Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 2 dozen Adapted from Epicurious Ingredients: 1 cup Dairy free butter (Earth Blanace-brand), softened 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave (can do 1⁄4 cup and 2 packets of stevia) 2 eggs (can replace with 1⁄2 c non-dairy milk and 1⁄2 tsp vinegar-sit for 10 minutes) 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp non-dairy milk, unsweetened … Continued

The Importance of Formulation

An Example – Making Omega-3’s Work For You, Rather than Against You Keith Block, MD In our two previous blog articles we looked at supplement purity and supplement potency. In this article, we will take a look at supplement formulation. When I formulate supplements for my patients, I often combine multiple nutrients into a single … Continued

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Serves 4-8 Ingredients: 8 whole grain flour tortillas (*prefer Ezekiel brand) 2 cups colby jack vegan cheese (can mix mozzarella and cheddar- Daiya brand works best) 1 cup butternut squash puree 1 cup green or red pepper, cubed 1-15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup medium salsa, or to taste (Option* Use … Continued

Not All Supplements are Created Equal — Part 2

Keith I. Block, MD In our previous blog article, we reviewed the issue of supplement purity.  Now, let’s consider the issue of supplement potency.  When I use the term potency, I’m referring to two things: (1) the strength and freshness of the supplement, and (2) the quantity or concentration of active ingredients.  These factors can … Continued

Not All Supplements Are Created Equal — Part 1

What You Need to Know Before Choosing A Supplement Regimen Keith I. Block, MD As you’re probably aware, Dr. Mehmet Oz appeared in front of Congress last week where he was extensively questioned about his endorsement of some weight loss products that were featured on his daytime talk show. Because the efficacy of these specific … Continued

Lemon Balsamic Strawberries

Serves 8 Ingredients: 4 pints (8 cups) fresh strawberries, cut in half 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons agave (or try small amounts of stevia to taste) 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Freshly grated lemon zest Sea salt flakes Instructions: Combine strawberries, balsamic vinegar, agave, and pepper in a large bowl and let marinate for … Continued

Easy Basil White Bean Dip

Ingredients: 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained 1 clove garlic 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1⁄2 cup fresh basil Salt and pepper to taste Whole grain pitas, crackers, baby carrots, bell pepper strips, etc. for serving. Instructions: Add dip ingredients to food processor and pulse until smooth. … Continued

Chocolate Campfire Kisses

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Adapted from Makes 10 Kisses Ingredients: 1/4 cup almonds 1/2  cup cashews 2 tbsp ground flax 7 medjool dates, pitted and chopped 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp dairy free chocolate chips Directions Add almonds to food processor and pulse until ground.  Transfer almonds to a small bowl and set aside. Add … Continued

How to Practice Relaxed Abdominal Breathing

By: Penny B. Block, Ph.D. Breathing both affects and reflects the level of tension in your body and mind. When tense, your breathing will become shallow, with more rapid movement in the upper region of your chest. On the other hand, if you inhale gently allowing the air to “fill” your abdomen and exhale from … Continued

Stress aiding in cancer metastasis? How to counter this potential.

By: Penny B. Block, Ph.D. Increasingly, science and medicine, as well as the general public, recognize the powerful role that stress plays in our physical health. For people dealing with cancer, this is a component of care that cannot be brushed aside. Recent research out of Ohio State University (Hai, et al.) published in the … Continued