drinking warm water help to rehydrate your system (our bodies are most dehydrated after we wake), it also aids in digestion, boosts the immune system, balances pH levels, and helps detox your body. But why stop at just the lemon?
My recipe kicks things up a notch with grass-fed gelatin that provides protein and helps soothe and repair your digestive tract, along with coconut oil which is an incredible source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), a kind of fatty acid that helps you burn more fat while lessening hunger, amongst a whole host of other health benefits. I find that oftentimes when I don’t have time for breakfast (I’m a big fan of the snooze button) I can just put this “tea” in my Contigo tumbler and I’m perfectly satisfied until lunchtime! During the colder months, I also make this when I get home. It’s my little moment of relaxation after a day of work and a hectic 20-mile Los Angeles commute. Continue reading →
Chicken is a staple in the diet of almost every American family. In fact, chicken outsold beef for the first time in 2013, making it America’s favorite protein — with breast meat accounting for 55% of all chicken meat sold. Crazy! It’s not hard to see why chicken is a top-seller: it’s generally cheaper and easier to cook than beef, has a better health rap, and it goes with just about everything. However, the chickens you find in most supermarkets aren’t raised healthfully. These factory-farmed chickens are raised for rapid growth and have a ton of health problems due to unsanitary living conditions — PLUS they’re fed everything from antibiotics to arsenic to GMOs, which you in turn consume when you eat them. Yikes!
So what’s a chicken lover to do? Go free range! I know, I know: the first thing people think when they hear “free range” is “empty wallet,” but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whole organic, free-range chickens are generally just cents more than the boneless skinless chicken breasts sold in the market, and because you’re using the whole chicken and not just paying for “parts,” you’re saving money at the same time. Plus, since they live a better life, so will you! Free-range, organic chickens have virtually none of the health concerns of factory-farmed chickens, and you’ll also get the nutritional benefit of the vitamin packed giblets (put them in the freezer for later) as well as the bones (save them to make stock – recipe to come!). And the best part? It tastes better than factory-farmed and could not be easier to make! Some people get grossed out over the sight of a whole chicken, and to those I say this: since when did it become repulsive to see where your food comes from?
I love hummus. LOVE it. I use it as a dip for any kind of vegetable, spread it on rice cakes or gluten-free toast, and even use it in place of mayo in my tuna salad. Though I have to say, I’m somewhat ashamed. Not of my love of hummus, no, but because I’d never made hummus until now! It’s ridiculously easy – all it takes is a few ingredients and a few minutes in the food processor. This version is a little more complicated considering you have to roast the red bell pepper first, but it’s really quite easy. The roasted red bell pepper combined with the zesty flavor of the raw orange bell pepper give this hummus a unique sweet-and-spicy flavor, but feel free to experiment with your own combinations! For instance, I like garlic so I decided to use 3 cloves, but you can add just one if you please. It’s simple, delicious, and nutritious. What more could you ask for?
This recipe is:
• Refined sugar-free