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A Taste of Sudanese Halal Cooking

While living in Sudan, a predominantly Muslim country, I had the wonderful opportunity to eat like a local. Today, back home in Los Angeles, these recipes — all halal — remain some of my favorites. But what does halal mean?

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Fresh from the Farmers Market Blueberry-Lavender Jam

At my local farmers market, the blueberries have finally arrived, and I just could not resist purchasing a flat. While I could have made a buckle or cobbler with the scrumptious little berries, I decided to make jam. But not just any jam — Blueberry-Lavender Jam!

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Sodium and High Blood Pressure — 5 Tips to Take Control

Sodium — that is, salt — is the food industry's dirty little secret for taste enhancement and cost savings in the production of food. Here are five ways you can get your sodium consumption and high blood pressure risk under control.

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Slow Cooker Greek Shrimp and Rice

Greek flavors are so fresh and tasty, and using the slow cooker is so easy! If you've never cooked seafood in the slow cooker before, this recipe is a great introduction.

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My Family's Favorite Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This simple, no-cook, vegan dessert recipe can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. It was the go-to snack for my children when they were young, and it remains a family favorite today.

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How to Build a Charcuterie Plate on a Budget

On a summer day spent hanging out at the beach, exploring nature or playing in the park, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven to roast a chicken. At times like these, my go-to is a charcuterie plate: fancy cheeses, thinly sliced meats and special accompaniments.

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5 Tips to Help Lactose Intolerant People Enjoy Dairy

If you're lactose intolerant, I already know what you're thinking: "Dairy? I can't eat that!" But it's true, with a little help you can.

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The Case for Eating by the Seasons

It's official: it's finally summer. It's a welcome time to cherish sand castles at the beach, hikes throughout the woods, cool drinks on the deck and, of course, fantastically fresh food.

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How to Get Iron from Plant Sources

Iron is an important mineral that serves many purposes in the body. Adequate iron intake is essential for growth development, normal cell function and synthesis of hormones and connective tissue.

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Intermittent Fasting: Is It Right for You?

If breakfast is the "most important meal of the day," then fasting and skipping meals must wreak havoc on your metabolism and cause weight gain, right? Well, maybe not.

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Taste the Summer with Watermelon-Jalapeño Feta Salad

Some girls are happy to get flowers — I get psyched about a good watermelon. Try this Watermelon-Jalapeño Feta Salad: it's sweet, acidic, salty and crisp all in one dish. It's hydrating, full of fiber…and there's cheese! It's just about perfect.

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Overcoming "Last Supper Syndrome"

Have you ever decided to start a diet "next Monday" … and then spent the weekend gearing up for this upcoming diet by gorging on all of your favorite "guilty pleasures" as if every meal is your last? You are not alone.

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1 Way to Use Joy in Your Nutrition Counseling

How many times have you worked with a client and the majority of the session is negative talk, using the words "can't" and "won't"? I think this emphasis on the negative misses something. Instead, let's start talking about joy: both of the clients and of ourselves.

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How to Build a Fertility-Friendly Food Foundation

Struggling with infertility can be a draining and exhausting life. But here's what we know: nutrition can help. In fact, good nutrition is sometimes unconsciously neglected by many people struggling with infertility.

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What Do You Do with Wheat Berries?

Even if you don't know it, you've likely eaten wheat berries before: whole-wheat flour is the ground form of wheat berries, while cracked wheat is wheat berries broken into tiny pieces.

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4 Ways to Use Feng Shui in Your Kitchen

We know excessive stress from relationships, work and finances can translate to actual physical pain and illness over time. But can the same be said for stress from "unbalanced energy" in our homes and offices?

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3 Veggie-Boosting Tips for "Meat at Every Meal" Men

While it's true not every man feels the need to consume meat with every meal, in my own practice I find a lot of women who report having a hard time making a switch to a more plant-based diet due to resistance from their husbands.

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No-Baking-Required Cocoa Date Balls

I had been running out of snack ideas to take to work, so I came up with this recipe for a mid-day pick me up. They're easy to make, require only a few minutes of time on the stove, and last for the whole week in the fridge.

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Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad: A Sophisticated Slice of Summer

Combine chunks of sweet, crunchy watermelon with dense, salty feta and fresh mint to create an explosion of summer flavors.

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4 Ways to Fight Arthritis with What You Eat

Imagine trying to open a jar of peanut butter and feeling excruciating pain, or not being able to walk around the block because your feet are throbbing. For the 350 million people worldwide who suffer from arthritis, these are two of the many symptoms that they experience every day.

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Turn Sour Grapes into a Delicious Treat

Have you ever bought a bunch of grapes only for them to be too sour to enjoy? Try roasting them! Roasting concentrates the sugar content in grapes and makes the taste more palatable.

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Sustainable Seafood Is Everyone's Business

The number one question to ask about before purchasing seafood is, "Do you sell sustainable seafood?" The more we ask, the more the demand will go up.

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