Healing Foods

  • Focus On: Enzymes

    WHAT are they? Enzymes are the energizers of life—they’re catalysts for energy released within the body. In addition to affecting energy, enzymes also regulate biochemical reactions that take place within the body. There are three types of enzymes: digestive, metabolic, and food.

  • Sautéed Collard Greens & Kale

    Weekly Recipe: 
    Chances are you use the same oil for every sauté dish. But if you pick oil unique to the dish you are cooking, you can produce much better flavor. Put away your vinegar and replace it with grapeseed oil to bring out the delicious, subtle flavors of these greens.

    1 large bunch collard greens, about 1 to 1-½ pounds
    1 large bunch kale, about 1 to 1-½ pounds
    3 tablespoons grapeseed oil or olive oil
    6 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    Juice of ½ lemon
    A few dashes hot pepper sauce (optional)

    1. Rinse collard greens and kale in a large bowl of cold water. Drain and cut off tough stems. Cut leaves into ¼-inch strips. You should have about 8 packed cups.

    2. In a well-seasoned heavy skillet or wok, heat the grapeseed oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Add half of the collard greens and cook, stirring, for another 30 seconds.

    3. Add half of the kale and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, until it begins to soften. Add the remaining greens and cook, stirring constantly, for about 10 minutes, until the greens are tender.

    4. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Add a few drops of hot pepper sauce, if desired.

  • Herbed Vinaigrette Recipe

    This herbed vinaigrette recipe can be prepared with any one of a number of dried herbs including thyme, marjoram, basil, chives, or tarragon. Also, try incorporating ½ teaspoon of Herbs de Provence.

    ¾ cup olive, peanut, avocado, or other salad oil
    ¼ cup white wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    ½ teaspoon dried herbs (any one of either thyme, marjoram, basil, chives, or tarragon)
    Kosher salt and ground white pepper (or freshly ground black pepper) to taste

    1. Combine mustard and vinegar in a glass bowl and whisk together briefly.

    2. Place the mustard-vinegar mixture along with the oil, herbs, and seasonings in a blender. Blend for about 10 seconds or until fully combined.

    3. Transfer to a glass bowl and let stand for 30 minutes to let the flavors mature. Whisk dressing immediately before serving.

  • Homemade Mayonnaise

    Making a homemade mayonnaise is not difficult or time consuming. Plus, depending on your tastes, you can alter the recipe just how you like. Follow this recipe to get a silky, rich mayo you can’t buy in stores.

    1 large egg yolk, at room temperature 30 minutes
    ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
    ¾ cup olive oil (or oil of choice), divided
    1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
    1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    Salt to taste

    1. Whisk together yolk, mustard, and ¼ teaspoon salt until combined. Add about ¼ cup oil drop by drop, whisking
    constantly until mixture starts to thicken.

    2. Add vinegar and lemon juice, then remaining ½ cup oil in a very slow, thin stream, whisking constantly until well blended. If at any time it appears that oil is not incorporating into the mixture, stop adding oil and whisk vigorously until smooth, then continue adding oil.

    3. Add salt to taste. Chill and cover until ready to use.

    Note: The fresher the egg, the better it will incorporate into the mixture. Try using safflower, sunflower, or black truffle olive oil for subtle taste variations.

  • Match Game

    For thousands of years, people have utilized assorted methods to extract various types of oils, searching for that sweet, fatty substance to enhance the flavor of their food.

    Wander through the world of culinary oils to find out what's best for your cuisine.
    By Cara Lucas
  • Italian Bread Dipping Oil

    Makes 1 cup

    1 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
    1 tablespoon chopped parsley
    1 tablespoon chopped oregano
    1 to 2 minced fresh garlic cloves to taste
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon fresh ground course black pepper
    Dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
    1 tablespoon finely chopped sundried tomatoes (optional)

    Mix all ingredients together. Let sit to allow flavors to meld for at least an hour or two before serving. Serve in a shallow bowl with thick slices of crusty Italian bread.

  • Why We Love Yogurt!

    That’s right, we’re talking about yogurt—not frozen, heat-treated, or heavily sweetened varieties; but plain, simple, deliciously natural yogurt.

    Did you know that the dairy aisle in your local supermarket is home to one of the healthiest foods in the grocery store?
  • Create New Beginnings

    Back to school is the best time to create “new” beginnings for children. Before school starts, sit down with your children and create goals for the year ahead. These goals might include achieving certain grades, participating in sports and music, or practicing certain levels of personal hygiene (especially important for teenagers).

    9 tips for teaching children how to make nutritious choices
    By Lynn Lafferty, PHARMD, ND, CNC, CNHP
  • Herbal-Infused Apple Gluten-Free Muffins

    Herbal Infusion Water Mix
    1 stick cinnamon; or 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
    8 cloves, whole
    1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and diced
    1 1/2 cups water*
    *Use 1/4 cup of the infusion in recipe and drink the rest (it has a wonderful taste and benefit)

    Apple Mix*
    2 tablespoons organic butter; may substitute 1 tablespoon with water
    1/2 cup raisins
    1/2 cup walnuts
    2 cups diced, semi-sweet apples (try Fuji or yellow apples, organic recommended)
    1 tablespoon raw sugar
    1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
    * This also makes a great topping over ice cream or frozen bananas

    Muffin Mix
    3 cups gluten-free oat flour
    1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2/3 cup raw sugar
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    6 tablespoons coconut oil
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    2 eggs; may substitute 2 tablespoons grape-seed veganaise
    2 tablespoons organic butter


    1. Grease twelve 21/2-inch muffin cups or line with paper liners; set aside.

    2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    3. To make herbal infusion, combine 1 stick cinnamon, 8 cloves, and 1-inch peeled ginger in 11/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes to infuse spices. Strain and set aside.

    4. In a medium saucepan, combine apple mix. Melt butter over low heat. Add the raisins, walnuts, apples, sugar, butter, and cinnamon; stir. Heat for 5 minutes. Set aside.

    5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together muffin mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, eggs, coconut oil, butter, and salt until moistened. Slowly add in 1/4 cup water from herbal infusion while mixing ingredients until reaching a smooth consistency.

    6. Fold in apple mix. Chop and add 1/2 inch ginger from infusion to mixture.

    7. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to18 minutes or until golden.

    8. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.

  • Greek Yogurt and Avocado Dip

    Weekly Recipe: 
    Amp up the munchies at your next gathering with this easy guacamole recipe made memorable with the delicious addition of Greek yogurt.

    Makes 2 cups

    2 ripe avocados
    1/3 cup Greek yogurt
    Juice of one lime
    1/2 medium red onion, chopped
    Salt and pepper or Abodo and garlic pepper to taste

    1. Peel avocado and remove seed. Mash avocado in a medium bowl, then add the Greek yogurt and mash again until smooth.

    2. Mix in the onion, lime, Abodo, and garlic pepper (or salt and pepper) to taste. Then serve with chips or sliced vegetables and enjoy!