Sunday, July 9, 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 459

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

A fourth Denisovan appears.

Regular meditation helps athletes endure interval training.

“Edible” oils may partially explain the South Asian diabetes epidemic.

When autophagy slows, cellular aging accelerates.

Taking 5 kilograms of broccoli crammed into a single pill is great for a diabetic’s blood sugar numbers.

Our relationship to the Neanderthals just got even more complicated.

It doesn’t matter for muscle adaptations whether you take protein before or after your workout.

Ritalin use during childhood may have long-term effects on neurotransmitters.


Episode 176: Mark Sisson and Derek Flanzraich: I chat with Derek Flanzraich, the founder of Greatist, one of the greatest (sorry) new media empires dedicated to healthy living.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

How drug companies wine and dine docs.

Steven Hamley’s take on the AHA’s advisory on fats.

Media, Schmedia

How will the Trump administration affect psychedelic research?

Spending just three days on a hunter-gatherer diet (with actual hunter-gatherers, the Hadza) has immense benefits for gut bacteria diversity.

Everything Else

An interesting podcast about running as a spiritual practice.

An evolutionary trade-off: short stature and worse arthritis for surviving an ice age.

A Western man discovers how feeble and immobile his body has become, then starts along the road to fix it.

Why ancient Roman concrete is still standing.

A new squat toilet, kind of.

You should side-roll, sit, balance, and crawl before you run.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Instagram account I’m really digging: Isaac Rochell, an LA Charger who’s transformed his body and health with a ketogenic diet.

Success story I’m loving: Joe DiBernardo. Joe is a former NFL linebacker who’s using Primal health and eating principles to improve his own health, grow his health coach business, and change the lives of his clients.

I’d love to flip through these (carefully, of course): The crumbling ancient texts that may contain life-saving cures.

Article I’m pondering: How smell links to memory, flavor, emotions, in excruciating detail. 

Excuse the source: The benefits of beef against Alzheimer’s disease.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 9– Jul 15)

Comment of the Week

My take-away from all the links is… eat lots of chocolate.

– That’s often a safe take-away, KidPsych.


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How to Use Your Slow Cooker All Summer Long

Grills get all the credit in the summer, but what if you don’t have a grill? Or what if you’re a bit timid around open flames? (I am!) Slow cookers are a perfect way to keep the kitchen cool and still get dinner on the table. Plus, they hold enough for a crowd, so whether the party theme is Tiki Time or Margarita Night, the slow cooker can make entertaining a snap.


Time for Tiki

Dust off your Tiki glasses and Tiki torches. A Polynesian-themed party is easy to plan with these set-it-and-forget-it recipes. Make the dessert first, then refrigerate. Either pork recipe could be served straight from the slow cooker.

A mix of coconut water and coconut milk highlights island flavors in this Coconut Brown Rice Pudding while keeping it from being too rich. Serve with fresh pineapple and mango.

Set out lots of toppings like purple cabbage, pineapple salsa and avocado to go with our Slow Cooker Pork Tacos (pictured above).

Who needs a grill when you can make Slow Cooker Pepper Pork Chops so tasty in the slow cooker?

Breakfasts to Fuel Summer Fun

Oatmeal is for winners. Besides containing a type of fiber that seems to keep kids and adults fuller longer, oatmeal contains muscle-boosting protein. Add more protein by topping your bowl with milk or yogurt. These slow cooker recipes can be made the night before and both include a healthy mix of whole grains and fruit. And by the way, there’s no crime in serving oatmeal for dinner.

Our Whole Grain Breakfast Porridge (pictured above) brims with cranberries, oats, farro and wild rice.

Bananas make this Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats extra creamy.

Weeknight Dinners

Farmers markets and gardens are bursting with a bounty of vegetables. Use them up in produce-packed soups and stews. One tip to make a summer pot of slow-cooked veggies taste fresh is to add bright green summer herbs at the end, just before serving.

A squeeze of lemon added at the end of our Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup gives the soup extra zip.

Easy-to-grow Swiss chard greens up this Slow Cooker Squash Stew (pictured above). Use summer squash instead of winter squash: it will melt into the soup as it cooks, making it velvety thick.

Chillin’ with Chili and Margaritas

While the margaritas are optional, eating spicy food – like chili – in the summer is a good idea. Hot, piquant flavors can actually help cool the body. Plus, the healthy capsaicin in hot peppers is a powerful inflammation reducer. Capsaicin may help curb appetite and could help you feel fuller sooner.

Another tasty way to use up the abundance of summer veggies is with Vegetarian Chili.

Toppers make Slow Cooker Chicken Chili (pictured above) even better. Think chopped bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, sweet onions and cilantro.

Our Slow Cooker Chili calls for only five ingredients, including brewed coffee and beef chuck.


Serena Ball, MS, RD is a food writer and registered dietitian nutritionist. She blogs at sharing tips and tricks to help families find healthy living shortcuts. Follow her @TspCurry on Twitter and Snapchat.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

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Easy Tortilla Breakfast Quiche

I have partnered with Dannon to help promote Oikos. I have been compensated for my time commitment to review Oikos. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Thank you to Dannon for partnering with me on this post. As always, thank you for supporting CNC!

Hi guys! You are going to absolutely LOVE this quick and easy breakfast. I whipped up this Easy Tortilla Breakfast Quiche a few weeks ago and have been wanting to share it ever since! You’ll wow your family and friends wherever you make it and you’ll feel good about eating it, too! You can absolutely make this ahead of time – just reheat – to simplify your morning routine. And the best part? It’s incredibly high in protein, packed with flavor, and is almost too pretty to eat!


I always love simple recipes, but I’m especially loving them lately. With summer in full swing, busy weekends, and loads of travel, I don’t have time to spend hours prepping and cooking. But with this recipe, you only need seven main ingredients, many of which you likely already have on hand, and only a few simple steps, this breakfast (or lunch or dinner) comes together in no time! And, how fun is the tortilla for the crust? I love the shape it forms when baking – almost like a flower! 🙂

Sausage, Pepper & Ricotta Tortilla Quiche

You’d never guess it, but the star ingredient of this quiche is Dannon Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt. That’s right! And it’s a seriously stellar addition as an excellent source of high quality protein per 5.3 oz and a good source of calcium and active yogurt cultures, plus many flavors have vitamin D as well! It also makes a versatile ingredient substitution in a variety of recipes (both savory and sweet), especially since there are so many flavors to choose from!

If you’re lactose intolerant and typically avoid milk and other dairy products, you might not think this recipe is for you. But (!!) Greek yogurt, for many people, is a more digestible alternative to milk because it contains less lactose. Additionally, its live and active cultures may allow lactose intolerant individuals to enjoy dairy products with fewer associated symptoms. If you’re on the fence about whether or not dairy “agrees” with you, it’s worth giving this recipe a try, especially since it’s star ingredient offers tons of protein (1 cup of Dannon Oikos Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt has 22 grams of protein!). It’s the most satiating nutrient and provides a healthy dose of calcium, which is essential to maintaining muscle and bones.

Easy Tortilla Breakfast Quiche

Makes 6 servings


  • 1 large tortilla or Lavash
  • 1 cup ground Italian sausage
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped peppers and onions (I used defrosted frozen)
  • 1/2 cup Dannon Oikos Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large pan on the stove top, cook sausage until fully browned. Remove from stove top and transfer to a mixing bowl. In the same pan, sautĂ© peppers and onions in leftover grease until soft. Transfer peppers and onions to the mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, ricotta, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Then, pour it over the sausage, peppers, and onions in the mixing bowl.
  4. Line a round dish with a large tortilla or lavash and press to edges. Pour in egg mixture and cook for 55 minutes or until the center is firm and top is lightly browned.
  5. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into 6 pieces and serving.


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Clean Eating Beef Marinade Recipe

Clean Eating Beef Marinade Recipe

The steak in these photos was the first steak I have had in 26 years. I never really likes the flavor of beef much. I used to eat it all the time when I was a teenager, but somehow, I just outgrew… Read more →

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