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Party Favorite Chicken Wings by Tana Amen

Ingredients:

– 2 dozen free-range chicken wings (or mini drum sticks)

– 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil

Spice Blend Ingredients:

– 1 teaspoon onion powder

– 1 teaspoon garlic powder

– 1-2 teaspoons ancho or chipotle Chile powder (less for most kids)

– 2 tablespoons smoked paprika

– optional- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

– optional- 1/2-1 teaspoon sea salt

– optional- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Sauce Options: Try serving chicken wings with zesty aioli sauce, or homemade ranch dressing

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Blend spices together in small mixing bowl.

3. Place chicken wings in large mixing bowl and toss with spice blend. Be sure to cover all pieces with a light coat of the spice blend.

4. Place chicken in baking dish and bake for approximately 30 minutes.

5. Serve hot.

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Chicken Veggie Stir Fry from the Daniel Plan Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons wheat-free tamari or soy sauce
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, plus a few tablespoons extra
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup corn
  • ½ cup sliced water chestnuts, sliced
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • ½ cup mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 scallions, sliced diagonally
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice

     

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, mix the chicken strips, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, and 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce. Set aside.

2. In a small container, combine the remaining soy sauce, chicken broth, corn starch, and sesame oil. Place lid on container, and shake well. Set aside.

3. In a large sauté pan or wok, heat the coconut oil over high heat....

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Believing New Things About Yourself

We’ve been obsessed over the past years to learn everything we can about the science of behavior change. From all our work with the Daniel Plan and in the Corporate arena, it’s been a central focus. Why? We want to soak up the wisdom, and then impart those life-giving learnings with YOU!

Bottom line, when we find important keys to lasting change it’s a treasure to be able to share those…

...in fact it’s one of our greatest joys!

So this week we wanted to feature an excerpt from the bestselling book Atomic Habits by James Clear, as it is one of the best texts on how to transform our lives one simple step at a time. It’s been transformative for us and we know it can be for you as well.

"We all want to become better people — stronger and healthier, more creative and more skilled, a better friend or family member.

But even if we get really inspired and start doing things better, it's tough to actually stick to new behaviors. It's more...

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Simple Coconut Yogurt by Chef Jenny

Ingredients:

Coconut Creme

  • 1½ cups water or coconut water
  • 1/3 cup raw sweetener of choice
  • 6 cups young Thai coconut flesh
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Toppings

  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 cup diced papaya
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • juice of 1 lime (optional)
 
Directions
  • In a blender, combine all coconut crème ingredients, loading in liquids first.
  • Blend on high speed for 30 to 40 seconds or until well-combined, rich, and creamy. Some coconuts are naturally thicker than others. You may need to add more moisture to thin out the mix to a creamy texture by adding 2 Tbsp of water at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Chill the crème until ready to enjoy.
  • For the toppings, toss all fruits together in a medium mixing bowl. Drizzle the lime juice over the fruit. When ready to enjoy, combine the crème and the fruit in ramekin bowls or other fun serving dishes. Don't forget to top it off with superfoods, like hemp seeds and goji berries, for added...
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The Anti-Anxiety Toolkit

There is a lot to be anxious and worried about these days and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Indeed, these are normal human reactions to adverse events, but the good news is that we don’t have to be controlled by these feelings.

We thought it would be great to check in with an expert in the field of neuroscience and focus in on the latest research to proactively manage anxiety. Check out Dr. Caroline Leaf’s 5 practical strategies… 

“We can’t always control the circumstances of life, but we can learn to edit what has happened to us.

We have the power to determine how these emotions impact us.  

In fact, everyone experiences a level of anxiety from time to time; this is completely normal. Often, there are times in our life where “stuff” accumulates, and it is okay to be anxious when this happens. However, if left unmanaged, this “stuff” can progress to a point where we feel so...

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Fattoush Spring Salad by Dr. Mark Hyman

Ingredients:

Salad

  • 3 small golden beets
  • 3 small red beets
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • cup sugar snap peas, strings removed and thinly sliced
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, diced into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 spring onions, green and white part, thinly sliced
  • cup fresh mint leaves
  • cup fresh dill sprigs
  • 3 ounces baby arugula
  • 3 ounces gem lettuce, or any other preferred lettuce
  • 4 ounces sheep’s milk feta cheese, crumbled

“Breadcrumbs”

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or ghee
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and microplaned
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

Dressing

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and microplaned
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Method

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the beets until tender when pricked with a fork, about 15...

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Five Ways to Boost Your Emotional and Psychological Resilience

You’ve probably heard the word “resilience” pop up more often recently—and for good reason. With so much uncertainty and change in the world around us during the past couple of years, many people—young and old— have been struggling with high-stress levels.

So, what is it that makes some people seem relatively calm and collected when faced with adversity, while others become completely overwhelmed?

It’s the degree of emotional and psychological resilience they have.

We checked in with Tana Amen, whose newest book The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child is filled with insights on how to cultivate resilience. Here are a few highlights…

“When serious stressors, crises, and trauma occur, resilient people can recover more quickly and adapt to the changing circumstances more easily. This doesn’t mean they don’t experience emotional pain and distress about bad situations, but rather they employ helpful...

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Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl by Chef Mareya

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 Cup uncooked buckwheat, rinsed 
  • 2 Cups homemade almond milk
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 4 Dates, pitted and finely chopped 

TOPPINGS: 

  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • 2 Tablespoons dried currants 
  • 2 Tablespoons walnuts, crushed
  • Ground Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the buckwheat and 2 cups water and cook until tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring the milk to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cooked buckwheat, cinnamon, and dates. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until the milk has somewhat reduced and the mixture has thickened.
  3. For each serving, scoop 1/2 cup of the steeped buckwheat into a bowl and pour 1/4 cup of the milk over it. Top with a spoonful of shredded coconut, some currants and walnuts, and a pinch of cinnamon.  
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One Surefire Way To Boost Your Mood

If you’re looking for a way to add to your joy, look no farther than spending some extra time with the relationships that matter most in your life!

Convincing evidence of this comes from Martin Seligman, a leading expert in the field of happiness research. He said, "Research has shown that daily support from those closest to us is a key factor in cultivating a positive outlook."

We’ve all experienced such a prolonged season of increased isolation over the past two years, so it’s a very inviting invitation to focus outward and deepen the relationships in our lives. 

Check out a couple other compelling reasons why investing in deep connections are vital.

Close Relationships Make Us Feel Optimistic
A study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology showed that when we have social support, our perception of challenges changes. And the social support paves a way for optimism to grow, increasing overall satisfaction with life while lowering the risk of...

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Sultry Strawberry Mango Tango Smoothie by Chef Jenny

Ingredients:

1 cup of mango chunks

1 sliced banana

3 pcs strawberries

1/2 cup of coconut milk

 

Directions

  • Add all ingredients into your blender.
  • Blend and enjoy!
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