Eat For Your Health: Black Lentil, Roasted Carrots and Green Harissa

This year, inspired by my international travels, I decided to make a somewhat traditional dish with a global twist.  While the black lentils and roasted carrots are absolutely delicious, for me the rising star is the Harissa sauce!  

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Eat For Your Health: Jam Filled Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are hearty AND healthy, doughy AND dense.  There is no added sugar or flour and they are gluten-free, oil-free and cholesterol-free (#hearthealthy). The ripe mashed bananas add the perfect dose of sweetness, rounded out with the creaminess of the peanut butter.

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Eat for Your Health: Eggplant Claypot from Vietnam (V, GF)

Here is part two from my series on plant-based recipes from around the world!  This one is a traditional Vietnamese dish that comes from Kim of Kay Vegan Bistro in Ho Chi Minh City.  I ate there several times during my stay in March and everything was so delicious!  The restaurant is tucked in a peaceful little side street in Saigon and the staff is so friendly, especially Kim!  Here is the recipe for a special traditional dish that many of their guests enjoy, myself included!  I also highly recommend the papaya salad.

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Eat for Your Health: Malaysian Nasi Lemak (V, GF)

One of my favorite parts of travel (and life really) is eating.  It's become even more exciting over the last few years as a plant-based lifestyle has become more mainstream because more and more options are popping up EVERYWHERE.  It doesn't matter which country I visit- there is a vegan restaurant, or at least a restaurant with labeled vegan options on the menu. Heck, I was even served vegan food all the way up Mount Kilimanjaro.  

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Eat for Your Health: It's National Nutrition Month

Unfortunately many physicians (who generally only have an about 4 hours of nutrition education as part of the medical school curriculum) have not yet had the light bulb moment and Thomas Edison's vision has not come to FRUITion.  Medications, often with an array of side effects, are prescribed as a band-aid solution for debilitating chronic diseases (many of which are preventable and reversible with lifestyle modification).

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Eat for Your Health: Brown Rice for Breakfast

I was disappointed I couldn't find oatmeal, as this was my breakfast staple last month in Malaysia, but I figured this month I would branch out and do as the Asians do: eat rice for breakfast!These brown rice porridge recipes are simple, quick and you can make so many different variations!  

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