Frozen Food Month

March is Frozen Food Month.

The whole idea behind frozen foods is convenience. There’s nothing better than fast and easy meal prep on a busy night. To be healthier, though, we need to break away from the 1950s TV Dinner entrees and turn to more nutritious options.

But I like people to quit eating packaged, frozen foods that are low in quality and are focused only on calories and portion control. They are usually prepared with so many preservatives and and devoid of nutrients. Plan ahead a little and you can have healthy, nutritious frozen meals you make yourself.

Preparing frozen foods doesn’t have to be difficult. One of my favorite recipes to make ahead, double and freeze, is this Beanless Chili Recipe. You can add beans if you’d like, of course. It’s just not my preference. This recipe has so much flavor and will all the fresh, chopped veggies you’re getting a ton of nutrients in it as well. However, using frozen veggies to save time works well,...

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9 Ways to Support Your Immune System

Let's just get right into this. With all the news and media coverage of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we need to get back to basics and just support our immune system the best we know how. Take a step back and assess what you are doing to boost your immune system or what you may be doing to take away from your body's ability to keep itself happy!

  1. PROBIOTICS. 70% of your immune system is formed in your gut. If you eat poor quality foods, your immune system is going to be impaired. To build up your immune system, it is important to take a quality probiotic. Go here to purchase the product I use: https://rockbottomwellness.dfhealthestore.com/ In the search bar, key in this SKU: PRO060.
  2. GARLIC. Related to the onion family, garlic contains a compound called allicin that fights bacteria. You can use 2 cloves a day or used crushed, fresh garlic while cooking.
  3. MUSHROOMS. Contain beta glucan. Beta glucans stimulate the activity of macrophages. These are the immune cells that...
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3 Ways Dark Chocolate Can Improve Heart Health

Did you know dark chocolate can be good for your heart?

I’m not talking candy bars here. We’re talking about Dark Chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. As with anything regarding your health, quality is key and choose organic when possible.

 Here’s the nutritional break down for just 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate:

10 grams of fiber

120 mg of Magnesium

7 mg of Iron

50 mg of Calcium

600 Calories

…and so obviously, you don’t want to make a meal out of JUST dark chocolate but adding it here and there is a good source of nutrition that can improve your health.  Here are 3 Ways Dark Chocolate Improve Cardiovascular Health.

  1. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants take care of damaging particles in the body and keep us from getting sick. It’s loaded with polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins – all powerful antioxidants. Some studies have shown dark chocolate to rival the antioxidant properties of blueberries, specifically, the...
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Cholesterol: What is it? Part 2

Last week, I wrote about cholesterol and some of the basics. If you missed it, click here to catch up.

The first post touched on some of the basics of cholesterol and why it's needed in the body. In Cholesterol: What is it? Part 2, I'll touch on a couple of the myths associated with cholesterol by pointing out some myths that are widely held with regard to eating and your cholesterol levels. But first, let's take a look at statin drugs:

 Statin Therapy to Reduce Cholesterol:  It is estimated that the statin drug industry is bringing in well over $30 billion per year. This is climbing as more and more people, even kids, are being prescribed this medication. Why are they used? Statin drugs are used to block the pathway of cholesterol production in the liver. The only problem is there are several other pathways that are blocked as well. One of them is CoQ10. CoQ10 is a hugely important nutrient for your immune system AND heart health. CoQ10 is essential for maintaining heart...

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