Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic

Why Dr. Hoody endorses this recipe:

Cauliflower is low in calories and high in vitamins, providing some powerful health benefits.

Looking for a healthy, low-carb mashed potato substitute? Mashed cauliflower infused with the rich flavor of roasted garlic is satisfying and can be easily paired with sauteed spinach and a grilled protein for a tasty, low calorie meal that everyone in the family will love.

You might ask, how can something so flavorful be so healthy for you?  Well, cauliflower contains some of almost every nutrient that you need each day, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. It is also one of the cruciferous vegetables which means it can help feed the bacteria in your stomach to create balance, it’s high fiber content helps keep you regular and it boosts your immune system.


Why Dr. Hoody Endorses this recipe:

Bananas are high in fiber, naturally high in potassium and B6 and vitamin C. In this recipe, as only a small piece of banana is used, is also low in calories. The combination of the dark chocolate and the salt and with the whole package chilled, it is so enticing to the taste buds. That also makes it more digestible.

And remember, dark chocolate can help with brain function, improve the elasticity of your blood vessels, and allow you to elevate your mood. I cannot wait to try these again!


Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots

Why Dr. Hoody Endorses this recipe:

Dark chocolate dipped apricots are one of my favorites. Apricots are naturally low in calories, high in fiber, high in available vitamin A and contain many phytonutrients. Apricots are also an antioxidant, and they can help create healthy eyes, skin and gut and even help detox the liver. Dipped in natural dark chocolate is an ideal combination as it is so tasty and dark chocolate can add health benefit to your blood vessels, increase brain function, and even allow you to boost your mood.

Healthy Chocolate peanut butter cups

Homemade Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Why Dr. Hoody Endorses this recipe:

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids which improve blood vessel elasticity and regulates blood pressure and blood flow to the organs. Flavonoids increase nitric oxide in the body, which has strong anti-inflammatory effects, widens blood vessels, and reduces clot formation. Nitric oxide increases blood flow to the brain which improves cognitive performance and reduces cognitive decline. It can improve muscle recovery after exercise.

Dark chocolate contains dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. It can reduce depression and regulate anxiety. Chocolate is linked to serotonin which can make you feel happier, calmer and less anxious.

Watermelon Vodka Slushie – A Healthy Cocktail Healthier2gether

Watermelon Slushie – A Healthy Cocktail

Why Dr. Hoody endorses this recipe:

As summer descends upon us, we need refreshing and healthy beverages to help us beat the heat.  I like watermelon slushies so much that I wish I had thought of them. Watermelon is nectar from the gods, a superstar drink that makes Gatorade look like soda. The recipe I am sharing can be consumed as an adult cocktail by adding vodka or as a delicious slushie that the entire family can enjoy.

Watermelon grows easily in warm climates, so no surprise that it is full of nutrients needed to replenish our lost electrolytes from the warm weather. It contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits including sun protection, improved heart health and can even lower the risk of certain types of cancer. It lowers inflammation and reduces oxidative damage. As an antioxidant, lycopene may also benefit brain health. For example, it may help delay the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.