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Hot Dark Chocolate

  Thank Goodness for Chocolate!   I’m kicking off December with my favorite winter and holiday drink – Hot Chocolate! I can’t drink enough of it throughout the holidays and the wonderfully cold winter. I’ve discovered my love for dark chocolate during my cancer journey, when I found out that dark chocolate contains antioxidants that …

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Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving Tips!

  I just got back from the battlefield of markets on Thanksgiving week. It wasn’t pretty, but I survived. I only got hit twice by someone’s elbow and reckless carts, and only one person ran off with my cart, and the cashier wasn’t having an anxiety attack. I’m good. Here are some tips to stay …

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No Recipe Roasted Tomato Soup

This is another no recipe dish with few ingredients, that is incredibly easy, delicious, healthy, and economical. The oven and the blender does most of the work and it comes together fast. And you can enjoy this hearty and yummy soup with orzo pasta and/or grilled cheese. Tomato soup and grilled cheese are another match …

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Avocado Blueberry Pancakes

I have a thing for pancakes and my body screams out for them on the weekends for brunch. Pancakes are yummy, but it’s often filled with enriched, bleached flour, full of trans fat and calories, and are generally unhealthy. But by adding avocados and blueberries, using nut milk, and healthy flour and oil, you get …

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Healthy Way To Lose Weight Without Dieting Forever!

It still amazes me how many people spend so much money and time, and succumb to endless unhealthy and dangerous diets to try and lose weight.   Diets simply don’t work! Studies support this and yet, people are always looking for shortcuts and gimmicks, which leads them to a longer and more painful experience, when …

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Homemade Vegetarian Dashi!

Dashi is a basic, fundamental, ubiquitous stock used in Japanese cooking. Traditionally, it’s made with bonito (fermented fish) and kombu, a sea kelp. But as a vegetarian, I use sea kelp and dried mushroom which packs both nutritional power and umami flavor. You can also just use dried mushroom or just kelp. A small piece …

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Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce!

This is an incredibly easy, healthy, cheap, fast, delicious, and satisfying meal that I have at least a few times a week. It has only a few ingredients and it hits the spot every time!   Soba Noodles Soba is Japanese for buckwheat, which is a highly nutritious seed that is made into thin noodles. …

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Benefits of Meatless Mondays!

As a cancer and depression survivor, I take my healthy very seriously. And one of the things I do to protect my health is I don’t eat meat. Meat has long been associated with all kinds of health problems from heart disease, diabetes, cancer (especially colon cancer), obesity, impotence, dementia, and so much more. It …

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Mindful Eating!

How your eat your food is just as important as what you eat. Keep these methods in mind and practice mindful eating and you’ll get more nutrition out of your food, avoid inflammation, gas, and indigestion, and eat less.   Make sure you chew your food completely before you swallow. A Buddhist monk once told …