avocado oilWhen it comes to cooking oils, “new” and “modern” are usually synonymous with “avoid”. Canola oil, soy oil, corn oil, and of course margarine readily come to mind. Avocado oil, however, is one refreshing example where this rule does not apply!

While avocados have thousands of years of traditional use and benefits,

jaggeryJaggery is a traditional sweetener with a multi-thousand year history of use in Asia, Africa and South America. Few sweeteners besides raw honey have had more widespread influence.

While most in Western countries are still unfamiliar with this ancestral food, it is an excellent and nutritious substitute for more processed sweeteners as long as you know what you should be looking for!

my favorite thingsFor those of you who remember the TV show Oprah, you might recall that she had a very popular end of year episode that showcased her favorite stuff from the previous 12 months. While I didn’t watch Oprah on a regular basis, I did enjoy her “My Favorite Things”

vitaclayThere is no doubt in my mind that bone broth you make yourself is nutritionally superior to commercial brands. If you still aren’t sure, try this easy test. Buy any of the popular brands and put a container in the refrigerator. Notice how it remains liquid and doesn’t transform into a familiar gelatinous blob like a mason jar full of homemade bone broth.

DASH dietEvery year, US News releases a ranked list of the best and worst diets. Dozens of news outlets and websites immediately pick up and share the list with millions of readers. What diet consistently wins the number one slot? Which is hailed as the “best overall diet” for human health? The DASH diet. 

gluten intolerantA common occurrence during end of year festivities is the potential for those who are Celiac or suffer from gluten intolerance to accidentally ingest it.

Holiday and Christmas parties, cookie exchanges, travel and out of town guests who may not follow a similar diet can put those suffering from this autoimmune condition at particular risk.

almond milk smoothieAlthough we do enjoy grassfed unpasteurized dairy in our home and have for nearly 2 decades, I like to mix things up by using other non-dairy beverages such as almond milk, rice milk and coconut milk too. I do the same thing with the types of flour I use for baking.

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