Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken *Choose organic meats and produce whenever possible* 2 pounds boneless chicken  2 Tbsp Spicy Jalapeño Olive Oil or Jalapeño-Garlic Olive Oil 1 onion, chopped  6 to 8 ripe tomatoes, chopped or 2 15 oz. cans or boxes of diced tomatoes, drained 1 tsp Salt Blend 1 tsp of Pepper & Juniper blend 2 to 4 Tbsp of my Mexican Spice Blend Optional - Habanero hot sauce or Blazing Habanero Olive Oil Prepare the chicken breasts by rubbing them with flavored olive oil and placing them in the bottom of your slow cooker. Next, add all... Continue Reading

Dr. Sinatra’s Grass-Fed Buffalo Tenderloin

Buffalo tenderloin is not just a leaner alternative to steak tenderloin, it is also higher vibrational than conventionally raised beef. Why? For one, all buffalo is grass-fed, which means you're getting omega-3s, a type of fat your body needs. Buffalo (also known as bison) is also raised without the use of GMO growth hormones, making it a better quality choice of protein that is also a great source of iron, zinc and selenium! The salad greens here provide phytonutrients and fiber, the olive oil contributes monounsaturated fat and antioxidant polyphenols, and adding onion brings additional antioxidant power to the mix!... Continue Reading

Dr. Sinatra’s Artichoke Salad

Full of bold flavors, this salad is a great way to incorporate artichokes into a main meal. Not only will it hopefully delight your palate, but it can also help you stay healthy. How? Artichoke hearts help promote detoxification by supporting liver function. Onions contain compounds that support heart health. Red bell peppers are full of beta-carotene, an important antioxidant for vision and eye health as well as immune system function; be sure to go organic with bell peppers, though, as they tend to be the highest in pesticides (if you use tomatoes instead, you’ll get lycopene, a powerful antioxidant).... Continue Reading

Mediterranean Gazpacho

I'm a huge fan of tomatoes - they are absolute nutrition powerhouses, full of vitamins and heart-healthy antioxidants like lycopene (a carotenoid which gives tomatoes their red color). While I can't get enough of them in marinara sauce,  I also LOVE eating them raw as gazpacho - a refreshing, cold tomato soup. On hot summer days, there's nothing like this Mediterranean Gazpacho recipe to cool and vitalize you with tomato nutrition! Mediterranean Gazpacho Recipe *use organic produce whenever possible 6 ripe tomatoes (about 3 lbs), peeled and chopped (about 6 cups) 1 red onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)... Continue Reading

Dr. Sinatra’s Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette

This zesty high vibrational dressing will wake up your taste buds with lemon olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey. Use it to enliven broccoli, spinach salad, chicken and more! Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette 2 to 4 tsp apple cider vinegar 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 to 1 teaspoon maple syrup or Honey Salt Blend, freshly ground to taste Pepper & Juniper Blend,  freshly ground to taste 1/2 cup Vervana Lemon Olive Oil  Whisk together the lemon olive oil, mustard, vinegar, and honey or maple syrup in a small bowl - start with lesser amounts of vinegar, mustard... Continue Reading

Hearty and Easy Risotto-Stuffed Peppers in Basil Sauce

This dish is simple to prepare, uses a variety of colorful, wholesome foods and some of my favorite flavors: basil, Tuscan seasoning, and my Vervana California Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This is the perfect recipe for whipping up a hearty and easy dinner for two, for your whole family, or even for yourself to enjoy over the course of several meals. Risotto-Stuffed Peppers in Basil Sauce INGREDIENTS *Note: Use organic, non-GMO ingredients wherever possible* Filling: 1 cup vegetable broth or low-sodium chicken broth 2 teaspoons ground cumin ¾ cup primavera or mushroom risotto 1 cup canned garbanzo beans, rinsed... Continue Reading

The Secret to Vitality: High-Vibrational Living

Do you ever wonder if authentically happy, healthy-looking people have a secret that they’re not sharing? That they know something you don’t? As a cardiologist and anti-aging physician who’s spent a career connecting the dots between physical, metabolic, emotional, mental, and even spiritual aspects of health, I’ve realized that the big “secret” to a full and healthy life is actually pretty simple: It’s all about maximizing our own energy and being in harmony with the natural energies around us. That’s right, we all have the innate potential for vitality because we are all energetic beings in a vibrational world. Health... Continue Reading

Bring Your A-Game Healthy Chili Recipe

Never underestimate the power of a healthy chili recipe to nourish and satisfy your hungriest fans...Although my favorite time to make chili is when I have friends and family over to watch football, I love to make chili year-round. It's full of the protein I crave, and is also balanced with lots of nutrient-and fiber-rich veggies. To boot, it's super quick and easy to make (and reheat), and I use only the healthiest ingredients.  Besides healthy ingredients, what really makes for a killer chili recipe? The right spices…which is why I created my Vervana Mexican Spice Blend -  a super-convenient go-to... Continue Reading

7 Ways to Get Healthy and Stay Healthy

In my four-plus decades of practicing medicine, I’ve learned that the things you do every day all eventually add up, and can "make or break" your health. Here are seven steps you can take to get healthy and stay healthy. 1. Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Most people go on diets to lose weight. And, sure - maintaining a healthy weight is very important - but so is avoiding foods that cause chronic, low grade inflammation (like sugar and bad fats). For this reason, the anti-inflammatory diet I recommend over all others is Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean, or “PAMM” diet. Essentially, PAMM... Continue Reading

5 Things to Know Before Buying Olive Oil

The good news about olive oil – a cornerstone of the heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet and one of my most-recommended superfoods – just keeps coming. Even the FDA now recognizes that: “Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil. To achieve this possible benefit, olive oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day.” Between its rich monounsaturated fatty acid content... Continue Reading