Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time to enjoy family and friends and to celebrate the bounty of seasonal food at this time of year. Over the years, I have gathered a handful of Thanksgiving recipes that have become my go-to for a delicious and, yes, healthy meal. So, in addition, to cooking the turkey on the outdoor grill and to simply roasting sweet potatoes (no marshmallows please), you’ll find these dishes on our Thanksgiving table.
Author: Janice Lipman
So many people ask Frank and I questions about our diet and what we eat on a daily basis. So I’m going to pull back the curtain and share some insights into how we really eat. Here are the most common questions we get and the inside scoop on what The Lipmans eat.
A good chili is one of those quintessential dishes that’s so good on a cold winter’s night.
Many years ago, I came across this Cashew Chili recipe in a cookbook called the Cabbagetown Café Cookbook by Julie Jordan and its been my go to chili recipe ever since. I have made some small changes along the way like using canned beans (Eden is a non GMO brand) and even adding organic ground turkey which I brown first. You could even use a variety of beans to change it up a little bit, it’s a very flexible, easy and forgiving recipe despite the long list of ingredients.
I recently suffered a nasty side effect of Doxycycline which made it difficult to swallow and painful to eat solid foods, making liquids my only option.
For a week, I sipped, slurped and spooned homemade smoothies while my throat healed. They allowed me to get the nutrition I needed without causing me any pain! This experience once again reminded me why I love smoothies and how they are such an essential part of a healthy diet.
We’ve all had those days when you’re craving sugar so badly that nothing seems to help. The usual distractions are just not working, and you really want a chocolate brownie or ice cream. Here are some recipes garnered from our team of Health Coaches to help you overcome sugar cravings and make a healthier choice:
It’s finally Spring on the East Coast, the days are longer, the sun is warmer, blossoms are out and the farmer’s markets are brimming with springtime produce.
It’s the perfect time of year to start thinking salads again and one of our favorites is a simple arugula and strawberry salad. It looks pretty on the plate and the juxtaposition of sweet and peppery will make your taste buds very happy.
I am always exploring ways to make it easy to prepare meals, and one of the simplest tricks is make a batch of different spice rubs that can used on fish, meat or chicken. Rubs can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 6 months (remember to date the container) so don’t be afraid to double or triple the recipe.
Yes, you can have chocolate for breakfast as long as it’s our Be Well Chocolate Whey Protein!
Made into a delicious smoothie loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients, heart healthy good for you fats, and boosted with some potent extras, there is no better way to start your day.
– Whey protein from grass-fed cows boosts energy and immunity, supports lean muscle mass, promotes post workout recovery, supports overall good health.
– MCT Oil: helpful for weight management, improved cognitive function, sustained energy
– Greens powder: adds extra veggies into your diet (we can never get enough of those)
– Chia seeds: adds healthy omega 3 fatty acids and fiber to keep you full
– Kale: rich in antioxidants, fiber and vitamin A and C
– Blueberries: full of essential phytonutrients and antioxidants
– Avocado: healthy fats which regulate blood sugars, supports cardiovascular health and provides anti-inflammatory benefits
Here’s the recipe for Frank’s current favorite smoothie, make it yours and your family’s too!
1 serving Be Well Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
2 tsp Be Well MCT Oil
1 serving Be Well Greens powder
1 handful organic kale (about a cup)
1 cup organic blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 TBS chia seeds
8-10 oz non-dairy milk (almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk) or water
4-5 ice cubes
Place ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth and creamy.
(Frank likes his smoothies thick so feel free to add more liquid if necessary to suit your taste.)
Enjoy for breakfast or anytime of day.
P.S. Your kids will never know there are greens in the smoothie…
The wind is howling and it’s beyond freezing cold outside. What a perfect time to make a hearty warming soup that’s easy to prepare and deliciously satisfying. Butternut squash and carrots are loaded with beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A and is important for eye, heart and breast health. What more could you ask for?
Salad – it’s what’s often for lunch in our house and in many cases, for dinner too. They’re an easy way to pack a nutritional punch into a meal and with a little creativity and a little preparation, they are always healthy and never boring.
Here are 7 simple steps to making a better salad. The possibilities are endless.