Gluten-Free

How To Make Bone Broth (and Why!)

A number of years ago, I was introduced to bone broth. I admit that I was a little squeamish about the idea of it at first, but I decided to give it a try. Although I tend to avoid things that are all the rage, I understood that bone broth has a wonderful nutritional profile. I was thrilled when I discovered that it was also…

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Are Protein Bars Healthy? Sometimes

Protein bars are all the rage these days. Some of my patients even eat them instead of meals. We’re busy, right? And it’s so easy! It’s, of course, better to eat a whole, real food instead of something processed, but sometimes you’re in a rush. That’s life. And intuitively it makes sense that something called a “protein bar” would likely be a good choice—especially if…

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Cook this: Green bean ‘french fries’

When my son was a baby we wanted to make sure that he was a vegetable lover. The way we went about this was extremely tactical. We mixed a slurry of kale, chard, spinach, and peas into all of his baby food. All of it. Pears? Half slurry. Sweet potato? Half slurry. Oatmeal? Half slurry. I wrote about that here, along with other tips on getting…

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How to Choose Protein Powder that’s Right For You

Getting enough protein is an important part of keeping your energy up, your mood even, and your blood sugar stable. The lion’s share of my patients and clients think they are indeed getting enough protein, but then when they track their food and we look at how much protein they get compared to how much I want them to get they’re shocked, and often resistant. My…

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Why You Need to Snack, and Why You Don’t!

Just like everyone doesn’t need breakfast, everyone doesn’t need to snack! Some people enjoy snacking and some people don’t- you’ve got to keep that in mind when you’re deciding about snacking. That said, whether it’s best for your health to snack is very individual (I know, I know, I’m a broken record.) And of course what you’re snacking on is important. Snacking on a snickers bar…

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Cook this: Gluten-free, Vegan Walnut & Goji Berry Saute

When I was in acupuncture school we had a class on Chinese Medicine dietetics. I called it ‘Chinese Home Cooking.’ My herb professor hosted this class at his home, and his wife would cook samples of all of the meals we discussed. Each meal would be made with a specific intention for addressing imbalances. Many of them contained super-foods such as goji berries that are a…

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Easy Tasty Gluten-free Chia Pudding

I grew up under the watchful eye of a stay at home mother, an architect father, a sassy housekeeper, a posse of siblings and a dog named Tiger. In other words, my babysitter was The Brady Bunch, aka channel 5. Every day at 5pm, rain or shine, before my actual parents came home from work I would curl up in my parents’ bed with a Tab (or…

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My Favorite Pre-workout, Post-workout, or Anytime Smoothie

Smoothies are an easy way to get a little bit of extra protein in your day, And adding it in around your workout can help with muscle gains! Until recently I really pushed that protein within 20 minutes of finishing a weightlifting workout. We’re beginning to find that it’s ok before as well. And anything that makes it more convenient to get what you need is a…

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How to Choose Healthy Beef

By Dr Karen Carleton Do you eat meat but don’t want to eat animals that have been fed hormones? Or do you have concern about poor quality meat? Perhaps you don’t want to eat animals that haven’t been treated well or who have been raised on factory farms? These are concerns that many people have about buying beef for themselves and their families. It’s so common for my…

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Spring Asparagus, Snap Pea & Quinoa Salad (easy!)

Spring Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Quinoa Salad Serves 4-6 Living in tune with the cycles of the seasons is a lifestyle recommendation made in Chinese Medicine to help achieve a state of balance and health.  In addition to regular acupuncture treatments, one of the best ways this can be achieved on a daily basis is through diet. Eating what is fresh and in local abundance…

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