Nuts and Seeds: The Snack That Gives Back

The Superfoods You’re Probably Not Eating Enough Of

As Molly mentioned in her Holistic Care blog this month, nuts and seeds are nutrient-dense foods that can be a valuable part of a healthy diet. They are good sources of protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Eating nuts and seeds on a regular basis may offer a number of health benefits, including:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease: Nuts and seeds contain healthy fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Improved blood sugar control: Nuts and seeds are a good source of fiber, which can help slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This can help improve blood sugar control and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Weight management: Nuts and seeds are high in calories, but they are also very filling and satisfying. This can help you eat less overall and promote weight loss or maintenance.
  • Reduced risk of cancer: Nuts and seeds contain antioxidants, which can help protect cells from damage. This may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, such as colon
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Our Herbal Chicken Soup Mix

It’s that time of year again.

It’s time to stock up on Herbal Chicken Soup mix. Have you seen our soup mix in the clinic? It’s a blend of medicinal Chinese herbs that creates a delicious and healthy chicken soup base. It’s the perfect way to boost your immunity and strengthen your body before and throughout the cold season, and for those who are feeling a bit tired or run down.

Our Herbal Chicken Soup mix is even better than traditional chicken soup because it’s fortified with medicinal herbs meant to strengthen and nourish based on the wisdom of Chinese medicine.  Wondering what is in there?  Here’s a list of the herbal components and how they help through a Traditional Chinese Medicine lens: Read More

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Pesto from your late summer harvest

Take advantage of the current abundance of greens, whether in your garden or at the farmers market this is the time to enjoy the fresh late summer crops!


Pesto ingredients:
  • Fresh Basil: Fresh basil brings a major herby flavor to the pesto.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Try to use fresh parmesan – avoid the powdered stuff!
    • True parmesan (Parmigiano-Reggiano) is not vegetarian as it contains animal rennet but there are vegetarian options available.
  • Pine Nuts: Toast pine nuts in a skillet for a few minutes to add a roasted flavor to your pesto.
  • Garlic: Be sure to use fresh, blemish-free garlic.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: The flavor of the oil is important in pesto, so use the good stuff.
  • Salt & Pepper: Finish it off with salt and pepper, to taste!
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Kasha and Kale Grain Bowl

This recipe is packed with complex carbohydrates, great for the later phases of the menstrual cycle when hormones (and energy levels) are dropping. The high fiber and protein content will also help keep energy levels stable. Kale as a leafy green is a nutrient dense food, which is so needed during the period. Making your own high-in-healthy-fats dressing is great to eat during the period to help boost hormone production for the next cycle. Additionally, eating kasha (cooked buckwheat) during the period is beneficial for its warming properties, as the period is the coldest part of the cycle.

If you suffer from PMS or PMDD, give this recipe a try. Ripping up the kale is a therapy all on its own! Read More

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