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This Strawberry Shortcake recipe is the perfect decadent treat for a social gathering, birthday or holiday celebration, or for a weekend baking adventure with your children! The fresh strawberries drizzled with raw honey brings an abundance of healing benefits, and when combined with the coconut whipped cream, it’s hard to beat. Made with clean ingredients, this is an indulgence you can feel good about having on occasion!
Strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C that helps to boost the immune system by warding off colds, flu’s, and respiratory infections. They also have high levels of phenols, which act as an anti-inflammatory which makes it an essential food for those suffering from autoimmune disorders such as asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, restless leg syndrome, colitis, COPD, IBS, neuropathy, Crohn’s disease, lupus, guillain-barre syndrome, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. They are also fantastic weight loss food as they are low in calories and high in nutritional compounds that are vital for optimal health.
Honey in its raw form is a secret weapon against infectious illness. When you’re dealing with weakened immunity and feel like you’re extra susceptible to catching colds, flus, stomach bugs such as norovirus, and food poisoning, raw honey assists your body in keeping a strong first line of defense by strengthening neutrophils and macrophages so they can fight off pathogens. (It’s not yet documented by medical science that these and other white blood cells feed off of immune-stimulating phytochemicals.) These properties also make raw honey anti-inflammatory—because it inhibits pathogens from procreating and thus releasing toxins that elevate inflammation.
2 1/2-3 cups almond flour + more for dusting
1 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup solid coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey
For the whipped cream:
1 14-ounce can coconut cream or full fat coconut milk, chilled in the fridge overnight
2-3 tbsp raw honey
1 lb strawberries, halved, for topping
Preheat oven to 400F. Place the almond flour, tapioca flour and baking powder in a bowl and mix with a whisk until there are no lumps. Cut the coconut oil into small pieces and place in the flour mixture. Using your fingertips, rub the oil into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
In a small bowl, combine the almond milk, vanilla and maple syrup/honey. Mix until uniform, then add to the flour. Mix until the dough comes together (you may need to add a bit more almond flour).
Flour a surface and roll out the dough until 1 cm thick. Using a rough cookie cutter, cut disks out
of the dough and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until the biscuits have browned. Take out of the oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes.
While the biscuits are cooling, make your whipped cream. Chill your mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. When the bowl is chilled, remove the thick cream from the top of the can, leaving the coconut water behind. Using an electric whisk, beat the cream for 2-3 minutes until you get soft peaks. Add the honey and beat for another 2 minutes. Set aside.
Assemble the shortcakes by placing a tablespoon of whipped cream on a biscuit, followed by the strawberries. Repeat with another layer of each or leave as it is. Serve immediately.
Serves: about 14-16 single layer shortcakes and 6-8 double
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This item posted: 14-Jul-2018 - Disclaimer
This smoothie is as delicious as it is vibrant! It is packed full of antioxidants to help reverse and prevent aging and it contains some of the most powerfully healing foods on our planet, including the number one most nutritionally dense food in existence—wild blueberries! This smoothie gives you a great way to use wild blueberry powder so you can harness its nutrients and healing benefits, or for when you are not able to access fresh or frozen wild blueberries.
Wild blueberries are a true miracle food and can help heal and recover the body from illness and disease. Wild blueberries are the food you want in your diet when you have gone through any form of stress, chronic illness, trauma, or injury. They are also the most powerful brain food in existence, the most potent prebiotic there is, and a star at restoring the liver
Cherries are the ultimate liver tonic, cleanser, and rejuvenator. Cherries promote healthy hemoglobin and are also anti-cancerous, specifically effective at addressing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, melanoma, and glioblastoma (a type of brain tumor). Cherries sharpen the mind by purifying the bowels—they’re better at alleviating constipation than prunes!
Bananas contain powerful anti-fungal and antibiotic compounds as well as protease inhibitors which can help stop viruses in their tracts. Bananas are also particularly good for lowering blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, neurological disorders, diarrhea, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, chron’s disease, stroke, and kidney, colon, and lung cancers.
Wild Blueberry & Cherry Smoothie
2 fresh or frozen bananas
1 cup pitted fresh or frozen cherries
1 tbsp wild blueberry powder
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Water, enough to blend
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
Serves: 2 people
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This item posted: 13-Jul-2018 - Disclaimer
This simple but beautiful combination of fresh peaches, blueberries and celery offers a delicious melding of sweet and salty, juicy and crunchy. Together these foods offer a wonderful and nourishing snack that’s a perfect support for your adrenal gland health. As I share in my book Medical Medium, it’s vital to graze every 1-2 hours on foods that have a balance of potassium, sodium, and natural sugar (from fruit, raw honey or carbohydrate rich vegetables.) You can find out more about this technique and why it’s so healing in Medical Medium.
Peaches are a wonderfully hydrating and mineral rich fruit that are easy to digest and rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids. They have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are especially beneficial for sinus issues, arthritis, high blood pressure, IBS, constipation, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, nervous system issues, migraines, eye sight issues, and strengthening the immune system. They are also very supportive for the body during pregnancy and a wonderful healing food for children as well.
Blueberries are a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These sweet and satisfying berries are excellent liver and blood cleansers, are useful in counteracting urinary tract infections, and are vital to the health of eyes and the digestive tract. Blueberries also have the ability to repair tissues and cells, strengthen the circulatory system, sharpen cognitive abilities, and keep the immune system strong.
Consuming celery is the most powerful way to alkalize the gut. That’s in part because celery is high in bioactive sodium. It also contains cofactor micro trace mineral salts as yet undiscovered in research. These are varieties of sodium and other trace minerals (more than 60 of them) that are present in celery and work symbiotically and systematically with each other and with celery’s regular sodium to raise your body’s pH and rid toxic acids from every crevice of your body, including your gut. This process is ideal to cleanse and repair intestinal linings.
How To Make:
2 peaches, sliced
2 celery stalks, cut into thin slices
1/4 cup wild blueberries or regular blueberries
Arrange all the ingredients on a platter or bowl. Serve immediately.
Find out more about the undiscovered healing benefits of different foods in my #1 NY Times bestselling book, Life-Changing Foods
This item posted: 11-Jul-2018 - Disclaimer
Potato salad is a welcome addition to any lunch or dinner table, barbecue, picnic, or social gathering. This fresh and delicious spin on traditional potato salad not only upgrades the flavor, but also makes it a truly healing recipe that you can feel great about enjoying! It’s also very easy and simple to pull together and is great eaten right away or as leftovers. We hope you love this recipe!
Potatoes are wrongly accused of contributing to obesity, diabetes, cancer, Candida overgrowth, and many other conditions, while in truth these miraculous tubers can reverse these illnesses. That’s right! Potatoes are actually good for people with diabetes, because they help stabilize blood sugar. The entire potato, inside and out, is valuable and beneficial for your health: potato plants draw some of the highest concentration of macro and trace minerals from the earth. Potatoes are also high in potassium and rich in vitamin B6, as well as a fantastic source of amino acids, especially lysine in its bioactive form. Lysine is a powerful weapon against cancers, liver disease, inflammation, and the viruses such as Epstein-Barr and shingles that are behind rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, autoimmune disease, and more.
Radishes are an immune system replenisher. When consumed, the sulfur in radishes repels any type of pathogen and acts as a wormicide to kill off intestinal worms and other parasites. The organosulfides in radishes also keep arteries and veins clean, creating a protective barrier in blood vessels so plaque doesn’t adhere to their linings. Radishes are incredible heart food, excellent for helping to prevent heart disease and other cardiovascular issues in part by increasing good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol. Meanwhile, the skin of the radish repels virtually every type of cancer, which makes these little root vegetables a go-to food for helping to prevent the disease.
Dill is a great antioxidant and chemoprotective herb that is highly beneficial for viral, bacterial, yeast, and fungal infections, parasites, pain relief, sleep disorders, cancer prevention, and respiratory disorders. Dill is also regularly used as a digestive aid and can help reduce bad breath, acid reflux, flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea.
Dill Potato Salad With Radishes & Peas
1 1/2 lb small (new) potatoes
1 tsp salt
8 radishes, very thinly sliced
1 cup green peas
1/4 cup dill, finely chopped
1/4 cup tahini
2 tbsp water
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp dill
2 tbsp chives
Salt and pepper
Place a medium-sized pot on the heat with a steaming basket and add two inch-es of water.
Place the potatoes in the pot, cover and cook until soft, about 30-40 minutes. Drain and let cool.
In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, radishes, peas and dill.
Make the dressing by blending together tahini, water, lemon juice, dill, chives, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing on the salad and mix well.
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This item posted: 09-Jul-2018 - Disclaimer
Don’t let the simplicity of this recipe fool you. Not only is it so delicious that it may very well become a daily staple; it’s also one of the most nutrient dense meals or snacks you can eat! Enjoy it for breakfast, a snack, a light lunch alongside a leafy green salad, or serve up a big bowl of this recipe for the whole family to enjoy over the day.
Berries are a saving grace. Their main power comes from antioxidants, the miracle fighters of free radicals. Berries broadcast their health value with their deep purples, blues, and blacks, which come from the polyphenols known as anthocyanins (including malvidin) and anthocyanidins. They’re also rich in dimethyl resveratrol and dozens of other phytochemicals, amino acids, and coenzymes. Berries also have hidden compounds that stop excess adrenaline from causing damage to organs. This makes blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, mulberries, blueberries, elderberries, and the like critical for life on earth
Raw honey has the power to strengthen the immune system, promote digestive health, reduce throat irritation, stabilize blood pressure, calm nerves, heal ulcers, purify the blood, fight off colds and flu, soothe sore throats and laryngitis, and flush the kidneys. It is also great for digestion as it contains probiotics that help to keep the beneficial bacteria in the gut healthy and strong. Raw honey promotes restorative sleep and can aid in healing and rebuilding the body during the night.
Wildflower Honey Berries
1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and halved
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup wild blueberries or blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
2-3 tbsp wildflower raw honey
Place all the berries in a bowl, add the honey and mix until coated. Divide between bowls and serve immediately.
For more information on the healing powers of berries and many other foods, check out the #1 NY Times bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
This item posted: 06-Jul-2018 - Disclaimer
Looking for a fun and creative way to enjoy some of the most healing foods available this 4th of July or for any other holiday or celebration? These watermelon sparklers are fun to make, beautiful to look at, and even better to eat!
Melon is one of the most alkalizing and hydrating foods. The fruit’s highly bioavailable and bioactive trace mineral count is responsible for driving electrolytes higher than normal, making them easily usable by the body. In return, the body’s detoxification processes become amplified, driving out traces of DDT, other pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals from deep within the organs. High in silica, melon is an excellent food to restore ligaments, joints, bones, teeth, connective tissue, and tendons. Melon is also one of the most powerful glucose balancers, working to prevent insulin resistance and lower elevated A1C levels.
For the sparklers:
1/2 small canary or cantaloupe melon
1/2 small honeydew melon
1 cup fresh blueberries
10-12 wooden skewers
Optional sparkler fairy dust ingredients:
2 tbsp lime zest
2 tbsp blonde coconut sugar
Cut the watermelon into slices, about half an inch thick. Using a star-shaped cutter, cut the watermelon into stars. Set aside.
Using a small melon-baller, make balls out of the canary and honeydew melons.
Skewer the melon balls, alternating with blueberries and top with a watermelon star.
If you wish to make the optional sparkler fairy dust, simply mix the lime zest and blonde coconut sugar together and sprinkle above and over the watermelon stars on the sparklers.
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This item posted: 03-Jul-2018 - Disclaimer
This luscious wild blueberry soup offers such a fun, refreshing, and comforting way to get the unmatched healing benefits of wild blueberries into your diet. It tastes wonderful served cold in the summer or warm in the winter.
I talk about the incredible healing properties of wild blueberries in all my books for good reason. As I share in my book Life-Changing Foods, “currently, wild blueberries are acknowledged by nutrition experts for their sky-high levels of antioxidants. It goes beyond that—they have the highest proportion of antioxidants of any food on the planet. On top of that, these tiny jewels have a plethora of undiscovered qualities. For one, they’re armed with dozens of antioxidant varieties that science does not yet know about, along with polyphenols, anthocyanins, anthocyanidins, dimethyl resveratrol, and as yet unknown cofactor adaptogenic amino acids. When you eat these berries, their innate intelligence reads your body, searches out potential disease, monitors your stress and toxicity levels, and figures out the best way to heal you—it is the only food that does that. One of the most effective heavy metal detoxing foods. Wild blueberries are also the most powerful brain food in existence, the most potent prebiotic there is, and a star at restoring the liver."
Wild Blueberry Soup
3 cups wild blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 cups water
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon or cardamom
2 tsp arrowroot powder mixed with 2 tbsp water
3 tbsp raw honey, more if needed
Mint (for garnish)
In a large saucepan, bring the blueberries, water, lemon juice and zest and cinnamon or cardamom to a simmer. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until the blueberries are looking soft. While the soup is cooking, mix the arrowroot powder with cold water and add it to the soup. Cook for another 2 minutes, until the soup thickens, then remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Stir in honey. Serve hot or chilled, with mint leaves for garnish. Leftovers keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Learn more about the healing powers of wild blueberries in the #1 New York Times bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
This item posted: 01-Jul-2018 - Disclaimer
Bring back fond childhood memories of eating tater tots and other potato treats with this delicious and nostalgic recipe. A fresh spin on the traditional fried tater tots, this recipe calls for the tots to be baked versus fried, making it a healthy recipe you can enjoy in abundance. The addition of zucchini provides added nutrients without sacrificing flavor. This recipe is perfect for serving to children or as a fun finger food at social gatherings.
Potatoes are actually one of the most powerful anti-viral foods and are an excellent source of B6 which is a vital component for the neurological system and for the creation of amines which are neurotransmitters that send messages from one nerve to the next. This makes potatoes an important food for those who are heavy thinkers and those recovering from stress damage and adrenal exhaustion. They are also particularly beneficial for insomnia, sleep disorders, brain fog, and stress related illnesses.
Zucchini helps restore your liver and heal inflamed nerves caused by Epstein Barr Virus. They contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds which can aid asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Zucchini is also known to be particularly beneficial for hypertension, diabetes, and edema. It also high in fiber and low in calories which makes it a great weight loss food and helps to reduce constipation and bloating.
Baked Zucchini Tater Tots
2 medium-sized zucchinis
2 russet potatoes, peeled
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
Ketchup, to serve (you can find a healthy ketchup recipe on the blog at http://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/sweet-potato-fries)
Place a medium-sized pot on the heat with a steaming basket and add two inches of water. Place the potatoes in the pot, cover and cook until soft but so that there’s still some resistance, about 1 hour. Drain and let cool completely.
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grate the potato and place it in a bowl.
Grate the zucchini, place it in a clean dishtowel or nut milk bag and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Add it to the bowl with grated potato. Add the salt and dried oregano, then mix well and shape it to small cylinders.
Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping half way. Serve with ketchup and enjoy!
Serves: 40 tots
Learn more about the healing powers of food in my books Thyroid Healing, Liver Rescue, & Life-Changing Foods
This item posted: 29-Jun-2018 - Disclaimer
There’s nothing better than a truly refreshing and hydrating drink when you most need it. Now add incredible flavor and an abundance of healing properties into the mix and this Watermelon Strawberry Ginger Lemonade is a winner of a drink that you’ll want to make over and over again!
Melons are predigested—meaning that melon flesh is so assimilable that our digestive systems barely need to process it when it enters the body, because it is so high in enzymes and certain coenzymes as yet undiscovered by science that strengthen them. The fructose in melon leaves the stomach in less than one minute, then the rest of the fruit drops directly into the intestinal tract, immediately fortifying and replenishing the body. Eating melon is like getting intravenous nutrient therapy. Watermelon specifically is known to significantly reduce inflammation, help flush out edema, aid in weight loss, and alleviate depression. Watermelon can also boost the immune system as well as strengthen vision.
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants which boosts their ability to rebuild, repair, and rejuvenate the body. They also have high levels of phenols, which act as an anti-inflammatory, making them an essential food for those suffering from autoimmune disorders. They’re also loaded with Vitamin C they help to boost the immune system by warding off colds, flu’s, and respiratory infections.
Ginger has antispasmodic properties that come from its more than 60 trace minerals, well over 30 amino acids (many of them undiscovered), and more than 500 enzymes and coenzymes all working together to calm reactivity. And as an antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, ginger deserves all the accolades it gets for promoting a healthy immune system. Ginger is also ideal for stress assistance, DNA reconstruction, and enhancement of your body’s production of B12.
Watermelon Strawberry Ginger Lemonade
8 cups watermelon, cut into chunks
1 cup strawberries, hulled and halved
1 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger
1/3 cup lemon juice
1-2 tbsp raw honey (optional)
Lemon slices, to serve
Ice to serve
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve over ice.
Serves: 4 people
Learn more undiscovered healing benefits of foods in my books Life-Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing, & Liver Rescue.
This item posted: 26-Jun-2018 - Disclaimer
Ripe cantaloupe (also known as rockmelon) is delicious all on its own but turn it into a creamy, frosty smoothie with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon and you won’t be able to believe how indulgent it tastes! You will know your cantaloupe is ready to cut into when it emits a sweet and lightly floral aroma and it yields slightly to gently pressure applied to the skin.
The high vitamin C content in cantaloupes is critical for immune system support and to fight bacterial and viral infections. Cantaloupe is also excellent for helping to relieve nerves and calm anxieties. It is known to keep the heartbeat normal and regulated while under stress as well as keep muscles relaxed and free from cramps and hypertension.
The rich vitamin A and beta-carotene content in cantaloupe helps to lower the risk of cataracts and aids in maintaining healthy eyesight. Cantaloupe also aids the body in excreting excess sodium, which helps to reduce water retention and bloating.
Cinnamon has the highest antioxidant strength of all the food sources and is several hundred times more potent than any fruit or vegetable. Cinnamon is particularly good for helping diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, and arthritis. It is also very beneficial for lowering cholesterol and to help regulate blood sugar.
Vanilla has a calming effect on the nervous system and is an effective treatment for anxiety and stress. The aroma of vanilla beans alone has been shown to increase feelings of relaxation and happiness. One of the major medicinal compounds in vanilla beans is called vanillin, which in small doses is known to greatly aid digestion, decrease headaches, and provide relief for an upset stomach.
Cinnamon & Vanilla Cantaloupe Smoothie
1 cantaloupe, peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup ice
Seeds from 1/2 vanilla pod or 1/2 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp raw honey (optional but recommended if your melon isn’t very sweet)
Place the cantaloupe, vanilla, cinnamon, raw honey and ice in a blender and blend until smooth.
Learn more about the hidden healing powers of fruits and vegetables in the #1 New York Times Bestselling book Life-Changing Foods
This item posted: 22-Jun-2018 - Disclaimer
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