Crispy Cinnamon Apple Chips


Apple chips are a great replacement for unhealthy crispy treats! They are simple to make and you only need three ingredients! These are an easy to make snack that you can give the kids or eat yourself! What you will need is…


  • 4 apples cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Place apple slices flat on baking sheet being careful not to overlap apple slices.
  • Sprinkle ground cinnamon onto apple slices.
  • Bake 2 hours then flip the apple slices and bake another 2 hours on opposite side.
  • Let the apples fully cool, then store in an airtight container!
  • Enjoy!

This post was written by Joan O’Keefe, RD and Desiree Moorman.

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A Healthy Twist on a Summer Favorite: Summer BBQ Lettuce Wraps

kid-673584_1280Love barbecuing but not all the calories that come along with it? Give our new twist on BBQ a try! This recipe is simple, tasty, good for you, and practically cooks itself in a slow cooker! Here is what you will need:


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 8 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 25 oz. bottled BBQ sauce
  • 8 butter lettuce leaves


  • Mix together garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a large bowl.
  • Place chicken in mixture and coat.
  • Add BBQ sauce to the bowl and combine all with large spoon.
  • Place the bowl of chicken and sauce into slow cooker, and cook on high for 4-6 hours.
  • Shred chicken.
  • Spoon shredded chicken into lettuce leaves and enjoy!

This post was written by Joan O’Keefe, RD and Desiree Moorman.

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Living a Paleo Lifestyle

Paleo diet foods

We are on the verge of a revo­lution in health and medicine. Nutri­tion has been neglected, misrepre­sented and abused. The ideal diet is finally becoming clear, and its power in health and healing is astounding. It is simple, practical and sustain­able for a lifetime. This diet, especially when used in combination with daily exercise, will ensure vibrant and resilient good health for a life­time. Getting smart about what you eat is an essential step for a strong, lean, and resilient body, and a sharp, focused and cheerful mind. Embrace the nutrition revolution and you can thrive like never before.

One of the most enlightened approaches to nutrition is detailed by Loren Cordain, Ph.D. in his extraordinary new book, The Paleo Answer. Loren is a friend and colleague; we have coauthored together 6 scientific articles published in medical journals over the past eight years that describe benefits from following diet and exercise patterns consistent with our hunter-gatherer heritage.

Dr. Cordain is the father of the Paleo Diet, which is the opposite of a fad diet. This is the pattern of eating nothing but wild plant and animal foods, and is what all of our ancestors did for millions of years. We are still genetically programmed to thrive best on this fare.

About 80 percent of your body composition – its shape, size, percent body fat, etc. – is determined by what you eat and drink. Most of the diseases you have or are likely to get are avoidable with an ideal diet.

Do you want to continue to struggle with a snowballing mess of physical complaints, limitations and chronic diseases, along with a less than ideal body, and a low-energy lifestyle? You must reject the toxic standard American eating habits, and tune out all the noise about fad diets for weight loss, and instead choose to feed your body the diet for which it was designed.

The message is clear: real food, direct from nature is whole­some and healing medicine; while highly-processed and refined food is tasty but toxic poison. The choice is yours—the stakes could not be higher.

To see another post on living like a hunter-gatherer click here.

In Good Health,

James O’Keefe, MD

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A Delicious Cardio Healthy Kale Recipe

kale smoothie

  • 2 scoops CardioTabs CardioWhey Creamy Vanilla Bean
  • 5 frozen chunks pineapple
  • 2 kale leaves ribs removed and torn
  • Coconut or skim milk to cover
  • Blend till smooth

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3 Ways an Animal Can Benefit Your Heart

3 Ways an Animal Can Benefit Your Heart

Animals are powerful sources of happiness in our lives. Even just petting a dog or cat has been proven to heighten your self-esteem, better your mood and even improve your overall health.

  1. Giving another living creature affection and care can lessen our own worries; pets are a powerful source of happiness and healing. Animals have also been known to relieve their owners of stress related illnesses, like hypertension and heart disease.
  2. It has been proven that people who own dogs have a higher possibility to have a regular exercise routine than those who do not. It’s not just Americans that are becoming overweight, now it is our animals too. 60 million dogs and cats in America suffer from obesity; the results are almost identical to humans that also suffer from obesity. They have increased chances of getting heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. People who walk their dogs have tendencies, to on a daily basis have 10 percent more steps than owners who do not walk their dog and tend to weigh 6 pounds less.
  3. Another one of the many reasons owning a dog is beneficial, is that they are the best crime deterrent money can buy. Most people feel a lot safer and secure with their dog trotting next to them. Even with pets being a lot of extra responsibilities and work many people find the physical and emotional benefits to outweigh the burden.

Having an emotional connection with an animal friend increases relaxation response and lowers stress hormones. Just from the soothing of an irritated and over-reactive cardiovascular system, there is a decreased risk of stroke, heart attack, and death. In the long run your pet helps protect you from obesity, heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s, and also lowers blood pressure.

In Good Health,

James O’Keefe, MD

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