Spinach Burgers with Olive Relish

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Confession: I mix greens into ground beef pretty much all the time. My toddler will eat the burger. Everything else, well, there’s no guarantee. Now don’t get me wrong, my son is pretty much a dream eater by toddler standards (minus the food in the hair and on the floor and on the back of the chair… sigh). But he’s not always …

Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart?

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Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart? The short answer is yes. Chocolate contains nutrients which have been shown to lower blood pressure and protect against heart disease. But not all chocolate has these benefits. Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart? When looking at the health benefits, dark chocolate wins over white. Dark chocolate contains compounds known as flavonoids. The flavonoids …

7 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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When the holidays have arrive many of my patients begin asking for ways to avoid holiday weight gain. For many of us the holidays mean being surrounded by family, friends and extra calories. This is also the time of year when Americans tend to gain the most weight. What’s the problem with adding just a few extra pounds over the …

Butternut Squash Soup

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This creamy butternut squash soup is simple to make and is a delicious meal on its own or as a side dish. The roasting of the squash creates a rich flavor. Ingredients: 8 cups peeled & cubed (1 inch) butternut squash. About 2 1/2 pounds. 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt 14 ounce chicken or …