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Chickpea and Seeds Sandwich

Recipe from the 30-day Alzheimer’s Solution Cookbook by Dean Sherzai MD, PhD and Ayesha Sherzai MD, MAS

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C raw sunflower seeds, soaked in boiling water for 30 minutes or in room-temperature water overnight, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 C canned,

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Cooking with FarmboxRX

Who says soup is just for cold weather? This Spring Minestrone is the easiest weeknight dinner that your family will definitely be requesting again.

It is chock full of nutritious, seasonal vegetables – everything from soup staples to hearty root vegetables and leafy greens. Plus, we’re throwing in a can of beans for added fiber and plant protein. This is truly an all-around winner!

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Flavors of the World – Spice Blends

March is my favorite month of the year for so many reasons! I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (hello…my name is Erin), but it’s also National Nutrition Month! And for a Registered Dietitian, that’s code for celebrating all we do, all month long! Each year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics creates a theme for this month and for 2022 it’s Celebrate a World of Flavors.

One way we love to explore the flavors of the world is by playing with different spices.

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Treating emotions associated with cancer using Energy Psychology

If you are reading this blog, you probably already know how a cancer diagnosis affects our emotional wellbeing. You are not alone: Depression rates in the US jump four-fold among cancer patients, with nearly a quarter of cancer patients experiencing depression. Anxiety rates among cancer patients in the US climb as well, affecting nearly a fifth of people with cancer. Many people with cancer report experiencing PTSD-like symptoms, and almost all say they experience feelings of overwhelm.

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Mindfulness Ritual with Romain Diaz

Meet Romain Diaz

Hello! My name is Romain Diaz. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a trained Dance Movement Therapist. I have 15 years of experience in hospital and school settings, and moved into my private practice in the last five years with my phenomenal team. My practice includes individuals, group and family therapy. Through this experience of healing and recovery with my clients, I have learned that we need to set limits and boundaries,

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Strawberry Chocolate Oat Bars

Recipe adapted from Kelly Jones Nutrition

 

Ingredients

  • 1½ C rolled or quick oats
  • 1½ C oat flour (make by pulsing in food processor
  • ¼ milled flax, chia or hemp seeds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ C melted coconut oil, butter or vegan butter alternative
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature) or egg substitute,

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Rituals for Keeping Calm

Meet Rae Whatley

With more than 20 years of experience, Rae Whatley is one of our vette d Reiki therapists on our expansive list of providers. Her practice is beneficial for both those preparing for surgery and those recovering. Rae also uses Reiki to help her clients mitigate cancer treatment side effects such as pain, nausea, headaches, feelings of depression and more.

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Healthy Rituals for the New Year

Setting a resolution, goal or intention for the new year can be challenging. In fact, many people lose track of their resolution in January. February is here, and it is never too late to incorporate a new healthy goal or mindset into your routine! This month, we are talking about healthy rituals you can stick with to lift your mind, body and spirit. Our providers are sharing some of their favorite tips and rituals for the new year. 

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Glorious Grains

What do you think of first when you hear “whole grains”? Brown rice? Wheat bread? Birdseed? There is so much more to the world of whole grains! But first, let’s clarify what exactly a whole grain is.

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Marinated Lentils with Spiced Walnuts and Basil

Recipe by Molly Baz in Cook This Book  

Talk about an easy way to flavor your lentils!  The walnut oil is warm and earthy, until you get a hint of sweet from the golden raisins. Finishing this dish with good quality feta and literally lotsa basil balances the dish so it’s not too heavy. I love this even the next day, when the flavors really come together. I’d highly recommend enjoying this as your lunch or mid-afternoon snack.

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Blistered Green Beans with Tomato-Almond Pesto

Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit

Don’t let memories of overcooked, dull green beans cause you to overlook this absolutely incredible dish. The beans cook quickly in the pan, allowing them to keep their beautiful green color and have a slight crunch with each bite. However, the true star is the tomato-almond pesto. I love this recipe because it makes more pesto than you may need, so save it to put on literally anything else and you’ve immediately elevated that food.

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10 Everyday Uses for Seeds

It is no secret that seeds are small, but nutritionally mighty. Packed with anti-inflammatory nutrients like heart-healthy fats, protein, fiber, and antioxidants (among a ton of vitamins and minerals), it’s no wonder we call them little powerhouses of health. And don’t think you need to consume a huge serving to reap the benefits – a little spoonful goes a long way. Here are some simple ways to incorporate seeds into your every day:

An Egg Substitute

Substitute an egg with chia seeds or ground flax when baking.

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Easy Breakfast Cookies

Recipe by Erin Pellegrin RD, LDN

No, you’re not seeing things. There are only four ingredients in this recipe! Who doesn’t love that? Everyday items and simple pantry staples allow you to whip these together in no time. Plus, that last ingredient can vary greatly, so be creative. Want something a little more decadent? Add those chocolate chips. Or try dried fruit for some color and a hint of sweet. If you’re feeling adventurous – maybe you try both?!

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Farro with Toasted Fennel, Lemon, and Basil

Recipe by Alison Roman in Nothing Fancy

I’ll be honest – I didn’t think I’d like this recipe as much as I did. However, the fennel and lemon pairing is so surprisingly tasty! Plus, there’s something magical that happens to these flavors when heat is thrown into the mix. Both the fennel and lemon can sometimes be quite strong, but let them cook on the stovetop together and their flavors settle a bit. 

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Beans, Legumes, and Pulses – Oh My!

No matter what you want to call them, they each are a part of our plant food family! Even though beans, legumes, and pulses are used interchangeably, they do have distinct meanings.

Did you know?

A legume refers to the entire plant: leaves, stems, and pods. A pulse is the edible seed that is typically inside the pod, which includes beans, lentils, and peas.

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Vegetarian Chili for Two

Recipe courtesy of One Dish Kitchen

You may recognize this recipe. I’ve made this before for a few Unite for HER events, but I think it’s just too good not to share here! I love a good chili recipe, but it usually yields so much! If you want a bowl of comfort, but don’t feel like pulling out the slow cooker or stock pot, definitely try this out. Plus,

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Oven Baked Brothy Beans

Recipe courtesy of Justine Snacks

I love a good bean dish, especially when the beans are the star of the show. This recipe calls for simple ingredients that create quite a depth of flavor. You might think this is best served as an appetizer, but I say let it stand alone and enjoy each and every bite (because you will!).  

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Plantuary: Getting Started in 3 Steps

By Erin Pellegrin RD, LDN

We are officially into week two of Plantuary! Maybe you’ve seen the videos introducing our January initiative or perhaps you learned a little more about what it means to be plant-based from our blog (maybe you did both!). Even if this whole Plantuary thing is news to you, let’s share a few easy ways you can get started.

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Hard-Roasted Spiced Cauliflower

Recipe by Alison Roman in Nothing Fancy

This dish is truly nothing fancy in terms of its simplicity. However, the flavor that is created by combining just a few ingredients is magic. I like finishing it with some good, crumbled feta to add a fresh tang, but it certainly doesn’t need it if that’s not your thing. What I do know for sure though, is that I’m not making cauliflower any other way ever again!   

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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranates

Recipe by Erin Pellegrin, RD

Did you know our friend the Brussel sprout makes for a wonderful winter salad? Pear it – pun intended – with a shallot, or even red onion, seasonal fruit for slight sweetness, top with whatever nuts/seeds you have on hand, and you have a flavorful salad that’s not heavy or overdone. Plus the dressing is simple – as a homemade salad dressing should be. It brings everything together making this salad a wonderful side or open up more space on your dinner plate to get in that extra serving of veggies! 

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What Does “Plant-Based” Mean?

By Senior Nutrition Manager, Erin Pellegrin RD

So, what is “plant-based?”

By now, most of us have heard the term “plant-based.” Or what we also sometimes use, “plant-centered.” But what exactly does that mean when we talk about how a person eats? This question comes up a lot during our Wellness Day Conferences. While this term can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, to us it means eating in a way that focuses on including and consuming more plant foods,

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Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

Recipe from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz

“Thank heavens that sweet potatoes are no longer relegated just to Thanksgiving. For years bodybuilders, seeking to repair their muscles after workouts, have feasted on sweet potatoes because of their outstanding nutritional content, ease of digestion, and pleasant flavor. Chock-full of beta-carotene, vitamin A, and other body boosters, sweet potatoes are also extremely anti-inflammatory, meaning they fight cancer. As a cook, I like sweet potatoes because they make a wonderful creamy canvas for warming,

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Unite for HER Announces New Partnership with FarmboxRX

Unite For HER Partners with FarmboxRx to Give Participants Access To Healthy Foods Nationwide

Participants can choose the nutrition option available on their passport program for a six-week subscription to a weekly fresh produce delivery service

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