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Strawberry Lemon Granita

There is nothing quite like a refreshing frozen granita! A perfect mid-day snack, end-cap to a light summer meal, or a frosty way to start your morning, a granita can be enjoyed any time of the day. In this granita recipe, I use fresh strawberries packed with powerful health-promoting antioxidants!

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The Unhealthy Side of Organic

As an anti-aging physician, I have frequently scratched my head wondering exactly why people continue to debate whether organic food is truly healthier than its conventional counterpart. After all, is there really any question whether food produced without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, preventative antibiotics, artificial hormones, and GMOs is actually better for you than food that is?

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Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Oil and Balsamic

A refreshing afternoon snack or lighter side for off-the-grill favorites, this watermelon salad with feta brings zingy summer sweetness to the picnic table and is also good for you. Watermelon supports lung, heart, prostate and breast health – the redder the watermelon, the better!

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Super Easy, Healthy Stir Fry Recipes

I love a good, healthy stir fry because it’s such a quick and easy way to get a rainbow of tender-crisp, delicious veggies on your plate. Combined with a whole grain and protein, it’s a complete dinner you can have on the table in barely any time, so it’s great for busy families or if you’re just cooking for one.

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Healthy Chicken and Broccoli Pastas

You might be surprised that, as a cardiologist, I don’t vilify saturated fats and even think organic, grass-fed butter and cream in your diet is fine in moderation. But I far prefer my favorite superfood, olive oil, to lend healthy fats and delicious flavor to a meal. So when I was recently asked to make chicken broccoli ziti with Alfredo sauce for a family function, I didn’t cringe at the idea of it. I just knew I could make a healthier version with olive oil. My chicken broccoli pasta is still as satiating and comforting as the original, but packed with... Continue Reading

Healthy, Easy Hummus Recipes

Isn’t it awesome when healthy food tastes delicious, and it’s a snap to choose nutritious options over heavily processed ones…Especially when you need a quick bite? Hummus is just one of those spot-hitters. The earliest known recipe for hummus was recorded in a 13th century cookbook in Cairo, Egypt, and was said to have been eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t think I could eat hummus for every meal, but I do sure do enjoy this ancient Middle Eastern dip pretty often as a snack or light meal.

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Health Benefits of the Amazing Artichoke

Native to the Mediterranean region, artichokes are a part of the heart-friendly Mediterranean diet- and I can’t get enough of them! When cooked correctly and paired with my flavored olive oils, the artichoke is a delicious snack! Here are some easy recipes and videos of how I prepare and eat artichokes at home.

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Sustainable Products Protect Your Environment, Health, and Future

A concept close to my heart, this decade has seen the rise of something I strive for in all of my products and packaging- sustainability. Simply put, sustainability is when humans and nature exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations. This is something I have on my mind whenever it comes to any choices I make here at Vervana, and in this blog, you’ll learn why it’s so important.

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Mediterranean Fish – Sinatra Style

As a cardiologist, nothing makes me happier than the combination of heart-healthy fish paired with my favorite superfood, olive oil, for a one-two punch of delicious, healthy food! That’s why this simple Mediterranean fish dinner is a winning combo.

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Quick and Easy Brunch Recipes

If you’re looking for Easter brunch menu ideas or just some healthy Sunday brunch recipes to have on hand, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve put together some delicious recipes to kickstart your brunch with vibrant flavor and healthy ingredients.

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