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2 Things To Help You Lose Weight Without Being Hungry

Nobody likes being hungry. And when you are on a restrictive diet, your hunger pangs seem to get worse.  Keep reading to learn 2 things to help you lose weight without being hungry.cold cucumber herb soup

You’re all ready to start your new food plan. Today is Day One. You are pumped. You stock your fridge and your pantry with all of the right things. You’ve read up on your plan and you are following an expert’s advice. You made it through breakfast and all is right with the world.

It’s 11:00 am. And you are starving.

Part of this may be because you really are restricting your calories.

Part of this may be in your mind… I mean, let’s face it, as soon as your brain knows you are “dieting”, all you want is the food you shouldn’t be having.

And, part of it may be that you are not moving your body enough.

But, most of your issue is that you are not eating the right things.

Keep reading to learn how not to be hungry when you are trying to lose weight.

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Or, if you want to start with a weight loss plan that will actually work for your specific needs, sign up for my One Week Food Boot Camp. We’ll chat. We’ll examine what your lifestyle is like now. And we’ll come up with a new plan to get you on track — I’ll even create an ebook just for you and your wonderfully unique needs.

And, if you want to go it alone, just keep reading and you’ll learn some great ways to manage your weight without feeling so deprived.

Why Only These 2 Things?

I could sit here and give you lists and lists of things to help you with your diet. That’s easy for me to do. But, I’m sure you’ve seen and/or tried a lot of them before. I have helped countless people manage their weight. And we don’t count calories. I’m happy to help you too, but beyond these two basic principles — these 2 things to help you lose weight without being hungry — it’s so much easier to lose that weight if you are treated like the wonderfully unique individual that you are.

I have learned through my Chinese medicine training and my western nutrition knowledge, that what works for one person doesn’t work for another. I spend many of my days creating food lifestyles and meal plans for people and a large percentage of those clients are interested in losing weight. I create different plans for each person. After chatting via Skype, FaceTime, or phone, I use my Chinese medicine diagnostic skills and my chef’s training to create a program that truly works for each specific client. And every plan is different.

The food is different for each person. The supplements are different. And, the preparation required is different. I am well aware that not everyone loves to be in her kitchen as much as I do…

BUT, these 2 principles remain constant. So I’m laying them out here for you. It’s a great starting place.

For my women friends out there: you are not crazy… it really is harder for women to lose weight than for men to shed a few pounds. So, if you are on a program with your male significant other, don’t feel like you are doing something wrong just because he has dropped 10 pounds and you are only down 2… This is one reason why I use different superfoods and supplements for each person… let’s even the playing field!

Let’s get you eating the right foods to make it easier for you to attain your goals. And, by the way, if you eat the right foods, there’s never a need to count calories. Really! Eat the correct fats, proteins, and fiber, and your body will thank you by managing your weight correctly. The human body is an amazing thing if you treat it will the respect it deserves.

At the bottom of this article, I’ve included some recipes to help you out. Recipes that are simple and have great ingredients to help you on your weight loss journey.

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Follow These 2 Basic Principles And You Won’t Be Hungry

1. Eat Healthy Fats

Let’s get this out of the way up front. Fat does not make you fat. Sugar makes you fat. Even if eating fat goes against everything you’ve ever learned about dieting to lose weight, I want you to eat healthy fats. Healthy fats will keep you full. They will make your skin glow, feed your brain, elevate your mood, and they will keep your digestion running correctly. All of these benefits will help you manage your weight.

It’s really important that you do not eat anything labeled “low fat” or “non-fat”. These foods are heavily processed, and they will actually cause your body to gain weight.

One of the easiest things you can do, is to drizzle extra-virgin olive oil on everything.

I know, olive oil has calories

But, it also has the things your body needs, especially as you are restricting your food intake.

If you have vegetables, salad, or protein, drizzle some good quality extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil on top of your food.

For more about healthy oils, read this article.

Other healthy fats that you should be eating now include: coconut, avocado, whole eggs, wild salmon, and raw nuts. Yes, you can eat all of these things and still lose weight. BUT, you must exercise portion control. A portion of raw nuts would be about 7 nuts if you are having them as a snack. I prefer to incorporate nuts into my meals. They make great salad dressings and are a great thickener for smoothies. A portion of avocado, is a half of an avocado. Two eggs is plenty… you get the picture.

2.  Eat Nothing Processed Or Artificial

Processed foods force your body to put on weight. Chemicals force your body to add weight. Artificial anything should be avoided, not only while you are trying to manage your weight, but always.

One of the things I see most often with my clients is that they think that if something is labeled “sugar free” or “diet” that it will help with weight loss.

WRONG!!! 100% wrong.

Artificial sweeteners trigger the sweet sensation in your brain, causing you to crave more and more sweets. Not only are you triggering the need for more traditionally sweet foods, but you are at the same time causing your brain to tell your body that it needs things that don’t just taste sweet but that turn into sugar inside your body — like bread. And pasta.

Same goes for any junk food.  Don’t eat it.

Believe it or not, eating these things just makes you hungry. And it makes you want more. And more…

Same goes for most protein bars. Even those bars that appear  healthy often contain lots of sugars or grains. Just stay away.

Shop the outer edges of your supermarket. Buy produce, meat, fish, and fresh foods. Stay away from the aisles filled with packaged foods.

I know this can be difficult, but after a week or so, you won’t crave these foods anymore and it will get easier and easier to drop your unwanted weight.

At the bottom of this post, you’ll see a recipe for some healthy popsicles — that’s what you can have for dessert!

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Recipes To Help You Lose Weight

If you make this any of these recipes that make use of the 2 things to help you lose weight without being hungry, please be sure to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing how you like a recipe, and I love to answer your questions! If you make it, be sure to take a photo and tag me and post it on Instagram.

It’s my hope that you will enjoy these recipes and the way they make you feel so much that you will move onto eating this way more and more often. I’d love to help you out, so CLICK HERE to be taken directly into my calendar to sign up for your free phone consultation.

And, be sure to click on the individual recipes for more health information about each ingredient used.

1. Coconut Blood Orange Ice Pops

blackberry kombucha ice pops

These popsicles can be made with any pure organic fruit juice that makes you smile. They will satisfy your sweet tooth and will keep you full because of the healthy fat — coconut milk.

2. Seafood Salad With Garlic And Oil

the healthy cooking oils you should be using

This delicious and beautiful seafood salad can be made in advance and kept in your fridge. It has healthy fat and healthy lean protein. Feel free to customize this with whatever seafood makes you happy.

3.  Salmon With Parsley Sauce

salmon with parsley sauce

Salmon is your friend. Make sure it’s wild and not farmed. Eat about 5 ounces and you will feel satisfied and happy.

4. Instant Pot Spring Vegetable Soup

instant pot spring vegetable soup

Keeping a healthy and hearty pot of soup in your fridge makes it so much easier to manage your weight. It gives you something to eat when you don’t have the will power to wait until you cook something good for you. This soup contains buckwheat, which is a seed and not a grain, and tons of fresh veggies. It’s the perfect soup to keep on hand.

5. Espresso Chocolate Chip Smoothie

espresso chocolate chip smoothie

This smoothie has a little nut butter in it for fat. And it tastes sweet, but all of that sweetness comes from dates. This one’s awesome!

 

6 Nuts You Should Be Eating For Your Health

Nuts truly exemplify the expression Food Is Medicine.  Read ahead to learn about the 6 nuts you should be eating for your health…6 nuts you should be eating for your health

Nuts Are Healing… Are You Eating The Right Ones?

In Chinese medicine, nuts are known to be good for your brain, heart, skin and reproductive system. They truly are medicine. There’s been a lot of research recently about the health benefits of all different kinds of nuts. Like anything else, there are good ones and their are great ones… and there are the not so good ones.

Eating the right kinds of nuts can help protect you against heart disease and cancer. So, I want you to eat nuts. But, in the right amounts — after all, too much of anything can be a bad thing — and I want you to stick to the varieties that are best for your needs.

Nuts have always been a popular snack, but an even better way to reap the rewards of the healing power of nuts is by cooking with them and adding them to your everyday recipes. It may take some thinking outside of the box, but it’s really easy. Start by keeping a few jars or packages of nuts out on your counter where you can see them. Then, the next time you are having a bowl of soup or stew or chili, just sprinkle some nuts on top. The texture and crunch will really add great taste to your food and you will be getting the healing powers too.

Making a snack out of nuts has always been popular. The problem that a lot of people have when choosing nuts as a healthy snack, is portion control. I guess nuts are no different than anything else that way. I use different varieties of nuts to heal different conditions in the body — some nuts are even considered Chinese herbs (like walnuts — see info below).  Yes, they are that healing.

Some nuts are awesome when you are eating a dairy-free diet but you love your cream sauces. Cashews make The. Best. Cream. Sauces. Period. I’ve got some great recipes for you at the bottom of this post — shhhhhh…. nobody knows that the Cheeseburger Soup I feed them is made from cashews…

Some nuts are great for your digestive issues.

Some nuts are great for your brain and your heart.

I recommend different nuts to my clients based on what their specific concerns are.

But, for my clients who come to me for weight management, portion control can be a problem. Just because something is good for you and has healing properties, that doesn’t mean you can go hog-wild and eat a whole bag. Nope — 7 smallish nuts makes a snack. And, by the way, regular everyday trail mix that you buy in the supermarket, is not necessarily a healthy snack. Certainly not if you eat the whole bag!

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If you eat the right foods and herbs for your unique body and circumstances, you can heal yourself. All you need is the correct information. And I’m here to give it to you. So, read on and learn more ways you can easily start to heal yourself with nuts. And, if you want to learn more about healing whatever your specific concerns are, I’d love to help you create a healthy lifestyle plan specifically for your unique needs, so sign up for a free phone consultation and we can chat about it.

Keep reading to learn about the health benefits of my 6 favorite nuts. These are the 6 nuts you should be eating for your health.

First off, let me say that whenever possible, you should buy raw nuts. And, if you can buy organic raw nuts, even better.  When you buy toasted, roasted, salted, or flavored nuts, you are not getting the same benefits. Raw nuts are nuts in their purest, healthiest form, with no additives and no processing. Many markets carry lots of varieties of raw nuts — sometimes they are more expensive, but they are worth it.

Okay, now you’re ready to pick the nuts that with heal what ails you…

Here Are The 6 Nuts You Should Be Eating For Your Health

1. Brazil Nuts

To me, brazil nuts have always been those big nuts that nobody wanted to eat in the mixed nuts can. When I was a child, everyone would pick out the cashews and the almonds and the peanuts and brazil nuts were always left on the bottom. Who knew that brazil nuts are incredibly good for you!? Well, they are! Brazil nuts contain high amounts of selenium and antioxidants. They can lower inflammation and have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. These big beauties have also been shown to be effective in fighting off some types of cancers.

I like to eat 2 brazil nuts a day — whenever I need a little something.

2. Cashews

Cashews are really a multi-tasking nut. I use them all the time so I say it all the time: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts. Most of the fat in cashews is unsaturated and is made up of oleic acid; this is the same acid that is found in olive oil, making these nuts a heart-healty choice.

I use cashews in cream sauces and faux cream soups. I also love cashew yogurt… this is one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread…

3. Almonds

Almonds had their 15 minutes of fame a few years ago when the news reported that every night before bed President Obama would eat 7 almonds. This is a smart choice!

Almonds are particularly nutritious. They are a good source of protein and they give you energy. And, they are gluten-free. Almonds will help relieve a cough and asthma and are also good for constipation.

One of my favorite ways to incorporate almonds into my regular diet is to use almond-based pastas. The world is a better place for having almond fettuccine, lasagna noodles, and gnocchi.  And they taste like fresh pasta. Yum.

4. Walnuts

Walnuts are a Chinese herb called He Tao Ren. I recommend them to clients who are suffering with chronic constipation. They are also good for some types of weaknesses in elderly people — like chronic coughs and wheezing.  Walnuts are good at helping to combat inflammation and they are also good to boost brain function.

I love walnuts on top of my warm smoothie bowls and hot cereals.

5. Pecans

Pecans are good for energy and they can also help you get rid of a cough. They are also good to help combat constipation, lower back pain, low libido, and erectile dysfunction.

There’s nothing better than a 2-ingredient pie or tart crust made out of pecans and dates.

6.  Pistachios

First, let me be completely clear — I’m not taking about those red shelled pistachios that used to be popular. Ugh… nothing is naturally that color. I’m talking about raw whitish-green pistachio nuts, in the shell or out. Pistachios are good for you. Studies have shown these delicious nuts help with cholesterol, inflammation, and motor function. They are rich in minerals and are lower in calories than some other nuts.

Nuts Are Not Only For Snacking — Make Them A Part Of Your Meals

I love to cook with nuts.  Cashews make incredible cream sauces. Almonds and walnuts are great toppings for smoothie bowls, soups, and stews. Pecans are great to bake with or to blend into smoothies. Here are some of my favorite recipes using nuts.

 

The World’s Healthiest Nut Butter

6 nuts you should be eating for your health

I know the title of this recipe means this nut butter better be fantastic. It is. Not only does it contain healthy nuts, but it also contains healthy seeds. And it is, by far, the best nut butter you will ever have. Feel free to make it your own by using any nuts that make you smile.

Flourless Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

6 nuts you should be eating for your health

These cookies are incredible. Truly. The base is made from walnuts and dates. Nobody will know they are grain-free and healing, but everyone will ask you for the recipe.

Paleo Vegan Caesar Salad

paleo vegan caesar salad

This Caesar dressing is made out of cashews. Make a big batch. No, make a huge batch. It keeps really well in the fridge and it is delicious!

If you have any questions about these 6 nuts you should be eating for your health, or really, about anything else… just ask me in the comments below. I love to hear from you!

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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

peanut butter banana oatmeal

Last week here in New York we were freezing our tootsies off. It was so cold outside! And, unfortunately, it was really cold inside our apartment as well. If you’ve ever lived in an old pre-war apartment, you know the “Three Little Bears” type of frustration with the heat.  It’s often too hot or too cold. I have to say, too cold is most often easier to deal with than too hot… but last week we had to break out every blanket we had to stay warm. So, I did something to make me feel nice and toasty — from the inside-out — I made a big batch of peanut butter banana oatmeal. You just can’t hate the cold while you are eating this…

You can make this oatmeal with quinoa or with a grain-free blend if you prefer. On this cold, snowy, day, I went for the real thing and it was soooooooo good. Oftentimes, if I’m making a flavored type of oatmeal, I will make it the night before in my slow cooker. Honestly, I haven’t cooked a pot of oatmeal on the stove in a really long time, but this was so easy and so delicious, I won’t wait very long to make it again.

I used what I had in my fridge and pantry, but this is so easily customizable that I want you to just have fun with it. Go into your fridge and your pantry and remove everything that might taste good on a hot bowl of oats. Go ahead… I’m waiting…
Now, pick several of these things that you think will compliment each other. Now, grab some honey or maple syrup. Now, you are ready to cook your oats.

The recipe below shows you what I used and, I will tell you, it was truly awesome. Yup, this combo is a keeper!

For another great warming breakfast try my recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes!

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Here are some of the awesome healing ingredients in this peanut butter banana oatmeal:

Oats are great for the digestive system — they make you feel better if you are feeling bloated or have indigestion. This ancient grain can also help reduce some types of swelling in the body and, a little known tidbit: they can be eaten to help stop lactation.

Bananas are good for your intestines (an old Asian remedy was to eat a banana every day to relieve hemorrhoids) and your lungs, and they even help relieve the effects of overindulging in alcohol.

Walnuts are actually a Chinese herb (He Tao Ren). They are used for some knee and back pain, some chronic coughs and for chronic constipation. These nuts are also good for infertility and sexual dysfunctions, and they have been used to help people with kidney stones.

Peanuts, contrary to what some believe, are actually good for many things in your body. I don’t often let myself eat them because they sometimes contain mold and it’s really hard to find reasonably priced organic healthy peanuts. But, these popular nuts are great for lessening edema; they act like a diuretic. They can also help you if you have insomnia or if you are breast feeding. An old-time remedy is to made peanut tea and drink it for bed to promote sleep. And, peanut shells used to be used to help with high blood pressure. Try to buy organic peanut butter if you can — sometimes the ground these nuts grow in isn’t filled with the stuff you’d want to ingest.

Honey is a Chinese herb (Feng Mi). It’s used to boost energy, quiet coughs, and lessen constipation. It can even help with ulcers.

peanut butter banana oatmeal

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
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Recipe type: oatmeal, hot cereal, breakfast
Cuisine: grains, gluten free, dairy free
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Serves: 2
 
On the next cold day, make a bowl of this simple, healing oatmeal -- it will make you smile as it warms you from the inside - out!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups water
  • One banana, sliced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • ¼ cup raw honey, melted, or pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup organic peanut butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Cook the steel cut oats in the water until they are done (follow the package directions); mine took 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the butter on low heat in a small saute pan.
  3. Add the sliced banana, and stir until the banana starts to melt.
  4. Scoop the oatmeal into 2 bowls.
  5. Top with the melted bananas, melted peanut butter, honey or syrup, and the walnuts.
  6. Smile and enjoy!

peanut butter banana oatmeal

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

vegan spinach artichoke dip

Spinach artichoke dip is one of those weird things that almost everybody seems to love. I say weird, because even people who don’t love veggies or think they hate artichokes or spinach, seem to dive into a bowl of spinach artichoke dip whenever it’s around. This vegan spinach artichoke dip is no exception. I had people diving into this dip the second it was plopped down on my coffee table.

My kids used to order this dip (the cheesy original version) every time we went to a restaurant that had it. It always came out steaming hot and creamy and it smelled so good! It’s one of those things that I could never eat because of all the dairy. Well, this vegan version finally gives me my turn!

This dip is warm and creamy. It may be vegan, but it tastes so similar to the cheese-laden original, that nobody will know.

I loved this dip with sliced radishes and cucumbers and peppers, but the not-so-health conscious eaters in my crowd scooped up mounds of this dip with chips and pita.

It’s that time of year when we are post-Thanksgiving but pre-Xmas and Hannukah and New Years. So, we all try to eat as healthy as we can for the next few weeks. Right? I mean if we can do okay now, then we can really let loose that last week of the year. So, if this is your plan, slip this vegan spinach artichoke dip into your apps rotation during football games, basketball games, happy hours, whatever… because it sure helps when you are eating something that tastes sinful, but really isn’t.

Okay, enuf selling of this dip. Haha, you’d think I was getting a commission on it or something… but I’m not… I just want you to be happy from healthy food. Wow, that sounds pretty corny, huh?

Anyway, happy everything!

I want to thank Sina at Vegan Heaven for the original recipe for this dish.

Oh, and if you are looking for another healthy dip to try, take a look at my recipe for Beet Hummus.

This is Steve, with that look on his face saying this bowl is all for him and nobody better come near him… haha.. vegan spinach artichoke dipvegan spinach artichoke dip

Here are some of the awesome healing ingredients in this delicious vegan spinach artichoke dip:

White beans are good at boosting energy and calming the mind. They can help improve your memory and can lower cholesterol. And, they are a great source of protein.

It is true that spinach contains iron, but it’s this vegetable’s lesser-known qualities that really hold my admiration. Spinach contains a substance that helps eliminate prostate cancer. It’s also great for your bones and also for memory loss. Diabetic patients may find that eating spinach helps combat excessive thirst and can even be good for night blindness. Spinach can inhibit the body’s ability to absorb calcium, so calcium-rich foods should be avoided when eating this leafy green.

Artichokes are a good source of vitamins C and K and they also contain a healthy amount of magnesium. The are low in fat and calories but they do have some fiber, so they are a healthy choice. In Chinese medicine, we recommend adding artichokes to the diet to combat sadness, headaches, indigestion, and diarrhea. In olden times, steamed artichokes were sometimes prescribed to combat a yeast infection.

Cashews are really a multi-tasking nut. I use them all the time so I say it all the time: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts. Most of the fat in cashews is unsaturated and is made up of oleic acid; this is the same acid that is found in olive oil, making these nuts a heart-healty choice.

Nutritional yeast gives things a cheese-y taste without using any dairy and it adds amino acids and Vitamin B, iron, zinc, and selenium to your diet. Nutritional yeast is a complete protein and also contains fiber, so it’s a really good thing!

Garlic is amazing in its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Garlic is actually a Chinese herb (Da Suan). It’s used to kill toxins and parasites and also to reduce swelling in the body. It’s what I call a great “A” herb: anesthetic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, etc….

Onions are great for your immune system; they are a natural antihistamine. In the winter, I eat lots and lots of onions… I guess I should feel sorry for the people close to me! Recently, I recommended that a patient with bronchitis put sliced raw onions in her socks when she went to sleep… she woke up so much better; they actually can rid the body of bacteria. (I know I’ve told you this before, but it really is awesome!) Onion is a superhero in the food world!

vegan spinach artichoke dip

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
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Recipe type: appetizer, dip, vegan, vegetarian
Cuisine: recipe adapted from: Vegan Heaven
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Serves: 6
 
This is one of those dips that people just keep eating and eating and nobody knows it's vegan. It's really creamy and delicious... and easy to make! Great for a crowd!
Ingredients
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 5 oz fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 14-oz can artichoke hearts, drained, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Place the lemon juice,cashews, beans and nutritional yeast, and water in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Heat oil in a large pan and add the onion.
  4. Saute until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute.
  6. Add the spinach, and stir until completely wilted, about 1 or 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the artichokes.
  8. Stir in the cashew mixture.
  9. Season with salt.
  10. Spoon into a bowl and serve warm with crackers, chips, or fresh veggies.
  11. Enjoy!

vegan spinach artichoke dip

Szechuan Zoodles

This recipe will actually make you feel cooler and calmer…

szechuan zoodles

It’s holiday season, but in my book that doesn’t mean everything we eat has to be heavy and traditional. This dish is neither, but it’s awesome. When I brought a big bowl of these Szechuan Zoodles to my family’s Hanukkah party, they certainly looked non-traditional next to the latkes but they made everyone happy. I’m all for healthy and happy, so if I were you, I’d give this dish a shot at your holiday party!

I saw this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Half Baked Harvest and the beautiful pics kind of called to me, so I knew I was going to have to make some version of them!

I’ve made zoodle dishes before and some have them have been great, while some have been only so-so. While I do love these vegetable noodles, I am a true pasta fanatic, so sometimes I end up a little disappointed. This dish is especially great because the zucchini noodles are mixed with buckwheat noodles, so in the end, this slurpy and spicy pasta dish tastes like real pasta. That’s always a really good thing…

And the dressing… OMG… it’s spicy and sweet and peanut buttery and it’s made in the blender… so it’s easy.

A real pasta dish that’s paleo, healing, spicy, slightly sweet, vibrant, and fresh… who could ask for anything more?

For another awesome paleo pasta dish try my recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine.

szechuan zoodles

Here are some of the great healing ingredients in these Szechuan Zoodles:

Zucchini cools your body off and makes you feel better when you are feeling hot. It helps your body release excess heat and it will make your mind feel more calm.

Buckwheat is great to eat if you have diarrhea. It also helps lower blood pressure, stops some types of sweating, and has a good amount of vitamin E. It also contains antioxidants that can help fight cancer and heart disease.

Sesame seeds (the black ones) are a Chinese herb (Hei Zhi Ma). Black foods, in Chinese medicine, are knows as longevity foods. This herb is good for so many things, including headaches, constipation, dizziness, and even helping with lactation. White sesame seeds also have many great nutritional benefits. They are also an anti-aging food. If you have backaches, hair thats graying way too fast, ringing in the ears, weak knees, blurry vision or general weakness, go for the sesame seeds; just sprinkle them on everything. Long ago in China, sesame seeds were ground into honey to form a paste and was taken as a medicine to counter old-age and weakness. For this recipe, you can use black or white seeds, or a combination of both.

Peanuts, contrary to what some believe, are actually good for many things in your body. I don’t often let myself eat them because they sometimes contain mold and it’s really hard to find reasonably priced organic healthy peanuts. But, these popular nuts are great for lessening edema; they act like a diuretic. They can also help you if you have insomnia or if you are breast feeding. An old-time remedy is to made peanut tea and drink it for bed to promote sleep. And, peanut shells used to be used to help with high blood pressure.

Cilantro is also known as Chinese Parsley. It is good for the common cold, indigestion, and energy flow in the body. An old Chinese remedy for the common cold and even for measles was to drink cilantro and mint tea. Cilantro is one of those herbs you either love or hate; I’m a lover…

Bell peppers help with indigestion. If you are feeling bloated and full from over-eating a lot lately, consuming bell peppers will help reduce this feeling. They are also good for blood circulation and research has shown that they are good for people with a low appetite or anorexia. It used to be common in China to use green pepper tea to soothe indigestion.

Basil has anti-viral and anti-bacterial capabilities. It also is good for settling your stomach, and it’s good at lessening the symptoms of the common cold and its accompanying cough. Basil is a spiritual herb — the scent actually calms you; you can boil some in a pot and let the aroma fill the air, you can just leave some around the house, you can toss a bunch in your bath water (I love to do this), or you can use an essential oil with basil to get some great calming effects.

Hot peppers contain more vitamin C than any other vegetable and they are good at fighting off the common cold. So, if you like spice, as I do, use a generous amount of whatever hot peppers you like. The main component of hot peppers is capsicum. Capsicum actually works with your body and mind to make you feel happy. It’s also good for reducing swelling and can relieve arthritic joint pain. If you have high blood pressure, check with your doctor before eating too many hot peppers because they can actually raise the blood pressure in some people.

szechuan zoodles

Szechwan Zoodles
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Recipe type: zoodles, pasta, spaghetti, spicy, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, Asian
Cuisine: recipe adapted from: Half Baked Harvest
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This dish is made with zucchini noodles and buckwheat spaghetti. The sauce is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet! It's paleo, healthy, and comforting!
Ingredients
  • 20 oz zucchini noodles (I bought mine pre-zoodled, but I would guess 2 large zucchini would do the trick if you are spiralizing them yourself)
  • 1 lb buckwheat spaghetti, cooked al dente (I used these buckwheat/sweet potato ones)
  • ½ cup peanut butter (here's an organic one)
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup liquid aminos (you can buy it here)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (here's a good one)
  • 2 Tbs hot chili oil
  • 1 Tbs toasted sesame oil
  • ½ cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds (buy organic ones here)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 10 baby bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 hot pepper, sliced
Instructions
  1. Boil the buckwheat noodles, just until they are cooked al dente.
  2. Drain them and run cold water over them while you toss them around with your hands to make sure they don't stick together.
  3. Place the buckwheat noodles and the zucchini noodles in a large bowl.
  4. Make the dressing: Put the peanut butter, tahini, aminos, lime juice, coconut sugar, chili oil, sesame oil, coconut milk, and ¼ cup hot water into your blender. Whiz it up until very creamy.
  5. Put the remaining ingredients into the bowl with the noodles.
  6. Add in as much dressing as you like and toss with your hands (you will probably have some extra dressing).
  7. Enjoy!

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Grain-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

These grain-free peanut butter cookies will make you smile.

In our house, dessert is a must. And this is because Steve thinks he has to have some kind of dessert after every dinner. I don’t really go this route. I mean, if I’m full from dinner, I don’t need dessert. But, I get that a lot of people are like Steve. These paleo peanut butter cookies are perfect — paleo, delicious, and they only have four ingredients!

Having a healthy dessert that can be grabbed in an instant is imperative. I say imperative because I’m not made of steel. If I don’t have a “safe” dessert available, he will bring in all sorts of crap, and depending on what it is, I might be tempted.  It’s beyond me how a man who is so smart can think that because a box says “healthy” or “natural” that it must be so.

To avoid having desserts that make me cringe, I make it a point to have Stacey-approved treats available. It’s just so much easier than having to do the big eye-roll every time…

Now, I am no baker. For real. I kind of stink at baking. I don’t like to measure and I do like to taste as I’m creating, and these things don’t mix well with baking. That’s why I am so appreciative of all of the awesome bloggers out there who create easy and delicious desserts. These paleo peanut butter cookies are the amazing creation of Brandi from The Vegan 8.

If you are looking for another awesome peanut butter treat, try my Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge recipe.

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These grain-free peanut butter cookies are made with only 4 ingredients, but they each pack a great nutritional punch:

Peanuts, contrary to what some believe, are actually good for many things in your body. I don’t often let myself eat them because they sometimes contain mold and it’s really hard to find reasonably priced organic healthy peanuts. But, these popular nuts are great for lessening edema; they act like a diuretic. They can also help you if you have insomnia or if you are breast feeding. An old-time remedy is to made peanut tea and drink it for bed to promote sleep. And, peanut shells used to be used to help with high blood pressure.

Coconut strengthens the body, reduces swelling, and stops bleeding. It kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes. These cookies are rolled in coconut sugar and it really makes them taste awesome!

In Asian medicine, nuts are known to be good for your brain, heart, skin and reproductive system. Almonds are particularly nutritious. They are a good source of protein and they give you energy. And, they are gluten-free. Almonds will help relieve a cough and asthma and are also good for constipation. This recipe uses almond flour instead of traditional flour.

Pure maple syrup contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body (think inflammatory bowel syndrome or heart disease). It also contains zinc, calcium, and magnesium. It’s much lower on the glycemic scale than traditional sugar. Whenever possible, use a darker (grade B) syrup because the nutritional composition is better than that of lighter syrups.

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Paleo Peanut Butter Cookies
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Recipe type: dessert, cookies, sweets, paleo, vegan, vegetarian
Cuisine: recipe from: The Vegan 8
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These delicious cookies are made with only 4 ingredients! They are grain-free and dairy-free... and they taste incredible!
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup organic creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup pure grade B maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs coconut sugar
  • small pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine the peanut butter, almond flour, maple syrup, and a tiny pinch of salt in a large bowl. Use a big spoon to mush it all together. (My peanut butter was in the fridge, so I let it sit in a warm place for a bit to make this easier.)
  3. Roll the dough into balls the size of golf-ball. (I made 14 balls.)
  4. Put the coconut sugar in a small bowl and roll each ball in the sugar, until well coated.
  5. Place the sugar-coated balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Use a fork to press down on each cookie (in 2 directions).
  7. Bake just until the edges start to brown a bit, but not too long. I found that 10 minutes was perfect.
  8. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool completely.
  9. Enjoy!

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The World’s Best Nut Butter Recipe

This truly is the world’s best nut butter recipe!

world's best nut butter recipe

I don’t think I’ve ever called any of my recipes “the world’s best”. I mean, I love a lot of my recipes, but I try not to be cocky about any of them. And it’s pretty easy not to be cocky when I have so many kitchen fails… and I do. Way too often. You just don’t see them…

But this recipe calls for some kind of special treatment when I talk about it. When I started blogging as a means of sharing my recipes with my friends and family years ago, this was one of the recipes I first posted. Everyone wants this recipe. This nut butter used to go with my daughter to camp and now it goes to college with her. It gets re-made over and over again by my friends who don’t cook. It’s a staple in my fridge at home. It truly is the world’s best nut butter recipe.

Sometimes when I make it I change up the variety of nuts, and it always comes out good. The only nuts I stay away from are peanuts. But I’ve made this with some hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts… and it has always been incredible.

Did I talk you into it?

All you need is a food processor. Really, you must try it.

I’m on a big customized-recipe-creation kick right now (okay… always…), so let me customize a recipe for you that will work for whatever’s going on in your body now… I’m such a geek that I really do get excited about doing this. I’ve got a great recipe with your name on it…  So CLICK HERE  to be taken directly  into my calendar to sign up for your free phone consultation.

And, if you want to try another great nut-based vegan spread, try my recipe for vegan cream cheese!

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Here’s why this homemade nut butter is so good for you:

In Asian medicine, nuts are known to be good for your brain, heart, skin and reproductive system. Almonds are particularly nutritious. They are a good source of protein and they give you energy. And, they are gluten-free. Almonds will help relieve a cough and asthma and are also good for constipation.

Cashews are really a multi-tasking nut. I use them all the time so I say it all the time: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts. Most of the fat in cashews is unsaturated and is made up of oleic acid; this is the same acid that is found in olive oil, making these nuts a heart-healty choice. I know some of you have a problem finding raw nuts sometimes — I’m happy to try to help you locate them if you need shopping suggestions, so just leave a comment and I will try to help. I buy then whenever and wherever I see them. I’m also lucky enough to live near a Whole Foods, so I sometimes buy them from the bulk bins here.

Pecans are good for energy and they can also help you get rid of a cough. They are also good to help combat constipation, lower back pain, low libido, and erectile dysfunction.

Chia seeds are ancient seeds that got their name from the Mayan word for “strength”. These tiny seeds have the unique ability to turn liquid into a gel-like substance when making puddings and they are great added to smoothies and shakes. They are really good for you because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber.

Hemp seeds are a superfood. They are high in protein, easily digestible, and contain a full complement of amino acids. They contain disease-fighting phytonutrients that are good for your blood, immune system, tissues and skin. Hemp contains a specific fatty acid that acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It also helps balance hormones, making it a great choice to fight the symptoms of PMS. This super seed is also good for your liver and your brain.

Flax seeds can relieve constipation and lower cholesterol.

In Asian medicine, we use coconut to strengthen the body, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding. Coconut kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes. Coconut oil is my go-to for so many things and it works great in this nut butter.

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If you make this World’s Best Nut Butter recipe, please be sure to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing how you like a recipe, and I love to answer your questions! If you make it, be sure to take a photo and tag me and post it on Instagram.

The World's Best Nut Butter Recipe
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Recipe type: condiment, spread, nut butter
Cuisine: American
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This truly is amazing nut butter. Let your food processor do most of the work, use whatever mix of nuts and seeds makes you happy, and enjoy!
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 300°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine all of the nuts and seeds in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in maple syrup.
  5. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
  6. Place the tray in the oven and roast the nuts for 12 minutes, making sure they don't burn.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  8. Scrape the nut mixture into the food processor and process until the mixture in finely ground and starts to stick together a bit. This may take a little time. Be patient. You will probably need to scrape down the sides of the processor bowl a few times.
  9. Once it starts to stick together a little bit, add the coconut oil and the salt and turn the processor back on. Let it process until you get the consistence of a thick nut butter. Again, be patient -- it will happen!
  10. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. Enjoy!

 

world's best nut butter recipe

Vegan Cashew Cream Cheese (Grain-Free Bagel & A Schmear…)

If you haven’t found a dairy-free spread you like yet, make this vegan cashew cream cheese!

Vegan Cashew Cream Cheese

A bagel and a schmear… really, is there a more delicious breakfast? (Do I sound too New York-ish or what…)

It’s been many years since bagels have had a place in my breakfast rotation. I feel so much better without grains in my diet, that bagels went by the wayside. But I’m trying to fix this. Really I had no choice but to fix it because I really love this recipe.

I made this cream cheese out of cashews and it was so good that I was craving a bagel. And lox. So, what I’m telling you is twofold: One — make this vegan cashew cream cheese. Two make or buy some grain-free bagels and stock up on some lox. You may be eating this several times a week. Maybe even several times a day.

And when I ran out of lox, I ate it with just the tomato and cream cheese…

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When I have time I bake these Grain-Free Bagels, and now, some supermarket even sell grain-free bagels, so I’m set. The ones I make are kind of cake-like but taste good. The ones I buy are crunchier but they have a little bit of cheese in the dough, so I’m torn…

Let’s get back to this cream cheese. It’s really really good. Even Steve, who’s does eat dairy sometimes, thinks it’s great and loves it on the bagels. And, when you add lox and tomato… OMG, we are happy campers.

I ate the sandwich you see in these pictures for lunch when I was by myself. Then there were days that I had some version of the bagel and a schmear for breakfast AND lunch. It started to get a bit out of control. So, now, I try to pace myself. Sunday brunch is enough. OK, maybe once during the week too if no one is looking…

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Here’s some reasons to make this cream cheese:

Cashews are really a multi-tasking nut. I use them all the time so I say it all the time: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts. Most of the fat in cashews is unsaturated and is made up of oleic acid; this is the same acid that is found in olive oil, making these nuts a heart-healty choice. For this cream cheese I used raw cashews. I know some of you have a problem finding raw nuts sometimes — I’m happy to try to help you locate them if you need shopping suggestions, so just leave a comment and I will try to help. I buy them whenever and wherever I see them. I’m also lucky enough to live near a Whole Foods, so I sometimes buy them from the bulk bins here.

Nutritional yeast gives things a cheese-y taste without using any dairy and it adds amino acids and Vitamin B, so it’s perfect here.

Lemons are good for your digestion, they help detoxify your body, they balance your pH, and they act as an antibacterial. They also can soothe a sore throat, lessen a cough, and hydrate the body.

Scallions, if you know me, are one of my favorites. In Chinese medicine, the root of the scallion is a healing herb(Cong Bai). I always keep scallions on hand in my refrigerator so that I can whip up a batch of cold and flu fighting tea (scallion roots and ginger) the second anyone feels that scratchy throat coming on. It helps the body sweat out toxins. Scallions are antiviral and antibacterial; they are good for the common cold and general nasal congestion — just don’t eat too many if you have a fever. And, they make this cream cheese taste more like traditional cream cheese.

Vegan Cashew Cream Cheese (Grain-Free Bagel & A Schmear...)
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Recipe type: condiment, spread
Cuisine: recipe adapted from:connoisseurusveg
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Serves: about ¾ cup
 
This cream cheese is dairy-free and vegan. It tastes great spread on a bagel with lox and tomato!
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except scallions, in blender or food processor. (You will have to stop the machine and scrape down the sides several times, but be patient and it will come together!)
  2. When the cream cheese is smooth, scrape it into a bowl and stir in the scallions.
  3. Spread it on a grain-free toasted bagel with lox and tomatoes!
  4. Enjoy!

 

bagel, lox, and cream cheese collage

Grain-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

You’ll swear there’s oatmeal in these grain-free oatmeal raisin cookies, but nope… totally grain-free!

grain-free oatmeal raisin cookies

These grain-free oatmeal raisin cookies are magical. I say that because there is no way you can tell that they are grain-free. You can’t tell by the texture — they have the exact texture of traditional oatmeal cookies. You can’t tell by the taste –nthey taste better than most oatmeal raisin cookies!

Full disclosure: I am not the magician here. The original recipe is from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain, cookbook, so kudos to Danielle! I took some liberties with the recipe when I made it (because I am pretty sure I am incapable of not changing a recipe…), and I (not being the best baker in the world) was so impressed with the end result that I ended up making a ton of these cookies and putting bags of them in my freezer! Another disclosure: they are so good that sometimes we eat them frozen instead of waiting for them to defrost…

A few weeks ago I had some old friends over for dinner. It was the first dinner party I had in our new apartment. But more importantly, the women who were coming are amazing women who I re-connected with after many years and I really wanted the serve special food.  I knew some of my guests would bring dessert (at least those that were not bringing wine) so I just wanted to have something here that was healthy to nibble on so I wouldn’t go crazy eating all of the decadent desserts I expected would be on the table. Well, my friends did not disappoint. Yes, we had lots and lots of wine. But, between the Italian pastries and the cheesecake and the prettiest boxes of cookies I ever saw, I set a basket of these grain-free oatmeal raisin cookies. And, they were able to withstand the competition! They really are that good!

If you like chocolate chip cookies, but don’t want the grains, try my Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookie recipe.

grain-free oatmeal raisin cookies

Here are some of the reasons these cookies are awesome for you:

In Asian medicine, nuts are known to be good for your brain, heart, skin and reproductive system. Almonds are particularly nutritious. They are a good source of protein and they give you energy. And, they are gluten-free. Almonds will help relieve a cough and asthma and are also good for constipation. Even if you are not on a dairy-free diet, almond milk is the way to go. This recipe uses almond meal instead of a grain-based flour.

Coconut strengthens the body, reduces swelling, and stops bleeding. It kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes. It’s the coconut flakes that mimic the texture of oatmeal in these cookies, and there is also some coconut flour included.

Raisins help relieve constipation, can help bring down a fever, and can be good for you if you have anemia. Research has also shown them to be effective in helping to ward of cancer because they increase antioxidant levels in your body.

Cinnamon is one of the best herbs to warm the body. It’s great if you have a cold. If you are nauseous or have diarrhea, go for the cinnamon. It also gives you energy and helps with menstrual pain. Cinnamon is used in different forms in Chinese medicine: “gui zhi” is the cinnamon twig and “rou gui” is the cinnamon bark. Both are warming and are used for a variety of ailments. In the winter I add cinnamon to all sorts of foods. It helps with the common cold, swelling, various menstrual issues and some aches and pains. Be careful with it if you have a fever because it is so warming.

Goji berries are a Chinese herb (Gou Qi Zi). They are great for your blood. I prescribe them to some people with chronic pain in the legs and lower back. They are also good for men experiencing impotence and can be used to treat some eye problems. Women who are pregnant and people with intestinal issues should be careful not to eat too many gojis, but the amount in these cookies shoud be fine for anyone.

Honey is an amazing food. It is also a Chinese herb (Feng Mi). Raw honey is honey in its purest form; it has not been filtered, strained or heated above 115 degrees. This means when you eat it, the enzymes, anti-oxidants and nutrients haven’t been disturbed. I use raw honey in my tea, smoothies and in any recipe that calls for honey. Raw honey is solid and may need to be melted before you use it, but this is easy and only takes a minute or two. Honey helps with constipation, some coughs, and some stomach ulcers.

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Grain-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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Recipe type: dessert, grain-free, paleo
Cuisine: Recipe adapted from: Against All Grain
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Serves: 2 dozen
 
These are oatmeal cookies with no oatmeal... but no one will ever know!
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a mixer bowl, place the shortening and egg and mix until well combined.
  3. Add the honey and vanilla and mix until creamy.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and flax meal.
  5. Add these dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix for about one minute, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  6. Add the coconut, raisins, and goji berries and mix again until combined, about one minute.
  7. Using a tablespoon, place balls of dough onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. You should end up with about 2 dozen balls.
  8. Wet your palm and gently flatten each ball. I like my cookies kind of thick, so I didn't flatten mine too much.
  9. Bake for 6 minutes, then swap the tray positions so they will evenly cook. Then cook for 4 minutes and then swap again and cook for another 4 minutes. Then repeat for 3 minutes in each position.
  10. *This is how long my cookies took to bake; be aware and check the cookies often -- if they are thinner than mine were (see how thick mine are in the photos), they will cook faster. The original recipe calls for 12 minutes total cooking time.

 

grain-free oatmeal raisin cookies