Roasted Walnut Pesto and Italian Honeymoon Memories

I LOVE pesto and if you do as well, you’ll definitely want to give this delicious recipe a try.  Growing up, my Italian family (on my mom and dad’s side) never ate pesto as part of our traditional Italian cuisine.  The first time I had pesto, it was made by my mother-in-law before my husband and me were even married.  She used fresh basil from her garden along with roasted pine nuts.  She served it over pasta, and it was out of this world!  The second time that I had pesto, other than from my mother-in-law, was when my husband and I were on our honeymoon and we had the most delicious pesto at a pizzeria in Portofino, Italy called El Portico.

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Easy Grass-Fed Beef With Mixed Vegetables

One of my most favorite things to do is to cook in my kitchen.  There is something about preparing a delicious meal for my family and friends.  But sometimes, especially after a long day at work, I just want to make something that is quick, easy AND delicious.  And if it can be reheated the next day for lunch or combined with eggs for breakfast….well that is a double win!

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Healthy Sun Exposure – It’s Your Best Source of Vitamin D! And A Recipe For Homemade, Non-Toxic Sunscreen

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin, it is a potent maintenance and repair hormone, neurological hormone and epigenetic hormone influencer and it is responsible for regulating over 2000 genes in our body.  Yes, that is right, some of our genes can be influenced by our environment, our nutrition and even our thoughts.  Scientists have discovered that there are only about 3000 genes that differentiate us from animals and 2000 of these genes are regulated by Vitamin D! It is imperative to have a sufficient amount of Vitamin D to help us be disease free.

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Low Carb/Keto Sesame Parmesan Flax Seed Crackers

As you may already know, grain-free crackers can be quite expensive in the grocery store.  Here is a quick and easy way to make your own at home with even better ingredients!  These are delicious with dips, almond butter, sunflower seed butter or even some grass-fed butter.  Did you know that only 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds provide 133% of the daily value for omega-3 fats?  Yep!  They are the the number one source of omega-3s!  Flaxseeds have cardiovascular benefits, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, they support digestive health, they have been shown to benefit post-menopausal symptoms such as reduced hot flashes, and they have even been shown to reduce the risk for some cancers.  Flaxseeds are a great source of copper, vitamin B1, manganese, fiber, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium.

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Low Carb Everything Bagels

I have been mostly grain-free for the past 2 years and one thing that I do miss from time to time is a great bagel.  I can’t remember the last time I had a bagel made with flour.  It aggravates my gluten sensitivity and they really aren’t worth eating to me any longer.  But today, do I have a great recipe for you!!!!  These bagels are made with almond flour.  They are easy to toast, make as a sandwich, or enjoyed with cream cheese.  The best part is that they are easy to make and the dough does not need to rise.

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Zucchini Zoodles With Sardines, Tomatoes & Capers

WAIT!!!  Don’t let the word SARDINE scare you away!!!  If you love tuna, you will LOVE sardines!!  They are so delicious!  Sardines are small fish, so they contain less mercury than most other deep, cold water fish.  Sardines are one of the most concentrated sources of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which have been known to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels.  A 3.2 ounce serving of canned, Atlantic salmon contains 338% daily value of vitamin B-12, 87% daily value of selenium, 61% daily value of omega-3 fats, 45% daily value of protein, 44% daily value of vitamin D and 35% daily value of calcium!  That’s a big bang for your buck!

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Quick & Easy Low Carb Chicken Wings

My family loves chicken wings.  Unfortunately, restaurants often prepare their wings with gluten containing breading and they fry them in highly processed, refined and rancid oils that wreak havoc on our body.  So, why not make them at home!  They are so easy to make and you’ll know exactly how they are being prepared.  They are great on a Friday night, easy to bring to a dinner party (and always a hit!) or they can be prepared after a busy day at work…..because they involve only a few steps. 

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Want to Lose Weight & Keep It Off? Pay Attention to this Hormone!

Are you tired of struggling with your weight?  Have you had the experience of losing five pounds, only to gain it back again?  What is the solution?  Why is nothing working?   Everyone has this hormone, but in many of us, it isn’t regulated and it wreaks havoc on our body in numerous ways.  It can even lead to debilitating disorders.  I would like introduce to you the culprit of this problem. What is it?  The hormone insulin!   If you can understand how insulin truly works, and what to do to control it, then you can finally be successful in losing weight and recapturing your health.

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