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Vegetarian mexican tacos with lime crema

For a lightened up twist on a comfort food favorite, this recipe swaps in nourishing vegetables for the often saturated fat heavy meat. Tacos are a mainstay in Mexican cuisine, and have been adapted and reiterated in every variety imaginable. This simple composition relies on a few quality ingredients to deliver big flavor and powerful nutritional benefits. Corn and zucchini…

Spices in bags in a market.

Cosmos (my discreetly hilarious tour guide) squeezes a quick double beep from the van as he weaves around the tight corners leading from the tropical waters of the Caribbean to the waterfall-strewn rainforest, only 40 minutes apart on this tiny island.  There is a subtle but important distinction between the quick “honk honk” meaning “what’s up brother!” and the slightly…

Bowl of Moroccan lentil dip on blue napkin on table.

This delicious and decadent tasting dip is savory, smoky, sweet, and delicious on everything from crackers to sandwiches to roasted vegetables. Lentils are a protein powerhouse, packed with fiber, iron, and compounds that help stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol. The Moroccan inspired spice mix for this dip included cinnamon, which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory in the body and…

Orange moon on black sky behind trees.

To modern Americans, Halloween might mean costume contests, booze-fueled evenings of dancing, or munching on enough pieces of “fun-sized” candy to stir up a decidedly unfun gastrointestinal reaction. But the tradition of Halloween is way older than the absurd “sexy” costumes and ubiquitous plastic pumpkin baskets kids fill by trick-or-treating. In fact, Halloween’s origins reach all the way back to…

Neuschwanstein Castle In The Fall

Fall can be breathtakingly beautiful. Even if it’s not your favorite season there’s no denying the picturesque beauty of the changing colors and the satisfying sound of leaves crunching under your feet. Plus, on most days the sun is still shining and warm, allowing for outdoor activities with near-perfect weather. Can you tell Fall is my favorite? If you love…

Wooden canoe floating in the ocean next to a beach with palm trees.

There’s something special about Central American countries. From their close ties with ancient traditions to the slow-cooked, made-with-love food, a visit to the area leaves you feeling grounded.  In today’s globalized world, you can find many of these special cities have also adopted wellness traditions from around the world: yoga, meditation, and spiritual ceremonies all included.  These three cities are…

Open suitcase with clothes and toiletries with shoes, camera, and laptop on the ground beside it.

Comfort is usually the last thing that travelers think through when planning an international trip. When the day comes to rush through the airport for a multi-hour flight, you may be caught unaware of just how uncomfortable travel can be. With just a few simple accessories, long and strenuous days can transform into more enjoyable journeys from one destination to…

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