Alternative Medicine

  • 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.

  • Carrot-Ginger Dressing

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    Created by our friends at Pacific Foods, this unique recipe is an easy way to jazz up an ordinary salad. Makes 12 servings.

    1 cup Pacific Foods Organic Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque

    4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar

    1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

    1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce

    1 teaspoon sugar

    ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger

    Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

  • Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad

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    These sweet ‘n’ spicy potatoes make the perfect side dish to accompany any meal. Serves 4.

    2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2 -inch pieces

    3 cups cooked chickpeas

    1 large onion, peeled and chopped

    1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)

    1 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)

    2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick liner. Peel and chop sweet potatoes. In a large bowl, add the cooked chickpeas, uncooked sweet potatoes, chopped onion, cinnamon, salt, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Mix well. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and place in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and place into a large bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and stir well to coat. Add additional sea salt if preferred. Source: Angela Liddon, ohsheglows.com

  • Fruit & Nut Bark

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    This easy recipe will satisfy your chocolate craving—with a little fruity crunch. Makes 8 2-ounce servings.

    12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, divided

    ½ cup dried cranberries

    1/3 cup chopped pistachios

    1/3 cup chopped dried apricots

    ¼ cup slivered almonds

    2 teaspoons fresh organic orange zest

    Heat 8 ounces chopped chocolate on the stove until completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining chopped chocolate until melted and combined. Pour the melted chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread the mixture into a ¼-inch thick rectangle. Working quickly, sprinkle the cranberries, pistachios, apricots, almonds, and orange zest evenly over the chocolate. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 minutes to harden. Break or cut the chocolate into pieces. Source: Fast & Simple Gluten-Free by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

  • Peanut Butter, Grape & Chocolate Snack Bites

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    For a no-bake dessert that will please kids, parents, and their taste buds, give these bite-size chocolate balls a try. Makes 30 balls.

    ¾ cup low-fat crunchy peanut butter

    ¼ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes

    1 cup oats

    1 tablespoon ground flax seed

    2 teaspoons honey

    3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Heat peanut butter in a microwave about 25 seconds, until thinned out. Remove from microwave and stir in grape juice. Add oats, flax seed, honey, chocolate chips, and vanilla; stir to incorporate. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Using a teaspoon or a melon baller, form mixture into balls. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool again for at least 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Source: Robin Plotkin, RD, LD, robinsbite.com

  • Asian Fusion 7-Layer Dip

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    Take a break from traditional taco dip and bring this unique flavor combination to the party. Serve with pita chips, whole grain crackers, or fortune cookies! Serves 8-10.

    1 ¾ cups plain Greek yogurt

    ½ cup sliced roasted red pepper

    1 teaspoon minced garlic

    1 teaspoon dried basil

    Salt and pepper, to taste

    3 ½ teaspoons green curry paste

    ¼ cup cilantro

    Handful dried red chili peppers

    1 cup water chestnuts, diced

    1 cup raw cashews, coarsly chopped

    ¼ cup green onions, chopped

    In a food processor, combine yogurt, red pepper, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper until mostly smooth. Spread green curry paste evenly on bottom of medium-sized bowl. Pour yogurt mixture over top. Sprinkle cilantro evenly on top, then add chili peppers, water chestnuts, cashews, and green onions.

  • The Cranberry’s Hidden Power

    It’s a bit of a taboo topic. It can be painful or embarrassing. It can wake you up at night or make you nervous to leave home. And if you have one, you know it without a doubt: It’s a urinary tract infection.

    Safe, simple, and successful UTI prevention
    By Dan Souza
  • Busting the Most Common Fish Oil Myths

    There are plenty of good reasons to take a fish oil supplement, but if lowering your cholesterol is the ultimate goal, you’re wasting your money.

    What you need to know to reap the benefits
    By Fred Sancilio, PhD
  • Magnesium: The Key to Heart Health

    Recently the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiologists issued a joint statement urging a wider use of cholesterol drugs called “statins” to help prevent America’s No. 1 killer: heart disease.

    By Dennis Goodman, MD, FACC
  • The Green Guide

    I understand how intimidating bunches of kale, chard, and collards can look on those grocery shelves. The only lettuce I ate growing up was some iceberg drowned in Thousand Island.

    How to buy, prepare, store, and cook with leafy greens
    By Dreena Burton