Easy Strawberry Crisp Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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When summer fields are bursting with juicy strawberries and the prices are irresistible, I try to keep them stocked in our fridge as often as possible. Normally we just eat them fresh, but when I’m feeling the need to bring a little extra joy to our lunch or dinner table, I’ll make this quick and easy strawberry […]

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21 Tips for Eating Healthy On A Budget

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When my husband and I were newlyweds, date nights at home often involved $5 pizza and a sausage-shaped tube of enriched wheat flour, sugar, and partially hydrogenated soybean oil — aka store-bought chocolate chip cookie dough. Back then, I thought the cost of junk food was nothing more than pennies, which I was more than […]

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The Best First Foods for Baby (Plus Safety Tips & What To Avoid)

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There are two big questions when it comes to starting solid foods: when to start and what are the best first foods. You probably found yourself here looking to answer the second question (welcome!), but if you’re still waffling over the first, check out this post for more on timing. Spoiler alert on the first article: There’s […]

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My Green Mattress Review

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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What’s your idea of a perfect morning? Mine is rolling out of bed for a leisurely breakfast of crispy waffles (and more) with my family . . . especially if my sisters, nieces, nephews, and/or friends that have become like family are sharing the table with us.  We love having guests, so when my husband and I […]

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Peruvian Green Sauce Recipe (Aji Verde)

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Usually when we use the words “secret sauce” or “magic sauce,” we mean some essential ingredient for a well-lived life. This Peruvian green sauce recipe, however, is an actual sauce that works magic on your taste buds. I’m so glad it’s not a secret, though, because it takes five minutes to make and adds vibrant […]

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11 Health Benefits of Sunlight + FAQs

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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We all know that plants turn sunshine into energy via photosynthesis, but did you know that humans can metabolize light, too? It’s true. Though most studies have focused on how sunlight helps us synthesize vitamin D in our skin, emerging research suggests that it may have health benefits that are totally separate from vitamin D production, […]

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Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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These ooey, gooey, perfectly chewy chocolate chip blondies are so easy to bake even a kid can do it. And I really mean that, because this recipe was created by my daughter Katie when she was eleven.  As I shared in this honey mustard chicken recipe last week, she and some friends recently co-authored a cookbook called Chef […]

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Easy Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

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With just five minutes of prep and only a few simple of ingredients needed, this yummy honey mustard chicken is one of my favorite easy recipes for busy weeknights. It was created by my chief photography assistant, pan-stirrer and cookie dough snatcher – my daughter Katie – who just published a cookbook with her friends called Chef […]

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How To Make Elderberry Soda

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Fizzy elderberry soda is a delicious way to support immune function naturally, and I’m going to share with you two simple methods for making it. One is naturally fermented and chock-full of probiotics, and the other is a five minute version that you can make with elderberry syrup, sparkling water and an optional splash of citrus. If you’ve ever made […]

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Fermented Garlic Recipe + 6 Ways To Use It

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Garlic bread. Garlic mashed potatoes. Garlic parmesan anything. <<– If you’re starting to feel hungry right now, you’ve got to try this easy recipe for fermented garlic. It’s more mellow and softer than raw garlic &#8…

Fermented Garlic Recipe + 6 Ways To Use It

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Garlic bread. Garlic mashed potatoes. Garlic parmesan anything. <<– If you’re starting to feel hungry right now, you’ve got to try this easy recipe for fermented garlic. It’s more mellow and softer than raw garlic &#8…

Does Elderberry Cause Cytokine Storms?

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A few weeks ago I shared how I’m supporting my family’s immune system during this pandemic, and I’ve received a lot of questions about whether or not I’m still making elderberry tea like I mentioned. Like many of you, I’ve come across several articles stating that elderberry should be avoided right now because it might cause cytokine storms.  If […]

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How To Grow Sprouts in Your Kitchen The Easy Way

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Did you know that that you can grow nutrient-dense, fresh sprouts on your kitchen counter without any special equipment? It’s totally easy, and it can save you money, too. Saving money on groceries without compromising nutrition is a big priority in my house right now, so I’m growing alfalfa (mild flavor), daikon radish (spicy) and broccoli sprouts (a […]

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Self-Quarantine Resources: Groceries, Supplements, and Activities for Kids

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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This week I forgot what day it was (several times), installed a mini-trampoline in my living room to keep my kids from bouncing off the walls, and worked to adapt to this unfolding situation. Normal feels so far away, and I’m guessing it does for you, too. Like many of you, my family has had […]

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Homemade Ginger Ale Recipe

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One of my favorite ways to use Yeastie Beastie – aka our ginger bug – is to make fizzy homemade ginger ale. Unlike store-bought sodas, it’s rich in beneficial probiotics and fresh ginger, which is often referred to as the “universal medicine” in Ayurveda. (1)  Another of our kitchen medicine miracles, ginger runs a close second to […]

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DIY Moisturizing Hand Salve Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Well, if the number of times I’ve sung happy birthday while washing my hands the last few weeks counts for anything, I’m 2,786 years old now. And man, do my hands feel it.  If yours could use a little TLC, too, I thought I’d share this easy hand salve recipe. It’s based on my calendula […]

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How To Make A Ginger Bug for Homemade Soda

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Want to make probiotic-rich drinks without the hassle of ordering special starter cultures? Well then, this ginger bug recipe is for you. With just three simple ingredients – fresh ginger, sugar, and water – you can create the base for:   Fizzy ginger ale Root beer (recipe coming soon) Homemade soda made with sweetened herbal […]

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Stocking A Real Food Pantry for Emergencies

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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We’re in this together. Washing our hands. Upping our immune support. Caring for the vulnerable in our communities by staying home as much as possible. According to Dr. Marguerite Neill, an infectious disease expert at Brown University, it’s ideal to have a 30-day supply of food and other necessities on hand if possible. (1) For […]

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11 Ways To Support Your Immune System Naturally

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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My fire cider and elderberry tea recipes have been very popular this week, and I’m guessing it’s because we’re all looking for ways to support a strong immune system.  While I’m definitely paying more attention to immune supporting supplements (and may write more on that later), research shows that our diet, lifestyle and stress levels all play a primary […]

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Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Magic in a pan. <– That’s what my husband calls this super easy homemade taco seasoning. On busy nights I saute it with beef or turkey for tacos, mix it with a little tomato paste to season Mexican rice, or saute it with chicken, be…

Foods & Supplements That Support Bone Healing

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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I have a cabinet full of herbs that support everything from sleep to immune function. I also keep Dermabond (liquid stitches) in my purse. ⁣⁣But this week my son hurt his wrist while playing kickball, and after pressing his fingernails on both hands to see how quickly the color returned (to assess circulation), checking his range of motion […]

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Golden Roasted Cauliflower Recipe (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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If there was a “Jack of All Trades” award for veggies it would have to go to cauliflower. I mean, It’s not like eggplant stand in for pizza crust, fried rice, and even mashed potatoes.  The secret, of course, lies in its neutral flavor, which works well with all kinds of seasoning options. In this oven roasted cauliflower recipe, […]

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Tocotrienols: The Vitamin E You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Imagine this: You join a community softball team, and it turns out you’re pretty amazing. One day, you’re in the dugout, asking for a bat, and someone places a dark, winged-creature in your hands. Same name but the same thing, right? It’s a little like that when it comes to vitamin E, which is a name […]

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Vitamin E Supplements: Healthy Or Harmful?

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Vitamin E supplements have been touted as the secret to youthful skin, a healthy heart, and more, but many organizations including The American Heart Association say they  “may do more harm than good.” (1) In this post we’ll dive into why, starting with this article from Harvard Medical School:  Today vitamin E is one of the […]

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Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce Recipe (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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“Can I make this with coconut milk?” <– That’s the most common question I’ve received about this quick caramel dip  since I first posted it. And the answer is absolutely . . . with a few tweaks. This dairy-free car…

6 Benefits of Chaga Mushrooms

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Cryotherapy. Cupping. Flying spaceships with my mind. I’ve done some weird things in the name of wellness, so a few years ago when I heard people were putting mushrooms in their coffee, I just had to know why. As I learned about the benefits of chaga mushrooms for stress support, healthy skin, immune support, and more, […]

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Best of the Blog In 2019

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Happy almost New Year! Before we close out 2019 I thought it would be fun to look back at the top ten most popular posts from this year – thank you so much for being part of this community! I’d love to hear what you want me to write about in 2020 – if you have […]

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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These soft and chewy gluten-free gingerbread cookies blend sweet cinnamon and a hint of vanilla with zingy ginger and molasses. Like my paleo sugar cookies, they’re surprisingly simple to make . . . especially if skip the royal icing for decorating.  Instead, I used Rainbow Starfetti natural sprinkles to make eyes, a smile and buttons for my gingerbread […]

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10 Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about whether or not I still love sauna therapy and use mine regularly, or if it’s like an abandoned piece of exercise equipment gathering dust. The answer is I absolutely love my sauna, and I’ve updated this post with research that explains why. Before we dive in […]

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Passionflower Tea Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Today we’re going to dive into using passionflower tea, so if you get flushed or embarrassed easily, now is the time to click away. Kidding, kidding! Although its name has led many to believe that it’s an aphrodisiac, passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) doesn’t refer to romantic passion. The name was coined by 16th century travelers who thought that […]

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5 Benefits of Passionflower & How To Use It

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Used for centuries throughout South and Central America, the stunningly gorgeous passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata) has long been renowned for its ability to support restful sleep, calm mental chatter and more.  Of course modern life is very different – we always get enough sleep (especially parents) and never feel like like our minds won’t shut off […]

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Benefits of Neurofeedback Therapy for Attention, Creativity, Sleep & Stress Relief

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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What if you could enhance your cognitive and emotional resources by playing a video game? Or maybe train your brain to sleep more deeply? According to this article from Harvard University, a form of brain training called neurofeedback may be able to get “our brains to act in desirable ways” by providing personalized feedback in real-time.  When I […]

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SteadyMD Review: An Affordable Concierge Doctor On Demand

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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It’s Tuesday afternoon and I’m getting ready for a doctor’s appointment. My kids are doing their afternoon chores as S-L-O-W-L-Y as possible, but it’s no problem. You see, instead of schlepping them in the car, hearing “mom, I’m bored” 27 times in the waiting room, reading and rereading a year-old Parade magazine while we wait […]

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8 Lemon Balm Benefits + Easy Recipes for Tea, Tincture & More

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Do you ever need a natural pick-me-up to lift your soul after a draining week, or something to help get a better night’s sleep, or even something to soothe a child’s upset tummy? Lemon balm can help with all of that! Although I included it as an ingredient in my sleep dust recipe, I didn’t go into […]

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Thyroid Testing At Home (Kit + Observation Technique)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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There aren’t a lot of functional medicine doctors (which tend to look for root causes instead of treating symptoms) in my community, and the ones that are here are often difficult to get an appointment with. That’s why when I started having some weird symptoms (which turned out to be due to Lyme disease), I had […]

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Is 5G Safe? A Look At The Research & What You Can Do

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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A few weeks ago, 5G cell towers began popping up in my community, shortly after the governor of my state signed a bill that took away the right of individual cities to oppose them. Local governments are pushing back, though – not just in my area, but around the world. Some cite health concerns, while […]

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5 Weighted Blanket Benefits for Kids & Adults (And How To Choose One)

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Comfy mattress? Check. Quiet, dark bedroom? Check. Thermostat set just where you like it? Check, check and check. If you’re like me, you put a high priority on optimizing sleep quality so that you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. Since deeper sleep is one of the purported benefits of weighted blankets I felt obligated to try […]

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Quick & Easy Lemon Curd Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Maybe, like me, you made it to adulthood without tasting the tart, sweet goodness of a silky smooth lemon curd. And maybe, like me, you figure you’re not missing out on much. I mean, we’ve got lemon poppyseed muffins, right? Yeah but . .. no. Traditionally served in England with scones or toast at afternoon tea, […]

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Top 15 Herb Books for Your Home Apothecary

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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Sometimes I get funny looks when I mention valerian root tincture or kava kava tea, like they couldn’t possibly have valid benefits. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣It’s easy to forget that many common medicines are derived from plants and fungi. For example, did you know that more than 40% of pharmaceuticals that are on the market today – including penicillin – are […]

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Easy Greek Salad Recipe

Pierre Van Zylhealth

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My family loves homemade ranch dressing and yours probably does too . . . but not every night, right? If you’ve ever picked at your go-to salad because you’ve had it one too many times lately, this fresh Greek salad recipe is for you. Bursting with crisp cucumbers, plump tomatoes, creamy avocado, crunchy bell pepper and the all important […]

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