Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? Because It Is Pasture-Raised and Free to Roam If It Wants to.

Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? Because It Is Pasture-Raised and Free to Roam If It Wants to.


Like many of the best things in life- when it comes to animal protein, quality is more important than quantity. I highly recommend choosing the highest quality animal proteins that you can find and afford. Let us explore some of the key words to look for when choosing livestock animal proteins specifically and what the terminology on the labels mean.

Poultry, beef, lamb & pork are considered livestock animals. Look for options that have these keywords,” Organic & Pasture Raised” this is the highest standard farming practice for livestock. In addition, look for beef & lamb that says it is also grass fed (not grass finished). Organic livestock is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. The current USDA organic standards define which livestock have the potential to be labeled organic and how they must be fed, housed, and managed. To be part of an organic program, livestock must meet the following criteria:

  • Produced with no genetic engineering, sewage sludge, or ionizing radiation
  • Managed organically in a way that conserves biodiversity and natural resources from the second day of its life
  • Fed 100% certified organic feed that may be supplemented with appropriate trace minerals and vitamins
  • Raised on certified organic land that meets the standards set for organic crop production
  • Allowed year-round access to the outdoors as the weather permits
  • Managed in accordance with the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, which means that no antibiotics (this prevents the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria), added growth hormones, avian or mammalian byproducts, or other prohibited ingredients are that are typically utilized

Not only is organic livestock the healthiest option for your body, since it will have less toxins then conventionally raised varieties, it also produces a better taste. Organic options are the most sustainable choice for the preservation of our planet

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs & Vegan Ranch Dressing

Ingredients:

· 1 lb. ground organic chicken

· 2 sprigs of green onion, finely chopped

· 1 celery stalk, trimmed and finely diced

· 1 tbsp. almond flour

· 1 tbsp. soy free Veganaise

· 1 tsp. onion powder

· 1 tsp. garlic powder

· 1 tsp. pink sea salt

· 1 tsp. ground black pepper

· 1 cup of Frank’s RedHot Sauce OR try Recipe below (not the buffalo sauce, as it contains ingredients you are avoiding)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400. Grease a sheet pan with coconut oil or avocado oil.

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, minus the buffalo sauce. Mix well.

Use your hands to form 2″ balls. The mixture will be sticky. If desired, set out a small amount of almond flour to dust your palms with. I personally just pushed through it and made a mess all over my hands!

Place meatballs on a sheet pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until center has reached 160º.

Remove meatballs from the oven. Place in a skillet or pot over medium low heat. Coat with buffalo sauce. Continue to cook just until sauce is warmed.

Or use this buffalo sauce recipe:

Homemade Buffalo Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

· 1/2 cup Frank’s RedHot Sauce (not the buffalo sauce, as it contains ingredients you are avoiding)

· 2 1/2 tbsp. ghee

· 1 tbsp. coconut aminos

· 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

· 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

· 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions:

Place a small saucepan over medium heat.

Add all ingredients to saucepan. Once ghee is melted, whisk to combine.

Transfer unused sauce to a glass jar with lid and store in the fridge up to 2 weeks.

EASY VEGAN RANCH DRESSING

INGREDIENTS:

· 1 ½ cup soy-free Veganaise

· 1/4 cup unsweetened plain coconut milk original flavor (I recommend Coyo brand)

· 1.5 tsp. apple cider vinegar

· 3 cloves garlic crushed

· 1/2 tbsp. dried parsley

· 1 tsp. dried dill

· 1 tsp. onion powder

· 1/2 tsp. salt

· 1/4 tsp. paprika

· 1/4 tsp. pepper

Directions:

Mix together all ingredients in a bowl.

If mixture is too thick for your preference, add a little more milk.

Store in a jar in the fridge. The flavors will really come through after about 4 hours, but it’s still delicious before then.

This will store for at least a week (as long as the milk and mayo you use does not expire before then.)

Cauliflower Potato Salad

Cauliflower Potato Salad


I hope you enjoy this healthy twist on a classic favorite. This Cauliflower “Potato” Salad is a great make-ahead dish. Top with a couple slices of crumbled organic turkey bacon for an easy lunch. You can also boost your plant-based protein by topping with a couple tablespoons of hemp hearts for vegetarians.

Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

Ingredients:

· 4 cups cauliflower florets (about 2 small heads)

Cauliflower Marinade:

· 3 tbsp. fresh lemon Juice

· 2 tbsp. cold pressed olive oil

· ½ tsp. Himalayan pink salt

Add-ins:

· ¼ cup diced white onions

· 1 small red bell pepper, finely diced

· ½ cup diced celery (2 stalks)

· 2 tbsp. chives or green onions sliced thin

· Optional: whole black olives

Cauliflower

Creamy “ Mayo” sauce (if you need a time saver, you can substitute this homemade mayo with 1 cup of soy-free vegainaise- but this dressing is amazing and so worth the effort)

· ½ cup cashews, soaked in filtered water for 2 hours (strain soaking liquid before adding to the recipe)

· 1 medium zucchini, peeled and rough chop

· 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

· 2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar

· 2 tsp. spicy stone ground mustard

· 1-2 tbsp. fresh or dried dill

· 1 tsp. turmeric

· 1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

· 1 tsp. onion powder

· ¾ tsp. smoked paprika

· ½ tsp. black pepper

· ½ cup filtered water (as needed to blend)

Directions:

In a large bowl/container with a lid, whisk together all the ingredients for the cauliflower marinade. Add the cauliflower florets and toss well. Put the lid on the bowl and allow to marinate over night. This process will make the cauliflower light and bright in flavor. For a quick method, you can steam the cauliflower for about 10 minutes and then toss with marinade and cool in fridge for 1 hour before proceeding to the next step.

Next, make the homemade Mayo sauce. Place all ingredients, except for the water, in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add the water to adjust to a creamy salad dressing consistency. Place in the fridge to chill.

Next, assemble the salad. Place the marinated cauliflower in a colander to strain the excess liquid out.

Place the cauliflower in a large bowl, then toss in the Add-in ingredients.

Add Mayo sauce and toss well so everything is coated.

Chill in fridge for at least 1 hour prior to serving.

Why an Air Purifier is so Important During COVID-19

WHY AN AIR PURIFIER IS SO IMPORTANT DURING COVID-19

Hi Everyone, Dr. Hall here again giving you a little true doc talk.

Today, I would like to share with you what I believe to be the number one cause of disease and the number 1 cause of weight gain;  Now, I have been working with chronically ill patients for over 25 years, I have treated thousands of patients, I have worked diligently to take these ill patients and help steer them back to a state of health and vitality, and a life free of disease. This has been my life’s work and I can tell you with conviction that I believe the number one cause of these illnesses is coming from the massive amount of toxins from our environment and our food.

Statistically, we are now at the point where one in every 2 males in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer and women are right behind them. More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. 23.5 million Americans are diagnosed with autoimmunity and 3 out of every 10 seniors are being diagnosed with Dementia!

No one, not even the EPA knows how many chemicals are in our environment, We do know that the EPA has a list of more than 85,000 chemicals listed on its inventory of substances that fall under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). Out of the 85,000 chemicals that have been introduced into our environment since the industrial revolution, less than 300 have been tested for safety.

Studies have detected 287 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of American babies. 180 are known to cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. If this is in the umbilical cord blood of an infant, what must be the toxic accumulation sitting in the blood supply of an American adult?

The biggest problem is many of these toxins are not just next to impossible to get out of our landfills, some of them are even harder to get out of our bodies.

We are all at risk from increasing chemical exposure; from the shampoo, lotion, makeup, soap and hairspray we use on our bodies, to plastic bottles and bags,  the off-gassing of our flooring, cars, and carpets, the chemically-laden cleaning supplies and laundry detergents, the water from our taps, and the air we breathe.

Even the dust in our homes is full of synthetic chemicals and fire retardants. Did you know the air in our homes can be 5 times more polluted than the air outside?  Modest estimates have suggested that collectively we are exposed to more than 700,000 different toxic chemicals on a daily basis, and I haven’t even mentioned what is in our food supply!

Do yourself a favor and open up your house. Get some fresh air moving through it and invest in some air purifiers. A good air purifier will not just take out toxins and impurities from the air but will get rid of microscopic viruses and bacteria. I have had all 4 of our air purifiers running 24/7 during the pandemic.  My favorite air purifiers are from a company called Triad AER. I always keep my unit in PCO or normal mode because in the high mode it makes ozone. Ozone can be good for a lot of things but breathing it is not one of them. So again, I keep mine in normal or PCO mode.

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The Science of Sleep


 

You may be sabotaging your sleep without knowing it! Think about your current sleep routine. I’d be willing to bet you’re like most people and that your nighttime routine involves at least one digital device.

 

While scrolling through your social media or watching your favorite show may seem harmless enough, numerous studies have found the blue light emitted from these devices can keep us from getting a good night’s rest.

 

We all operate off an internal clock known as circadian (Sur-KAY-dee-un) rhythms. Researchers have known for a long time that light disrupts our internal clock and thus natural sleep cycles. Blue light from electronics is particularly worrisome. The blue light emissions from electronic devices affected how much melatonin is released. This is a critical sleep-regulating hormone. Studies reveal people using screens that emit blue light don’t make as much melatonin.

 

Recommendations suggest avoiding blue light exposure for at least 2 hours before sleep. This may be difficult if your nighttime routine solely involves electronic devices. The good news is that many manufacturers are heeding scientific findings and offer alternatives to the blue light.

 

Apple Users Apple’s “night shift” mode (for iOS versions 9.3 and higher) can be accessed from the settings menu under “display and brightness,” and it’s simple to set a schedule for automatic engagement during the hours you use your device before bedtime.

 

Android Users Activating this feature can be accomplished by downloading the “Night Mode Enabler” third party app from the Google Play store.

 

Research your other device makers to find out if they offer any light alternatives. The best option is to avoid your electronic devices before bed, but for those of you dependent on your nightly social media fix, the next best option is to reduce blue light exposure.

 

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” — Benjamin Franklin

Jicama Fries

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If you’re missing french fries, you NEED to try these Golden Jicama Fries! These baked jicama fries are a perfect side dish, appetizer, or snack. Plus, jicama is a source of prebiotic complex carbs which benefit our gut health. Unlike Probiotics, prebiotics retain the benefits when heated. Ditch the traditional french fries and try these baked jicama fries!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups filtered water
  • 1 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt, divided
  • 15 oz raw jicama (medium size jicama)
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp avocado oil
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ⅛ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp crushed dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a vegetable peeler, peel skin from jicama. Slice peeled jicama into fries.

To a medium pot over high heat, add water and ½ tsp salt and bring to a boil. Add sliced jicama, cover pot, and boil for 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and drain water.

Transfer jicama to a large mixing bowl, drizzle with avocado oil and add remaining 1 tsp salt, turmeric, garlic powder, paprika, crushed dried rosemary and onion powder. Toss using tongs until jicama is fully coated in oil and spices.

Transfer seasoned jicama onto the prepared baking sheet in single layer. Bake for 35 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before garnishing with chopped fresh parsley.

Serve with guacamole or homemade vegan ranch Dressing.

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