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The meals come frozen, which means the nutrients stay intact, and they will not go bad if you don’t consume them right away.  Not only was the menu created by Registered Dietitians, the recipes were developed by Natural Gourmet Institute chefs, so they are nutritious and delicious, truly full of great flavor.  The Euphebe app will provide you with on-demand support from a Registered Dietitian, who can answer questions and coach you through your experience.  Euphebe has partnered with doctors and hospitals in research to discover their plan results in weight loss and reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol, blood sugar, and inflammation in the body. 

Not only have I tasted their food and incorporated the meals into my diet, I have toured the Euphebe kitchen, heard the founder speak on her company goals and vision, and cooked and dined on the food with the chefs and Registered Dietitians themselves.   

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Is A Fasting Diet Plan Right For You?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If losing weight and getting healthy is your plan for the new year, one popular new diet plan may be for you.

“Everyone wants that one answer, that one pill, that one magic diet that’s going to take the weight off and make them look amazing and make them fabulous forever,” nutritionist Robin Barrie told CBS2’s Alex Denis.

But the hottest way to lose weight these days involves fasting. It’s a system that’s not telling you what to eat, but when to eat. CBS2’s very own John Elliott has been following a fasting plan.

“My blood pressure is better, it’s a little lower. I have less heartburn, I have more energy,” Elliott said. “I actually feel a little more nimble.”

“There are so many variations right now,” Barrie said. “There’s alternate day fasting where you’re fasting for 24 hours and then allowed to eat for 24 hours.”

There’s also a five-day vs. two-day version.

“In a week’s period, on two non-consecutive days, you’re fasting,” Barrie said.

Then there’s daily time-restricted feeding where instead of counting calories, you watch the clock. The idea is to eat normally, in moderation, for 12 hours while fasting for the other 12. The eating window starts when you first ingest something other than water.

“Some of the research shows that this interment fasting is working because it’s an overall caloric restriction,” Barrie said.

According to Barrie, when you don’t eat for an extended period of time, insulin levels are low and the body starts to use fat as its source of energy.

Studies attribute the eating plan to weight loss, fat loss, lower blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.

To get the best results, Barrie says most of the fasting should happen during sleep periods to coincide with our body’s natural circadian rhythm.

“If you’re fasting during the day, it kind of messes with your body. Your body thinks it’s sleeping or starving.”

Another tip is to stop eating before 7 p.m. so the body can properly digest food before entering the sleeping and fasted state.

Research has also shown this eating/fasting pattern helps you live longer and look younger.

Simple Sides: Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Simple Sides: Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Carbs seem to have a bad reputation lately, but there IS such a thing as a good carb: a sweet potato is one of them! The orange-colored flesh of sweet potatoes is packed with health-promoting beta-carotene, which is converted in our bodies to Vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function and even improves the look of skin (hello glowing, gorgeous face!). The phytonutrients in sweet potatoes also help protect the body against damaging free radicals with their antioxidants and combat excess inflammation. What’s even more amazing is that, unlike the traditional white variety, sweet potatoes can help CONTROL and REGULATE blood sugar levels which = fewer cravings and higher energy levels. Talk about a healthy carb! Don’t forget about those purple sweet potatoes either: the anthocyanins and other phytonutrients in this variety have additional antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.

Because one of the key nutrients in sweet potatoes, Vitamin A, is fat-soluble it is best to incorporate a healthy fat into your cooking method to maximize its absorption. One of my favorite ways to cook sweet potatoes is to slice and then bake them with a healthy dose of coconut oil and cinnamon. The coconut oil serves as the healthy fat, is packed with antioxidants, and is a rich source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides, which are easily-absorbed fats that may improve digestion, energy, brain function, mood and body fat). The cinnamon not only adds GREAT flavor but does double duty with its essential oils providing anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It also helps to control blood sugar by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties and therefore preventing a sharp spike in blood sugar.

I love to bake these fries and eat them alone as a snack or side dish, or top them with a little bit of yogurt and Supernola (see my shop page to purchase!) for a healthy breakfast that keeps me going all morning. Check out the recipe below!

Coconut, Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into French fry, wedge, or round shape
  • 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Melt coconut oil over low heat in small saucepan.
  • In a large bowl, toss the potatoes, melted oil, salt and cinnamon.
  • Evenly spread the potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes tossing or flipping occasionally.
  • Remove from the oven and serve.


Simple Sides: Steamed Broccoli

Simple Sides: Steamed Broccoli

Ok, so we all know broccoli is good for us and we should just eat it right? Not so fast: did you know the healthiest version of broccoli only takes FOUR minutes to cook? You get the most bang for your broccoli buck by quickly steaming this vegetable for 4 minutes or less. Not only does this lead to a great, bright green color and perfectly firm texture, studies show that this method allows it to retain the MOST nutrients (especially vitamin C and sulforaphane). This, in turn, translates to better health benefits, including both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The compound sulforaphane in broccoli helps to combat excess inflammation, which can be a contributing factor to some types of cancers and even lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. Additionally, this veggie is packed with vitamins A (carotenoids), C, E, K, and folate (and other B vitamins), as well as key minerals: chromium, manganese, selenium, and zinc, AND many phytonutrients. Together these compounds act as an antioxidant powerhouse to help squash free radicals that can cause damage to our cells and wreak havoc on our health. Broccoli also aids in the natural detoxification process that occurs in our body when exposed to toxins.  It supports improved digestion with its high fiber content and prevents bacterial overgrowth in the stomach.

Remember:  be careful not to overcook, because this can destroy nutrients and significantly reduce health benefits!

Shopping/Storing tips:  Select the broccoli with the deepest color green florets.  Studies show this contains the highest level of carotenoids.  Store unwashed (water can lead to spoiling), uncut (cutting can lead to nutrient loss) in an airtight plastic bag/container in fridge, and it can keep for up to 10 days.  Cooked broccoli can be stored in an airtight container for a few days.  Blanched then frozen broccoli is good for up to a year.

Recommended intake:  3.4-1.5 cups cruciferous (included cauliflower too!) vegetables daily

Below is my favorite way to cook broccoli, which keeps its nutrients intact, while delivering amazing flavor.

Four-Minute Garlic Steamed Broccoli


  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped into bite size florets
  • 5 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional) 


  1. Place steamer basket in a medium sized pot and add water, filling just until the water hits the bottom of the basket.
  2. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Add broccoli to the pot, and steam covered for four minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and garlic in a skillet over medium heat, until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  5. Toss the steamed broccoli in the sautéed garlic and oil in a SEPARATE bowl (NOT on stove, since this will continue to cook the broccoli).
  6. Sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes, if using, and serve along with your favorite protein and healthy carb for a simple, balanced meal!
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