Zucchini Bake

zucchini bake
Photo and recipe courtesy of Leaves of Life.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, one sliced lengthways and one sliced crossways
  • Peppers sliced into large rings
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2-3 tbsps chopped fresh basil
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper and dry oregano to taste

Instructions:

  1. Make one layer of round zucchini slices
  2. Top with a layer of pepper rings
  3. Make a layer of lengthwise zucchini slices
  4. Spread basil evenly over top and add another layer of round zucchini slices
  5. Finish with a layer of tomato slices, olive oil and fresh salsa
  6. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top

Tips:

Try some flavor infused olive oil for a little extra oomph.  Lime or lemon infused or Tuscan herbs would work well here.

Exercise Can Improve How Young You Feel

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The Fitness Matters team

 

 

 

 

 

Preview of a recent post from our neighboring practitioners, Fitness Matters:

Don’t Act Your Age For A Sharp Mind

Feeling younger than one’s real age could help preserve memory and cognitive function as people get older, says a study in the November issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

…a recent study found that younger self-image was more common in physically active people with a lower body-mass index.

The study’s adjusted results showed the association between a younger subjective age and better memory and executive functioning was independent of gender, educational achievement, marital status and chronic diseases.

People who feel older than their age might require closer monitoring, as this may be an early marker of impaired cognition leading to dementia.

Read the full Fitness Matters post for more info on how thinking younger can impact your cognitive and physical health.

A “Completely” Gourmet Lunch

This was too good to keep to ourselves… The Leaves of Life gang had a fabulous holiday lunch party thanks to the talents of Complete Gourmet chef, Derek Bergemann.

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Our menu included:

  • Baby kale salad with curried almonds, hemp seeds and purple carrots with smoked salt and fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh tumeric and herb-seared chicken with goji berries
  • Mashed sweet potatoes with coconut oil and lime zest
  • Coconut oil roasted vegetables
  • Creme brûlée with grapefruit and peppermint essential oil
  • Weston A. Price style bone broth shooters