My Favorite Healthy Healing Foods

In My last blog I talked about the many benefits that foods have on the body and how important they are for both your physical and mental health. So, I wanted to share how I ensure that I am feeding myself and my family healthy, nourishing, healing foods and also and share some of my favorite recipes.


Although I love to cook, being a busy working Mom, means I like easy, time saving recipes and snacks. So let’s start with snacks and side dishes. Here are some of my favorite go to’s:

  • Fruit – Berries, apples, bananas, grapes
  • You can spread fruit with peanut butter, it delicious on apples and bananas
  • Blend, freeze and make into popsicles
  • Banana ice cream – freeze bananas and then put them in a blender with a little bit of milk until it is the consistency of ice cream You can even add some peanut butter or cocoa powder
  • Chocolate dipped berries – Melt dark chocolate and dip berries in it. Allow to harden in the fridge for 1-2 hours
  • Baked Apples – Slice an apple and sauté it in a pan with cinnamon, vanilla and a little honey. You can top it with some nuts and or homemade whipped cream
  • Fruit Parfaits – Mix fruit with some Greek yogurt, honey and granola or nuts
  • Smoothies – Add some berries, maybe a little spinach, yogurt, ice cubes and blend. (You won’t taste the spinach, I promise!)
  • Put some banana, milk, chocolate protein powder and peanut butter and blend, add an avocado for extra nutrition


  • Veggies –
  • Celery – Spread with peanut or almond butter
  • Raw veggies – Dip in Hummus
  • Carrot, Rutabaga or Turnip fries – Mix your favorite seasonings, I like garlic salt, cumin, chili powder, cut veggies into strips, mix with olive oil and seasoning and toss in the air fryer or oven at 400 degrees until crispy.
  • Asparagus – Toss asparagus with some olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and top with parmesan and mozzarella, bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, and it is so delicious!


  • Other
  • Pipcorn – Take a look at this company that was on Shark Tank. They make popcorn, crackers and chips with less than10 ingredients that are all healthy and taste
  • Thinsters – In the mood for a cookie? Try Thinsters, they are low in calories and fat and have no artificial ingredients.
  • Popcorn – Take a little olive oil pour in a saucepan, add uncooked popcorn, cover and let it pop over the stove on medium high heat. Once done mix with your favorite seasonings. I like salt and pepper or flavor god’s ranch, everything or garlic.
  • Rice cakes – spread with some peanut butter and top with banana for a healthy snack


  • Main Dishes
  • Ree Drummond’s Sheet pan salad is great for those who like roasted veggies and are looking for a healthy lunch, dinner or side dish:
  • Tuna or Chicken Salad – Take some canned tuna or chicken, a little mayonnaise, some capers, caper juice, pickles, pickle juice, carrots, celery, cut up apple, sliced tri-colored cabbage and mix together. Eat with some rice crackers or cut up vegetables
  • Salmon – I try to eat salmon once per week. Check out my previous blog post for all of the health benefits salmon has to offer. Wild caught is the healthiest for you. I rub it with olive oil, and Trader Joe’s Citrusy garlic seasoning or everything bagel seasoning, bake on 350 degrees until done and it is delicious.
  • Chicken Cacciatore – Add chicken breast to a slow cooker with canned tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, a little red wine, a sliced onion, a sliced pepper and you can even throw in some chicken sausage. Cook on low for 5-7 hours toll chicken is cooked. Serve over chickpea or lentil pasta. Top with basil and parmesan cheese
  • Chicken Tikka Masala– Cut chicken into cubes saute in pan with store bought tikka masala sauce and serve over brown rice
  • Black Bean and Corn tostadas- These are great for a plant based meal:
  • Zucchini Lasagna – This is great for getting your veggies in, even if you are not a big veggie fan:
  • Cauliflower pizza – We like and top it with some uncured pepperoni for an easy weeknight dinner


Here are some swaps and additions to make your meals healthier:

  • Pasta – Chickpea or lentil instead of regular white pasta for added protein and nutrition
  • Rice – Brown or Wild are the best
  • Sweeteners – Honey, Monk fruit or stevia
  • Yogurt – Plain Greek and add honey for sweetness
  • Flax and chia seeds – Sprinkle over salads, put in smoothies for added protein, omegas, heart brain and gut benefits
  • Oil – Use olive oil instead of canola  or and vegetable
  • Salsa – Use as a healthy topper for eggs, tacos, potatoes


I hope these ideas help  to add some yummy, healthy and healing ingredients to your diet.



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