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Made-Over Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bites

Today marks AICR’s 600th healthy recipe so we decided to celebrate with something sweet and simple to make.This recipe combines fiber-rich whole rolled oats, creamy nut butter and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid rich flaxseeds. A delicious hybrid between a cookie and a bar, these bites will satisfy your sweet tooth and your mid-afternoon hunger….

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Old Time Teething Remedies

Nothing can ‘cure’ teething; after all, it’s not a disease but a right of passage for us all. However, there are some old-fashioned methods that can help alleviate your little loved one’s discomfort. Many parents today want to return to old-fashioned or homeopathic ways of helping their child through the discomfort of teething. Many are…

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Cooking with Lavender – Beyond Aromatherapy

While many people think that aromatherapy is the only option for lavender, you will actually find that you can cook with this herb as well. Edible flowers are becoming more popular in some of the upscale restaurants around the world today. Not only will it help to enhance the flavor, but it also enhances the…

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Growing Medicinal Plants in Your Kitchen Garden

“Food is our medicine; medicine is our food” – Aristotle Long hours of work, unhealthy eating, less sleep, more pressure are all putting our bodies and health at a great risk. Diabetes, obesity, thyroid malfunctioning, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases are all interlinked and can be controlled only by healthy food. Greens, vegetables, fruits and nuts are…

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Simple Cranberry Beans

Celebrate the International Year of Pulses with a splashy pulse that is becoming very popular – cranberry beans. Also known as borlotti, romano or Roman beans, these cream colored beauties with crimson swirls, streaks and speckles become a pretty pink-brown color when cooked. Convenient canned cranberry beans are quickly simmered with aromatic onion, garlic, thyme,…

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Direct Answers – Cruel and Unusual

I need help to do something I know I need to do. Scripture is clear: honor your parents and forgive. But I am still so angry after all these years and the Bible tells parents not to provoke their children to anger. (Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)

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Direct Answers – Clever Disguise

Over a course of dry sobbing searches I found your column. I am desperate for advice, so I’ve come to this. I’ve been dating a guy almost two years. Things started out like a movie as first dates turned to a full-on relationship in only a month. I was 19 and he was 23. We…

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Tex-Mex Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Slow cookers can make healthy cooking easy. This pulled chicken sandwich will satisfy your barbecue craving without the red meat and smoking of a traditional southern recipe. Tomato paste, garlic, chipotle peppers and adobe sauce make a richly flavored marinade for the chicken. Add the roasted poblano peppers to infuse the dish with a kick…

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Fiesta Slaw

Coleslaw is a staple side with BBQ and Tex-Mex style dishes. This citrus-based version combines the natural sweetness of orange juice, mango and apple with the heat of jalapeño pepper to help bring out the natural flavors of the veggies. Featuring colorful bell peppers, this slaw is rich in beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C and…

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Lip Scrubs: What Are They, How Are They Made, and When to Use Them

Lip scrubs are an important part of caring for the sensitive skin on our lips. This is especially true over the winter months when the cold air can dry the skin out, and throughout the warm summer when the sun can easily damage the lips. However, unlike lip balms, which are simply made of soft…

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Uses for Lavender and Peppermint

When my 97-year-old grandmother was young, doctors in rural areas were few and far between. Depending on the size of the town there may have been one doctor who treated patient’s living miles apart. Therefore, people depended on home remedies passed down through generations to treat injuries and cure illnesses. Home remedies continue to be…

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Hazelnut Chocolate Blini with Raspberry Drizzle

This beautiful special occasion dessert is perfect for brunch. Blini are crepe-like pancakes made without a leavening agent. This recipe features hazelnut flour, sweet raspberry sauce and dark chocolate. Research has shown that the heart-healthy phytochemicals in dark chocolate, called flavonoids, may also boost antioxidant defenses for cancer prevention. (Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)

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Golden Quick Barley with Sweet Peas and Corn

For a quick and easy side dish, look no further than your pantry and freezer staples. Quick cooking barley pairs well with frozen sweet green peas and corn. Barley is a whole grain that’s rich in soluble fiber, beneficial for controlling blood sugar, cholesterol and weight. It also contains beta–glucans that may help prevent inflammation…

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Direct Answers – Peter Pan

Peter Pan My daughter and her boyfriend of five years decided to move to our state from Los Angeles last August. They were supposed to live with us for a short time while they built a small apartment onto our garage. (Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)

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Winter Veggie Pita Pizza

Healthy pizza really does exist. The key is using whole grains, going easy on the cheese, and loading up on cancer-fighting veggies. Whole-wheat pitas keep prep time short and portion size realistic. You can use any in-season vegetables, but this version features spiced butternut squash and roasted Brussels sprouts. Top with crunchy pecans and fresh…

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Collard Greens Tagine with Chickpeas and Olives

Developed by Dana Jacobi – A Something Different recipe This warming vegetarian stew pairs the goodness of whole grains with a richly spiced sauce and plenty of plant protein. Collard greens are excellent sources of fiber, folate and a wide range of cancer-fighting carotenoids. Pulses like chickpeas are packed with fiber, protein and other beneficial…