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Gluten-Free Chicken Strips

Easy, baked, gluten-free chicken strips. This recipe is crispy and delicious on its own, or dipped in a homemade sauce.
Kids (and adults) will absolutely love these healthy chicken strips!
INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 chicken breast tenders
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rice flour
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • Splash non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups gluten-free rice cereal
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Take out 3 shallow, flat-bottomed containers. (Rectangular glass Tupperware works great.)
  3. In the first bowl, add the rice flour.
  4. The eggs and non-dairy milk go in the second bowl. Whisk to combine well.
  5. In the bowl of a food processor, add the cereal and spices. Pulse multiple times until it resembles bread crumbs. Add this mixture to the third bowl.
  6. Take a chicken tender and dip into the rice flour, making sure it’s completely coated. Add the tender to the egg mixture and let any excess drip off into the container. Lastly, dip the tender into the cereal-herb mixture, making sure that is completely coated well with no bare spots at all.
  7. Transfer the covered chicken tender to the baking sheet, and repeat this process with the remaining chicken.
  8. If you have some sort of cooking spray, be sure to spray the top of the tenders. If you do not, don’t worry about it; it will just help them brown a bit more.
  9. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes on the top rack. Turn the oven to a high broil for 3 minutes. Flip them over and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Sourced from: https://themovementmenu.com/recipes/crispy-gluten-free-chicken-strips/

Christmas Fun Facts!

With Christmas right around the corner (8 days – eek!) we thought we’d share our favorite holiday fun facts from Factinate!

  1. Did you know… The first artificial tree Christmas Tree wasn’t a tree at all. It was created out of goose feathers that were dyed green!
  2. One of the reasons we leave milk and cookies for Santa is because Dutch children would leave food and drink out for St. Nicholas on his feast day.
  3. Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer was almost named Rollo or Reginald.
  4. Santa’s iconic red suit wasn’t always red. Prior to the 1930’s it was often pictured as white, green, and blue. Thomas Nast depicted Santa with a red coat in the late 19th century, and this inspired illustrator Haddon Sundblom in 1931 when he was tasked with creating advertisements for Coca-Cola. He depicted Santa as the red-suited, white haired, and rosy-cheeked man that we all know and love today.
  5. “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
  6. The highest grossing Christmas movie of all time is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, the Jim Carrey version.
  7. One of the most popular times of the year for break-ups according to Facebook stats is the last two weeks leading up to Christmas! Maybe it’s the stress of the season. Interestingly, Christmas Day is the least common day to end a relationship (whewf!)
  8. Spiders are common Christmas tree decorations in Poland because, according to a legend, a spider wove the blanket for baby Jesus.
  9. Due to an incredibly successful marketing campaign, KFC became the best-selling restaurant for Christmas dinner throughout Japan. In Japan today, you must order your meal two months in advance if you want finger-lickin-good chicken on December 25!
  10. The Christmas tree became popular in 1846, after Prince Albert brought it to England when he married Queen Victoria. The two were sketched in front of a Christmas tree and the tradition became popular.

Q+A with The Doctors

Our team is excited to announce our “Q+A with The Doctors” 👩🏻‍⚕️👨🏼‍⚕️🌱

Each week we will ask which topics you’d like The Doctors to address in our next YouTube video. Start brainstorming your questions for our Naturopathic Physicians! 🧠

Comment below or email us your questions at: admin@anewleafnaturopathic.com

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Let’s get those questions flowing!

Holiday Inspired Kale Salad

You know what the best part about this salad is? Apart from being crunchy, chewy and cheesy in all the right places, it’s EASY. Quick, simple, and enriched with goodness!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 pieces large bunch of kale
  • 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 cloves large garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (more salt and pepper to taste, if desired)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Rub the chicken with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill for 7-8 minutes on both sides or until cooked through. Let cool 5 minutes and then dice into bite size pieces. Set aside, but keep warm.
  3. While the chicken cooks start on the kale. In a small bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients, whisk to combine and then season with salt and pepper. (If needed, add more salt and pepper.)
  4. Grease a baking sheet and spread kale on top. Add 2-3 tablespoon of the dressing to the kale (just enough to coat the kale, reserve the rest.) Massage the kale with the dressing and spread out evenly on the baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes. Toss well and roast for 5-10 more minutes, until slightly crispy, but not golden.
  5. While kale is roasting bring the water to a boil. Once the water boils, remove from heat and add the couscous, stir and cover for 10 minutes or until ready to use. When ready to use, fluff with a fork.
  6. Once the chicken, kale, and couscous are all done combine them in a large bowl. Add the toasted pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, avocado, and goat cheese. Toss to combine and then add the remaining dressing and toss one more time.
  7. Serve warm.

Sourced from: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/crispy-kale-salad-with-coucous-grilled-chicken-and-pomegranates/

12 Days of Wellness Challenge

Have you been keeping up with A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic’s 12 Days of Wellness? Each morning from December 1st – 12th, we will be posting a wellness activity on our Facebook Page and Instagram that you’ll be challenged to complete that day. These activities will range from fitness, nutrition, well-being, and giving back to our community. We’ve had three days of challenges so far that include:

🎶On the first day of wellness, A New Leaf challenged me…🎶 To eat a balanced dinner tonight containing protein, whole grains, and colorful vegetables. Try sticking to a serving of fresh fruit for dessert such as strawberries or a peach.

🎶On the second day of wellness, A New Leaf challenged me…🎶 To go for a 20 minute nature walk. Challenge yourself to put your phone away for the entire 20 minutes. Notice your surroundings and enjoy being in the presence of nature.

🎶On the third day of wellness, A New Leaf challenged me…🎶 Write down 3 things you are grateful for before bed tonight. Practicing gratitude opens the door to positive relationships, improves physical and mental health, enhances empathy, and improves self-esteem.

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Grain-Free Holiday Gingersnap Cookies

These grain-free Gingersnap Cookies are the perfect holiday treat! With a delicious ginger flavor and delightful “crunch”, they make a great gift or dessert to bring to a holiday party! 🎁

Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
1 cup tapioca starch
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 tbsp ginger spices (ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and allspice – mixed together for 1 tbsp total)
1/2 cup unsalted grass-fed butter at room temperature
3/4 cup coconut sugar (or maple sugar)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp molasses
1 large egg

Instructions:
Whisk together almond flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and allspice.
In a separate bowl cream the butter and coconut sugar, until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and blend until smooth.
Add molasses and egg to sugar mixture, and blend until creamy.
Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture a little bit at a time, blending after each addition of flour, until you have a well combined cookie dough. The dough should firm enough that it can be rolled into small balls at this point.
Chill the dough for 30 minutes so that it can be easily rolled into small balls for baking.
Preheat the oven to bake at 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove the chilled dough from the fridge, and roll into small balls.
Place the balls of dough onto your parchment lined baking sheet, spaced a couple inches apart. These cookies spread a lot, so give them room!
Bake the cookies at 350 (middle rack) in the center of the oven for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Sourced from: Primal Palate

Split Pea Rosemary Soup

Try this delicious Split Pea Soup with Rosemary for dinner tonight 😋🍜

Ingredients:
* 6 slices of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 1 leek, sliced thin
* 1 large carrot, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 cans chicken broth
* 1 ½ cups green split peas
* 2 bay leaves
* 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Place bacon in a large pot, cook over medium – until crisp. Stir in onion, leek, carrot, and garlic; cook until the vegetables are soft (about 8 mins) Pour in chicken broth. Stir in split peas, bay leaves, and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until peas are cooked (1 hour), stirring occasionally. Yum!

Lemon and Lavender Salt Soak

Discover just how soothing this lemon and lavender salt soak is in a nice cozy, warm bath (especially on a chilly November day!)

Lemon and Lavender Salt Soak – How To:

  • 3/4 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 tbsp Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender buds (or 5 drops lavender essential oil)
  • Zest from ½ lemon (or 5 drops lemon essential oil)

Combine Epsom salts with Himalayan salt, then carefully mix in the lavender flowers and/or essential oil.  

Zest the lemon into the salts (or add lemon essential oil), stir, and then let rest for about 20 minutes so the ingredients can mingle.

Store the salt soak in a sealed container, refrigerated, until ready to use. (Salt soak that contains only essential oils instead of fresh lavender and lemon zest doesn’t need to be refrigerated.) 

To use, add to warm-hot running bath water, and enjoy a relaxing and soothing soak!

Ways To Get A More Restful Sleep!

Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in the quality of your life. Follow these sleep practices on a consistent basis to achieve a more restful sleep!

  1. Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This will help regulate your body’s natural alarm clock, and has also been shown to help you fall asleep (and stay asleep) throughout the night.
  2. Create a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing pre-bedtime routine will help allow your body to wind down and welcome in the time for rest. This routine can include staying away from bright lighting and opting for a rock salt lamp or dim lamp instead, turning on a diffuser with lavender-scented essential oil, a warm bath, reading a good book in bed, or a cup of cozy chamomile tea.
  3. If you have trouble falling asleep, avoid naps! Power napping may help you get through the day, but can deter you from falling asleep at nighttime and throw off your natural sleep schedule/internal clock.
  4. Exercise daily for a more restful sleep. Exercising will help you expend any extra energy and allows you to release any built-up negative thoughts in a positive outlet, leaving you in a more relaxed state. If cardio and weight-lifting aren’t your style, try yoga classes. A deep-stretch or flow class would be perfect to get your body relaxed before bed.
  5. Check the temperature and noise in your room. Studies show sleeping in a cool room provides for a better night’s rest. Temperatures between 60 – 67 degrees are optimum for the best sleeping conditions. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep (this includes your partner’s snoring.) Consider ear plugs, humidifiers, fans, or “white noise” machines.
  6. Keep it dark! Block out light with black out curtains and an eye mask.
  7. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and use a comfortable pillow. Make sure your mattress is supportive; mattress life expectancy is about 9 – 10 years. It’s important to invest in a good mattress, since you’ll be using it nightly!

Sources: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips