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Spicy Lime Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

This is the weather I live for. The bright sunshine, the heat that slows you down..it’s my favorite. Once of my challenges however, is appetite. Less options appeal to me in the summer; I like to keep meals light and refreshing. I tried this recipe the other day from Anne Boroch’s cookbook and I think it’s going to be one of my staples this summer. These tacos are spicy yet cool and refreshing; light but also substantial in protein and healthy fats. Perfect for those hot days (like today), and elimination diet friendly (in other words, does not contain commonly irritating foods like gluten, dairy, eggs, soy). Try them out – they’re honestly amazing!

Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 32 oz carton vegetable broth
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp hot sauce
  • juice of 1 limes

Cabbage Slaw Ingredients:

  • 2 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 2 shredded carrots
  • 4 thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 handful fresh minced cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 radishes, halved & thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Zest & juice of 1 lime

Chicken Directions: Place the chicken, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, pepper, nutmeg and broth in a large slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours – until fully cooked. (while you wait, prepare cabbage slaw – directions below) Once cooked, remove from slow cooker and place on a cutting board, let cool slightly, and shred with a fork. Heat 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet and briefly stir-fry the shredded chicken. Add the hot sauce and stir-fry a couple minutes; then add lime juice and saute another couple minutes.

Cabbage Slaw Directions: Prepare the cabbage slaw while the chicken is cooking. To toast sesame seeds, place them in a small skillet over low heat and stir continuously for about 3-2 minutes. Remove from the burner when seeds begin to release their aroma; set aside. Place shredded cabbage, carrots, sliced scallions, & minced cilantro in a large mixing bowl. Cut red radishes in half, place cut side down, thinly slice into half moons, and add to cabbage mixture. Sprinkle entire mixture with sea salt and massage with your hands for a minute. Add the lime zest and juice, apple cider vinegar, and toasted sesame seeds. Mix & taste for seasoning. Set aside.

Serving instructions: Add chicken and slaw to romaine hearts (instead of shells or wraps), top with salsa and guacamole and enjoy!

Sweet Potato Nachos

If you follow my blog posts, you’ll know that I recently had some allergy testing done over at Life Labs on O’Connor. One of the foods I scored high for was corn (which surprised me) and left me wondering how I would manage my love of nachos. I also scored moderately high for wheat so basically all nacho chips are off limits for me.

Luckily, I figured out a pretty delicious (and healthy) substitute – sweet potato chips! Continue reading Sweet Potato Nachos

Candida: a Likely Culprit to your Chronic Symptoms

Candida LOVES sugar!!

Candida is a microscopic organism that typically lives harmlessly in people. A single-cell organism, Candida reproduces asexually and thrives on some of the body’s byproducts: dead tissue and sugars from food. However, if your inner ecosystem is out of balance and your immunity is weakened, you are at risk for Candida overgrowth. Unless its environment is altered and its food sources eliminated, it quickly monopolizes entire body systems, such as the digestive tract, and causes moderate to severe symptoms. Continue reading Candida: a Likely Culprit to your Chronic Symptoms

Leaky gut – What it means and what you can do

Many of you have likely heard the term leaky-gut. In school we were encouraged not to use this word, and instead refer to it as intestinal permeability. But leaky gut is now an inevitable buzz word that people relate to more than the term intestinal permeability.. so we might as well embrace it!

So what exactly is leaky gut?

Continue reading Leaky gut – What it means and what you can do

Allergy/Intolerance Testing: Different Methods and how they work

I recently had some blood work done to determine which foods my body is intolerant to. My mother asked me how they could identify food sensitivities by drawing blood, and what the difference was between this and the scratch test. I thought these were great questions that many people were likely wondering themselves when it comes to allergy testing. Continue reading Allergy/Intolerance Testing: Different Methods and how they work

The Global Stress Summit & What I’ve Learned

I’ve been tuning into the Global Stress Summit this week where each day several experts speak on the subject of stress.

I have my go-to resources for how I personally cope with stress (yoga, meditation, immersing myself in nature, a relaxing bath with epsom salts & essential oils) and feel like I have a relatively decent understanding of the importance of managing stress and what can happen when you lose your center for too long, but I’m always interested in the chance to add to that knowledge, since it’s such a major part of disease, and an unavoidable part of our reality. Not everyone experiences stress the same, but everyone does feel the pressure that comes from not having enough time, energy or resources to get everything done.

Here are some gems I’ve picked up so far, happy to share with you for your own experimenting: Continue reading The Global Stress Summit & What I’ve Learned

Carrot & Walnut Dip

As you may already know, most conventional dips and spreads out on the market are packed with things like GMO canola oil, sodium, sugar and preservatives.

With the long weekend upon us and the inevitable appetizers that will cross the table, I wanted to share this carrot & walnut pate recipe I discovered in Ann Boroch’s The Candida Cure Cookbook to compliment your crackers or veggies. The walnut content will also help you maintain sanity during your family gatherings with its high vitamin E, omega 3, vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content 😉

The more whole foods you can get onto your family’s table, the less you’ll be eating packaged options that (let’s be honest) aren’t doing you any favors. Continue reading Carrot & Walnut Dip

11 Reasons to Hire a Holistic Nutritionist

Nutrition advice is everywhere: talk shows, newspaper headlines, news feeds, personal trainers, friends, and even family members. But how do you know what advice and information is accurate? It can be pretty confusing as what seemed healthy one week may be considered unhealthy the next. This is one of the many reasons you should hire a nutritionist – to help you sort out the fact from the fiction.

Nutrition and lifestyle changes have an incredible impact on your overall well being when you make small modifications over time (not all at once). I’ve seen people heal their digestive problems, overcome emotional eating, and no longer need medication for heartburn, anxiety or depression. I’ve seen people become energized and vibrant simply by making small and steady changes to their diet and lifestyle. Continue reading 11 Reasons to Hire a Holistic Nutritionist

The importance of SLEEP

Sleep is just as crucial for optimal health as nutrition and exercise. There are so many important processes going on while you’re sleeping. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

Ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. Continue reading The importance of SLEEP