• Carrot Dogs

    Weekly Recipe: 
    Both kids and adults will want to get their hands on these unique and healthy “hotdogs.”

    2 long, straight carrots (hotdog shaped!)

    2 whole wheat hotdog buns, or 2 slices whole grain bread

    Spinach (cooked and drained, or fresh)




    Onions (raw, cooked, or caramelized)

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil carrots 10 to 15 minutes, or until they are hotdog-like soft. Drain and cut them in half lengthwise. Toast buns or bread if you desire. Place the carrots in the buns and top with all your fixings. Source: Reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company from The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. Copyright © Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn, 2014.

    Serves 2

  • A Great Tomato Sauce

    Weekly Recipe: 
    This sauce is the perfect way to make your comfort food justifiably healthy.

    2 tablespoons sunflower oil

    1 clove garlic, crushed

    ½ onion, chopped into small cubes

    2 ½ cups water

    12 ½ ounces vine tomatoes, chopped in half

    ¼ teaspoon balsamic vinegar

    ½ teaspoon umeboshi plum purée

    ½-inch fresh red chili (for spice, optional)

    1 ounce basil

    2 tablespoons coconut milk

    Heat sunflower oil in a pan over medium heat; add garlic and onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add ½ cup of the water to onions and garlic; let onions absorb the water then add 1 cup of water. Add tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, plum purée, and the remaining 1 cup of water. Simmer over medium to low heat for 10 minutes. Add chili, half of the basil, and coconut milk. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Add a little extra water if you like a runny sauce; reduce it further if you like a drier and more intense sauce. Source: Reprinted with permission from Honestly Healthy For Life © 2014 by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson, Sterling Publishing Co, Inc. Photography by Lisa Linder.

    Serves 2

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  • All About: Rosemary Tea

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  • Four Ways to Meditate

    Meditation isn’t one-size-fits-all: Although you can sit in a white room and hum “om” until you feel you’ve reached a sense of calm—or your lunch break is over—there are other forms of the practice that may be a better fit for both your lifestyle and overall health goals.

  • Sleep, Naturally

    When it comes to choosing a sleep aid, one study found that whether the product was natural was a top factor, right up there with the perception on how well it worked, side effects, and how it would impact their quality of life. For the most natural sleep aid, look no further than your own pantry! Next time you’ve got the munchies before bed, try reaching for these foods.

  • New Research: Boost Bone Strength

    Roughly half of women and a quarter of men older than the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis—here’s what you can do now to maintain and protect your bones as you age.

    KNOW YOUR RISK FACTORS: Know your risk factors: Age, gender, lifestyle, medical and family history, and current medications all play a role.

  • Allergy Army

    If you’ve got a case of the sniffles, consider adding onions and pineapple to your next meal. Quercetin, often sourced from yellow onions, is a commonly used natural antihistamine; its absorption into the body is increased when taken with bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapples that breaks up existing mucus and prevents more from developing.

  • Don’t Let Joint Pain Slow You Down

    Arthritis is a painful, chronic disease that can have a major impact on quality of life. As joints deteriorate, simple tasks become difficult: opening a jar, walking to the mailbox, handling tools. With time, mobility becomes more restricted. What’s worse, arthritis sufferers must face the unkind reality that their condition may gradually worsen.

    Take control of your arthritis with these natural remedies
    By Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
  • Flex Your Brain Muscles

    Going to the gym is great for a healthy bod, but don’t forget to exercise your mind, too. Neurobic exercises are designed to challenge the brain by enlisting your less-used senses in daily life activities. These exercises will likely require you to rely less on sight and sound and more on taste, touch, and smell—thus stimulating your brain and increasing your mental fitness.