Friday, December 23, 2016

Red & Green Eats & Merry Christmas

I have a red and green day to share with you!

Breakfast: a green-ish smoothie made with banana, spinach, Vega, and milk. And buttery toast.

Lunch: leftover lasagna with frozen broccoli made with parmesan and butter.

Dinner: Cook Smarts Tofu Sriracha Ramen Salad (made with soba noodles). This was SO GOOD and even better for lunch the next day!

We are spending time with our loved ones and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!! Be back next week!

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The Primal Blueprint Improved My Life and Inspires Me to Help Others

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. In fact, I have a contest going right now. So if you have a story to share, no matter how big or how small, you’ll be in the running to win a big prize. Read more here.

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My sister was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus when she was 9, and like many young Americans she was ill informed about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. My sister was reluctant to accept the fact that her body was in a diseased state. The doctors did not stress to her the importance of how she needed to continuously regulate her diet in order to lead a normal routine and achieve a full life expectancy. When I was a senior in high school I read Robb Wolf’s book “The Paleo Solution,” and I was able to empower her with the knowledge to live unimpeded by her condition. After I realized the impact I had on my sister, I was inspired to help others improve their lifestyles by also eating properly, so I decided to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at Florida State University.

While obtaining my degree, I discovered Mark’s Daily Apple, which changed my entire outlook on lifestyle habits and reinforced the positive impact of eating REAL food. I became a Primal Health Coach, and I improved more lives than I ever thought I could, including my own. Being in the health field made me realize there is an information gap between doctor and patient that needs to be filled by sound nutritional advice based on scientific research and practical application. The most efficient way to change the system is by being in the system. Thanks to Mark Sisson for fueling my passion—I just applied to Physician Assistant school, where I plan to use the Primal Blueprint in addition to modern medicine to improve my patients’ lives and hopefully open up the eyes of my future colleagues (a.k.a have them say goodbye to conventional wisdom).

My personal statement: As the prevalence of chronic diseases, along with the use of pharmaceutical drugs to treat these diseases, continues to escalate in our society, we have forsaken the most basic and natural medicine available: food. Nearly every leading cause of death can be proactively prevented by providing the body with the nourishment it needs. As a Future Primal Provider, I hope to provide this to all my clients.



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Healthier Holiday Apps

Appetizers are meant to hold your guests over until the meal, not fill them up before it starts! Instead of high calorie gut-busters, serve some of these better-for-everyone finger foods at your next holiday shindig.


Low calorie and high protein shrimp are always a crowd pleaser, and they pair so well with sweet and juicy pineapple.

Recipe: Shrimp Pineapple Skewers


Deviled Eggs

This classic recipe gets a makeover using nonfat Greek yogurt instead of calorie-heavy mayo, plus a kick of spice and vinegar.

Recipe: Lighter Southern Deviled Eggs


Cheese & Crackers (2 Ways)

A small portion of cheese can be a satisfying snack before a holiday meal. Serve along with fresh fruit like figs or grapes and whole grain crackers. Use these tips for assembling the perfect cheese platter.

Recipe: Mustard Onion Jam Crackers with Figs



Instead of dozens of mediocre dips, make one outstanding one. Serve with fresh veggie sticks to keep the calories low.

Recipes: Hot Crab Dip and Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip (pictured above)



Heat things up with a more elegant version of the popular pub grub. Yes, even a little bacon is allowed for the festivities!

Recipe: Bacon-Apple-Jalapeno Pop ‘Ems


Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are an easy way to highlight vegetables on your appetizer table. Keeping the ingredients light with more veggies and a touch of cheese for this filling to make this recipe healthy yet satisfying.

Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms


Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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The Skinny Epidemic

The Skinny Epidemic


Back in November, I posted on Facebook about an issue that arose with my son, who many of you know I refer to here as Mini Chef. I took him in for his Well Visit and we were… Read more →

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