Healthy Recipes

15 Books That Will Change Your Life

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If you’re new to my blog, you may not know that I am a big reader. There’s nothing more exciting than receiving a new book, especially if it’s highly recommended.
I actually have, and regularly use, a library card. Crazy, right?! Although reading on my phone may be more convenient, I am a big fan of holding a book in my hands and turning pages. Old school I guess.
Mark Twain once said that, “the man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
I firmly believe that reading can accelerate our knowledge on any subject. Have you ever read a book on wealth, health, happiness, or any skill?
What better way to learn than from other people’s experiences and mistakes!
A few years ago, my family and I decided to swap out exchanging holiday presents for books. Since we are all avid readers, our new tradition was not only welcomed but a great success. Instead of gifting another sweater (with the gift receipt!) or more electronics, why not give a book that could potentially change a life?
Not a bad exchange.
I’m not suggesting this works for all families, I absolutely enjoy exchanging presents (and still do with my inlaws), but hey, books make great gifts too!
As the saying goes, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
On that note, I would like to offer a few book suggestions that have sculpted my life, and could potentially influence yours as well.
You may have already checked off everyone on your list this year, but don’t forget yourself- you deserve a gift too.
Nutrition & Health
Clean by Alejandro Junger– a simple and straight forward approach to healing digestive issues and a great program to follow to reboot your system. Perfect for the New Year!
The UltraMind Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman– this was my first real look at transforming food into medicine. A great book for anyone suffering from depression or anxiety.
Never Be Sick Again by Raymond Francis– I think the title says it all. The author re-tells his own account of how he was on his death bed and reversed symptoms through changes in diet and lifestyle.
Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss– go behind the scenes of the food industry with this journalist’s eye opening account of how we are being “hooked” on food. Super interesting read!
The Great Cholesterol Myth by Jonny Bowden & Stephen Sinatra– written by two doctors, this book shatters the myth that cholesterol is the reason for heart disease. I recommend this book to anyone with heart issues or on statin drugs.
Happiness & Wellbeing
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer– I’ve re-read this book about three times. They are so many gems in here, it’s hard not to highlight the whole book.
A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson– Ms. Williamson makes sense of this crazy thing called life. Simply put: change your perspective, change your life. This book points you in the direction on how to do that.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel RuizA simple guidebook on how to live a meaningful life. The laws are simple, but when practiced, are quite profound. A quick read and a perfect stocking stuffer.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – If you’ve never heard of this book, at one time, it was selling more copies than the bible. Oprah preached it through the rooftops, and there is a reason for it. The secret to happiness lies in the now and living in the present. 
On Relationships
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman– Relationships can be challenging, but it’s important for both partners to speak the same language. This author explains how to make relationships work. Plenty of “A ha” moments in this book. 
The Way of the Superior Man by David DeidaEvery man should read this, their woman too. Great insight on becoming the best man, father, husband person you can be, and ways for women to understand him.
The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz– Another simple, amazing book. Poignant notes on not only bettering your relationship with others, but also yourself.
Motivation & Getting Shit Done
Essentialism:The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckewon– Learn how to be more productive in your life by doing less. This book helps trim the fat off your busy life. Game changer!
The One Thing by Gary Keller- Get your focus game on point by eliminating 80% of the BS in your life and focusing on the “One Thing”.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield– You know that tiny voice in your head that keeps you from getting started or even finishing? This author calls that “The Resistance” and explains how essential it is shut him up.
To the “gift that keeps on giving the whole year round!”. Happy Holidays!

Pumpkin is so last year

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Autumn is in full swing and pumpkin everything is the flavor of the month. I saw the other day Trader Joe’s offered pumpkin doggy treats.

Settle down there TJ!

Pumpkin is delicious no doubt, but it’s time to give other squash the spot light.

Introducing the new “black” of fall foods… acorn squash!

This little acorn shaped nugget is loaded with immune boosting qualities which is great for this time of the year.

Additionally, it is a great source of dietary fiber which helps regulating blood sugar levels in diabetics.

I’ll be honest, I’m a pumpkin feign myself and absolutely enjoy adding a little to my smoothie here and there. BUT in the last visit to the supermarket, I made it a point to try something new.

Call me crazy but I like switching things up.

Low and behold, acorn squash was calling my name! That being said, it did sit on my counter for a while until I figured out what I was going to do with it. Luckily, they do keep for a while.

I finally got the urge to crack that nut (actually a fruit) open.
Can you think of a better way to start the morning than with acorn squash pancakes?!

FYI: I find the best way to cook acorn squash is to roast it. Although you can cut it up into pieces and boil it, roasting really brings out the flavor.

Well, these cakes were a hit (even with my extra picky wife)! I highly suggest dumping that Bisquick stuff and getting on board with these flapjacks.

Here’s how…

Preheat oven to 400

Cut the acorn squash in half, scoop out seeds, and place the squash on a baking sheet skin side down.

Bake for 30 minutes or until inside is nice and soft and can be scraped out. (PS- while baking, I was somehow roped into doing the laundry)

In a large mixing bowl, add the following ingredients:

*the inside of acorn squash (no skin)
*2-3 eggs (don’t skip on those beautiful yolks)
*1/2 tsp. cinnamon
*1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
*1 tsp. vanilla extract
*2 tbs. maple syrup
*2 tbs. flour (I prefer a gluten free coconut flour or almond meal)
*pinch of sea salt

Blend all ingredients well with a mixer or a whisk. If mixture is still too runny, add more flour. The batter should have a nice consistency to it before pouring into the skillet.

Heat up skillet on medium. Grease with favorite oil or butter.

Cook each cake until golden brown on each side.

Serve with syrup and fresh berries.

Side note: If breakfast is not your thing try this as a side dish without the sweeteners. Try adding some ground meat on top instead.

Get ‘em while they’re hot!!

Healthy Game Day Chilli

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Sundays in the fall are for football. There’s nothing like watching your favorite team with some friends, and of course plenty of food. But greasy, fatty, fast food will leave you more hungover than the cheap beer your friends brought over. We’re looking to keep it clean and hearty.

But I’m not talking collard green wraps or hummus dips. Save those for during the week. No, this is football season so you need to bring out those bold hearty dishes. You can’t be throwing down a bowl of kale chips during kick off. Your friends will boo you! Instead, nothing screams football like a bowl of chili.

Impress your friends with this perfect recipe that will satisfy any game day hunger. Not to worry, this isn’t any typical TGIF chill but kicked up with a healthy twist of detoxifying spices and herbs. If you want a vegetarian version simply sub out the meat with another two cans of beans or some quinoa. Get some!

Health Tip: If you are using beef always go organic, grass-fed to ensure quality fats and nutrients. Most supermarkets now offer grass-fed for a few $$’s more. What the cow eats directly effects the quality of meat. FYI: Cows aren’t meant to be chomping up bowls of corn and grains.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1 1/2 cups)

2 large cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)

1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (about 1 tablespoon)

2 pounds ground grass-fed beef, organic best

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 (28-ounce) can low-sodium whole tomatoes

1/2 cup water

3 tablespoons of chili powder

4 teaspoons ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoons minced oregano

1 (15-ounce) can red beans, drained and rinsed

Chopped cilantro (optional)

Chopped red or green onion (optional)

Avocado, diced (optional)

Preparation:

Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.

Add the onions and cook, stirring, for about 3 to 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and jalapeño and cook 1 minute longer.

Stir in the ground turkey and the salt and cook the turkey for about 5 minutes, breaking up the pieces with a wooden spoon, until it loses its pink color.

Crush the tomatoes with your hands and add them to the pan with their juice.

Add the water and the chili powder, cumin, coriander, black pepper, and paprika. Cook for 30 minutes at a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally.

Add the oregano and red beans and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the beans are heated through. Thin out the chili as desired with additional water if necessary.

Garnish as desired, just before serving, with one of the optional toppings, such as fresh cilantro, red or green onions, or avocado.

Go G-Men!